Your dedicated Sweet* Team

For general enquiries or for an informal conversation, please contact a member of our dedicated team. 


If you are already a Sweet* centre and you have a specific question about the internal verification process or your cohort of learners, please contact us. 

Katy Evans

Team Co-Ordinator


Katy joined the Sweet* Team in 2017 after qualifying as a Mathematics teacher through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. 


She oversees the Sweet* provision and manages the quality to ensure centres receive the appropriate support and awarding body requirements are met.  


Katy is passionate about young people having the opportunity to develop life skills and gain valuable qualifications that will support their progression in to further education, training or employment. 

Lindsay Donovan-Lacey

Internal Verifier

(Welsh & English Language)


Lindsay is a former Modern Foreign Languages and Welsh Second Language teacher with 8 years experience at an English medium comprehensive school. She has a passion for languages and is currently learning Italian, her sixth!  


During her career, Lindsay has embraced middle manager roles including Head of Department and Head of Faculty. 


She is keen to communicate the benefits of the Sweet* qualifications, which help young learners to gain valuable life skills and qualifications in an accessible way. 

07946 356792

Martin Griffiths

Internal Verifier


Martin is an experienced educator having held management positions at a variety of alternative education and employability-based learning provisions. 

He joined the Portal Team in 2017 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience on vocational qualifications from a teaching and quality assurance background. 

Martin is passionate in supporting young people to gain a holistic education that can aid both progression and quality of life through learning. 

07712 322033

Natalie Allsup

Internal Verifier

(Welsh & English Language)

Natalie joined Portal’s Sweet* Team in 2019, following nine years working in secondary education. Based at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen in Caernarfon, her focus was on supporting learners with behavioural and additional learning needs.


Natalie has broad experience in delivering the Sweet* Personal and Social Development Programme and has seen its benefits first-hand. Natalie is the primary Sweet* contact for schools and centres across North Wales.

07720 741044

Michael Hargreaves

Internal Verifier


Michael is an experienced tutor, coach, mentor and assessor with almost 15 years of experiencing enhancing the employability of students and graduates within schools, college and university.


He joined the Portal team in 2019 on a part-time basis as he also works with disengaged pupils on a European funded project to reduce their chances of being NEET.

Michael has delivered a wide range of qualifications from OCN units BTECs and delivered on City & Guilds and ILM qualifications.

07740 411496


If you’re a centre in England and would like details on delivering the Sweet* programme, please contact:

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Portal Training, Ocean Park House

East Tyndall Street, Cardiff,
CF24 5ET
02920 474 060