Dr. Angela Brown


Angela trained and qualified as a teacher in 1975. Her interest in sociology and social policy led her into the field of social work where, as a qualified social worker, she worked in teams of child protection and child psychiatry. In 1983 she returned to teaching in colleges of Further and Higher Education. Her portfolio of teaching experience includes; Diploma in Social Work, Residential Social Work, Bereavement Counselling, writing in-service courses, A-Level and GCSE English, Sociology, GNVQ Health and Social Care, Supply teaching in both primary and secondary school,. Early Years Course Leader CACHE Nursery Nursing P/T Course, developing and delivering the HNC and HND Early Childhood Studies. Her work has involved supervising and enabling students from Foundation Stage through to degree level. Progression for the care sector is an issue which she is passionate about.

Angela is Chair of England and England’s employer representative for the UK on the Playwork Education and Training Council. She is a Board of Trustee for Skills Active, a member of National Training Council and a local authority workforce development strategy group.

Angela has achieved a Doctorate in Workforce Development in Children and Adult Care and is presently Chief Executive Officer of Training in Care Ltd a training academy delivering accredited courses and bespoke professional development training to the sector. She is also CEO of The Care People Community Interest Company; a delivery model incubator for care professionals.


Sarah Jolley


Sarah qualified both in Community & Youth Studies and Supporting Teaching and Learning. On achieving her first degree Sarah began her teaching qualification; she has experience of delivering both functional skills and vocational courses in various settings across age groups.

Sarah has a wealth of experience working in the community with adults and young people who are socially or economically disadvantaged. She has also worked extensively and widely within the education system from infants through to undergraduates at university. Sarah has supported many young people to achieve their qualifications, including young people with severe social, emotional and behavioural issues.

She is passionate about assisting children, young people and adults to fulfil their educational potential whilst overcoming obstacles.

Lynne Sparkes

Lynne was Director of an Adult Domiciliary Care company prior to joining the Training in Care team. She used her knowledge of delivering care services to train as a tutor, believing that Carers deserve to have ownership of their own career path, and that she wanted to become part of that journey.

In addition to her vocational qualifications, Lynne has successfully completed level 4 Teacher Training, Level 5 Leadership and Management, Assessor for Sunderland University Teacher Training Placement Courses and is Head of the Study Programme.

Lynne continues her study, recently enrolling into the Functional Skills Assessor Training, to further reinforce the blended approach within the study programme.

As part of the vocational teaching team Lynne is part of the curriculum development offer for Training in Care.

Natalie New

Natalie really is a product of “grow your own staff” initially enrolling as an Apprentice with the company. 

After several years delivering childcare services, Natalie became interested in working with adults. She undertook her Teacher Training at Level 4 and her Assessors Awards and worked for several years as teaching support in the classroom.

Since joining the Training in Care team, her skills and ability have been recognised in her developmental research work. Natalie is part of the curriculum development team and tutors on the eLearning programmes. Recently she has been promoted to Head of the DWP programmes in South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Dawn Graham

Dawn has been with the company for many years. Starting as a student with no vocational qualifications she has progressed to level 3 Diploma in both children and adult care. 

Dawn attended additional training to support our students in the classroom and has worked with us as Lead on a Travel Training Project, and Supervisor of The Care People CIC in the childcare sector.

As her experience and confidence grew, Dawn has demonstrated her love of learning by continuous professional development courses leading in her attainment of Assessor Awards and now works as Tutor Assessor/Tutor support within the company.


Michael Philip Brown LL.B (Hons)


Michael obtained a Law Degree at Bristol University in 1970 and in 1973 qualified as a solicitor. He subsequently became a partner in a multidisciplinary practice and dealt with a wide variety of aspects of the law in the course of a legal career lasting almost 40 years. Ultimately Michael specialised in commercial law until his retirement from practice in 2010 when he became a director of Training in Care Ltd. In addition to his responsibilities as director Michael handles all contractual and related legal matters for the company and oversees, with the professional advice of the company accountant, the financial running of the company.

Sheldon Bainbridge


Sheldon joined Training in Care in 2012 as an administration assistant with AAT level 3 Diploma in Accounting. She progressed to Financial Administrator after undertaking AAT level 4 Diploma in Accounts. Sheldon is responsible for the tracking of student information relating to government contracts, and monitors the financial structure within The Care People Community Interest Company.

Fay Brown

Fay joined the Training in Care team part time whilst continuing her work as a journalist with the BBC and Independent Production Companies. 

During Covid that role became full time, and she improved Training in Care’s Media presence and took charge of the recruitment and marketing. 

 Using her undoubtable communication skills, she became Lead in a local Authority Contract, managing data, and communications to fulfil recruitment in several local authorities’ contracts, and promoting the company’s national presence. 

Fay’s research skills have enabled the company to grow its presence and standing within the 

sector. She is currently working with the curriculum team to enhance our eLearning offer, and resources available to our students.



Executive Staff