About us

We have a truly world class consultancy and facilitation team. We work with the best because our clients deserve it!

Meet the team

Whether we are delivering a long term project or short high impact workshop we will demonstrate high skills, professionalism and great credibility.

Pete Hames

Finance Director

Pete is a founder member of Fuel Learning and the financial arm of the operation, he specialises in financial systems. Pete firmly believes strict financial management and control is key to ensuring efficient, robust, versatile and successful businesses.

Pete has a formidable track record in business finance and has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer in a number of highly successful businesses & PLC’s. Of particular note are two startup businesses for which he acted as CFO, both later being sold to listed companies. He is skilled in managing business’s logistical, financial & staffing problems and prides himself on generating share value through efficient financial management.

In his spare time Pete likes nothing more than spending time with his family. He also enjoys eating out and generally socialising. His sporting interests include hockey, cricket and golf.

Karen Priestley

Head of Facilitation

Karen is Head of Facilitation and leads the facilitation and assessment team, ensuring the highest quality standards of facilitation and programme design. Karen is an enthusiastic, motivated and engaging facilitator. She has a natural ability to inspire others, knowing what motivates individuals and will vary her style and approach to meet these needs. Karen has a special interest in leadership and management development, building excellent long term working relationships and engaging key stakeholders to bring about impactful change and measurable results. Karen is at the forefront of the practical understanding of current thinking within the areas of learning, personal profiling, confidence and communication.

Geoff Storey

Associate - Outdoor Technician

Geoff has worked as an outdoor technician for the past 30 years. During this time he has gained a huge level of experience delivering a variety of training programs in many challenging environments. Geoff holds a huge array of outdoor qualifications and is one of only a few people to hold the highest caving qualification available in the UK. Along with these qualifications Geoff is also a company director of Live For Today Adventures where he brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience to the company.

Sarah Pratt

Senior Facilitator

Sarah has a broad range of learning and development experience in the private, public and non-for-profit sectors bringing an enthusiastic and pragmatic approach to learning solutions. Sarah’s expertise in Learning and Development is not limited to facilitating top end training sessions. Sarah has ‘walked the walk’ holding management roles at varying levels, proving her ability to develop and motivate her own team to deliver great results.

Glenn Widelko

Associate Master Facilitator & Executive Coach

As an executive coach and master facilitator with 20 years’ experience Glenn is a conceptual, big picture thinker who thrives on in-depth, outcomes focused conversations that enable lasting change. Glenn’s expertise and experience is to enable excellence in organisations through excellence in people.

With a background in the behavioural sciences Glenn is an accredited master executive coach and has an M-Level accreditation with CIPD. While most of his work has been within leadership and management development, other areas of expertise also include: coaching & performance, communication & relationship management, teamwork, self-mastery & self-awareness.

Vicky Harris

Functional Skills Trainer

Vicky is passionate about delivering an engaging and fresh approach to Functional Skills, contextualising the learning to be immediately relevant and applicable. Vicky demonstrates incredible commitment to supporting her learners to achieve their Maths and English qualifications, consistently observing the personal and business benefits learners gain through their increased confidence and capability at work.


Laetitia Turton


Tish provides valuable administrative and logistics support for the Fuel Team and programme participants, making sure information is in the right hands, and that the pieces are in place to facilitate an enjoyable learning experience. Tish has a kind and warm manner, often the first point of contact to handle queries.

Zoe Thorpe

Senior Facilitator

Zoe is an experienced, dynamic facilitator with a creative and enthusiastic approach. Zoe is able to drive individual development and engagement quickly through her likeable and vibrant style, to develop the business leaders of the future. Zoe has played key roles in induction and graduate programmes across various businesses and sectors and uses her ability to stretch and challenge others to enable them to have the right personal impact.

Sarah Appleton

Account Director

Sarah’s diverse international background in learning & development and commercial management gives her a depth of understanding to develop business relevant and creative solutions for our growing range of clients. Sarah’s strategic approach helps drives innovation and growth to meet the business needs of today, whilst anticipating and preparing for the challenges of the future. 


Simon Lingard

Senior Facilitator and Assessor

With over 23 years of experience in the L&D sector, Simon is experienced, dynamic and focused, with proven skills in leadership, financial enterprise, and business acumen. He has considerable international experience with large and small leadership teams – facilitating management, sales, and personal development initiatives. He has provided strategic and operational development solutions that have exceeded against client needs and business objectives and facilitated the implementation of strategic change at Board and Senior Management Level.

Nazma Chaudhary

Functional Skills Trainer

Nazma Chaudhary is a master at creating relevant and engaging learning experiences for Maths and English Functional Skills. Naz is a specialist in English as a Second Language learning, and has a wealth of teaching and industry specific knowledge to support the participants of our Management Apprenticeships to complete their Level 2 certificate. Naz is passionate about providing a tailored approach and enjoys using a variety of blended learning tools to cater to learner’s preference and style.

Niki Hollingsworth

Apprenticeship Manager

Niki brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to Fuel as Apprenticeship Manager. For the last 10 years Niki has led and managed data, performance, quality and compliance for work based and government funded learning giving her a fantastic understanding of old and new world regulations and standards. Niki previously held various senior commercial roles in the newspaper industry, managing teams with a multi million pound turnover.


Jasmin Kang

Apprenticeship Operations Adminstrator

 Jasmin has a communication and information focus for Apprenticeships and provides administrative and logistics support for participants undertaking Apprenticeships and Functional Skills with Fuel. Jasmin is adept at using a wide range of technology platforms to manage data for the ESFA, awarding bodies, and participant e-portfolios.
Jasmin enjoys learning and takes every opportunity to develop her skills and expertise through CPD activities and courses. Jasmin is the Lead Exams Invigilator at Fuel.

Matt Watson

Senior Facilitator

Matt enjoys nothing more than engaging with people and helping them to achieve brilliant results. He has a wealth of experience working with leadership teams in a wide range of industries from the rail and transport industry to law firms and the police.

Matt is gifted at helping people, teams and businesses to improve using a wide variety of techniques, from classroom based facilitated sessions to fun team building activities and challenges. Matt is also a qualified personal trainer and fitness coach, so you’re likely to see Matt using his spare time running or swimming and when he’s not doing that himself, he’s helping others to get fit.

Dave Tilley

Senior Facilitator

Dave is a vastly experienced and successful Senior Training Facilitator with a wealth of experience in both Facilitation and Management and has spent over 20 years working with major FTSE 100 companies. Dave has a proven track record of delivering light-hearted, fun, but highly effective and engaging training programs all over the world, specialising in Psychometrics coupled with Leadership, HR Law, Management and Team Development.

Lois Nott

Consultant IQA

Lois is an experienced, confident quality manager, assessor, tutor and training manager with extensive knowledge of working with a wide variety of people at all levels. Lois brings her expertise to Fuel as an IQA, supporting and challenging our growing team of assessors. Lois also acts as an EQA/EE for Pearsons, and lectures on topics relating to Quality, Coaching, Leadership and Management.

Danny Carter

Senior Facilitator

Danny brings a valuable blend of expertise in leadership and people development skills, with a strategic results focused commercial acumen.

Danny has a natural flare and is an experienced lead facilitator with specialisms in sales and performance optimisation. He is experienced in fulfilling the full learning cycle, from the the training needs analysis and design, to programme delivery and assessing results. Danny has worked with management teams of all levels and is resourceful and influential in his style and approach.


Mick Earle

Specialist Facilitator

For 30 years, Mick has specialised in personal & management development, through the use of challenging outdoor & activity based learning. Mick co-authored (with Dr Veronica Burke of Cranfield Business School in the UK) ‘The maximising of learning transfer within the scope of Outdoor Management Development’. He has worked across a broad range of UK and international clients delivering initiatives, seminars, leadership assessment & talent planning, creative problem solving, behavioural change & motivation.

Mick served in the British Army Reserve from 1985 to 1997. In 2010 & 2015 he ran a 5-day Post Operational Stress Management programme for British Army counter-IED (Bomb Disposal) teams returning from operational tours in Afghanistan & other conflicts around the world.

Mick is an active cave explorer & is currently Training Officer & Controller/Leader with the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation.

Sarah Carey

Apprenticeship Account Manager

Sarah has developed winning client partnerships to deliver government funded learning programmes for the past 10 years, connecting key client and Fuel Learning stakeholders to facilitate a timely mobilisation which is fit for purpose and tailored to meet specific client requirements. Sarah works alongside our clients to navigate the best route and approach, making programme implementation as smooth and easy as possible.

Tracy Rea

Associate Facilitator

Tracy’s background in coaching athlete performance at a professional level gives her a unique edge in consulting & developing business teams.

Tracy’s career includes senior Performance Management roles with Scottish Gymnastics for the Commonwealth Games and she was responsible for the emerging talent programme at the Sportscotland Institute of Sport. She has taught, coached and lectured at a number of universities and colleges, most recently working with leading companies such as Capita and Lloyds Banking Group.

Tracy is a champion and instigator of transformation, significant change and improvement from day one. Her mantra is: “Hire for Attitude: Train for Skill”. Tracy works with business teams to drive sustainable efficiency and effectiveness, and implement strategic and transformation programmes, covering service excellence, cost, risk, resource management and colleague engagement.

Ian Prentice

Managing Director

Ian is a founder member of Fuel Learning, Master Facilitator and Account Director. He specialises in Leadership development and has designed many of the Leadership programmes used by some of the worlds leading businesses today


Fuel learning are instrumental in supporting our ambitious 2010/2011 agenda. The balance of experience, expertise and great energy inspires the team time after time. Thank you.

Richard Burden
Director, LifeFitness

The course was tailored to EMT and the trainer had great knowledge of the business. I have attended several leadership courses and this was by far the best as it was very genuine and the trainer had a real passion and flair for getting the candidates engaged and see what the benefits are to EMT and their personal leadership style. Excellent.

Claire Ansley
Manager, East Midlands Trains