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Our Team

Through extensive experience, the ELA Education team has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by leaders in Early Years and schools settings.


We also understand how to engage stakeholders from diverse cultural and socio-economic communities, and offer short courses, a range of apprenticeships, and support solutions to support education provisions on their journey of continuous improvement.

Meet Our Team

Ali Khan


More than 20 years’ experience in the leadership of Adult Learning and Apprenticeships. He is a qualified PRINCE2® and APM Project Manager, but most of all is passionate about people and making a difference. Ali is the founding director of ELA Training Services.

Jasmine Junco

Having already worked for several years in the training sector, Jasmine is a highly efficient and effective administration coordinator, who quickly adapts to a variety of systems and platforms. She offers excellent levels of customer service to all internal and external stakeholders. Jasmine also has a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management.

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Fuz Zaidi

A Business Management graduate with more than 10 years’ experience working in the FE sector. Fuz has worked in a variety of management roles under MIS and Compliance for Independent Training Providers and Employer Providers. Fuz leads our MIS, Administration, and Compliance division, with a key focus on data integrity and improving efficiency across the division.

Karen Biddulph


Karen has been working in childcare since 1987. She has previously been a childcare manager of a multi-cultural centre; running pre-school, messy play, parents and tots, youth clubs and breakfast club on-site and off-site after-school clubs, and holiday playschemes for 4 to 13 year olds. She’s been a training officer- assessor since 2006.

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Cathryn Butler

Cathryn is our Head of Learning Operations, having successfully built and led our Health & Social Care division. Cathryn supports the Apprenticeship Team Leaders and Functional Skill team across all provisions to ensure the highest possible levels of customer service, operational efficiency and progress in learning.

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Jen Denny

Jen is our Head of People and Culture, and brings a wealth of skills and high-level experience in both the private and public sector across the UK and internationally.
Jen has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in International Training and HRM, CIPD) She is also a member of the British Psychological Society(BPS) and is a passionate Executive Coach (ILM L7).


Amy Hallam

Amy heads up our team of Function skills and ALS lead specialists and has been teaching English and Maths at different levels for nearly 20 years in various settings. Amy also has vast experience in leading Quality Assurance and holds a Certification in Education, a Level 7 in Teaching People with Specific Learning Difficulties, and a Level 5 in Teaching English.

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Sandra Chatwood

Sandra is our Head of Quality at ELA and has been working within the Adult Education & Skills sector for over 20 years. Sandra is a Qualified Assessor and Quality Assurer holding a Level 5 Leadership & Management qualification, Certificate in Education, Qualified Teaching Status, as well as her Advanced Teaching Status. Sandra is a Fellow Member of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and is recorded on the Professional Status Register as well as the Chartered Teacher Directory.


Ali Muqadas

Ali Muqadas is our Finance & Data Manager at ELA, with over 10 years of experience in Finance, Auditing, and Accounting. Ali can do things with spreadsheets and dashboards that we never thought possible, and has been instrumental in developing our use of data for planning, decision making and performance management.


Wendy Johnson

Wendy is a member of our Functional Skills team. In addition to having delivered Maths & English, Wendy has also delivered employability, digital skills, and mentoring to help people back into work. Wendy enjoys supporting learners to gain confidence within subjects to help them believe in their ability to succeed.


Sonia Girling

Sonia has over 7 years’ experience as a Qualified Teacher and also works in our Functional Skills Team. Working throughout different key stages in schools, colleges, and remote settings, she has been delivering both GCSE and Functional Skills Qualifications to a wide variety of learners. She holds a BA in English & Drama, a Postgraduate Teaching Degree, and a Master’s in Education Practice

Sheila Kemp

Sheila has more than 20 year’s experience as a Childcare Trainer, Assessor and also QA analyst, while having also managed a Nursery Setting for 5 years.  Sheila’s experience spans nursery schools, after-school clubs and holiday clubs. Sheila also works with youth centres on a voluntary basis, planning activities and trips for children and young adults.

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Le-Ann Kurland

Le-Ann works as an Apprenticeship Team Leader-Early Years. Throughout her career, Le-Ann has learned to value the importance of high-quality teaching. She developed a career as an assessor from her experience at Legoland and her Early Year’s degree. She enjoyed this immensely and learnt a great deal from her Internal verifier, which then helped spark her interest in internal verification and enabled her to complete V1, EPA and PTTLS qualifications..

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Uzma Khan Ali works in the Admin and Compliance Team, having worked with ELA for 5 years Uzma has greatly enjoyed being a part of the growth of the company from its humble beginnings. Uzma has completed her Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship whilst working with ELA and plays a key role in supporting the administration of examinations.

Anita Gomez

Anita has more than 20 years experience of working in the lifelong learning sector as a qualified trainer, assessor and coach. Anita is passionate about helping people; and after a varied career has found her calling, supporting those with barriers to learning with their Functional Skills qualifications. As Anita has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, she specialises in supporting Maths and ICT qualifications.


Sharon Weekes

Having previously worked in a six bedded, residential, home for children and young people with autism, learning disabilities and/or complex needs, Sharon has a proven track record of working with children in a supportive and educational setting, for over 10 years. During this time gained her Early years qualifications Level 3 Teaching and Learning and Level 4 Children and Young People Residential.


Amy Leeds has been assessing level 2 and 3 Early Years qualifications since 2016. Before this, she was an Early Years Practitioner/Montessori for almost 20 years. She worked in pre-schools and day nurseries during this time, and so has a wide range of experience in the Early Years sector.


Deborah Spence

Deborah Spence have worked in the Early Years Education sector for 26 years. From leaving Highschool she has been trained and then worked as a Level 3 Early Years Nursery Practitioner and moved on to a managerial role running a successful pre-school nursery and trained to level 4 as part of her role.



Claire Collen

Claire Collen has 19 years’ experience within Early Years and have a Degree with BA Hons in Management of a Childcare Provision and an Early Years Teacher Status. Before joining ELA, she worked as the Manager of a Private Day Nursery for 14 years supporting, children, parents/carers, and practitioners.

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Minahil Iqbal

Minahil have been in childcare for 11 years, started as a nursery practitioner and worked her way up to a manager. she holds a degree in early childhood studies and have always been passionate about child development. Over the years she has worked with different ability children and specialised working with children with autism and English as additional language.

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Carey West

After doing work experience at School aged 15, this set Carey on a course to work with children.  At 17, she started working as an Apprentice Nursery Assistant.  This then resulted in a journey through different settings working as a registered childminder, after School club manager, supporting a SEND