Say hello to our friendly team

We believe that our staff are passionate, committed and great team players that create a thriving work environment, benefiting all of our students.

Read below to find out more about each member…

Martin Grayston

Martin Grayston Nick name: ‘Boss’.

Teaches: I’m the Manager of the centre and I also teach Bricklaying, Health and Safety and CSCS card.

How long have you worked at PVC? Since the centre opened on 2nd February 2009.

Best thing about working at PVC: Everyday is different. It’s really rewarding when you see students gaining confidence, progressing towards a positive outcome. I also have a fantastic team, who are a joy to work with everyday! 

One interesting fact about me: I once climbed to Everest ‘Basecamp’ which is over 17,000 ft high.

Daniel Whalley

Nick name: ‘Baldy’.daniel

Teaches:        Plumbing and Building Maintenance.

How long have you worked at PVC? Since 8th January 2018.

Career before PVC:  I did a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship, then spent one year as a Joiner on domestic and commercial sites. I then worked as a self-employed Dry Liner building metal partitions and ceilings on commercial sites across the country.

Best thing about PVC: The fantastic team and watching the students grow in confidence.

Interesting fact: I played ice hockey till I was 15 and I am also a qualified FA football coach and manage a team.

Mark Bench

Mark Bench photo Favourite phrase: Life's about choices.

Teaches:  Plastering as a main trade and I covers all other trades including Health and Safety, CSCS Card training.

How long have you worked at PVC? Since November 2011.

Best thing about working at PVC: The fantastic team of staff and watching the students progression in skills and life.

One interesting fact about me: I served in the British Army (The Queens Lancashire Regiment) for 10 years all over the world and loved every minute of it.

Asha Hirst

Role: Administration Officer.

How long have you worked at PVC? Since November 2020.

The best thing about working at PVC is: Everyone is lovely and works great together as a team. It’s fantastic to work in a place where students are given the chance to have the opportunities to learn new skills and make the positive start to their futures.

One interesting fact about me: Meeting English actor – Chris Bisson who starred in Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Shameless.Asha Taylor

Brian Hall

brian hall Nick name: Grandad (but at least I have got this far!)

Teaches: Brickwork, Health and Safety, Manual Handling and CSCS training.

How long have you worked at PVC? I started in 2015.

Best thing about working at PVC: The hand shake from the students and parents at the end of their time here when they have achieved a qualification.

One interesting fact about me: Once had a shark knock a camera out of my hand while filming. I have scuba dived all five continents of the world.

Ummehani Pathan

Ummehani Pathan Role: Student Support Mentor.

How long have you worked at PVC? Since 10th February 2019.

Career before working at PVC: Before working at PVC, I was a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) at 2 ‘Outstanding’ high schools. I started my career by completing Level 2 and Level 3 teaching and supporting learning in schools and thereafter obtained my HLTA status from Leeds Beckett University.

Best thing about working at PVC: Seeing the learners flourish in their studies, growing in confidence and achieving their true potential upon completion of their qualification.

Mark Turnbull

Mark Turnbull Teaches: Plumbing and Building Maintenance.

How long have you worked at PVC? Since 2020.

Best thing about working at PVC: Helping students achieve their full potential.

One interesting fact about me: I climbed Ben Nevis.

 

 

Paul Kier

Paul Keir

Role: Plastering Tutor

How long have you worked at PVC? Since March 2022

What is the best thing about working at PVC? Teaching Students new skills which will help them with their future.

What is an interesting fact about you? I was on a flight to USA on 9/11 going to Vegas but had to be re-directed to Canada for a week!

I worked in Germany on Schalke 04 stadium for 11 months then onto Holland for 4 months – I loved the experience of working in Europe.

I met Mick Hucknall in a rave in 1990 – went and shook his hand to the disbelief of my friends.

Alex Coppola

Alex Coppola Teaches: Painting and Decorating 

How long have you worked at PVC? Since November 2021

What is the best thing about working at PVC? Teaching the students new skills that they’ll be able to use in their homes or future careers.

What is an interesting fact about you? I have been to the top of the twin towers in New York and also been back and visited ground zero.

Melissa Kemp

Melissa Kemp

 

Role: Business Support Officer

How long have you worked at PVC? Since November 2021

What is the best thing about working at PVC? Being part of a great team that makes a positive impact to the lives of the students. 

What is an interesting fact about you? I lived in the US for two years.

Chris Webb

Lady smiling forward

Teaches: Admin Officer for the Post 16 ESF Project.

How long have you been at PVC? I have worked part time at PVC since April 2018.

Best thing about working at PVC: Every day is different, the Team are committed and enthusiastic, but best of all is seeing the difference PVC makes to the students. Seeing them grow in confidence and achieve skills and qualifications that they often didn’t believe they could attain.

One interesting fact about me: I was on a flight to Chicago and as we started to descend the Captain announced that there was no need to worry but there was a little problem with one of the engines and we would be met by the emergency services. It was slightly alarming to land far away from the main terminal buildings and see ten fire engines and ambulances waiting for us. Fortunately after being checked the plane was allowed to proceed to the terminal and we could disembark normally, I didn’t really fancy going down the emergency chute!!