WHERE ARE WE?
Training courses are undertaken at our own training centre in Strood, Kent, but can be provided on-site at locations as required by clients.
Training Centre Address:
Unit L2, Temple Court, Knight Road, Strood, Kent, ME2 2LT
01634 711955 during office hours or 07977 465918 at any other time.
WHO ARE WE?
Redford Charles Ltd was started in 2004 by Graham Wretham, working out of local leisure centres and such like, before moving to our current location in 2006. In November 2019 we celebrated the 15th Anniversary of our growing business.
We pride ourselves on our ability to teach our clients by providing a thorough understanding of the topics and ensuring technical competence; where most of our peers choose to focus on just getting you through an exam. The feedback we receive and the repeat business we see from those who have attended our courses gives us confidence that the vast knowledge and experience of our team makes us unique.
Our team comprises of office based personnel, as well as sub-contracting lecturers:
Graham Wretham - Redford Charles Ltd. Managing Director, Training Provider and Consultant
Graham has a wealth of experience in the assessment of technical competence of electrical contractors. Previously the local NICEIC Inspecting Engineer for Kent. Graham was responsible for the assessment of the work and resources of businesses on the Council’s roll of Approved Contractors to ensure compliance with the IEE Wiring Regulations and relevant British Standards and Codes of Practice. Graham was also Operations Director of the Assessment Services Division of the NICEIC, where he was directly responsible for over 70 Field Engineers.
Graham has also been the NICEIC’s representative on various external and international technical panels, where he had responsibility for the Inspection and Testing requirements for electrical installations.
Lisa O'Keeffe - Centre Manager
Prior to working for Redford Charles Ltd, Lisa was employed by the Kent Messenger Group for 23 years. Initially as a receptionist at 16 then progressed to Senior Receptionist overseeing four offices before becoming PA to the Advertising Manager for North Kent. After a short maternity break Lisa returned to the KM, but this time within the Ad Studio department designing advertisements within the groups publications.
Now as our Centre Manager since 2008, Lisa is responsible for all course administration, exam enrolments, exam invigilation and liaison with certification bodies such as City & Guilds, day to day finance, course marketing and the general running of our busy training centre.
Derek Spurgeon - Training Provider and Consultant
Derek has extensive experience in the training of electrical personnel at all levels, having provided training in electrical principles and sciences, as well as craft theory for many years within local education establishments.
Derek has a wealth of experience in the electrical industry as Contracts Manager for Building and Property companies, together with Senior Engineering positions, in particular for Building Management Systems and Controls.
He has been with Redford Charles Ltd since 2008, where his knowledge, and his ability to pass on that knowledge, has produced outstanding success rates for delegates across a wide variety of electrical qualifications.
James Deans - Training Provider and Consultant
James joined Redford Charles Ltd in January 2018 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the electrical industry as Senior Lecturer, Assessor, Internal Verifier and City & Guilds Examiner.
James’ career started as an apprentice electrical fitter in generation and moved on to inspection and testing and project management, of which he has vast experience, plus the development of product design. James moved into the electrical training industry, having been Senior Lecturer and Assessor for a number of large leading training providers. In James’ last post he has been the Senior Lecturer with responsibilities for Quality Assurance and Internal Verification. He is also involved with the development and implementation of a number of new City & Guilds qualifications, including the latest City & Guilds 2391 Inspection and Testing suite of qualifications.
James’ experience in all electrical training matters, is likely to provide a whole new range of courses and qualifications available at Redford Charles Ltd.
Alan Charlton - Training Provider & Consultant
Alan has 37 years’ experience within the electrical industry which commenced as an apprentice electrician for an Area Electricity Supply Company. His time spent at this organisation covered all aspects of the electrical industry from generation, transmission and distribution which culminated in the positions of Contracting Electrical Engineer and Area Manager of the metering section.
Alan decided to pursue a career in training and assessments which initially started as a college lecturer for all electrical courses including BTEC and then moving to the NICEIC as an area Engineer. with the NICEIC was as Head of Training and Consultancy before deciding to become a Training and Consulting Engineer for various businesses within the Electrical Industry.
Scott Harris - Training Provider & Consultant
Scott has over 15 years’ experience within the electrical industry, having served an electrical apprenticeship. He has been running his own electrical contracting business for many years and continues to do so alongside providing lectures for us.
His company has been responsible for commercial and industrial installations and also specialises in periodic inspections. Scott has now bought his vast contracting experience into our training company.
Rebecca Smith - Finance Manager
Becky is a Certified Accountant (FCCA) after training with top accountancy and consultancy practice firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
She has worked in various accounting and audit roles in the public sector, charity banking and the food industry.