About Us

Who are we?

The Skills Network is one of the most successful providers of online learning solutions in the UK. Distance learning supports educators, employers and learners across the UK, and internationally, by developing and delivering effective and innovative skills training and published educational content. The Skills Network has a variety of innovative products and services for your organisation.

Education sector work

The Skills Network delivers a number of state-of-the-art products and services to colleges, local authorities and training providers, including:

  • Providing sub-contracted training for both classroom based AEB and ESF funding streams
  • Award-winning online learning solutions
  • High quality and affordable paper-based and online learning materials
  • Working with employers

    Supporting workforce development throughout the UK and internationally, we are constantly developing new, original and engaging ways to deliver learning and training to maintain our market-leading status. Having worked with over 4,000 organisations, we are committed to finding the right solution for any business.

    Helping individuals reach their goals

    With numerous courses available, we help individuals to increase their skill set. Whether it be for job opportunities or to simply gain knowledge of a certain subject, The Skills Network's nationally recognised qualifications are available for the public to buy on our site, enabling people to get exactly what they need to make their next step in life.

    Our Mission

    Our mission is to combine innovative technology and outstanding customer service to help enrich lives through learning and to inspire and nurture this ethos worldwide.

    Our Vision

    To be the number one provider of technology-based learning and skills.

    Our Values

    Achieving excellence

    Striving to be the best and continually delivering excellence

    Inspiring others to achieve

    Developing talent

    Passion to improve and grow


    Meet the team

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    Peter McCann


    After graduating with a psychology degree, Peter trained as an outreach careers officer before he was approached to work on a project with unemployed young people. He subsequently achieved teaching, training and management qualifications within a further education career in which he achieved rapid promotions before becoming Deputy Principal at Leeds City College and Principal of Kirklees College. Since 2017, he has worked as an Education and Training Consultant undertaking Interim Principal and consultancy functions across the education and training sector before taking up his role as chairman of The Skills Network.

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    Claire Conlaund

    Managing Director

    Claire joined TSN in 2013 and worked initially on bringing the company in line with its fast growth across financial systems and processes. Former Finance Director with a strong background in financial management across a range of sectors Claire has been instrumental in the growth of the company over the last few years driving efficiencies, process and future strategy. As part of the planned transition Claire will lead the operational board in delivering the strategy and ensuring the company achieves its growth targets and hand over all financial reporting responsibilities.

    Daniel Wilson

    Apprenticeships Director

    Daniel began his career 20 years ago working for five years in a student support role. He then moved into the financial sector, where he worked for 13 years as a Branch Manager and then Financial Advisor. Joining The Skills Network in 2012, his knowledge of sales and the financial sector were put to use as he successfully grew our employer-led and consumer sales divisions. Daniel was quickly promoted to Operations Director, where he took over responsibility for Delivery and Quality functions, culminating in a Grade 2 OFSTED inspection. In August 2018 Daniel will take up post as Apprenticeships Director. This role will see his skills and experience put to full use, as he launches a large scale plan to deliver market-leading apprenticeships in new and innovative ways.

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    Rachel Kay

    Curriculum and Partnerships Director

    Rachel joined The Skills Network in March 2012 after a long and successful career in the Financial Services industry. Rachel currently manages the Contract Management Unit of the business which looks after all sub-contracting partners. Rachel’s contract management ensures the service we provide is of the highest standard. Education, learning and helping people develop and improve their skills and qualifications is a passion of Rachel’s and her current role ensures she can reach a large and receptive target audience who share the same goals.

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    Luke Goodlet

    Operations Director

    Luke joined the team in May 2018. For the two and a half years prior, Luke worked as an independent consultant providing specialist advice and support to a variety of colleges and training providers. Before this Luke worked for a number of highly regarded FE colleges and universities, where he developed an impressive track record in senior management roles. His expertise include data analysis, quality monitoring, problem solving and process redesign, combined with strong people skills and the ability to understand and respond to customer requirements. It is this blend of skills and experience that shape his leadership of TSN’s operations.

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    James Earl

    Education Sales Director

    James is responsible for overseeing commercial and business development activity at The Skills Network, with over 13 years’ experience in marketing and business development. James has worked within sales, marketing and media during his time at Newcastle College and through working at one of the world’s largest architectural firms, WS Atkins, and the UK’s largest sub-contracted construction firm, NG Bailey, James has vast experience in high-profile marketing and business development projects. James has helped businesses across the globe to identify both efficiencies and innovative learning and development strategies by using The Skills Network’s products and services.