Meet our Senior Management Team
Chris Hewlett, Founder and Managing Director
Chris has been at the very heart of the equine industry from a young age. At the beginning of his journey he worked for some of the industry’s top trainers such as Jennie Loriston-Clarke and Ferdi Eilberg. After completing his British Horse Society Instructor’s qualification and the National Pony Society Stud Diploma, Chris opened Haddon Stud where he produced top class competition and National Hunt horses.
Haddon Stud was a huge success with over 70 horses and ten members of staff; the stud was the birth place of Minors Frolic, an event horse who went on to win Olympic Silver and Bronze medals with Tina Cook. During this time Chris became heavily involved in the development of the original Equine NVQ and in 1997 he gained Government funding to deliver vocational training to his own staff.
In 2001, after 25 years, Chris closed the stud to focus entirely on delivering vocational equine qualifications in the workplace; this is when he founded Haddon Training. Chris is passionate that there is no better place to learn a trade than in the workplace, this passion and drive has been fundamental in the evolution of Haddon Training.
During this time Chris has developed and expanded in many areas from qualifying as a Teacher, to entrepreneurially growing a company where he is responsible for over 70 staff and the quality of delivery to nearly 1000 learners in England and Wales.
Chris is the Chairman of the British Grooms Association, he assists with various educational and equine committees, and in his spare time judges horse shows around the country including the Royal International Horse Show and the Horse of the Year Show.
David Grant, Chief Operating Officer
David joined Haddon Training in 2014, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from the Further Education and Work-Based Learning sector.
He’s held senior positions within the private, public and voluntary sectors and gained in-depth experience of working with a variety of stakeholders and funding streams, including: Skills Funding Agency (SFA), The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Local Education Authorities (LEAs), Big Lottery Fund, European Social Fund and commercial funding.
David has led national multi sector teams with responsibility for £20m Government funded contracts. Over the years he has led and developed operational, quality, MIS, business development and sales, facilities, national accounts, finance and HR teams. He’s also worked with Awarding Organisations, Charities, Strategic Partners, Government Departments and MP’s to develop innovative projects, programmes and courses.
David is driven and passionate about work-based learning, having witnessed first-hand the positive effect it can have on the lives and careers of young people.
Jude Holloway, Head of Quality
Jude has been with Haddon Training since 2012 and is an integral part of the team in developing, monitoring and sustaining the quality of the qualifications that we deliver.
After completing her Business Master’s Degree, she went back to her roots with horses and ran her own business for ten years, running a successful livery and tuition yard and competing young horses in British Eventing. Since then Jude has specialised in education for post 16 year olds and is passionate about giving young people a strong foundation for their career.
Jude is a qualified Internal Quality Verifier (IQA) and an External Quality Verifier (EQA) and manages a national team of sector specific IQAs. This team is responsible for assuring the quality of work apprentices complete.
As Head of Quality, Jude endeavours to make the learner’s experience the very best journey possible, and drives excellence in teaching and learning in our Assessor-Trainers.
Caroline Stagg, Head of Functional, Essential and Wider Skills
Caroline joined the team in 2006 to support our Assessors and learners with the delivery of Maths and English. She is responsible for this across all of our qualifications in England and Wales.
Moving over from Ireland 20 years ago, Caroline started her career in England delivering NVQs. Realising that so many people struggle with Maths and English, she completed her Cert Ed to become a teacher. To supplement this, she then completed a Level 4 Adult Literacy and Numeracy Specialist qualification and is now a qualified IQA.
She’s also completed courses in Understanding and Managing Dyslexia and Autism Awareness and is a valuable asset to our apprentices with learning difficulties. She has recently undertaken line management of the Animal Care Team, giving her a great insight into the industry and our delivery.