Meet the EDS Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to meet the demands of the ever changing face of education at both national and a local level.

Steven Knight

Steven Knight

Company Founder and Managing Director
Robert Pritchard

Robert Pritchard

Business and Marketing Director
Verity Brown

Verity Brown

Operations Manager
Gaynor Bagnall

Gaynor Bagnall

Quality Manager

Gaynor joined the EDS team in December 2016 as a Functional Trainer. Gaynor has many years of experience delivering Functional Skills along with Health and Safety, IT and Care. Her previous roles have included managing a training centre, assessing NVQ qualifications and promoting excellence in learning. Gaynor is a Shropshire girl, born in Much Wenlock, attending The William Brookes secondary school and then Shrewsbury College to complete her BTEC National Diploma in Social Care. She has a passion for learning and believes that it’s never too late to achieve your goals. With this in mind, she returned to Bournville College to complete her teaching qualification. In addition, Gaynor loves to travel and meet new people. She also has a young family who she enjoys taking to the beach at any opportunity at a weekend, no matter what the weather!

Ian Fardoe

Ian Fardoe

Centre Manager - Skills Centre Walsall

Ian Joined EDS in February 2018.
He has been involved in youth work and environmental education for over 20 years with a wealth of experiences in other industries including journalism, road safety and music.
Before joining EDS he was working as an offender learning lecturer, teaching young adults inside a prison.
He firmly believes in giving young people the opportunity to develop their potential and making learning as fun and rewarding as possible.
He also has a passion for cycling, thinks nothing of riding across Europe to go racing and organising the odd world championship or two.

Lisa Dean

Lisa Dean

Receptionist and Attendance Administrator - Skills Centre Walsall

Lisa joined EDS in the role of Receptionist and Attendance Administrator in October 2017. Lisa has worked in several sectors including working with adults and young people with learning difficulties. Lisa looks forward to fresh challenges and assisting young people is an area she finds very rewarding. Lisa has two boys and enjoys spending time with them whether it be baking or gaming! When she’s not busy being a mum, Lisa likes to spend any rare spare time enjoying a good book or superhero movie!

Steve Levett

Steve Levett

Hospitality and Catering Tutor - Skills Centre Walsall

Steve has worked for 30 years in the Hospitality industry in all areas including general manager.
He has been teaching in FE and workplace based hospitality
apprenticeships for 7 years.
Living in the hills, he is a hard working runner and applies that same work ethic into developing people to their full potential.

Latoya Gayle

Latoya Gayle

Hair and Beauty Tutor - Skills Centre Walsall

Latoya is an experienced Hair and Beauty Lecturer/Trainer and Assessor. Latoya has a strong background within the Further Education industry along with private training institutions.
Prior to her role within EDS, Latoya worked as an Assessor on and off site for Walsall College in both main stream and SLDD/SEN departments.