From left to right: Marcus Lyne, Kevin Foley, Paul Mackley (Unit Manager), Martin James (Commercial Director),  Gary Hobson, Michael Barnett, David Farrell

Paul Mackley

Unit Manager & Trainer Assessor, South West (UK)

Qualifications ITSSAR Instructor/Examiner 1:11020
ITSSAR Tutor 4:10033
NPORS Instructor 204814
Occupational Experience Paul has more than 20 years training experience on Plant Machinery, Lifting Equipment and Operations, Manual Handling Equipment and site safety qualifications. In April 2012, Paul delivered a diverse training programme to Cable & Wireless on St Helena, an island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean which is the resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte following his exile by the British in 1815. One of the most isolated islands in the world, St Helena is now a hub of the international telecoms industry and remains a British colony.
Credits Paul is credited for contributing toward and editing the ITSSAR Training Manual for Overhead Crane Operators. Paul has also written bespoke courses for major UK companies and smaller specialist organisations.
Outside Interests A qualified hot air balloon pilot, in his spare time you can often spot Paul drifting over the skies of Bristol.

Gary Hobson

Trainer Assessor, East Midlands (UK)

Qualifications ITSSAR Instructor/Examiner 1:10078
ITSSAR Tutor 4:10031
NPORS Instructor 204914
Occupational Experience Gary has extensive experience in the industrial training field and is well known to Paul Mackley having worked with him at two previous companies for more than twenty years. He joined Didac in January 2011, after playing a major part in course development and delivery for his previous company. During that time he gained valuable experience in many industrial subjects.Gary is a qualified ITSSAR forklift instructor and tutor and can train operators and instructors in a wide range of subjects.

Gary is credited for contributing toward and editing the ITSSAR Training Manual for Overhead Crane Operators.

Marcus Lyne

Trainer Assessor, South East (UK)

Qualifications ITSSAR Instructor/Examiner 1:15281
ITSSAR Tutor 4:10160
NPORS Instructor 218015
Occupational Experience Based in South East England Marcus is a vastly experienced instructor who is able to train in a wide range of industrial and construction equipment.

Marcus started his career in the armed forces in the Corps of Royal Engineers where he specialised in Combat Engineering, Instructing and Recruitment. When he finally left the army he had ranked up an impressive 23 years’ service eventually leaving at the rank of staff sergeant.

On leaving the army Marcus joined a large training company as South East regional manager which is when he first met Paul, Gary and Roger. After five years he left to join a more local company where he progressed to become an NVQ assessor and an ITSSAR tutor. Marcus joined Didac in March 2014 and is an excellent addition to the team.

In his spare time Marcus plays veteran’s football, power walks and is a qualified football referee.

David Farrell

Trainer Assessor, Swindon (UK)

Qualifications ITSSAR Instructor/Examiner 1:19100
Occupational Experience David was initially a member of The Royal Air Force for eight years and served in Germany and various other locations during his service.He became an accredited forklift Instructor and examiner in 2000 and covered all the forklift training and COSHH awareness training for a large Multi-National pharmaceuticals distributor for a number of years.

Moving to Scotland he focused on training on various types of plant equipment as well as cranes and slinging operations predominantly for businesses tied to the Oil industry. David relocated south during 2014 where he spent some time in warehouse management before realising that training was his true passion.

He joined Didac in March 2016

Kevin Foley

Trainer Assessor, Midlands UK

Qualifications ITSSAR Instructor/Examiner 1:20618
Occupational Experience Kevin became an instructor in 2004 after gaining extensive experience in plant operation at various sites in his native Northamptonshire. In April 2004 he joined a large training organisation where he worked alongside some of the current members of the Didac team servicing one of the country’s largest builders merchants and training on a variety of equipment and subjects.In 2009 Kevin switched to another provider on a self-employed basis after they obtained the builders merchant contract and remained there before joining Didac in July 2015.

In his spare time Kevin is a keen sports fan enjoying Golf, Snooker and tennis. Kevin is also a big football fan supporting the Baggies of West Bromwich Albion.

Michael Barnett

Trainer Assessor

Qualifications ITSSAR Instructor/Examiner 1:13641
Occupational Experience Michael joined the Royal Artillery in May 1980 training as a Rapier Missile Operator. He served in Germany and carried out additional Infantry training in Cyprus and Gibraltar. After being stationed in various UK Barracks, he was seriously injured during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. This then meant he was stationed in Lincolnshire for the last seven years of his army career. Here he was retained within the regimental warehouse stores where he was responsible for the stock control and issuing of food, clothing and fuel to the regiment.

He was accepted for training as a training instruction examiner in 2000 when he joined a large training organisation, working on a self-employed basis. Since then he has worked for many companies as a self-employed trainer, training candidates on an extensive range of machinery from Pallet trucks, 360 diggers or even Container stackers to mention just a few. In February 2017 Michael joined Didac as a trainer for the North and North West of England.

Michael lives in Leeds, West Yorkshire. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and particularly enjoys taking part in golf as part of Oncourse Foundation. This is a group set up for all forces veterans wounded in or after service and has taken him across the country. Here he takes part in both learning the skills needed for golf as well as games and matches with group members or the general public. He is an avid Manchester City supporter and loves walking in the Yorkshire Dales with his wife and dogs.