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Vocational team

Health and Social Care

Alice DeaconChristina HarperJim HughstonLee FurnellMaddy PhillipsSharon Hempton-Smith

From left to right: Alice Deacon, Christina Harper, Jim Hughston, Lee Furnell, Maddy Phillips, Sharon Hempton-Smith

Sharon Hempton-Smith
Qualifications Senior Manager (Vocational Training)

Sharon has worked in the health and social care sector for the majority of her career and in that time has been a registered nurse and completed nursing education at the University of Worcester. Since 2000, Sharon has been involved in vocational learning with what was the Primary Care Trust and when that became Hoople, Sharon took on the role of managing the Vocational Training team.

Dental Nursing

Stacey Knill

Pictured: Stacey Knill

Early Years Education and Childcare

Carole Amos-GoslingKirsty Staunton

From left to right: Carole Amos-Gosling, Kirsty Staunton

Leadership and Management

Clair Rogers

Pictured: Clair Rogers

Clair Rogers

Clair started her career as a support worker at a residential school in Herefordshire, where she later completed a teacher training qualification. This led to her eventually working for the local authority, where she delivered nationally recognised qualifications for the learning disability sector. From 2008, Clair worked in the private sector, supporting organisations with their workforce development. This included seeking and funding training and, thanks to her knowledge in the subject, Clair built up a reputation for her expertise and insight.

In 2017 Clair joined the Hoople team as a level 5 tutor/assessor/IQA (internal quality assurance), and has since taken on the delivery of level 2 and 3 Institute of Leadership and Management and bespoke training, including LEP funded modules for SME businesses. A key member of the team, she carries a vast wealth of knowledge and is always driven in her work by her passion for promoting dignity in care.

Functional Skills

Sally Ware

Pictured: Sally Ware (not pictured: Nicole Gardner, Zoe Short)

Sally Ware
Functional Skills Tutor

Sally spent many years in business in Directorship and Company Secretary roles, before retraining as an English tutor, including studying for a CTLLS qualification (Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) with Hoople.

During this time Sally worked for Hereford College of Arts teaching Functional Skills (English and Maths) and GCSE English. In addition, she became Course Leader for the Contact Course (SEN students). Sally has also worked as an English Teacher at an independent school for children aged 11 – 16 with social, emotional and mental health problems.

Nicole Gardner
Functional Skills Tutor

Nicole Gardner has joined Hoople to provide additional functional skills support for learners.

Nicole has a Business Management degree and a diverse career to date that has included roles within a Jobcentre, Surrey County Council and a medical insurance company in London. 

On moving to Herefordshire more than 15 years’ ago, Nicole completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in ICT. She has since worked in different  primary schools across the county, ranging in size from large city to small village establishments. She also taught at St Andrew’s International School in Bangkok.

Nicole has a deep love of teaching and learning and is relishing the challenge of finding ways to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of functional skills.