I started off my IT career back in ’97 working in (and later running) customer support for a popular multimedia publishing company. It was simultaneously very rewarding and highly draining, but I look back on my time on the helpdesk with great fondness.
The move into technical training came naturally – although it was difficult at first to shake off the pavlovian reaction to incoming phonecalls. From here my voyage into geekhood was unavoidably hastened.
Outside the office, I divide my time between my family (outnumbered 4:1 in the battle of the sexes), drumming along to old jazz / funk records, writing electronic music, reading sci-fi, and feeding my video game addiction. I can order a beer, express gratitude, and apologise profusely in at least 10 different languages.
After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music and subsequently working as a freelance classical double bass player, I spent 20 years working in software services with the last 10 years in the software development training sector.
A passion for all things computer-related was sparked by receiving a ZX81 for my 9th birthday which was followed by a chain of much-loved home computers, most of which I still have.
Pleasant distractions from work include my young family, my guitars, way too many books, an obsession with cooking, fixing old cars, and a life-long love of sailing (both armchair and the real thing).
Previously an Executive Assistant to a main Board Director in a formal big Pharm for 16 years, I was delighted when Framework hired me as their part-time Office Manager in 2018. It quickly grew from part time to full time as Tom and Ian trusted me with more of the business.
I am passionate about the relaxed atmosphere at Framework, combined with the team’s desire to provide excellent training and first-class customer service. I love coming to work and my colleagues feel like an extension of my family.
I own two ex-race horses and an English Springer Spaniel called Ted. Ted comes to the office daily, mostly to steal as many scotch eggs from Ian’s desk as possible. He keeps the Postman out of the office and, apart from these essential duties, most of his time is spent on his back demanding tummy rubs.
Framework Training was launched in 2010. From the outset, we’ve passionately sought to deliver the very best face-to-face technical education so our clients can gain sustainable business value and stay competitive in the digital economy.
We have the pleasure to work with domain experts - the very best in their field - and our network of instructors is always expanding. We are constantly looking for ways to increase diversity across our instructor team.
We have always aimed to ensure great coverage of emerging technologies which show the potential to be real enterprise game-changers, while maintaining a solid range of core software development, data science and deployment platform training syllabuses.
If you're interested in working with us in any way, simply drop us an email: [email protected]
We're really excited to join the B Corp movement - ensuring we tread lightly upon the earth and try to make people's lives better along the way.
"To provide face-to-face technical training of the highest quality. To support and enhance the skills and knowledge of our customers world-wide. Our ethos and passion encompasses people and the environment, ensuring that we have a small footprint and leave a positive impact on the planet. We are committed to enabling diversity in all our activities."
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We run our public scheduled courses in London across a number of great venues, which are all based centrally and within easy access of public transport facilities.
Our main London training centre (Google Maps link) is at 107 Cheapside, near St Pauls.
Our Head Office is located in the beautiful Wiltshire village of Aldbourne.
When we look out the window, we often see cows, which is nice!
We are registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers - our UKPRN is 10049044. We are also registered with a number of public sector procurement portals such as Civil Service Learning, Ariba, and Coupa.
We are always happy to work with customers and organisations who have specific purchasing protocols and procedures - let us know if you need us to provide extra information to help your procurement department bring us on board.
Your data privacy and security is of paramount importance to us. We take great efforts to ensure the correct treatment of your information.
We're a certified Cyber Essentials scheme member, which also helps us to comply with private and public sector tendering policies.
It's probably also worth mentioning we have been running our site on SSL / https for many years, and all credit card transactions are conducted securely by our processor, Stripe, which has an excellent track record and Level 1 PCI DSS certification.
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