Our Senior & Operational Management Team.

Our Team.

We have asked each one of our Senior and Operational Management team the same questions so you can hopefully understand a bit more about them as people and what makes them tick – the question regarding favourite cheese is really important; Tom, our Director of Operations, seems to think it tells you a lot about a person. If you ever decide a career at Slic might be for you, remember that the question might pop up in your interview!

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Senior Management Team

Ian Benison
ian.benison@slictraining.org.uk

What do you do?
I am Chief Executive of Slic Training (International). I lead the company to deliver our strategic objectives. My days are spent managing the Senior Management Team (SMT), speaking with our stakeholders and representing the business at various events (preferably on the golf course or sports related occasions – in fact, anywhere there is a buffet).
What is the proudest moment or achievement in your life?
My proudest moment has to be the birth of both my 2 daughters. But I also have a proudest achievement, which is being asked to be England Manager in 2007 for The UK Skills Landscape Gardening team.
What do you do to relax?
Watch Chesterfield FC
Tell us a little known fact about yourself
I collect stamps and Chesterfield FC programmes
What is your favourite Cheese?
Cheddar

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Tom Ironmonger
tom.ironmonger@slictraining.org.uk

What do you do?
I am Slic’s Director of Operations. I am part of the SMT and my main role is to ensure that Slic is efficient and effective. The Operations Managers report to myself and I spend most of my time looking at our data with my phone stuck to my ear.
What is the proudest moment or achievement in your life?
As well as becoming a dad, I would say one of my proudest achievement would be becoming the UK Skills Landscaping champion in 2007.
What do you do to relax?
Whenever I can, I try to escape to a small Island on the West Coast of Scotland to surf, where there’s limited Phone signal and no access to Emails.
Tell us a little known fact about yourself         I have represented Welsh Lacrosse Team at international level.
What is your favourite Cheese?
Any blue cheese as long as it’s accompanied by a glass of port.

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Trish Frettsome
patricia.frettsome@slictraining.org.uk

What do you do?
I am Slic’s Quality Improvement Manager. My role and responsibilities touch all areas of our operations, and ensuring that we are driving excellence in teaching & learning. My main focus is to ensure we are working towards being an outstanding training provider and constantly improving through the implementation of our Quality Improvement Plan. My role is extremely varied; one day I could be writing a new policy and the next I could be in a classroom, supporting our front line operations.
What is the proudest moment or achievement in your life?
Dancing in a competitive competition  at the Tower Ballroom Blackpool and winning
What do you do to relax?
Love going on holidays and exploring new places and cultures
Tell us a little known fact about yourself?
I went to the Earl of Burlington’s 21st Birthday party
What is your favourite Cheese?
Cheddar

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Operational Management Team

James Blair
james.blair@slictraining.org.uk

What do you do?
I am the Operations Manager for the North West, managing the Work-Based Tutors, Functional Skills specialists and Quality Assurance staff that deliver outstanding training and assessment to our learners. I spend a lot of time on the phone, and even more of it out and about meeting my team, their learners and their learners’ employers. Luckily, I like driving, talking, and people.
What is the proudest moment or achievement in your life?
Being commissioned to write and record a track for a film soundtrack has to be up there!
What do you do to relax?
Music is a massive passion of mine – listening to it or making it!
Tell us a little known fact about yourself
I once stayed in the rather beautiful Canadian home of a certain red-headed X-Files star. The truth is out there…
What is your favourite Cheese?
You can’t beat a good, mature Cheddar. Although Wensleydale with Cranberry is a slightly more exotic alternative.

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Tony Wood
tony.wood@slictraining.org.uk

What do you do?
I am the South of England Operations Manager, meaning I am responsible for all of the front line delivery in my region. I manage the Work-based Tutors and Internal Quality Assurers to ensure we are always delivering an outstanding product. Most of my day are spent on the road visiting the sites we work on and meeting the tutors, learners and employers.
What is the proudest moment or achievement in your life?
Apart from the birth of my daughter -Managing the combined services culinary team in various worldwide competitions over a 7 year period between 2000-2007.
What do you do to relax?
Cooking, watching and playing any sport
Tell us a little known fact about yourself
I played semi-pro football for 2 years when living in Germany, scoring in a friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach!
What is your favourite Cheese?
Stilton

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Graham Travis
graham.travis@slictraining.org.uk

What do you do?
I am the Business Development Manager for Slic, which means I am responsible for managing our skilled team of Business Development and Engagement Advisors. I am accountable for making sure the team achieve their business targets & KPI’s, whilst ensuring that we provide accurate advice and guidance to new and existing clients on plans for recruitment and development of their workforce.
What is the proudest moment or achievement in your life?
My two children
What do you do to relax?
Spend time with my family, go to the gym and watch football.
Tell us a little known fact about yourself
After football my second most passionate hobby is cooking
What is your favourite Cheese?
Red Leicester

Why Work With Us?

You won’t find many other training organisations with our hands-on approach and who can deliver work-based qualifications in almost any part of the country and with such a wide range of Facilities Management Training. We’re passionate about helping organisations and individuals achieve their goals, better themselves and improve their working lives. That’s what gets us out of bed in the morning!

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