tpm has adopted the Association of Employers and Learning Providers (AELP), Code of Good Governance for Independent Training Providers. Our daily operations are underpinned with governance provided by a competent, skilled and highly experienced senior management team (SMT). This includes a full-time internal CIMA qualified accountant.

This is supported by external accountancy expertise from Liverpool-renowned accountants Alexander Myerson and Co. Limited. Established in 1936 their enviable reputation was acquired for providing excellent business advice to clients.

Also, we have five independent external governors who provide specialist professional support in different fields. These individuals contribute to the organisation’s governance by undertaking drop-in observations, speaking and listening to stakeholders (including learners and employers), meeting with the board of directors and senior management team, and providing specialist advice based on their area of expertise.

Our 5 external governors are:

Claire Collins


Claire is a consultant and researcher with over 20 years’ experience of adult learning and development work. She has worked in the UK and Europe supporting the development and roll out of national adult learning initiatives.

Claire’s particular focus is on adult literacy, numeracy, language and ICT (adult literacies) and she has specialisms in vocational training and offender learning. Claire has written articles and quality improvement guides/ case studies on adult learning and curriculum development.

Claire has also supported and coordinated teacher-training projects for a wide range of contexts. tpm staff have benefitted directly from pilot and development work that Claire has designed, authored or championed.

Claire is passionate about equality and inclusion; she has collaborated on initiatives to raise literacy within minority groups and foster equality for learners with a wide range of needs, styles and preferences. She is an advocate for active learning and the use of new technologies and has a strong track record in quality improvement across all adult learning sectors.


Mrs Bev Neil


Bev is the owner of a private day care nursery and has more than a decade of experience in the early years sector. She has many transferrable skills from various roles, including but not limited to a store assistant and banking clerk.

Bev was a Beaver Scout leader serving the local community when her sons were younger and resigned from the position only to begin her own business with the Old School House Nursery.

Bev is committed to life-long learning; as a mature learner she completed her level 3 in CCLD and level 4 in management. She continues her skills and knowledge development, undertaking other courses to further her CPD in Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, Paediatric first aid, food hygiene and others relevant to her role as an Early Years Practitioner.


Suzanne Tawakol-Bell


Suzanne worked as a Police Officer for 20 years. She brings a wealth of experience about dealing with children and vulnerable adults. She can identify safe environments for young people as well as recognise and avoid risk or make change.

Suzanne has worked in a Child Protection role for over 8 years, identifying, investigating and supporting young victims, the offenders and the supporting roles of both sides. This involved work with partner agencies such as Social Services, Housing, Education, Job Centre as well as other professionals in Health Care, Physically and Psychologically and additionally worked with Registered Sex Offenders for 8 years managing and monitoring them in the community.

Suzanne is a mum and has a 7-year-old son and is step mother to two children.


Dawn Makinson


A Neurodiversity expert and consultant with 25 years experience. The founder of Working4Autism; Dawn is an experienced, highly qualified Specialist Education and Business Consultant in Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and associated learning differences and disabilities. These include Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Dawn has 25 years’ experience in neuro-diversity including roles within the Autism Children and Adult Service as a Specialist Teacher and Lead Trainer followed by Head of the Education Outreach Service.

Dawn is an Associate Tutor for the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University and an Approved Brain in Hand specialist trainer and Regional Specialist Consultant for young people and adults funded by DSA, University, Local Authority and businesses. Through DSA funding she provides specialist mentoring and guidance support to students at University. She has extensive experience in designing flexible responses to specific needs through partnership work with other professionals.  Dawn’s particular specialism is in the bespoke design, delivery and evaluation of services to individuals as opposed to the same approach for all.

Dawn has extensive experience of working with organisations on how to commit to, improve, safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults with autism spectrum conditions and associated learning differences and disabilities. She helps people find their own solutions to acknowledge, respect and address learning differences.