Educational Partners

Testimonial 3

I worked with Rob for almost two years at Newcastle College and from day one it was clear to see the passion and technical knowledge that he has. A proven business developer and account manager, Rob continued to identify and build strong working relationships with external partners whilst ensuring an excellent service was delivered. Rob… Read more “Testimonial 3”

Mark Flannery
Group Director of Marketing & Communications, Stockton & Cleveland College

Testimonial 2

I have worked with Rob on many occasions over the last 10 years, including my former role within Newcastle University. I have always been able to rely on his deep seated knowledge and experience of education and skills development, especially in the engineering and energy sectors to inform and shape my research projects.

Liz Robson
Project Manager & Researcher

Testimonial 1

I had the pleasure of working alongside Rob at Newcastle College. I always found him to be professional in his approach to work, he was well liked and respected by all who worked with him. Rob has excellent communication skills and can quickly build a rapport with clients and external agencies. He has a passion… Read more “Testimonial 1”

Sharon Kinleyside (CMIOSH)
Health & Safety Manager, Gateshead College


Testimonial 4

Rob has been a very good support to NWL in terms of business knowledge and has helped source funding opportunities that link with the water sector agenda.

Tracey Greener
Workforce Development Manager, Northumbrian Water Group

Strategic Partners

Testimonial 8

I had the pleasure of working closely with Rob during my time at both e-skills UK and Proskills UK. Rob was a pivotal figure in establishing strong working relationships across the SSC network from it’s inception. Rob is always willing to share information, listen and offer constructive feedback, volunteer to do the ‘hard yards’ when… Read more “Testimonial 8”

Ray Snowdon
Market Development Manager, Prodigy Learning Limited

Testimonial 7

During my time at Cogent, I worked with Rob on a number of projects focussed in the North East of the UK. Throughout this time, Rob demonstrated a keen knowledge of the skills needs of the region, a great insight into the FE sector, and an aptitude for developing appropriate and sustainable skills solutions for… Read more “Testimonial 7”

Caroline Sudworth
Director at STEM Explored Limited, Technical Apprenticeship Consortium Education Specialist

Testimonial 6

I worked with Rob for a number of years when I was employed at One NorthEast, Cogent SSC & Universities for the NE, particularly in engaging employers with the Higher Level Skills agenda. What stood out for me was his flexibility, and his desire and ability to support my agenda but not lose sight of… Read more “Testimonial 6”

Gordon Jackson
Business & People Development

Testimonial 5

Rob is an enthusiastic advocate of the services his employer can provide. He is an active listener with a view to future opportunities and is able to initiate contacts both internally and externally to provide solutions.

James Murdock
Director of Strategy, Cogent Skills

Professional Institute Partners

Testimonial 9

Rob and I met through our membership of the CIPD NE Branch and HR Director’s Forum, where we both served for many years and held key positions. Rob played a key role in CIPD NE and fully participated in key events and activities. He also linked his key employment roles in developing CIPD courses and… Read more “Testimonial 9”

Dr Jo Wilson
Senior Research Fellow, WHS

Sector & Trade Organisations

Testimonial 15

It must have been quite amusing when I contacted Rob at Newcastle College to extol the benefits of being part of the National Skills Academy’s training provider network. To his credit, Rob never let on and it was only later I realised that he was an important figure at Cogent and the team that successfully… Read more “Testimonial 15”

Sandra Oz
NEPIC Project Administrator

Testimonial 16

Rob was instrumental in setting up the Connect Training Academy at Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) and was an excellent Manager, guiding and supporting staff in their roles. His vast knowledge of both business and education shone through all of the projects Rob managed at AIS. His knowledge of funding streams and qualifications was passed on… Read more “Testimonial 16”

Steve Harrison ECITB
Provider Account Manager (International & UK)

Testimonial 13

Rob’s knowledge of the North East industry and business infrastructure, and his willingness to generously share this with others, proved extremely valuable to Cogent when setting up the new Skills Council. He is dedicated to working towards a better future for individuals and businesses in the region, from consulting through to delivery of solutions. Above… Read more “Testimonial 13”

Liz Rooney
Cogent SSC, North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC)

Testimonial 12

I am delighted to be able to recommend Rob Storey. His role whilst with HVCA/BESA was primarily focused upon leading the UK development of industry and company education, learning and qualification strategies; and effectively managing his team to implement, evaluate, and sustain progress. The role also carried strategic responsibility for national qualification strategy and developments which… Read more “Testimonial 12”

Chris Sneath (OBE)
Past President HVCA, BESA Trade Association

Testimonial 11

Rob worked as Lead Consultant on the development of the ECITB’s Apprenticeship Frameworks at levels 2 and 3 for England and Wales while I worked as Head of Apprenticeships. He came recommended and ECITB were absolutely delighted with the standard of work produced. At a time when apprenticeship framework legislation, funding and general requirements were… Read more “Testimonial 11”

Jim Kinnell
Business Development Manager, Fife College

Testimonial 10

Rob is an open minded and honest professional who strives to add value in his chosen career. I would not have any hesitation of recommending him to any organisation looking to develop its capability.

Stuart McGivern
Project Manager, North East Automotive Alliance

Awarding Body Partners

Testimonial 14

I am pleased to recommend Rob for the work he led whilst with Newcastle College for EAL as a centre working closely with employers and always at the forefront for innovation around vocational education and training. Rob was an integral part of thus work.

Elizabeth Bonfield
Director of BMPCA, Executive Trainer & Coach for Skills 4