Meet the team

We have a skilled and dedicated team to help you.

Stefan Krex

Carpentry & Joinery Tutor & Assessor

Stefan has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry and has undertaken various roles on site, both in site management and in company management. He has worked in education since 2020, starting in the prison service before joining ACE Training. Stefan recently obtained his TAQA qualification in assessment training. Stefan works with both apprentices and full-time students.

Tommy Upstone

Carpentry & Joinery Technician
Tommy recently joined ACE in April 2024 as our newest team member, but he’s no stranger to the centre as he completed his level 3 Apprenticeship with us back in 2020. In his current position as Carpentry and Joinery Technician, he provides invaluable support to our learners in the carpentry workshop every day. With a lifelong passion for construction, Tommy enjoys sharing his skills and knowledge with our learners, making his role a perfect fit.

Michael Simms

Carpentry & Joinery Tutor & Assessor

Michael started his career in the construction industry by completing a Bench Joinery apprenticeship with a local employer in Oxfordshire. He then spent 15 years working on site before completing his level 5 Diploma in Teaching & Education and working in further education. Michael is a qualified IQA and assessor. He works with both apprentices and full-time students, his specialist subject being bench joinery.

Danny Callaghan

Lead Bricklaying Tutor & Assessor

Danny has been a member of the ACE team since 2007. He spends half of his week teaching our apprentices and the other half with our full-time students. He is a qualified tutor and assessor and has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years, both as a tutor and an on-site bricklayer. Danny is also our head of welfare and ensures that all our students feel safe and valued.

Tony Betteridge

Bricklaying Tutor & Assessor

Tony started as a bricklayer at the age of 16 and worked on site for 43 years in the UK and Australia. He began teaching in Australia and then worked at Reading College on returning to the UK. Tony has been with ACE since 2022 and assists Danny with our apprentices. He is also the tutor in charge of our pre-apprentice Level 1 learners. Tony holds a qualification in Advanced Craft Bricklaying and is a fully qualified training assessor.

David Etheridge

Lead Tutor (Functional Skills/GCSE)

David has worked for ACE Training since 2017. David teaches Maths and Employability Skills and leads the Functional Skills, GCSE and Employability Skills side of ACE. David has over 20 years’ experience in education and training. He has worked for a number of training providers and has plenty of practice in helping support and guide learners to achieve their Maths and English qualifications.

Natalie Games

Tutor (Functional Skills/GCSE)

Natalie has three decades of teaching experience behind her, having worked in various different educational settings across three different countries. She is also a qualified English Assessor and examiner. Natalie teaches the core subjects of English, Maths and Employability Skills and has a passion for developing the confidence our students need to pass their core subjects. 

Sonia King

Pre-Apprentice Training Coordinator

Sonia is responsible for our pre-apprentices. She makes sure that they are happy and well cared for as they transition from school to further education. She has eight years’ experience in construction education, having previously worked with construction apprentices after completing her Level 3 award in Education & Training. Sonia enjoys working closely with our full-time students to help them achieve their end career goals of an apprenticeship, further education and/or employment.

Lyndsey Fitzpatrick

Apprentice Training Coordinator

Lyndsey takes charge of our large caseload of apprentices, ensuring they are happy, well looked after and on track to complete on time. Lyndsey has been with ACE Training for over ten years and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things ‘apprenticeships’. You’ll usually find her out and about seeing her students and employers on site or while they are visiting our centre.

Barry Crane


Barry heads up our workshops and manages our construction tutors. He has a rich background in construction, having previously worked as a bricklayer for 15 years before transitioning into education, where he completed his BA Hons in Education and level 7 NVQ in Senior Site Management (MCIOB). Barry oversees our workshop team and spends time on site assessing our OSAT students. He works with both our apprentices and our full-time students.

Vanessa Cover


Vanessa leads the team and is a fountain of knowledge for any queries relating to construction and funding. Her primary role is to take care of our staff and ensure our centre runs smoothly and continues to deliver the best learning experience to our students.

Adam Marsh

Managing Director

Adam deals with oversight and finances and has been involved in the business since 2006. With a wealth of experience in the property and insurance sectors, he has supported ACE with its business priorities and ensured we offer a competitive and attractive series of courses and apprenticeships that are suitable for today’s constructors.

Ann Joyce

Administration Support Officer

Ann joined ACE in 2022 and offers a wide range of support to learners and the team alike. Ann brings a wealth of varied experience to the team and plays a key role in keeping our business running from day to day.

Gemma Scrivener

Marketing & Communications Manager

Gemma joined the team in 2023 and is responsible for all the Marketing and Communications activities at ACE Training. She has over 20 years’ experience in helping businesses build and promote their brand.

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