Meet the team

Andrew Walters - Franchise Sales Director

Some descriptionSome British companies truly stand out on a world stage, and at Pitman Training I am really proud to be working to develop a company with the rich history that we have. As Franchise Sales Director I head up our UK team which is looking for outstanding individuals and organisations to partner with in order to grow and develop the Pitman Training business.

I am also directly responsible for taking this classic English brand overseas, and am keen to talk to interested partners from around the World. Having worked over the past six years to establish international franchises throughout North America, Africa, South America, India and the Middle East, I have great experience in how to make franchise models fit to individual markets. I am passionate about finding the right franchise partners worldwide to develop the unique balance of 175 years of history, in a product that is modern and genuinely world class.

My support and guidance is continuous throughout the lifetime of your business – allowing me to really help your business mature.

Follow Andrew on Twitter: @MrAndrewWalters

Nicola Haythorne QFP - Franchise Sales Manager

Some descriptionI am proud to be representing Pitman Training Group, expanding the Franchise Partnerships by helping others join our successful network of training centres. I am a QFP (Qualified Franchise Professional) and like the challenge of the franchising environment and greatly enjoy building good relationships with our franchise partners to help them start and continue to grow their business.

My role as Franchise Sales Manager is to focus on our UK development by finding ambitious and motivated individuals. I will be your key point of contact from the start of your journey towards becoming part of the Pitman Training network, supporting you in all stages of the initial process, and will continue to provide support and guidance through assistance with training, business development plans and ongoing advice.

Follow Nicola on Twitter: @nikkihaythorne

Claire Lister - Managing Director & Shareholder

Some descriptionHaving been with the business since 1998, and coming from a financial background, I have been able to immerse myself in all areas of the business in order to ensure that we are developing a profitable franchise network across the globe.

Understanding the confidence and financial security of franchisees, as well as the benefits of running your own business and being part of such a large infrastructure as ours, helps us really make an impact on the current landscape of the vocational training market – and is also what keeps me on my toes on a daily basis! I work to co-ordinate our approach, and ensure we are always developing new ways of supporting your business with the best available opportunities.

I love being a part of creating successful businesses and working with a large range of individuals. All the team at Pitman Training are passionate about developing the franchise model to its full potential.

Follow Claire on Twitter: @ClaireLLister

Simar Bharaj - Finance Director

Some descriptionHaving previously worked at Pitman Training for over 10 years, I was thrilled to be able to re-join the business in 2013 at director level.  The intervening years gave me an excellent range of experiences at senior management level, but it is great to be back with this household name.

I love being part of a business with such a rich heritage, helping to change the lives of thousands of individuals each year.  Being a Superbrand gives the business a valuable head start on the competition.  I have a track record of providing financial rigour combined with a practical approach to business development.

It is important for our franchisee partners to know they are joining a Franchise with solid financial control and a buoyant future.They can also be assured of ongoing support with setting up financial control at their own centres.  Coming from executive roles within global companies it is exciting to build on Pitman’s wide appeal by extending our international reach.

Yowie Roberts - Senior Franchise Development Manager

Some descriptionSome descriptionWith over 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of franchise businesses across the UK, I lead our team of franchise development managers, who assist with the business development of each and every franchisee. The support that our team gives starts at the initial enquiry stage, helping to give perspective and tangible evidence of the success that can be achieved across our network.

However, it also goes so much further than that, evolving into a close working relationship which encompasses; day to day operation, sales process, marketing activities, training and the sharing of ‘best practice’. Having a team dedicated to providing insights and hands-on support as and when you need it, is really what sets us apart as a Franchisor.

Follow Yowie (^YR) on Twitter: @PitmanFranchise