Head of Training and Development
Head of Training and Development
Tanya joined Story Contracting in 2015 as Learning and Development Manager. Prior to joining the company, Tanya was Director of her own business which specialised in Leadership Coaching and Management Development.
As Head of Training and Development, Tanya’s role focuses on ensuring that the training provision meets the needs of the strategic vision for the business as a whole, whilst also delivering leadership coaching and other business-wide initiatives.
“My favourite thing about working in the Training and Development team is seeing people beginning to believe in themselves and have those ‘light bulb’ moments where everything seems to slot into place.”
Training Centre Manager
I joined Story Contracting in 2006 as a Plant Operator – a role which involved operating a number of pieces of machinery, such as excavators, dumpers, telehandlers, road rail excavator cranes and MEWPs, amongst others. Prior to joining the business, John also held roles at Network Rail and Nexus.
To further progress my career at Story Contracting and using my knowledge and experience within the rail industry, John completed his Trainer/Assessor Level 4 Learning & Development qualification and is now a Lead Trainer/Assessor.
“My favourite thing about my job is I enjoy seeing the development of an Operator who has no RRV experience, to being a competent machine operator working with the machines on the rail infrastructure.”
Plant Performance Manager
Dougie Aitken was appointed as Plant Performance Manager in 2018 after working for the company for 18 years. Dougie is responsible for ensuring all Plant Operators are performing duties to an agreed Story standard across our 3 regional depots in Carlisle, Leeds and Edinburgh.
An essential element of Dougie’s role is to mentor Story’s yearly cohorts of trainee and apprentice Plant Operators to ensure they progress along their development plans and receive any required training.
Prior to joining Story, Dougie worked as a deep sea fisherman from leaving school at 15 up until 1996. Dougie is also a qualified Trainer Assessor and has completed his Level 4 Diploma in Learning & Development.
“One of my favourite things is seeing our apprentices develop through from the day they join us, working together as a team and how they bond together in such a short time. I get a great feeling of pride when they become fully qualified operators and all of their hard work has paid off.”
Kevin joined Story Contracting in 2017. Prior to this, he worked for possession management company TES2000 for five years.
His day-to-day role involves arranging and completing safety critical assessments, and Kevin himself is currently training to be a Safety Critical Trainer. He splits his time between working in the office and getting out and about on site.
“I really enjoy the variety of my role as a Trainer/Assessor – the work is very interesting as I’m completing different tasks and working with different members of the team every day. It’s really satisfying to see colleagues grow and progress their careers thanks to the training provided to them.”
Davy started his rail career in 2000 as a part-time ‘weekend warrior’ for Point On Trackwork. When Story Contracting bought the company, Davy began working for Story full time, achieving a number of safety tickets.
In 2003 Davy became an Assessor for the company and a year later, took on the additional role of Trainer. He also mentors Trainers and Assessors that are new to the business.
“My job allows me to meet lots of interesting people – not only Story colleagues, but also external trainees. I’ve done this job for a long time and there’s great satisfaction in being recognised and respected within the industry.”
Early Careers Coordinator
David started with Story Contracting as the Early Careers Coordinator in February 2019.
David provides training, support, development reviews and pastoral care where necessary for our Graduates, Trainees and Apprentices. He organises and runs assessment centres to aid the business in its recruitment strategy and implement work experience for college and school leavers.
As a STEM ambassador David attends school sessions and projects to engage with local communities and help promote Story Contracting and engineering as a career path to future generations.
“I enjoy the challenges and rewards of working with the younger members of our business, who will go onto becoming the future leaders and pioneers of our organisation.”
Helen joined the Learning and Development team in September 2019 as Training Co-Ordinator. Prior to joining Story Contracting, Helen worked for Reiver Homes and various solicitors’ firms.
Helen’s role includes supporting the Learning and Development team and coordinating the various courses and activities the team undertake. Helen also plays an active role in the induction process for new starters.
“My favourite part about my job is the variety! No two days are the same. I really enjoy the opportunity to meet all the new starters to the business and hopefully make them feel welcome and settled.”
I joined Story Contracting in December 2018. Prior to joining the business I worked at TES2000, a possession management company, for 6 years. In my role I primarily focus on small tools training and face fitting, but I am working towards my level 3 assessing competence in the workplace with Rob Hammond and I am on track to have that complete by early March.
“My favourite thing about my job is the great team I get to work with on a daily basis and it doesn’t hurt that I am not night shift every night anymore.”