Our Team

George Tomkins | Chairman
George started his Rail career in the early 90’s with a British Rail apprenticeship and over the last 30 years has gained extensive knowledge and expertise within in the rail industry. George says the highlight of his career was the Heathrow Terminal 5 rail link project where he was the Construction Manager for Network Rail, as well as Senior Health and Safety advisor on Great Western Electrification.

After this role George decided he wanted to give back to the industry so became an assessor and started to train future generations of Railway workforce. George is a phenomenally successful trainer and assessor and has earned exceptional respect from his students. The feedback received from his classes is overwhelming as he has a no holds barred approach to passing on his vast knowledge and expertise to the next generation. His experience and knowledge are second to none; this mixed with his unique delivery style is one half of why GNR Training are the preferred training provider for many.

Rachael Tomkins | CEO
As company CEO, Rae has the primary role of overseeing the strategic and sustainable company growth against ambitious goals. She is a highly motivated and driven leader and is proud to have served in the Royal Air Force, where she was a highly respected Practice Manager and was named the “Queen of Cross Infection Control”.

Rachael has a First-Class Honours Degree and has had a successful career as a Social Worker, working in front line child protection alongside the Police and other professionals to safeguard and protect children and families, so has full in-depth knowledge of child welfare and development as well as Safeguarding processes and procedures. Rachael is an expert in Specialist Child Abuse Investigations. Rachael brings a wealth of knowledge from outside the sector with other business interests.

Craig Taylor | Operations Manager
Craig is a former Marine Engineer with experience in the Management industry, after serving several years in her majesties armed forces including a tour of the second Iraq War (Operation Telic). During this time he was deployed to various countries across the world in Military management roles. Since then he has worked in various management positions and owned and sold two of his own businesses. More recently he was a Senior scheduling manager for the non profit organisation the RSPCA where he was the Head over over 50 staff. He has now found his home as Operations Manager here at GNR Training. Craig says GNR are the eppitmy of excellence in the delivery of training to the railway sector. In summary he is very fortunate to have lived and worked in a number of unique environments and relishes the challenge of tomorrow.

Rebecca Lewis | Functional Skills Tutor
Rebecca is our functional skills tutor. She previously worked as a primary school teacher and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching core skills. She has also previously worked as a civil servant with the British armed forces in Germany. Rebecca has an interest in over coming barriers to learning and a passion for giving everyone the skills to succeed. Previous learners have stated that they have learnt more after a week with Rebecca than they ever did at school. Rebecca’s strengths include identifying learners needs and supporting them on an individual basis so that every learner is able to succeed. She strives to give all her learners the confidence and skills to succeed in their future career goals.