Leadership Team

Rod Doyle
Managing Director

Rod Doyle is a modern leader who believes in creating winning ways and habits through a mixture of theory and common practices. Rod is a fundamental part of the rise of one of the biggest businesses in the United Kingdom that has arisen from the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Rod Doyle and the Senior Leadership Team have built a business that nods at Richard Branson’s Virgin approach but has blended this with a 21st Century spin on branding by creating a ‘community of businesses’ that all interact and interconnect to the betterment of each.

 

 

 

 

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Clive Doyle
Chairman

Retired from the police service having performed the role of Superintendent in charge of operations including the management of large sporting events and music festivals. As a safety officer, managed major sporting events and music concerts. Created a training company to ensure that safety staff were safety competent and skilled in customer service. Whilst managing events realised that local authorities and the police were due to a lack of resources not able to control vehicle and pedestrian movements near events  thus creating the need for a national safety qualification for event staff to enable them to work safely on the highways. This qualification is now the industry standard and accepted by local authorities and police services.

 

 

Lisa O'Reilly
Commercial Director
Lisa has been at the Tess Group for 6 years & sits on the board of directors. Lisa is at her best when working with Rod to create fresh business solutions and shares the same determined vision to offer high quality value to our clients. She has a vast array of skills to lead teams and create, plan and implement strategies for achieving business goals and as a result tends to lead the dialogue between operations and the board. Lisa has a large amount of experience in dealing with bluechip companies supporting their business needs, and excels in all aspects of Leadership, Sales and Management. Lisa leads with passion, intelligence, energy and the ability to motivate and get the best out of others. Lisa loves high fiving successful people and her favourite holiday destination is Las Vegas.
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Steve Laws
Director of Safe and Trained

Steve is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the events services industry. Skilled in Crisis Management, Training Programme Design, Operations Management, Coaching, and Training Needs Analysis. Strong professional with a Bachelor's Degree focused in Crowd Safety Management from Buckinghamshire New University. Steve started The Tess Group in 2009 with Rod and Clive Doyle. Steve loves the way we have grown as a company and how we retain our family values. A passion outside of work is music and Steve has played guitar since he was 9! Steve was also in the Lead singer in a 60's covers band until recently and misses the gigs!

 

 

Briéd Bradshaw
Head of Finance

Briéd is an experienced accounts professional and certified FMAAT. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to The TESS Group having worked in all 3 major sectors: Private, Charity and Local Government. With a reputation for building effective relationships, Briéd is highly personable - a trait not often associated with accounts! She is passionate about providing financials that are relevant and meaningful to support business growth and protect profits. Briéd believes people are the key to driving success, valuing collaboration and teamwork above everything she does. Her demand for exacting standards and high expectations of her team are valued equally without exception. Briéd is looking forward to her party holiday in Ibiza.

 

 

 

 

Lauren Doyle
Head of Data and MIS

Lauren has over ten years of experience working in Further Education having started working in Administration and Audits for DWP contracts in Leicestershire. Since then, Lauren has developed a niche in understanding paperwork and ensuring learners are enrolled correctly. She understands many facets of the company, and therefore the overall learner journey. Aware of the need for accuracy, in their department, to ensure learners achieve successfully and timely, Lauren leads her team to ensure The Tess Group help 1000's of learners to achieve qualifications, every year. Lauren is degree educated having gained a BSc Degree from the University of Leicester. She is currently the Head of Data and MIS for The Tess Group, where she has been a key member since the beginning in 2009. She enjoys being part of a successful team, knowing that they can be relied on, to get a good job done!

Martin Parnham
Head of Delivery

Martin has been with The Tess Group for almost 6 years, and is our Head of Delivery. He is responsible for overseeing the management of a variety of our contracts by maintaining excellent links with our funders, clients, employers and learners. He leads a team of trainers and delivery managers ensuring delivery is of the highest quality with qualified trainers that cover the length and breadth of the country with subject knowledge in a vast range of standards and frameworks. Martin enjoys problem solving, helping both learners and employers to achieve their learning and business goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sherlock
Stress Management Coordinator
Sherlock has been with The Tess Group for over 2 years now and works as the Stress Management Co-ordinator. The Tess Group is a fun and vibrant workplace, but just like any other busy and bustling company, the workforce can get stressed or anxious at times. This is where Sherlock is at his best, always ready to greet us with a smile and offering cuddles, to spend a few minutes of time away from the stress of work and the task at hand. He also takes site security very seriously, always willing to approach new visitors to ensure they are no threat to our staff or premises. Just his presence in the office brightens up everyone's day from our staff to clients and a variety of visitors. He is happy to perform the odd trick but usually expects treats as a result! He loves chocolate for dogs and is particularly fond of organic beef!

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Annie Laws
Advanced Learner Loan & Compliance Course Manager
Annie has worked for the TESS Group since 2010 and manages the Advanced Learner Loan contract and Compliance courses. Annie has extensive administrative and managerial experience in both the public and private sectors. Out of work time Annie is studying for a degree with the Open University and is researching into her family tree. Annie once appeared on The Weakest Link and won an IPOD in a quiz on Radio 2. Don’t ask her about 80s music!
Shannon Morgan
Business Support Manager
Now in her fourth year of working at The Tess Group, Shannon brings a wide knowledge of paperwork and contracts to her team, in her role as Business Support Manager and is an essential part of the team. She leads by example and will always go the extra mile to ensure learners are enrolled successfully on to their chosen programme. She monitors the relevant paperwork throughout a learners' journey and is able to build great relationships with learners and employers alike. After completing 3 apprenticeships with The Tess Group in Business Administration, Customer Service and Management, she has progressed from a business support co-ordinator, to project leader, team leader and now Manager. She is hugely qualified which has helped tune her skills and in fact win a number of company and national awards including Apprentice of the Year in 2016. She maintains excellent contact with our funders, learners, employers and cross-company staff to ensure a smooth learning journey for all. She enthuses persistence until a task is achieved and enjoys nothing more than meeting and surpassing targets and driving the team to success.
Emma Kelleher
Accounts Assistant
Emma has worked in the accounts environment for the last 5 years. Since joining TESS in 2017 her development has soared. Emma is very careful and considered in her work and at the same time manages to work at pace to keep up with the volumes of invoices to process!. Emma loves working through a query or problem and relishes the challenge to solve them. Emma loves a giggle and always has a smile for everyone she is happy to offer help and support wherever she can.
Tazmin Pidgley
Business Support Co-ordinator
Taz has been with The Tess Group for over 2 years now. Joining us when she had just completed her GCSE's, Taz took her first step on the career ladder as a trainee recruiter. Placing several candidates in her time as a recruiter, Taz has refined her skills and progressed to the Business Support Team, where her attention to detail and dedication to her role are an asset to the team. She always has a smile for everyone and likes to work in a tidy environment to ensure all learner data is processed accurately and safely. She brings a great quality to the team with her bubbly personality and enjoys a sing-song with her teammates to keep up the vibrant atmosphere that Tess are proud of.
Andrew Killip
Hospitality and Catering Trainer and Skills Coach
Andrew is the lead Chef Trainer for the Professional cookery, Commis Chef standards at The Tess Group. Andrew came from a hospitality background working in Hotels, restaurants and contract catering and brings with him over 30 years’ experience.
He has worked with training providers for over 15 years and gained his teaching degree whilst Chef lecturer at South Kent college.
He is a keen golfer as a permit holder at Royal St Georges golf club and is a long suffering Chelsea fan.
Stephanie Richardson
Area Delivery Manager/ Trainer and Skills Coach

Stephanie has but have been working in training for over 5 years. Previous to this, her entire career has been in Retail, working as Head of Retail for an Italian footwear brand and before that as Operations/Retail area manager for a high end international fashion brand. My passion is training management and retail and I enjoy supporting people to bring the best out in their teams.

Ian Palmer
Area Delivery Manager/ Trainer and Skills Coach
Ian has worked within the education and training sector for 8 years. He has delivered a variety of qualifications in areas such as Personal License Award, Hospitality Management, Retail Management, Operational Management, Team Leadership, Customer Service and Business Administration. Ian has also managed a team of Trainer/Assessors/ Sklills Coaches for over 3 years, ensuring that all Learners were receiving high quality training and developing to their full potential. Ian has worked on supporting Northamptonshire's unemployed develop their English and maths skills and achieve qualifications in Retail, Customer Service, Team Leading and Employability Skills. Ian's passion is sharing knowledge, supporting people to learn new things, seeing people's confidence and abilities grow as they learn new skills to better themselves and realise their potential.
Chris Keeble
IT and Digital Trainer and Skills Coach
Chris has a background in Marketing and Digital Platforms and has been working in these areas for over 15 years. Chris has been working on education and teaching for almost 20 years and has an intensive knowledge of the digital world.

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