Meet the Team

Lee Pryor

Director of Apprenticeships and Business Engagement
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Lee is an education and training graduate with 28 years’ experience in the healthcare and education sectors.

He is currently the Director of Apprenticeships and Business Engagement, where he leads on stakeholder engagement and apprenticeship curriculum and quality development across Luminate Education Group.

A highly experienced education manager, Lee has been in multiple leadership roles for the last decade, specialising in work-based learning and curriculum development. He also has specialist experience and knowledge in apprenticeship reforms for apprenticeship levy and non-levy organisations, and designing organisational learning within education and healthcare. Lee has also co-chaired the apprenticeship trailblazer group for the Healthcare Play Specialist Standard.

Lee trained as a nurse at Lakeland School of Nursing and Midwifery and his previous roles have included a four year stint at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he was Support Services Manager. After that he moved to a South Yorkshire college where he worked for 10 years, first as a course leader and then as Head of Department for Health Sciences and Social Care Professions, Computing and Digital.

In 2021 Lee was shortlisted for TES FE Leader of the year and the group was highly commended for its outstanding contribution to the development of apprenticeships.

Paul Clarke

Head of Business and Commercial Development
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Paul has joined the team as Head of Business and Commercial Development. With over 10 years’ experience in recruitment and sales in both private sector and government-funded organisations, he brings a wealth of knowledge and business acumen to the team. Understanding the key recruitment challenges businesses face, including skills shortages, he is passionate about the sector and with his extensive knowledge of local labour market and contacts within recruitment we are sure Paul will have a positive impact on YCTD’s growth.

Joe Donovan

Deputy Head of Commercial Development
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Joe is a training and development professional with experience working in apprenticeship recruitment, key account management, and learning and development design; he is currently the Centre Manager for the YCTD.

Joe has played an instrumental role in creating training and development programmes, working closely with employers from a wide range of industries to develop the curriculum, proposition and resources of the Centre.

Joe has a keen interest in supporting individuals and employers to access training and development that supports economic growth in the region and nationally.

Rhonda Smith

Course Leader, Compliance & Professional Development
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Rhonda has worked for Luminate Education Group for several years, after spending a number of years as an education professional in the United States and Canada. Rhonda now coordinates many of our training and development programmes, maintaining exceptional relationships with awarding bodies including NEBOSH, IOSH, and HABC.

Samantha Middleton

Course Leader, Digital Learning & Employability
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Bethany Hall-Fletcher

Business Development Executive
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Gabrielle Law

Projects & Performance Coordinator
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