Meet the Team

The Sweet team are all educational professionals and have a wealth of knowledge and experience as teachers, tutors, and department heads. This gives us a genuine understanding of schools' needs and requirements and means that we are always on hand to help with your queries and support you in your delivery of Sweet.

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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. 

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Michael Hargreaves

Internal Verifier
 

Michael joined the Sweet team in 2019. He 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.

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

07740 411496

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Laura Atkinson

Marketing & Communications Officer
 

Laura joined Sweet in 2021 after 4 years in the medical device industry. With a degree in Photography and Journalism from the University of Chester, Laura has also spent time working as a reporter, before finding her calling in Marketing in 2014.

Laura is passionate about all aspects of marketing, but especially loves creating content and delving into analytics. She is the voice behind all of our social media pages, so don't be afraid to swing by and say Hi!

Working closely with her 'partner in design', Laura is responsible for the management and updating of the Sweet website and other Sweet marketing activities.

07593 586208

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Annabel Harries

Sales & Relations Manager

 

Before joining the Sweet team, Annabel spent several years working as a secondary school teacher in both Wales and Spain. After completing the Leadership Development Programme and obtaining her teaching qualification with Teach First, she went on to obtain a master’s degree in Education.

 

Annabel manages Sweet sales and ensures that centres are aware of the amazing benefits that the Sweet qualification can offer to learners.

 

Annabel is passionate about developing children’s mental health, wellbeing and life skills through application of the Sweet qualification.

07874 869690

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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

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Sammy Ibrahim

Graphic Designer


Sammy joined the team in 2021 as our in-house graphic designer.

He completed his bachelors degree in Graphic Design in Lebanon, before moving to Cardiff to complete his masters in Design Futures at Cardiff MET.

Sammy is particularly enthusiastic about branding and was single-handedly responsible for the 2021 Sweet brand refresh and brand-new PGW workbooks. He works closely with the whole team to bring marketing and design ideas to life.

07496 926330

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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

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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

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Ozzy

Senior Emotional Support Officer


Ozzy is the true mastermind behind Sweet.  Or better said in his wise words: "woof woof, bark bark".

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For general enquiries or for an informal conversation, contact us.