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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 has been Training in Care’s Senior Tutor for several years progressing from a degree in Community Services to assessor and teaching qualifications and safeguarding lead.

In 2020 Sarah attended Ofsted training with the help of South Tyneside Skills. This undoubtedly has helped her in achieving grade 1 outstanding quality monitoring reviews! 

Sarah became head of Quality over all programmes, ensuring that the present delivery and any future courses which are written are held to the same high standards.

During Covid Sarah also become responsible for the delivery of our national programmes, working with the Department of Health and Skills for Care to deliver eLearning training to current staff and new entrants to the Care sector across England. She currently oversees the national contract and development of continuous professional development courses where her research skills are put to good use!

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.




Michael Philip Brown LL.B (Hons)


Michael joined the company in 2010 following a long career as a senior partner in a firm of solicitors. He works closely with the contracts manager to manage the governance and compliance of company contracts and uses his past position as Head of contractual law to examine legal contracts which the company enters with suppliers and customers. Michael is a company Director with his wife Angela who founded the company in 1999.

Sheldon Bainbridge


Sheldon undertook Level 4 AAT Accountancy Training and graduated in Level 5 Leadership and Management whilst working within the company. 

Having worked within the company for many years she has progressed from an administrative assistant role to Contracts Manager.

 Sheldon oversees all the company contracts, working closely with both company directors on business direction and growth.

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 and is a company Director within this family run business.

Alissa Davie

Alissa works part time as an HR consultant to the company. Alissa has a Master’s degree in English and a Law degree. Alissa has worked within the Financial Ombudsman Service where she progressed to managing teams of managers. She has trained in management of people in a post graduate course at Edinburgh University and completed training in both HR and team management with the Financial Ombudsman Service



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