Preston Vocational Centre Staff
Martin Grayston - Centre Manager
Martin is a fully qualified bricklayer who has many years’ experience working in the construction industry and has progressed onto management, and is currently Manager of the Centre. Qualifications relevant to post include – NEBOSHH (distinction), Risk Assessment level 2, IOSH in managing safety (Distinction) ILAM Cert in Management (Distinction), PTTLS Level 4, CTTLS Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, A1 Assessors Award Level 4,City & Guilds (Brickwork technology and site practice) and fully qualified First Aider. Martin is also a qualified Swimming Teacher, Squash Coach and was previously a Fitness Trainer. Prior to his appointment as Manager, Martin was Estates Manager at Serco Leisure in South Ribble. In 2001, Martin climbed the Everest Route where the group raised over £60,000 for charity.
Danny Barry – Business Development Manager
Danny has 20 years experience of working with Young People, Adults and Community groups delivering local and nationally funded projects for some of the most disadvantaged communities across Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Prior to his appointment at PVC, Danny was employed for over 11 years by the environmental charity Groundwork as Programme Manager and Senior Youth Mentor. During this time Danny developed and delivered Alternative Education Programmes for Young People providing them with the opportunity of self development. Danny also has previous experience of writing policies in Safeguarding, Child Protection, Detached/Outreach Youth Work and Lone Working.

In 2013 Danny received a MA & PG Cert in Voluntary and Third Sector Management from Edge Hill and has qualifications including PTLLS Level 3, ILM Level 3, Prince’s Trust Team Leaders Award, BELA, ASDAN Assessors Award, and First Aid at Work. Danny is a fully qualified FA Coach and Swimming Teacher, and during 2000 coached football across America. In 2012 Danny and a group of climbers from Horwich Victoria FC completed the 3 Peaks Challenge climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon in under 24 hours raising £6,000 for Bolton Hospice.
Mark Bench – Plastering Instructor/Internal Verifier
Mark has completed 3 year’s plastering apprenticeship on leaving school working across a wide range of projects. He has completed all wet trades together with damp proof courses. He joined the army at the age of 22 and travelled around the world completing tours of Bosnia, Northern Ireland and more. He has also served a number of years teaching Army Recruits to people of all ages in construction. On leaving the armed forces he worked for several years self-employed then moved into Management of Apprenticeships and Management of Charity Building Projects. Mark has recently achieved his CTTLS Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training.
Brian Hall – Brickwork Instructor
Brian Hall has been in the Construction Industry for almost 40 years, starting out as an apprentice with Blackburn Council Building Department. He went on to complete his Advance Bricklaying (Level 4) Certificate, winning the Silver Trowel for the highest standards. He then set up his own construction business which he ran for over 30 years, training over 15 apprentices. He moved into education where he gained a PGCE (Degree in Teaching) A1 Assessor. He has worked at the Eric Wright Learning Foundation for the past 9 years. Brian has trained as a First Aider and has completed the Site Supervisor Safety Training. He is also a qualified SCUBA Diving Instructor and a keen Blackburn Rovers fan.
Nigel Tomlinson– Painting and Decorating Instructor
Nigel is a fully qualified painter & decorator who has had over 27 years’ experience working in the industry and has progressed onto teaching, of which has covered over 14 of these years, Qualifications relevant to post include, City & Guilds painting and decorating NVQ level 2, level 3. Nutex approved texturing and coving course. PTTLS, CTTLS. Maths and English Level 2.
Carol White – Admin Assistant/Examinations Officer
Carol has many years’ experience and is fully qualified in all aspects of administration including the Royal Society of Arts Examinations Board Typewriting (Distinction), Practical Data Processing, Word Processing (Distinction), GCSE English and Internet Technology.
Andrew Melling – Plastering Instructor
Andy is a fully qualified plasterer and has completed 3 years plastering apprenticeship on leaving school, working on old and new buildings as well as doing damp proofing, general building and timber preservation. He has over ten years’ experience in his trade and has his own business. Andy has achieved many qualifications including City and Guilds, NVQ Level 3 in Solid Plastering, PTTLS Level 4, Literacy/Numeracy level 2 and Assessors Award Level 3 and is currently doing his Certificate in Education.
The Board of Directors - Preston Vocational Centre is a charity which has a highly professional, experienced and dedicated Board of Trustees, all of whom are active in supporting the Centre and its trading subsidiary. Preston Vocational Centre Board of Directors include – David Baker (Business Advisor), Geoff Kershaw (Managing Director of the Challenge Factor), Gillian Beeley (Vice Chair, previously Chief Executive of Lancashire Education Business Partnership), Diane Bellinger (Chief Executive, Community Gateway Association),Julie Bather (Head of Larches House Referral School), Rob Wakefield – (Director of resources, Community Gateway Association), Maureen Boland (Conlon Construction)

The Board is fully engaged with the Centre, and provides a small Executive team to support the Centre staff and to progress all aspects of the business as it strives to become a nationally recognised centre of excellence.