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

    Inspiring

    Developing talent

    Collaborating for success.

    Meet the team

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    Peter McCann

    Executive Chairman

    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.

    Stuart Allen

    Curriculum and Quality Director

    Stuart joined TSN in February 2019 as Director of Curriculum and Quality. Stuart has 15 years’ experience within the further education sector working in roles ranging from a teacher to a Vice Principal. Stuart is a passionate and driven senior leader who is dedicated to the delivery of career defining and life changing education and training. Stuart has a breadth of experience in strategic and operational leadership that delivers successful and sustained outcomes for learners, staff, employers and stakeholders. Stuart has a strong belief that working in education and skills is a privilege.

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    Rachel Kay

    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

    Executive 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.

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    Mark Flannery

    Executive Marketing Director

    Mark joined TSN in July 2019, with an extensive background in sales, marketing and education over his 19-year career.
    Mark has held key roles in the Further Education sector, including Director of Marketing and Student Services at Newcastle College and, most recently, Group Director of Marketing and Communications at Stockton Riverside College Group.
    Equipped with a wealth of marketing experience, Mark will be responsible for driving forward TSN’s marketing strategy and ensuring that TSN is positioned as the provider of choice with the strongest brand and presence in the sector.
    From a marketing perspective, Mark aims to build on TSN’s in-house digital expertise, whilst adding a strong sales focus to TSN marketing and building on the good work already achieved by the Marketing Team.