John Whitby

Chief Executive

I served an Electrical/Electronic apprenticeship with Gee Traction/ Alsthom in Trafford Park Manchester prior to becoming a Training Instructor for the GEC Group of companies at the Trafford Park site. I joined Stegta in 1993 and undertook various jobs including recruitment, quality assessor/training officer before becoming Chief Executive in 2003 following a very beneficial succession plan within theorganisation.
I'm also a Governor at Wellacre Academy School and former Governor at Trafford College.

Ian Parker

BDM / Deputy CEO

My relationship with stegta began in 1975 as a Mechanical Technician Apprentice with Budenberg Gauge Company Ltd. An Engineering career spanning 35 years followed, involving roles such as hands on Production work, through to Team Leadership, Production Management and finally Operational Management with the Anglo / French Calibration division of DH-Budenberg Ltd. After a 2 year period as a stegta Board Member, I finally joined the Team In February 2011, as Business Development Manager.

Carol Feesey

Office Manager

I joined Stegta in 1998 with 20 year office experience, in particular in a training environment. I am an AAT Technician and responsible for the Financial, Quality & Administration aspects of the business. I manage various Contracts with funding bodies and partners, and monitor staff Performance & learner Outcomes. I also coordinates Quality activities both within the organisation and with external bodies such as Investors.

Paul Howarth

Group Training Manager

I joined STEGTA in 2003 after a 23 year career in engineering and a 4 year career in college teaching. Throughout my working life I have undertaken a variety of engineering roles, from the manufacture of large industrial equipment to maintaining and servicing machinery nationwide. I have supervised production workshops within the UK and have been part of a team that manufactured large industrial heating equipment that was exported worldwide.

Andrea Roberts

Training Offficer

I started my apprenticeship in Engineering almost 20 years ago in 1992 when I joined the chemical company Ciba Geigy in Clayton, Manchester, as their only female engineer. I specialised in Electrical & Instrumentaion Maintenance as well as Chemical & Pharmaceutical Process Operations. During my time there I also trained as a NVQ Assessor. After many years working as an Engineer, I decided to move full-time into NVQ Assessing and earlier this year.

David Harrison

Training Instructor

My career began in 1989 at Hawke Cable Glands Ltd,where I served my time as a toolmaker in the toolroom. After 10 happy years I moved onto Deltic Engineering as a Machine building fitter for the exhaust industry. From there I moved onto Fife Tidlands in Denton working as a production miller, turner, fitter for 5 years, before finally working at DH Budenberg again as a production/tool room engineer. Joined Stegta in April 2012.

Dave Smith

Assistant Group Training Manager

I started my electrical apprenticeship in 1992. Working for Trafford Park Printers (TPP), national printers of newspaper titles such as The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. I specialised in an electrical/electronic maintenance engineering role.
I spent nearly 17 years working for TPP before moving to a technical writing position, where I produced a range of technical/electrical content for clients’ websites. I joined STEGTA in 2013 as a Training Officer.

Stuart Priestley

Training Officer

I started my engineering career in 1988 at the age of 16. I swas employed at GEC Turbine Generators and completed a 4 year Apprenticeship in Machining specialising in CNC Machines.
I started at STEGTA in May 2014 and am pleased to be supporting other Apprentices gaining their qualifications.

Ian Coward

Training Officer

I began my Engineering career straight from school as an Apprentice Plater/Welder where I specialised in all types of Fabrication and Coded Welding. Moving forward, I began working as Maintenance Technician, where I was responsible for the Planned & Breakdown maintenance, repair and servicing of a wide range of equipment & plant. Following a circuitous route through completing a HND in Computing – Teaching basic & Functional Skills to Level 2, Computer programming and web design to HND level and Teaching & Assessing of Engineering.

Eddie McLoughlin

Training Officer

I started off at Gardner Diesel Engines, Patricroft finally working on producing heads and blocks for the different types of engines. Gardner’s at that time were considered to produce the finest diesel engines in the world. After this was closed due to recession, I moved into composite engineering working on different types of CNC machines and studied advanced CNC programming. For a while I worked at Thomas Storey fabrication, where I worked with my manager to develop the inspection department until I moved on to become a trainer/assessor with Stegta.

Helen Wilson

Training Officer

In 1989, I started as a Technical Engineering Apprentice at William Fairey Engineering Ltd. I completed broad based training in a training centre and then went on to do further training in company achieving a Level 3 NVQ in design, quality and production. My studies started with a BTEC First Certificate and National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.

Louise O'Toole

Assistant Business Development Manager

I have been working within work based learning since 2005 and completed Apprenticeships in Business Administration Levels 2 & 3 in the early stages of my career. I joined STEGTA in October 2012 as Business Development Officer where I work closely with employers looking to recruit an Apprentice and support their recruitment campaign. I also manage the STEGTA Membership and Business Training initiatives. I progressed to Assistant Business Development Manager in January 2019, where I’m heavily involved with the day to day running of the Business Development team

Nicola McGivern

Recruitment Coordinator

My working life started in 1997 working in an office based environment, I have undertaken a variety of job roles in my career. I started out working for a company called Parceline as a billing clerk, working alongside the admin team. Also, I worked for Rentokil Tropical Plants for 7 years as the Purchase Ledger Clerk/Administrator. I joined Stegta in September 2007 as a Receptionist/Administrator, and then in 2011 I moved into the Recruitment Department working as the Recruitment Co-ordinator

Hugh Mclay

Training Officer

I served my electrical/electronic apprenticeship in Warrington with British Rail Signal and Telecomms department, installing and maintaining points and signals in the northwest area. On completion of my apprenticeship I progressed within British Rail working as a signalling maintenance and fault finding technician at Warrington Bank Quay Powerbox. I have also worked for a major international perforating company and held various roles in production, purchasing management and supply chain.

Emile Katona

Training Officer

I see myself as a dedicated and reliable civil engineer, having gained the necessary experience required in the construction industry. With the hands on experience I have gained, I was awarded an honours degree at Salford University. I am very happy to be part of Stegta because they have given me the opportunity to pass on my skills and experience to future trainees.

Jennifer Swift

Quality & Contracts Manager

I have spent 19 years working in Work Based Learning, of which 16 years has been as a Contract Manager. I first started working for the funding body, Merseyside Training and Enterprise Council in 1998 before it became the Greater Merseyside Learning and Skills Council. After 9 years, I decided to make a change and moved to a training provider and have spent the last 10 years working for 2 different training providers before starting with STEGTA in November 2016.

Tim Harding

Training Officer

I joined STEGTA in November 2016 with the ambition of helping others gain a career in Engineering. My own career in Civil Engineering began in 1979 as a trainee, producing structural details for a major dam project in Nigeria, as well as various projects at Sellafield. I completed my ONC and HNC within the city of Liverpool where I worked with a firm of Consulting Civil Engineers, before moving on to British Nuclear Fuels (Risley) and later Nuclear Design Associates (Knutsford). Im experienced in civil and structural engineering as well as 11 years spent running my own small business.

Saad Dawood

Training Officer

As an architect I have gained substantial practical experience in construction industry overseas and in the UK. In addition to my degree in architecture (1991), I have a PhD degree in sustainable building design and BIM technology (2012). This has enabled me to gain academic/research experience throughout my career as a researcher and lecturer. I joined Stegta in 2017 as a training officer to transfer all my knowledge, skills and experience to future trainees.

Sonja Storey

Recruitment Coordinator

I have been working within the work based learning sector for the past 27 years. I have experience in all aspects of Data Management, certificate and funding claims, audit and liaison with Awarding Bodies such as City and Guilds and Highfield. I commenced employment with STEGTA in September 2017 and am looking forward to working within the Business Development team as a Recruitment Co-Ordinator, as I embark on the next chapter of my career.

Robert Stratford

Training Officer

I am a time-served Mechanical Engineer who has worked within the industry for over 30 years. I started my career in 1986 from school on YTS and secured an apprenticeship with Rotating Maintenance Services Ltd of Warrington as an apprentice Mechanical Engineer. In 1994 moved onto Brooke Bond Foods now Unilever in Trafford Park as a Shift Production Engineer and then onto a Dual skilled engineer. I was also part of the Unilever Mentoring programme, working with apprentices of all ages/abilities. I joined Stegta in November 2017 as a Training Officer and hope to pass on my skillset to the next generation of apprentices.

Olga Dickson

Training officer

I began my career with the local government (LG) as an engineer. I hold ONC and HNC in Civil Engineering. I have also attained the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA) supervisor qualifications. Since leaving LG I worked as an adviser for Consultancy Company, my roles included advising in Health & Safety and site supervision. In 2017 I completed the NEBOSH qualification in construction. I have a passion to learn and pass on my knowledge to others.

Ayo Abayomi Ojo

Training officer

I am a keen learner; and an inventive Prince2 Practitioner certified professional, with a BA (Hons) in Property Development & Designs for Interior (University of Bolton); MSc in Business Project Management (University of Huddersfield), and an array of CPDs within the AEC sector. Before joining STEGTA in September 2018; I have worked as a Project Surveyor/Designer, Asset/Site Surveyor, Senior AutoCAD Technician, Design Managing Technician, Quality Assessor, and Assistant to Operations Manager to mention few.

Paul Tierney

Training officer

My career in engineering began in I left school in 1974 with a Tool and Gauge making apprenticeship at Royal Ordnance Factory in Blackburn. I have over 30 years industrial experience, mainly involved with tooling manufacture and setting and maintaining production machinery and tooling.

In 2009 I took my first full time role training engineering apprentices at Training 2000 in Nelson, I have also worked in colleges supporting apprentices on their engineering courses.

Dianne Tarry


I have over 20 years’ experience doing various Customer Service and Administration roles within the car industry, housing associations and Taylor Wimpey.

I started with STEGTA in April 2018 as receptionist/administrator where I provide support for the Office Manager and all the Training Team.