Corrina Hembury has worked in Further Education for over 20 years serving as Director level at 2 other Training Providers. As Managing Director at Access Training, she is responsible for the strategic and operational running of the organisation, always putting learners at the heart of decisions. She currently serves as a Vice Chair of NOCN, one of the country’s largest Awarding Organisations and a leading educational charity.
A passionate advocate for the role Further Education has in changing people’s lives, Corrina started her own career as an Apprentice and believes that training and education are critical for both individuals and businesses to reach their full potential.
Will Nixon is the Chair of Access Training following 30 years working in senior roles in the education and training, housing, regeneration, and social enterprise sectors. Will was formerly Deputy Chief Executive of Aspire Housing based in North Staffordshire and was Managing Director of PM Training, their training subsidiary who supported over 2,500 people a year. Will is also a Board Member and Treasurer of Social Enterprise UK, the national membership body of social enterprises as well as Adra, the largest housing association based in North Wales.
"I am delighted to be Chair of Access Training at such an exciting time in our evolution. I can already see the great work that we do has such a positive impact and I want to build on this. I want Access to be one of the best training providers in the Country and to grow and diversify our services further so that we can support more learners and apprentices as well as businesses. This in turn will help to provide people with excellent qualifications and career opportunities and help to strengthen our regional and national economy. I want us to be renowned for excellence in all that we do and look forward to working with all colleagues and stakeholders to make this a reality".
Helen has worked in the housing and training professions for 30 years, she is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, who has influenced housing policy and practice as a former Trustee on the CIH National Council and Regional Board Chair. She has extensive non-executive experience and supports Access Trainings Board in the capacity of a non-executive Director.
Helen is a Company Director with ARK Consultancy and leads their People division; she has a keen interest in personal development and has been instrumental in leading cultural change and transformation programmes. She works with organisations to create powerful and empowering cultures that ensure their overall success, supporting their organisational development and improving performance. She also heads up the ARK Academy which offers innovative – and bespoke - training and personal development solutions.
Ceri joined Futures housing Group Executive Team in 2020. He plays a leading role in delivering the ambitious growth plans set out in their new corporate plan with a particular focus on building strong partnerships. He is also responsible for strategic development, asset maximisation and investment and has now joined the Board of Access Training.
Ceri brings a breadth of experience from the private and public sectors with over 20 years’ experience and a broad range of strategic and operational skills. He joins Futures from Flagship Group where he has been Head of Partnerships & Business Development since 2016. Before that he worked as Operations Director with London-based One Housing Group and as Director of Business Improvement and Performance with Kier Group. He also sits on the East Region Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is a Regional Council Member with the CBI (Confederation of British Industry).
"Access Training offer high quality apprenticeships therefore not only give people the right steps for progression, but also the right direction to secure, meaningful and enjoyable careers.
As Group Director of Strategic Partnerships & Growth at Futures Housing Group, I am passionate about raising awareness of the fact that we do not just provide homes for people, however crucial that is. We also give people the chance to find out what they want to do in life and offer on-the-job learning opportunities to help develop skills and build careers. Working closely with Access Training is how we can continue to achieve this."
Nicola joined the board in January 2022.
Her background combines commercial acumen with social purpose. She is a business owner-manager, and an experienced non-executive board member and trustee.
Nicola has a strong track record in business growth and marketing, having more than thirty years’ experience of working with people and organisations across numerous sectors, including housing, regeneration, education, care, engineering, manufacturing and technology.
Nicola is a purposeful leader, whose guiding ethos is that, above all, people matter. Wherever she contributes, Nicola is a leader of excellence, and she upholds values of integrity, quality and innovation, as a reflection that people deserve the best. Her ultimate vision is to enable every person or organisation she connects with to be the best they can be, so they, in turn, can create positive ripples of impact.
Before running Creative Bridge, a specialist marketing and communications agency, Nicola held senior-level posts in housing and education for more than 15 years. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, an active member of the Association of Business Leaders, the former chair of Achieve Training, former NED of Aspire Housing, and a current trustee of North Shakespeare Trust.
Outside of work, Nicola enjoys travel, good food, art and theatre.
Nicola in a nutshell:
“I love connecting people, ideas and causes to make the world a better place.”