About us

Welcome to ESS Assist (ESS)

ESS Assist is a multisector  on line learning and consultancy organisation offering solutions to through a range of integrated services that meet your needs, adds value, and for businesses drives bottom line impact.

Our mission is to “Empower our Partners” to achieve their business and personal objectives.

ESS Assist offers a wide range of services including:

  • Tendertracker- (Funding Opportunities)
  • On Line Learning Courses
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sourcing Funding
  • Strategy Development
  • Bid Writing
  • Recruitment
  • Partnership Management
  • Learner Find Service
  • Employer Engagement

ESS is a network of highly experienced professionals who understand the needs of employers and works with them to deliver the best and most cost effective quality solutions possible.

The founding directors Gavin Newbold and Ian Peacock have over 40 years of experience in the public and training and education sectors and have both previously successfully run, developed, and sold national training organisations.

During this time they have assisted hundreds of companies, and many thousands of learners to achieve their business and personal objectives.

Please contact us on 01748 831921 or Get In Touch using the online form if you wish to have a confidential discussion regarding our services and how we may be able to assist your organisation.

Meet the directors

Ian Peacock MBA, Managing Director

Ian has a track record of building, transforming and selling £multi-million training businesses. Key strengths include: assembling and leading high performing management teams / Boards of Directors and delivering performance through people; creating operational infrastructure across people, processes and systems; embedding performance management programmes to drive efficiencies and superior service delivery; engaging with blue chip clients at CEO level to achieve strategic level engagement; and strong management skills with multi-disciplinary teams of up to 320 people across the UK.

He has also led not for profit training organisations, is an IOD member, and has attained the certificate of strategic development from the IOD’s Chartered Directors Programme.

Gavin Newbold Funding Director, Tender Procurement

Gavin is a professional bid writer with over 25 years of industry experience. During this time he has assisted hundreds of clients helping secure funding for a wide range of activities with total project costs in excess of £1billion. Clients have ranged from micro training providers through to some of the world’s largest accountancy firms, colleges, universities, charities, Government Agencies, Local Government, Central Government and many more. Funding has been secured from sources including OJEU tenders, Trans-national EU programmes, DWP, ESFA/SFA, Lottery and the EU Structural funds etc.

He can assist in the full funding “life cycle”, from the initial identification of opportunity, through EOI, PQQ, ITT and then management and evaluation.

Stuart Atkinson (MSc; BSc (hons); P.G.C.E.; M.I.F.L)

Stuart has a wealth of experience within education across Private Training, Further Education and Higher Education. He has enabled several training companies to be founded and thrive, providing them with multi-skilled expertise to enable companies to launch, develop successful strategic partnerships that facilitate both academic achievement and vocational excellence.

Stuart also has significant experience in Awarding, as a lead external quality assurer; qualification author; sector qualification reviewer and within business development. Stuart has developed highly successful graduate programmes and led the implementation of innovative awarding and training solutions for large multinational companies and SME’s alike. This strength in curriculum and learning design demonstrates his understanding of provider and learner needs.
Stuart maintains current CPD and ensures currency, holding roles as University lecturer and National Trainer for a large Awarding Organisation. stuart.atkinson@essassist.co.uk

Jo McDonald, Development Director

Jo has over 25 years’ experience working with the education and training sector. She started her career in the sector as a Work Based Assessor for a large retail which lead to a role within an ITP. For seven years Jo worked for Manchester TEC supporting the launch, implementation and contract management of a diverse range of public funded programs. Jo relocated to London in 2000 where she was employed with Reed in Partnership as National Head of Skills Contracts for twelve years leading operational delivery of a wide range of ESFA and Local Authority programs for young people and adult learners. Jo acts in the “role of non-executive director” for several ITPS. Jo prides herself on keeping up to date with operational requirements to deliver outstanding public and commercially funded learning. Jo works in partnership with a range of specialist consultants to compliment her skill set and ensure her clients have access to the best person to support any business needs that she feels are outside of her knowledge remit. Jo.mcdonald@essassist.co.uk

Steve Dobson, Development Director

Steve is a highly experienced Operations Director and has a proven track record over 20 years of driving strategic, operational and commercial transformations. Working for large Third Sector providers delivering £multi-million Central Government contracts, he has led on major business change & improvement programmes to optimise operations and oversee risk management. As a National Operations Director for several years Steve led a team of 320+ staff located across the UK, with control of a £160m+ budget. In 2016/17, he led on business development across multiple industry sectors for a large Recruitment & Training company.

Steve offers a bespoke service to individuals, businesses and organisations who are looking to grow and thrive. Steve.dobson@essassist.co.uk