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.