MEET THE TEAM
Quality training tailored to suit your needs. Our team loves what they do and are dedicated to delivering high quality and enjoyable training courses.
When learning matters. You’re in safe hands.
Sonja Blackburn MChiro PG Cert
Founder of Branch Training, Trainer and Assessor
Sonja is the founder of Branch Training and has been teaching first aid and other subjects since 2012. She completed a Masters degree in Chiropractic in Bournemouth back in 2009. After graduating she worked out in Germany for a few months before returning and working in Dorset.
She set up Branch Training to help fulfill another passion; training and self-development and it is now her full-time career.
It has always been important to continue developing and buidling upon her existing knowledge and skill set. She is passionate about helping others realise their potential and designs her training courses to ensure that learners get the most out of their learning experience. Sonja’s creativity enables her to develop then teach new courses, with the aim to meet the needs of businesses and individuals for their own personal and professional advancement.
She also trained as a sports therapist & fitness Instructor and has years of experience working in the care sector, especially working with those who have learning and or physical disabilities.
Her first aid experience is extensive. She was a member of the St Johns Cadets as a teenager, has completed first aid courses over the years for jobs including, life guarding (in the UK & USA), Camp America Counsellor, Sports Therapist, FA Injury Therapist, Fitness Instructor, Ice Steward, Support Worker and of course for her previous career as a Chiropractor.
Trainer and Assessor
Phil is an ex-professional footballer and currently works in law enforcement. His background in training spans three decades and he has extensive experience in training, which includes providing training and coaching for the Football Association for both men and woman.
Teaching workplace first aid course and sports related first aid is a of particular interest to Phil, in which he has vast experience and is therefore able to deliver the course content is an interesting and relatable manner.
Phil completed his Foundation Degree in Lifelong Learning With Teaching Award (DTLLS) in 2009. He is also one of our Internal Quality Assessors, gaining his IQA qualification in 2015.
He has clearly found his niche in teaching and training, which is why we thought he would fit in perfectly here at Branch Training.
Andrea is an experienced trainer of health, safety, and well-being, having worked as a health and safety practitioner for over 20 years, during which time she has delivered Certificated training including IOSH, CIEH other Ofqual courses, and also designed and delivered bespoke health and safety training for employers and organisations.
For many the thought of attending health and safety training may fill them with dread. However, Andrea manages to not only deliver each course to a high standard, but also in such a manner which makes the material interesting, relevant and much more enjoyable than first imagined. We’ve had plenty of positive feedback from delegates that tell us that they leave courses feeling like they have a much better understanding of health and safety, and how it is relevant to their job role.
Recognising the importance of mental health, Andrea trained as an instructor for First Aid for Mental Health and is also able to deliver various nationally recognised Mental Health qualifications.
Here at Branch Training, we felt that the combination of Andrea’s caring and compassionate nature along with her knowledge and skill-set, makes her the perfect instructor to deliver these courses. For these reasons and many others, we are so happy to have her on our team.
Marketing & PR
Lisa brings over 20 years corporate experience combined with her marketing and social media skills to help Branch Training reach new audiences and keep us up to date with the latest tech.
Lisa builds websites (you’re looking at one now) and helps the business stay fresh and true to its ethos.
She’s also our go-to girl for 80’s music trivia.
When choosing an instructor it is important to check their credentials.
All our trainers have the appropriate training qualifications needed to teach and are fully insured. If you’d like to see any copies of our certificates please don’t hesitate to ask, and we’d be happy to show you.