The support team at Academy for Distance Learning are here to assist and advise you as to the most suitable online course that will meet your educational needs.

Amanda White


Amanda is responsible for overseeing the entire Admissions process taking over from initial inquiry to the student enrolling in their course. From there she handles the student’s records (which include grades and exams results) and certificate administration, processes registration requests, and general day to day running of enrolled students.

As the Registrar, Amanda is responsible for maintaining all student records, grades, transcripts and qualifications.  Amanda also liaises with tutors and students.  She is held in very high regard by students and tutors.

Amanda has over 30 years of experience covering PR & PA administration, Marketing, Event and Training Management both in the private sector and government. Refining her customer service diplomacy skills in UK Europe & UAE. All students and professionals will find her approachable and happy to help in any way.

Outside of work Amanda has traveLled extensively, she enjoys cooking, taking long walks with the family dog, and time spent with family when they all back in the same continent!

Cara Gage


Cara covers all frontline support to students and delivers efficient & professional advice to meet the needs of students in a range of personal, pastoral, and academic issues.

Cara knows a thing or two about the importance of providing outstanding customer service to members of the public.  Her 28 years experience as a former bank Customer Service Manager, has been an asset to students and tutors alike. She is professional in her approach and at the same time, aware of students’ needs.

Cara joined ADL a few years ago and after completing her intensive ADL training programme, was a star from the beginning.  Cara is one of those persons who naturally goes the extra mile in trying to help. Since many students are new to distance learning knowing that they can contact Cara makes the transition to online learning so much more enjoyable. 

Her level of support is the same for existing students or potential new ones. Students are definitely Cara’s priority!

Daryl V Tempest-Mogg

Principal and Founder - Cert TT (OXon)

Brings over 40 years expertise in international and distance education.  As ADL’s Founder and Director of Vocational Training, his responsibilities include the implementation of student services and ensures that academic quality and course structuring are maintained to a high standard. In addition, he oversees the day-to-day running of the Academy.

Paul Evans

ADL Tutor and Financial Advisor

ACCA, Accounting Technician – BSYA (Cl.Fit) – Clinical Fitness Instructor –  CB. Dip,  Diploma in Payroll Management. – CB.Dip, Diploma in Computerized Bookkeeping – MICB, Member Institute of Certified Bookkeepers – CAPM, Certified Associate Project Manager – Contract Law, Universal Class (USA).

Paul has been a tutor and financial advisor to ADL since our inception.  He brings over 25 years experience in financial advising and management.  In addition to his Accountancy and bookkeeping expertise he is also a tutor for ADL’s bookkeeping courses.  Paul is also a specialist in Project Management.

Jacob Lewis


Jacob is a part of our marketing team who runs the blog and our social media accounts. In addition to his work for us, he is a History and Politics student at Queen Mary, University of London. 

In his spare time he enjoys playing the violin, nature walks and board games. Feel free to message our social media pages asking for music or board game recommendations as well as help in selecting a course that is right for you!

We believe the hallmark of any good distance-learning school is the level of support provided and how much encouragement, motivation and contact with the Tutor is available. 

From the beginning of your course you are assigned your own personal, skilled tutor whom you may contact as often as you like. We encourage unlimited dialogue between you and the Tutor. Our specialists are there to provide as much assistance as you might need, and to encourage you constructively along each stage of the course. 

Our Tutor selection criteria requires all Tutors to have at least a tertiary qualification (there are sometimes exceptions to this rule where experience out-weighs qualifications) and 5 years industry experience. They must also be active in their industry, and demonstrate a willingness to be student-focused. 

Not every Tutor is fit to teach by distance learning. Issues such as poor communication, uncaring attitude and unclear expectations can easily ruin a students home study/distance learning experience. In addition to the above selection criteria we also, require Tutors to have the following qualities: 

a. An Encouraging Attitude
Distance Learning tTutors need to be helpful and encouraging.  Tutors who smile with her/his words can make all the difference on any given day when it comes to student morale. 

b. Patience
We look for Tutors who can demonstrate that they can be patient with their students. A caring Tutor will contact a student either by email or phone and spend time with the student, addressing any issues they might have with the course material. Taking time to explain questions and ensuring the student has an understanding of the lesson before moving onto the next topic, is essential, if the student is to have a rewarding learning experience. 

c. Technological Competency
We expect Tutors to be competent with IT since this is the medium used by most students. ADL offers IT support when needed. 

d. Motivation Through Feedback
We look for Tutors who know how to motivate and provide feedback when marking student assignments. This part of the learning process is essential to improving students understanding their subject matter. T


Michael Booth

B.Sc (Hons) Chemical Engineering, (University of Leeds), MSc with Merit Computer Science, (University of Kent), Executive Associate, Institute of Independent Business International

Michael has over 20 years experience in industry with a diverse academic background incorporating executive management, chemical engineering, and computer science. Michael has an international background and has worked as a technical director, production manager, and operations manager throughout companies across the world. 

He recently completed his MSc in Computer Science from the University of Kent, and is an executive associate of the Institute of the Independent Business International.

Diana Cole

University of Hull, joint (honours) degree in Geography, Sociology & Social anthropology Class II.  Central Manchester College, RSA Postgraduate Diploma for Personal Assistants- Distinction in Law. Stockport Technical College, Certificate in Administrative Management and Diploma in Institute of Personnel Management.  Reaseheath College, BTEC Higher Diploma Garden, RHS Advanced Certificate, and  RHS Diploma in Horticulture.  ACS Distance Education, Permaculture Design Certificate.  Cheadle & Maple College, RHS General Cert and City & Guilds Gardening & Construction.

Memberships:  City & Guilds NPTC, Pesticide Licence PA1 and PA6. Stockport College of Technology, Associate member of the Institute of Administrative Management. Salford College of Technology, Graduate member of the Institute of personnel and Development.  

Diana has a passion for all things horticulture. Her teaching experience includes tutoring as an  RHS tutor for Marple College to Adult Education students and ACS Distance Education. Diana  is also an RHS Assessor for Marple College.  She is the founder of Arbella Gardens where she provides horticultural and permaculture advice to clients including the design, build and rejuvenation service for gardens large and small.  This service also includes  land management.  Some of her projects have included restoring a Victorian walled kitchen garden which was part of an English Landscape Movement country estate in Derbyshire.  

Diana is an experienced online and distance learning tutor who understands the importance of tutor support.

Paul Evans

CAPM, MICB, CB.Dip, PM.Dip, AMCollT, BSYA (Cl. Fit.)

Paul brings three decades of real world business and bookkeeping expertise. His bookkeeping and business experiences include many international Project Management programmes, Directorships, Managerial positions and bookkeeping services. Pauls’ active participation in the bookkeeping profession ensures he is up-to-date with current accounting practices. 

He is a full member of the ICB. His international business background and role as a business counsellor, is an added bonus when helping students pursue their bookkeeping career. Pauls friendly, helpful and motivating personality is a contributing factor in helping many students achieve Distinction in their ICB exams.

Alex Ewing

BSC (with Honours) in Biology, University of Southampton, MSc. Applied Fish Biology, Plymouth Polytechnic.

Alex has over 30 years of experience in Conservation, Biology and Marine Studies. He has worked, and is active, as both a professional and educator in these fields across three continents in countries as diverse as Ecuador and Israel. He is currently involved in undertaking surveys and developing mitigation strategies to protect wildlife prior to building development throughout Kent and is personally licensed to survey protected species in the United Kingdom. 

He also chairs for a charity that promotes sustainable development in Mozambique. He is currently a Senior Ecologist in Canterbury, Kent, and other positions have included: Conservation & Community Officer, Project Officer, Science Teacher and Research Fellow in Aquaculture. Alex’s enthusiasm for wildlife conservation is infectious.

Ashok Francis

B.A. Science (Mangalore University), Honours in Hardware Engineering & Networking (Indian Institute of Hardware Technology), Post Graduate Diploma - Computer Applications (Institute of Human Resources Development, India).

Francis has had a diverse background as an IT professional, experienced in LINUX certification, incorporating web development, administrating and system administration. His IT expertise incorporates Visual Basic. Net, ASP.Net, and SQL Databases.

Juliette Harris

BSc Hons Biology (University of Sussex)

Juliette has over 10 years experience in teaching and private tutoring. As an undergraduate, she contributed to published research on the behaviour of an endangered bat species, though her main areas of interest and pecialisation are genetics and cellular biology. After 7 months in the rainforests & reefs of Central America, Juliette began her teaching career at prestigious private school, Brighton College.  She soon  returned to Central America,  heading up a field-trip for A-level students. 

She has been private tutor & exam coach to a range of students with very diverse backgrounds, aptitudes and expectations.More recently, Juliette has enjoyed working with adults with learning difficulties and enormous barriers to education.  Juliette currently splits her time between England and Bulgaria, where she works as a teacher and missionary.

Helen Holden

BSc (Hons) Psychology, AICB, Level III Diploma in Completion of Self-Assessment Tax Returns, Advanced Sage 50 Accounts Professional V20 Training

Helen is a reliable and dedicated individual with a strong background in bookkeeping, having previously worked for a small accountancy practice for several years whilst studying through her Level II and Level III Certificates in Bookkeeping and Accounts. She earned her own Practice Licence in 2016 and has since become the proprietor of her own bookkeeping business, currently working on a self-employed or sub-contract basis. She is an Associate member of the ICB and has also successfully completed a Level III Diploma in Completion of Self-Assessment Tax Returns and Sage 50 Accounts Professional V20 Training to an Advanced Level.   

She is a past student of ADL, whereby she studied and successfully completed both a Higher Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Science and Environmental Welfare and a Diploma in Photography, winning her a Student of the Year Award. In addition to bookkeeping, she is also passionate about animal, environmental, humanitarian and educational issues, most notably visiting schoolchildren in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya and experiencing their educational systems first-hand. She has recently begun to showcase her photography and digital art work (consisting mainly of animals and wildlife) taken through her travels in her spare time and is driven to fulfil the role of a tutor with ADL by her willingness to assist other people in reaching their potential.

Aleksandr Klyashitsky

BSc Engineering Physics (Honours, University of Alberta, Canada)

Aleksandr focused on lasers, optics and software research during and after his degree. He went on to work in a Canadian laser gas detection company where he published some of his research and focused on optimizing the optics and software of the next generation product. 

After working in this field for a few years, Aleksandr started tutoring engineering, physics, chemistry and maths to students in and just before University, with which he now has a few years experience. Aleksandr is very interested in sustainable technologies which has shifted his focus to researching and learning modern and traditional farming and natural building methods around Europe. 

Howard Leslie

RHS Level 3, Diploma in Horticulture, RH level 2 Certificates

Howard is currently developing raised bed area for horticultural therapy at Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe. The purpose of the program is Integrating person-centred initiatives to enable attending gardeners to work at their own pace developing healthy lifestyles to suit individual needs. Howard is passionate about all things to do with horticulture. 

The Aims include: 

  • Encouraging organic growing  of all vegetables and fruit to produce year round healthy edible food. 
  • Adopting organic principles throughout the garden. 
  • Creating a learning environment which allows participants to work at their own pace in all areas of the garden. 
  • Facilitating teamworking strategies to enable gardeners to learn about gardening within a supportive social framework of other gardeners with varying skill levels. 
  • Introducing daily disciplines that learners can develop and recreate away from the garden to suit their own specialised needs. 
  • Developing a sustainable approach to providing healthy nutritious food. 
  • Building confidence through setting higher goals in gardening competence. 

Set up and project managed LB Plants at Whitworth Hall Walled Garden, a northern based retail hardy plant nursery. 2007- 2012. 

Now trading as Quiet Corner Plants, growing and retailing specialist hardy plants. 2007 – present day. 

Teaching horticulture for Tees Achieve, W.E.A., New College Durham, S& D Training at various sites throughout the northeast. Founding Director of Vegelantes, Social Enterprise, to provide wellbeing support and training through horticultural endeavour within the local community. 2011 Previous horticulture activities has included managing garden centres for Country Gardens Limited, being a self employed Horticultural Agent selling a variety of horticultural goods and services to the Horticultural Industry.

Howard also loves to undertake voluntary work and includes: Edinburgh Hospital Radio, Sussex Aids Centre- Telephone Helpline Co-ordinator, Adult Literacy Volunteer Tutor – Darlington College, Registered as Organic Gardening Mentor with HDRA/ Garden Organics, .Volunteer tutor in Basic Adult Literacy and Numeracy at East Durham College and Darlington College, and Woodhouse Close Volunteer Gardener Supervisor, Bishop Auckland

Iona Lister

Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills. 

Iona has also written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife. She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years. 

Books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer’s Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners. 

Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management. 

Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner.  

Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)  

Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society  

Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support 

Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member 

Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes

Yvonna Leach

Cert -Ed (Christchurch University College), Training the Trainers Cert, (Guild of Guides), Welcome Host Trainers Cert (S.E.E.T.B), Assessors Awards (BTEC), Adult Training Award (C&G), Blue Badge Guide - Professional Guide Qualification,(Institute of Tourist Guides).

All Yvonnes working career has been devoted to the travel and tourism industry. Her 35 years experience in this environment has seen her hold positions from trainer to acting as a travel consultant and event management organiser. She is currently a consultant and trainer for the S.E.Guides Training Programme as well as being an Event Management consultant responsible for planning and executing corporate events, including conferences, team building, incentive events and working with blue chip companies including Pfizer UK and Axa Insurance.

Yvonne, also specialises in working in, and lecturing about Incoming/Domestic tourism in the UK and aspects of both Heritage and Rural tourism. She has her own company which specialises in planning events and weddings in Italy, as well as creative itineraries for tours throughout the UK. Winning the South-East Tourism Marketing Award was one of the highlights of her career.

Noor Mazhar

B.A., M.A. (University of London), Ph.D (University of Liverpool), DipTEFL, DipTESP

Noor has extensive experience in education and his main fields are in the history of ideas, literature and their reciprocal relationship. He tutors students for Psychology and Developmental Psychology. As an added achievement, he has also obtained with distinction diplomas in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English for Business Purposes (ESP).

Dr. Mark C. Mifsud

Phd (Univeristy of Bath)., B.Ed (Hons.) Uni of Malta, P.G.Dip.Env.Mgt., M.Sc., PGCEM, Pg.Cert.EfS., Dip.Eco.Des., Dip.Env.Aud., MiBiol, MIEEM, MiEnvSc, CBiol, CEnv, CSci.(Teach), AMPS, ARPS, PhD.

Mark is a Chartered Biologist, a Chartered Environmental Scientist, a Chartered Science Teacher, a Certified WildlifePhotographer and a Prince II Certified Practitioner with a wide range of experience in Environmental Sciences,Environmental Education and Sustainable Development. Mark has drafted plans for nature projects, reviewed EIAs and advised on ODZ applications within MEPA. He has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of different settings in relation to the environment. 

Mark is currently involved in environmental communication, teaching and mentoring,academic refereeing and as a partner in a number of international projects. Mark has been entrusted as a member on various national and international boards. He is presently the coordinator of the Masters in Education for Sustainable Development at the University of Malta, and also lectures at the University of Ca Foscari Venice, Italy, at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon and at NCU and SNHU in the US.

Manando Mvula

Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) Canterbury Christ Church University, MSc Tourism Management - Manchester Metropolitan University, NVQ - A1 Assessor Training (City &Guilds), Certificate in Health & Safety Risk Assessment (City & Guilds).

Wildlife safaris expedition leader – organising conservation educational field trips to Africa.

Senior Consultant with Tribal Voice Communicationswww.tribal-voice.co.uk ) – working with communities at grass roots level with African communities on:

  • Sustainable wildlife resource utilisation
  • Local Communities alternative livelihood development strategies
  • Training wildlife safari guides in Kenya and Zambia to improve guiding etiquette with the view to professionalising the industry as well as incorporating wildlife viewing.
  • Advisor to Born Free Foundation (www.bornfree.org.uk) on how to engage practically with local communities in sub-Saharan East and Southern Africa in ways that empower and respect local African communities, in order to facilitate effective partnerships between Born Free with local communities in joint efforts to protect and conserve wildlife.
  • Researching and advising Born Free on Alternatives to Trophy Hunting , and any new initiatives in non-consumptive alternatives to trophy hunting that engage, uplift, benefit and empower local communities living in wildlife areas of Africa.
  • Advising on Captive Primate Release by consulting with relevant practitioners, including Zambia Primate Project.
  • Developing protocols on practical primate release measures that maximise ex-captive primates’ chances of survival when released back to the wild.
  • Protocols on pre-release preparation of the primates and successful releases, post-release monitoring and support for the released primates in the wild along with drawing appropriate, community sensitization.

Co-founding trustee of High Five Clubwww.highfiveclub.co.uk ) a UK registered African poverty alleviation charity with a hands up approach empowering communities living in wildlife areas of Africa through seed funding to work themselves out of poverty.

Co-founder of Stop The Traffik – Kent Group (Modern Slavery and Human Traffiking – MSHT)– working with other public and private agencies to systemically disrupt global human trafficking and modern slavery networks by building resilient communities by:

  • raising public awareness on MSHT within the wider Kent area
  • rescuing victims from slavery and securing their safety
  • walking alongside and supporting victims of slavery to independence

Volunteer mentor of unaccompanied refugees with Kent Refugee Action Network ( www.kran.org.uk ) ensuring to empower and support and assimilate the young refugees into the local community.

Trustee of Lupande Wildlife Conservation Trust (LWCT) – a new Community inspired initiative working to explore alternative wildlife resource utilisation within the wildlife rich South Luangwa Game Management Area (GMA) which borders the premier South Luangwa National Park (SLNP) of Zambia in Southern Central Africa.

He is also and experienced conservationist with excellent taxonomical and identification skills of both British & African fauna and flora.

Nirmin R Patel

B.A. Natural Sciences (Warnborough College), B.Med.Sci Cert Basic Medical Sciences Certificate (Semmelweis University School of Medecine,Hungary), MD Doctor of Medicine (Saba University School of Medicine, Netherlands-Antilles, Saba, West Indies).

Nirmin’s academic career has been devoted to medicine and he brings many years of experience in this profession. Positions he has held include Clinical Audit Officer, Director of Medical Studies at Warnborough and currently Foundation Programme Administrator for the North Middlesex University Hospital, Edmonton London. Nirmin is a very committed tutor always keen to advise students on how to begin their careers in medicine.

Andy Patterson

PGCE Biological Sciences; Doctor of Naturopathy (pending); Registered Nutritional Therapist; Permaculture Design Consultant (PDC); BSc(Hons) Ecology;

Andy has been a biology and science teacher since 2002, and a natural health therapist since 1998. His original degree was in Ecology and is well experienced in the Life Sciences generally, from biology, medicine and clinical sciences to horticulture, ecology and the environment. he divides his time between a therapy clinic; teaching, tutoring & lecturing. Andy is a passionate believer in the power of education to transform people’s lives, and gives 100% support to helping students achieve their goal. 

Andy has worked as a Biology lecturer in a number of post age 16 colleges, and 11-18 year age schools across the country during a 13 year career. This has included work as an Assessor for exam boards, 1 on 1 tutoring, working with small groups and whole classes. He worked on an award winning national Nuffield- STEM initiative using innovative educational techniques to develop sustainability awareness with KS3 school children. He has also managed a large vocational science area in a busy college and developed a successful Premedical curriculum which has helped many students on to successful medical 

Vicky Protopapadaki

MSc (Distinction) Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (University of Edinburgh), BSc Business Administration (University of the Aegean), Cert. Companion Animal Behaviour (University of Edinburgh ), Cert. Animal Use and Care (University of Prince Edward Island). Cambridge First Certificate, English, University of Cambridge.

Vicky’s passion for animals led her to obtain her MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, despite her having a background in business and management. Apart from her personal experience with animals, she volunteers at various animal shelters around Greece and has done research on feline behaviour at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada and on primate behaviour at Edinburgh Zoo. She is currently researching PhD opportunities in the field of animal ethics and studying entrepreneurship for the purpose of creating her own charity for animal protection in Greece.

Dr. Lee Raye (FLS, afHEA)

MA (hons) Celtic Studies, (the University of Aberdeen); MSt Celtic Studies, (the University of Oxford); PhD (Cardiff University)

Lee has a strong academic background including an undergraduate master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen, a postgraduate degree in Celtic literature from the University of Oxford and a PhD from Cardiff University. They have recently been elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society for their contributions to medieval and early modern wildlife history, and have had papers accepted for academic journals including Archives of Natural History, Mirabilia and Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. 

They have been employed as a part-time writing tutor at the Academy for Distance Learning since 2014, and have been especially responsible for the development of our study skills modules; Academic Writing and Critical Thinking (‘the University Preparation Package’). They also contribute to some of the Environmental Management modules, and are currently enrolled on a Horticulture course in order to better understand modern garden management.
Lee is also a keen proponent of the digital revolution, and believes that all information should be made accessible to everyone and that all books should be available online. Lee’s unusual dual- academic background in environmental history and literary studies provide them with unique insights into the practice of literary world building. They regularly publish blog posts on researching, writing and publishing on the ADL website. They have been accredited as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for their teaching experience. Their latest book, The Animals of Scotland, an edition of a seventeenth century natural history text was published at the end of 2017.

Sarah Ridley

Bachelor of Education(Human Movement and Health Education), University of Sydney; Certificates 1, 2, 3 & 4 in Fitness, Personal Training, Barbell Training Concepts, Master Functional Trainer

Sarah is an experienced Personal Trainer, Fitness Coach, Group/Single Fitness Instructor, and specialist in Nutrition and Determinants of Health. Her speciality is in the areas of nutrition, health, de-functional training, mobility, kettlebell, battling rope, powerbag, bodyweight, and suspension training.  Sarah enjoys the challenges of one-on-one and group training. Sarah’s University of Sydney degree in Human Movement and Health Education included human movement, training for performance, nutrition and determinants of health.

David Smith

BA Business Studies (Swansea Metropolitan University 200 1-2004), TAQA qualified assessor 2013 (Bright assessing), PTLLS (Bright- to be completed April 2014), NVQs in all areas of fitness and instruction and coaching. Currently completing personal training certificate. Leisure management certified.

David is a fitness professional, he coaches and delivers over 15 exercise classes per week. David has 10 years fitness industry experience, in instruction, coaching and leisure management. David has run his own business with great successes in collaboration with community first projects, local schools and colleges. David has a wealth of instructor specific qualifications, first responder and manual handling certificates.

Susan Stephenson

BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983. City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984) Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.

Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.

Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.

In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.

David Whyte

Higher National Diploma in Arboriculture, (BTEC), Higher National Certificate in Horticulture (SCOTVEC), National diploma in Horticulture, (SCOTVEC), National Certificate in Horticulture SCOTVEC. Current: - process of becoming LANTRA instructor.

David’s 23 years experience and continuous participation in the Horticultural environment has allowed him to win many awards. These include: Outstanding Performance on Teaher Training course, International exposition to Kunming City, China, International Presentation on Forests and Culture to Estonia, Community Awareness on Native Woodland Conservation and International Scholarship to Scandinavia.

For most of his working career David has taught in the field of Horticulture and Arboriculture. In addition to his formal qualifications he holds many technical qualifications including, PA1 & PA6 Pesticide Application Cert, Chainsaw Maintenance Cert, Manual Handling Techniques Cert,

David’s expertise in horticulture has lead him to hold many positions as a lecturer and trainer. These include, Newcastle College, East Durham and Houghall Community College, Sunderland City Council, Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh (Benmore), Tern Television Productions, Scottish Natural Heritage, Royal Horticultural Society (Wisley) and Angus District Council. He is currently a Technical site Based Trainer (Scotland & North England) for the ISS Facility Services Landscaping. He is currently in the final stages of becoming an approved LANTRA instructor.

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