founder and master trainer
Ralph believes that lifelong learning is precisely that, and should not be limited by age or perceived ability. He has a belief that all of us have the potential to do anything if we put our minds to it. Armed with the right skills, knowledge and attitude, we can all perform to the highest standards. Moreover, his philosophy is that limiting belief is what holds the majority of people back and that, with appropriate coaching, mentoring and training, we can all achieve anything. With over 30 years of training experience, he specialises in trainer, management and leadership development.
He is an international training consultant with expertise in development, design, delivery and management of bespoke training programmes and soft skill fields. Furthermore, he is a renowned motivational speaker within the area of personal and professional development and is recognised for his extraordinary enthusiasm for training. As an accredited master trainer, Ralph takes massive pride in seeing delegates whom he has trained go on to bigger and better things. He has studied adult human behaviour over the past 30 years and applies these skills in each and every session he delivers.
Ralph has personally designed and developed all of the Train the Trainer and Management courses that Target offers, something he is immensely proud of. Before creating Target Training, Ralph had a successful career in the Royal Air Force. In the RAF he undertook a variety of operational and management duties, including roles as a training manager and air defence specialist. Latterly, he led a highly successful accreditation team that regularly gained plaudits from awarding bodies and regulatory authorities on areas of good practice in the fields of assessment and training. As the founder of Target Training Associates, Ralph has been actively involved in the design and delivery of training to a worldwide audience across many sectors. Additionally, he has developed and delivered management and workforce development programmes that have been adopted as a prerequisite in key management roles. His testimonials are legendary, and his passion and enthusiasm for training have been commented on within each session he has delivered.
Ralph’s number one passion in life is his family. Furthermore, he is a keen aviation enthusiast and pilot and believes that flying in his adopted home, Northumberland, is a dream come true. Outside of training, his other interests include walking, football, Formula 1 and travel.
co-director, master trainer & master coach msc
Claire is an extremely experienced trainer and coach at Target Training, and you can always guarantee she will deliver outstanding results: she is incredibly passionate about both her training and coaching. She has over 35 years’ experience in training, coaching and quality assurance roles, with experience as a teacher and in Train the Trainer, working with international clients. Moreover, she has expertise in the management of trainer inductions, standardisation and quality assurance for corporate clients. She holds an MSc in executive coaching and is accredited by Ashridge, a world leader in executive coach training and development. Additionally, she specialises in psychometric assessment, including MBTI.
She has worked at Target Training since the very beginning, staying true to the values with which the company was formed. She ensures that maximum effort goes into her courses and, if people are willing to learn, she goes that extra mile – something you will always get with Target Training. Claire is a performance coach for both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, specialising in Aircrew and the Air Battle Management Branch, she has significantly improved performance and pass rates for individuals undertaking challenging courses.
With her executive coaching (as our lead coach), she is extremely motivated and focuses on unlocking life-changing insights with each coachee. Claire encourages the development of deeper self-awareness and personal insight and believes a person’s past is no indication of their future; everyone can achieve change in whatever direction they choose, but they must decide and choose to do this, which is the key, committing themselves wholeheartedly. She firmly believes that people’s beliefs about what is possible for themselves are their only limits. Her two preferences and specialisations in coaching are relational coaching – which works at a psychological depth, to address deep thoughts, behaviours and feelings – and performance coaching – helping individuals strive and motivate to be the best they can be. She can build a rapport from the start; this comes from a desire to help and support the coachee. She gives the necessary attention and personal investment to every coachee for their well-being and development; this is very motivational and inspirational. She offers the confidentially to allow this to happen and a relaxed environment to achieve this. She communicates and expertly understands the needs of the coachee, which is pivotal to the relationship. Her very informal, wonderfully relaxed approach is integrative: drawing on a person-centred approach. She balances analysis with a focus on building trust so that new thinking, attitudes and behaviours can be developed. Whether Claire is your trainer or your coach, she guarantees a truly first-class experience in which you will learn a tremendous amount.
Claire is a keen runner and walker, and has always kept herself fit. She is a qualified pilot and enjoys flying in her spare time.
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master trainer & training consultant
Scott joined us in 2013 as an Associate Trainer after a hugely successful career in the RAF and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in training design, delivery and assurance. Scott’s passion for training came when he realised how much he enjoyed helping people learn and develop, and it’s safe to say, he’s as passionate today! Scott has an impressive portfolio of training qualifications but also holds a BA in Business and Enterprise, which gives him great insight into how training maps directly into business growth and development. Scott is involved in delivering our Train the Trainer courses, both open and in-house, for a range of clients including the UK and international organisations. He is a fantastic trainer and delivers training to the highest standards.
He also gets involved in our T.A.Q.A. (Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance) qualifications and he has a vast experience having worked in several assurance type roles. We consider it a huge privilege having Scott as a part of our team.
We asked Scott what he likes about working with us, and he said, ‘I count myself lucky to be able to meet so many great people who are willing to work hard to develop themselves into great trainers. There’s nothing more satisfying for me than seeing how much people can develop over a short period with the right encouragement and skills; it’s hugely empowering for me when I get feedback that tells me people’s learning has had so much impact on those they train, their career and even their lives.’
In his spare time, Scott enjoys skiing and playing tennis, and holds coaching/instructor qualifications in both sports. When he’s not training with us, you can find him at his local dry ski slope, where he works as an instructor delivering ski lessons and as a development coach for a local ski club.
master trainer & qualifications consultant
Bryan is a training consultant, delivering vocational qualifications including TAQA, Customer Service, Management and Learning & Development certificates, awards and diplomas. Furthermore, as a training consultant, Bryan regularly utilises his experience in accreditation, including aiding accreditation centre set-up and quality assurance operations. Joining the Royal Air Force in 1985 as an Aerospace Systems Operator, Bryan has been involved with all aspects of vocational qualifications since they were first introduced into the Armed Forces in 1999.
Joining the Royal Air Force in 1985 as an Aerospace Systems Operator, Bryan has been involved with all aspects of vocational qualifications since they were first introduced into the Armed Forces in 1999. He has been a qualified and practising Assessor since 2000 and an Internal Verifier since 2005. Bryan was actively involved in training throughout his RAF career: as an Instructor for his Trade Group, he was responsible for planning, running and managing the trade training course and also became one of the first Assessors for the Government’s Apprenticeship Programme. As a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Bryan led and managed teams in an Air Defence environment, where he was involved in compiling annual staff performance appraisals, disciplinary matters, welfare issues and training.
When delivering training, Bryan believes in making each qualification as personal to the individual as possible by meeting up with his candidates as many times and for as long as they want him to. He continuously strives to provide advice and guidance by passing on the knowledge and experience he has gained. He bases his training around what the client wants, ensuring that he makes it as enjoyable as possible. Outside of Target Training, Bryan’s interests lie within football, where he plays for his local team and is also a qualified Level 1 Football Coach. He also likes to keep fit at his local gym, and enjoys walking and reading – especially books on military history.