Meet the Team

Kerry Halford

Kerry Halford

Tutor/Assessor

I live in Bath now, although originally from sunny Dorset on the South Coast.  I have been working as an Assessor/Tutor for a few years and I love the job, it is very rewarding and great to see Learners flourishing into their chosen careers and learning the relevant skills and knowledge to gain their qualifications and experience for their futures.  I also work with a great team of lovely people at Next Level Training! I am also part of a Rock Choir (I love Queen!) and have been partial to learning Ballroom dancing particularly Salsa and Cha Cha!

Nickname: ‘KJ’ Can you guess my middle name….

My goal for this year:  To  continue with my philosophy in life to be kind, caring, love, live and overall be happy & healthy! 

I was fortunate to spend 2 years working in Cyprus where I gained a new language, learned new work experiences, the Sun on my back each day and met some famous people in particular Danny Jones from McFly/The Voice!

Favourite film – Anything cheerful and uplifting with some comedy in the mix!  Mammia Mia, Bridget Jones & Love Actually

Ellie Stone

Ellie Stone

Lead Recruitment Consultant

I head up recruitment for Next Level and will be the first point of call for any applicants looking to start an apprenticeship with us. I enjoy going to the pub, trying all the incredible food places in Bristol, cycling and comedy nights.

Nickname: is actually Ellie!

My goal for this year: Is to reconnect with myself – self-care! I am making time for good sleep, positive mental and physical health, time for hobbies and interests and seeing those people I love ….pampering and prosecco also included.

My most interesting fact: I play both the flute and saxophone and have travelled Europe as part of an Orchestra

Favourite film: District 9, Without a Paddle, Bridget Jones’ Diary, or anything with Adam Sandler

Lucy Agnew

Lucy Agnew

Director

I am Divisional Director and work alongside a truly talented and enthusiastic team.

Nickname: Cinders, not sure where that came from.

My goal for this year:  to play the guitar, taking lessons badly at the moment!!

My most interesting fact: I love to travel and my best experience was when I was younger and went on safari at Krugar National Park South Africa AMAZING….

Favourite film: All-time Best “pretty Woman” and then golden oldies Gone with the Wind and Quiet Man….

Ibrar Ahmed

Ibrar Ahmed

Tutor/Assessor

I have lived in Bristol all my life, and have been teaching for almost 12 years now. I enjoy socialising, travelling and do enjoy learning new things. I have always worked with 16+ students and have enjoyed supporting them in their learning journey.

Nickname: Ibz!

My goal for this year: To get though lockdown and go on holiday.

My most interesting fact: Very lucky to have travelled over 20 countries.

Favourite film: East is East and From Dusk till Dawn.

Sadia Haq

Sadia Haq

Digital Marketing Tutor/Assessor

Hello, I’m Sadia. I’m one of the tutors at Next Level training and I deliver the teaching on the Level 3 Digital Marketer Apprenticeship. Before teaching, I worked in marketing for some major blue-chip national companies including Unilever and Sony BMG.

Nickname: Sads

My goal for this year: To be more present in the moment and not worry about yesterday or tomorrow!

My most interesting fact: I used to work for Sony BMG music and often had to have marketing meetings with Simon Cowell. And yes, he still wore his trousers high even back then!

Favourite film: Anything by Quentin Tarantino, The Cohen Brothers and Luc Besson (The Big Blue and Leon are some favs!)

Kate Sperring

Kate Sperring

Director

My name is Kate, I am the Director of Next Level Training who is lucky enough to work with and steer this wonderful team!! I enjoy all social activities and any time spent with my slightly crazy family.

Nickname: Widge –  My maiden name Widger will never leave me!

My goal for this year: To lose the 2 stone I feel like I put on in lockdown (too much food and prosecco)!! And of course to make more memories with my boys!

My most interesting fact: I used to work as a holiday rep and have been lucky enough to spend a couple of years in Austria, Spain and Greece

Favourite film: The Wizard of Oz, Calamity Jane, The Wedding Singer! I’m a sucker for a musical!!

Michelle Wheeler

Michelle Wheeler

Quality of Divisional Data Development and Finance

My name is Michelle Wheeler and I have been working within the great Next Level team for the last five years. I have worked within Apprenticeships since I left school in 1998 and have seen huge changes over that time. I currently work within the data and finance department which I really enjoy.

Nickname: Shell

My goal for this year: to make lots of new memories with family and friends after the last 18 months of covid.

My most interesting fact: I am an absolute adrenaline junkie, you will find me riding roller coasters whenever I can!

Favourite film: Love watching films with my son, we really enjoy Harry Potter, Disney, Marvel but my favourite is Grease  

Sheridan Newman

Sheridan Newman

Tutor/Assessor

I live in Bristol, but I’m originally from Weston Super Mare. I live with my Husband, Son and a lazy Beagle called Baxter, I love Robbie Williams, Shoes, Travelling & Prosecco! Not necessarily in that order. I have had a really varied career working in retail, sales, national accounts before moving into a training role around 20 years ago (giving my age away). I really enjoy training and development, seeing learners gain knowledge and skills that will help them in their career and reach their full potential.

Nickname: Everyone calls me Sher

My goal for this year: To say yes to every invitation and opportunity! Only say no if I already have said yes to something else lol

My most interesting fact: I have done voiceovers and singing for adverts, I went to the Brit Awards every year with an old job, most memorable when Gerri wore the Union Jack dress! My favourite places are St Ives in Cornwall, Barcelona, New York and Lindos in Rhodes. I have a bucket list of things I want to see and do before I die, including swimming with sharks. I love Chocolate, but Cadburys is my favourite!

Favourite film: Too many to have 1! Top 5 Grease, My Fair Lady, Full Monty, Jaws & Shawshank Redemption

 

Abbie Barrett

Abbie Barrett

Senior Manager - Business Development & Recruitment

I am originally from Bristol and am still here now where I live with my husband, 3 girls and 2 crazy dogs! I manage the recruitment team and the client/employer business development side of the business to win new contracts and account manage our existing clients.

Nickname: Baz

My goal for this year: Not to worry about what others think and just do me and work hard play hard!

My most interesting fact: I have had 48 driving licenses… I have always been guilty of losing things!

Favourite film: Step Brothers, Lion King and Bridesmaids

Jordan Cross

Jordan Cross

IT

My name is Jordan and I work for Reflections Training Academy & Next Level. I am the Bristol Lead Health & Safety Officer as well as Bristol Lead IT Support. I am always happy to lend a helping hand when and where I can! In my personal time, I enjoy playing guitar for my band and touring around, growing various plants in my house and looking after my lizard babies.

Nickname: Jay, Jord

My goal for this year: To be able to get back on tour again and also travel a bit more once Covid is over!

My most interesting fact: Other than playing guitar, I have many random tattoos, including my singers name on my ankle! I’m not that interesting!

Favourite film: either Fight Club or Pulp Fiction