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 epitome 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.

Becki Lewis | Head of Education
Becki 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.
Becki 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. Becki’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.

Samantha Hollinshead | Learner Enrolment Team
Samantha has around 14 years experience working as an administrator for diverse clientel. Samantha has gained knowledge and expertise in customer service along with excellent communication skills., her strengths in organisation will be an asset to this company.  Samantha is qualified in Hospitality and catering which she still caters in her own time and is a certified First Aider.

Gareth Morgan | Marketing Manager
Gareth has 12 years’ experience in marketing and managing various online campaigns for businesses across the country. The main role of our Marketing Manager is to make sure the vision of GNR is put across through the right branding and raising awareness of the range of fantastic services GNR has to offer. Gareth is passionate about seeing growth within the company in terms of online statistics, social media reach and general brand awareness. Gareth says, “Working with such passionate owners and staff members makes it a pleasure to come in to the office every week and I look forward to assisting with the growth of this inspiring organisation!”

Adam Barnes | Business Development Manager
Adam qualified as a teacher in 2009 and his career has developed as he worked for large colleges and private training providers. He now works on bid writing, relationship management and business growth opportunities for GNR Training. Adam leads on identifying potential development opportunities and responding to all external funding tenders; he then supports the team with the implementation of new contracts. Since joining the team at GNR in January 2021 Adam has secured multiple six-figure contracts with direct funding agencies plus supply chain and subcontracting opportunities to help take the business forward.

Jo Bushby | Partnership Manager
Working to support business development, partnerships, and business growth, Jo brings a vast amount of experience across many sectors from working with large Blue-Chip organisations, to public, charitable, and private organisations. Her work experience has been gathered over 36 years from Credit Control, Sales & Marketing. This initially took Jo all over the world training Sales teams, inspecting resorts and building very strong positive strategic partnerships at locations such as Slaley Hall, Barratts resorts in Aviemore, resorts in Ibiza, Spain, and Marlin Quay in St Lucia to name but a few. Business Development, Major Account Management, Recruitment and Training, along with training, coaching and mentoring individuals within Welfare 2 work, Relationship Management in AEB funded training and self-employment. A trained make-up artist and passionate about all things to do with Mental Health, trained in Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Awareness, passionate about wellbeing, learning new things and people, seeing people grow and aspire to be who they want to be. Jo is a Reiki Master Teacher, Crystal Practitioner, and a School Governor.

Alex Tomkins | Recruitment Manager
Alex is currently working for GNR whilst studying for A Levels. He is studying History, Law, and Business. Alex’s aim is to have a career in the RAF after studying History at University. Alex says that knowing GNR Training is run by veterans helps him to get an understanding to what life in the military will be like, as GNR is heavily loaded with staff with a military background. Alex enjoys speaking with learners and helping them on their journey in to their new life.

Joseph Koranteng | Centre Manager / FE Trainer
Joseph has joined us at GNR with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in his field. Based at our Peterborough branch, Joseph is our new centre manager and FE Trainer. Joseph is passionate about photography and is an Army Cadet instructor.

Having worked as an employability trainer, we are pleased to have Joseph and his experience on board as we grow GNR as a company over the coming months and years.

Harry Sheffield | Junior Marketeer
Harry has recently joined our team after completing his A levels studying IT, Public services, and Business studies. During his studies, Harry has built up a variety of skills which will be very beneficial for his job role. Harry’s role is to manage and produce content for GNR’s social media. He looks forward to developing his digital marketing skills whilst working at GNR. In his spare time, Harry enjoys playing the guitar, and piano.