Runway Training are a specialist provider of online Functional Skills and Leadership & Management training.

  • University of Cambridge
  • Vision Express
  • Reed
  • Youngs

Our Leadership Team

Oliver Trailor
Oliver Trailor
Managing Director

Multi award-winning entrepreneur, who founded the company in 2008, Oliver has a keen interest in Functional Skills and identified the lack of flexible learning opportunities leading to the company being formed. Today he oversees Runway’s extensive portfolio and continues to innovate, most recently developing the Runway Direct service which offers distance learning across the UK.

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Ben March
Ben March
Head of Adult Skills and Special Projects

Having joined Runway following a career in the banking sector Ben has filled the role of tutor, trainer, IQA, schools liaison officer and mentor. Currently responsible for fostering and managing partnerships he is well known to both our local employers and schools.

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Martin Bartlam
Martin Bartlam
Head of Engagement

Martin is our Head of Business Development and has extensive experience in Business Development and Marketing. Among the sectors in which he has worked are property law, employability, and education, learning, and skills. At The University of Suffolk, Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in business management, and at Arden University he earned a master’s degree in strategic marketing. Often, Martin is out meeting key stakeholders and driving business development initiatives to grow our strategic partnerships and leads our business development and marketing team.

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Dawn Wills
Dawn Wills
Safeguarding Officer | Apprenticeship Teacher

With over 30 years experience in the care sector, Dawn works with learners to achieve their Residential Childcare and Health and Social Care qualifications. Dawn is also a safeguarding trainer for Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board and Runway’s Safeguarding Officer.

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Elaine Highwood
Elaine Highwood
Head of Quality

Elaine has an extensive background in training and skills, having previously worked as an assessor, IQA and Quality Coordinator. Joining Runway in 2014 she is responsible for the quality of our provision and liaises with Awarding Organisations, funding partners and provider networks. Elaine also oversees our internal programme of CPD and staff development.

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Lauren Harris
Lauren Harris
Head of Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Lauren has worked in Further & Higher Education for 14 years. Lauren’s love of teaching and learning eventually led her into practicing as an Advanced Learning Practitioner & Teacher Educator, providing coaching, training and development opportunities to new and experienced teachers. Lauren now manages the growing apprenticeship provision at Runway Training and is passionate about providing a high-quality service to both our learners and employers.

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Our governors

Wendie Morrison
Wendie Morrison
Chair of Governors

Wendie has 25 years’ experience in Further Education. As a language specialist, she taught English as a Second Language and English GCSE and A Level in colleges for many years alongside work in curriculum management.
For the last ten years, Wendie has held positions in quality assurance and improvement in both general FE and land-based colleges. She has a special interest in teacher education, leading on teacher training and continuous professional development.
She currently supports future leaders in the sector, developing skills in leadership, management and coaching.

Katie Dougal
Katie Dougal
Official at the Department for Education, based in Westminster.

In her current role, she has experience of leadership and management in a high pressure environment. She creates processes to ensure targets are met and actively applies continuous improvement strategies to ensure effective operations. Prior to this, Katie was a teacher. She has taught English literature in a secondary Academy, English as a Foreign Language to refugees in Canterbury and functional skills to young NEETs across Kent. Her broad and varied teaching experience means she is aware of a range of educational issues and policies and is always exploring new alternative ways to improve educational outcomes in Kent. As a primary school govenor, she is aware of the responsibilities that come with the role and is looking forward to applying herself in a different setting.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown
Associate in a Chartered Accountants practice in Epsom, Surrey.

In his role he has experience in working alongside and assisting a range of companies in developing and growing their businesses. Guiding them along the way dealing with all compliance and regulatory issues, Chris has an eye for detail and for producing timely and effective information, enabling management to make informed decisions as soon as possible. He also has a keen interest in governance and risk management – ensuring suitable steps are taken to ensure risks are managed and strategic plans are put in place wherever possible. Outside of work Chris is a trustee for a local charity supporting young children and their educational development. He also enjoys playing golf and cricket – whenever the weather and time permits!

Gary Callards
Gary Callards
Quality Team Developing New Courses

Completed a 4-year carpentry & joinery apprenticeship in 1979 and started teaching advanced craft apprentices in FE 10 years later.  Has been an NVQ assessor since 1992 and worked at various colleges as lecturer, curriculum leader and head of section.  Had a few years away from FE, assessing the Royal Engineers and running joinery shops in Hertfordshire and North London.     

Joined Runway from FE in 2021 and currently a member of the quality team developing new courses and is the staff coach/mentor.   Away from Runway, is engaged as a volunteer and trainer, which he regards as important, helping the local and wider communities on the south coast.      

Our testimonials

30,000+ learners trust Runway Training to boost their careers

  • Many thanks Runway training

    I have gained much knowledge from this course. It is the first time I have accessed training virtually and everything was easy to follow with clear instructions for which questionnaire to complete, video to watch or attachments to read. In particularly I found the personality traits and what motivates others and may demotivate another. I will take this learning with me onto the next stage of my career.


    ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership & Management
  • I would highly recommended it to anyone

    I loved the quality of the video as well as the knowledge of the tutor. I am planing to attend more online training run by Runway Training and I would highly recommended it to anyone who wants to improve their skills sets.


    Aspiring Manager.
  • Great to work around a full-time job

    This was great to work around a full-time job as [I] could select as and when to watch the videos and complete the tasks.


    Team Leader
  • It's extremely knowledgeable

    Overall I enjoyed the course and found it extremely knowledgeable and tutorials were easy to follow. The tutor gave excellent feedback with prompt replies.

    Z. Jane

    Senior Graphic Designer.
  • Very informative and enjoyable.

    Very informative and enjoyable. Well presented by Alison and well supported by Seb. Thank You!

    A. Dawkins

  • I had a fantastic learning experience

    I would like to say that I had a fantastic learning experience with the company, I found you very professional at all times, great communication throughout and very supportive. The on-line maths formative assessments where very good and helped me be successful. You were able to get me through the exam in time and I was pleased to receive my certificate when I returned from our holiday, so well done I would certainly recommend you to others.

    Mike Rooksby

    Runway Direct Learner, Bristol
  • We are extremely impressed with the quality

    Pepenbury is a charity that provides high quality care and support for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.  We train our staff with the necessary skills in order for us to provide the best possible care and management in both Care and non-Care focused roles within the organisation. We have worked with Runway Training over the past year and are extremely impressed with the quality of the training, support and resources provided including the knowledge and expertise of all the staff that we have had the pleasure of working alongside. As an employer, Runway Training have provided us with the flexibility to up skill our staff across various departments including Care (both Residential and Domiciliary) through Health and Social Care programmes but also through Retail Management and Business Administration qualifications.  All staff have been trained to an extremely high standard and Runway Training have worked collaboratively with us, the employer, to support staff through all aspects of their training. Their breadth of knowledge and quality of provision make Runway Training a leader in their industry and it is clear to see how they have achieved all of their current and past accolades.  Their staff are all expert in their fields and it is evident that they pride themselves on professional conduct, which as a result provides highly knowledgeable and up skilled staff for our organisation; we cannot recommend Runway Training highly enough.

    Lisa Mitchell

    Pepenbury, Kent
  • Thanks for your support during my apprenticeship.

    I will like to show a big appreciation to Zoe Harrison for her support during my apprenticeship to guide me to get not only to pass but to achieve a distinction. She has been very dedicated and supportive during the time that I have known her whilst on the apprenticeship. Zoe has been a source of encouragement to me during times when I questioned whether the apprenticeship was for me and considered dropping out. I just wanted you to know that I believe that Zoe is extremely competent as an apprentice tutor and knows her craft. I believe that she is a valued asset to your organisation and under her guidance many apprentices will succeed. Many thanks

    Runway Training Student

  • I really enjoyed the course

    I really enjoyed the course and recapped over somethings that I had already learnt and learned many new things. I also liked that Maureen allowed me to take the lungs out of the Sams (Resusci-Doll). Thank you!!

    Christin Weatherburn

    Emergency First Aid at Work, Orchard Hill Partnership, Surrey
  • Very good, fun and informative.

    Visual information, activities, group work all excellent. I feel like I gained knowledge and I'm sure I will use it in the future.

    T. Champion

    Emergency First Aid at Work, Homeless Care, Maidstone
  • I am really pleased

    Thank you for all your support and patience, I would not have been able to get through it without you.

    Julian Tudor

    Business and Administration Apprentice, Porchlight, Canterbury
  • I really enjoyed the course.

    Learning was made fun and very interesting and helpful for my job and home life. Yvonne was great. Thank you

    E. Barnes

    Emergency First Aid at Work, St Martins School, Tunbridge Wells

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