Meet the Team -Footstep Training

Laura Foot

Laura Foot - Director, Tutor, Assessor, IQA

Laura founded Footstep Training with the key aim to provide accessible, affordable, and quality online courses that are fully accredited. She has a strong background in education and business and is proud to have achieved her many accomplishments at a young age; this includes achievements within the industry as well as sporting accolades such as representing Great Britain. Her education background consists of working as a tutor, assessor, internal quality assurer, head of quality, external quality assurer, all within private and government-funded training which has given her great knowledge of the sector. Laura likes to involve herself within tutoring, assessing and IQA for Footstep Training to ensure quality is paramount. She is ambitious within her personal and business life and strives to continuously improve.

Stephen Vale

Stephen Vale - Director

Stephen is the father of Laura Foot, and has extensive business experience which includes successfully owning and running his own organisations for over 30 years to date. Stephen provides business advice when required and applies his wealth of experience in the form of guidance.

Shanti Persaud

Shanti Persaud - Tutor, Assessor, IQA

Shanti has a wealth of experience within Education Management and has worked as a tutor, assessor, and IQA for numerous organisations which has given her fantastic knowledge and understanding of quality requirements. Shanti has known Laura Foot for many years and they have previously worked together, which allows for an extremely productive and effective working relationship. Shanti mainly manages internal quality assurance for Footstep Training.

Joe Ballantine

Joe Ballantine - Tutor, Assessor, IQA

Joe has been working within the education, training and leadership & management for over 12 years after previously gaining an Honours Degree in Psychology and Philosophy. During the last 12 years Joe has worked across England, Italy and America in various roles ranging from a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Fitness Director, Leisure Manager, a Work-based Training Assessor, Assessor Manager, Curriculum and Business Manager and an Internal Verifier. During this time Joe has acquired a wide range of knowledge and has a great passion for developing people.

Lucy Little

Lucy Little - Tutor, Assessor

Lucy’s background has been within early years education so has experience of teaching individuals at varying stages of development. She has excelled in transferring her skills to the vocational and adult education sector.  Lucy has known Laura Foot for 20 plus years which is one of the reasons she is now working for Footstep Training, as Laura likes to ensure that quality and trustworthy people are working with the learners. Lucy has worked extremely hard to support her learners and is now a successful tutor/assessor for Footstep Training.

Jackie Cobham

Jackie Cobham - Tutor/Assessor

A qualified teacher, decorated theatre professional and writer with a career spanning 20 years, Jackie has extensive experience within primary, secondary and adult education. As an educational and theatre professional who has taught nationally and internationally (Nordic Black Theatre drama school in Norway) in addition to working with top organisations such as: The Royal Shakespeare company, Daily Telegraph and Precious Lifestyle Magazine, Jackie’s professionalism and expertise is widely acknowledged in print and in such specialist areas as theatre, dance, arts journalism and teacher-training. Her wide-ranging knowledge. skills and approach to teaching allow her to explore the infinite possibilities within Education, training and assessing in creative and innovative ways.


Chris Brown

Chris Brown - Tutor/Assessor

Chris spent the first 10 years of his working life as an in various roles for two major insurance firms Marsh and McLennan and American International Group. However at 27 he decided to change careers entirely and move into leisure management and managed the Health Club and Spa at the Lygon Arms Hotel in Broadway Worcestershire. Inspired by the industry training he received at this time and after a couple of years as the club manager at the Lygon, went into training and work based learning. Through working for different national training companies worked his way up through the ranks and has held management, head of department and External Verifier positions at different organisations. In recent years he has decided to focus primarily on the areas of leadership, management, coaching and mentoring. He is currently an External Verifier with the Institute of Leadership and Management as well as running his own training consultancy firm Liquid Coaching and Training.

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