Meet The Team

Estu recognise the importance of our people, and we strive for our staff to work as part of a culture where they feel valued, supported and integrated into our company’s aspirations. On a daily basis, we strive for excellence, from customer service, through to work-life balance.

Every single one of our team members have committed themselves to supporting organisations and individuals on their journey through education and training. Our unique approach to the sector and 30+ years of experience have allowed us to develop a range of programmes that not only improve the standards of education for individuals and groups, but also increases the skills, well-being and retention of employees, as well as increase the employment and quality of life across labour market and local authorities.

Paul Conroy

Managing Director

Paul is an experienced leader and executive director, having held financial, strategic and business development responsibilities across a variety of adult education providers within the UK with over 25 years of experience.

Simon Littlewood

Programmes Director

Simon brings his experience of managing high performing teams and developing skills and learning programmes to address societal and commercial challenges. He is passionate about the power of learning to enable social mobility and improving access to it for everyone.

Karl Eddy

Operations Director 

Karl brings his experience of governance and working in a  regulated environment and operational management of learning programmes with government and the private sector. 

Ivan Mitchell


Ivan is passionate about the positive impact that digital learning technologies can have on enhancing learner experiences. Associate Professor and Director of Executive Education and MBA Programme at University of East Anglia.

Miriam Cantwell

Operations Manager

Miriam is an experienced Operations Director with expertise in working collaboratively and commercially with higher education institutions and programmes.

Heather Bingham

Programme Manager

Heather is an experienced e-Learning technologist designing and developing courses with academics and business practititioners. Science writer and presenter with Developing Experts programme.

Philippa Plumpton

Compliance Manager

Philippa has 18 years’ experience across the Employment Services, Education and Training sectors, having worked for several leading Employment Services and Training Providers. Philippa has substantial experience in Quality Assurance and Compliance practices

James Gardiner


James has designed delivered and assessed leadership apprenticeship programmes within colleges and universities. Associate Professor at Norwich Business School.

Sarah Warnes


Sarah is an experienced academic lecturer with a passion for developing and delivering exciting and engaging digital academic content. Associate Professor at University College London (UCL) School of Management.

If you would like to learn more about Estu Academy Services or if you are interested in any of the apprenticeships opportunities please get in contact using the button below


07519 749783



Office 312, The Base Dallam Lane, Warrington, England, WA2 7NG,


Company Information

VSS Training and Development Limited (Trading as Estu Academy) is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 08888411