Meet the Team

We are so proud of our people; they really are a caring, fun and inspirational bunch to work with. Quite rightly, we try to walk the talk, doing all we can to make sure our people love their time at work.


Gill Shimmon

Managing Director

About Gill
Starting her career in the banking world, Gill took on a range of leadership roles before moving into the world of training and consultancy in the early 2000’s.  She spent some years working as a training consultant before forming Lighthouse in 2012.  These days Gill focuses more on running the business than delivering training but still works with a few longstanding clients. Gill is passionate about helping people to see themselves as others do, and adapting their approach accordingly.  She does this with the use of psychometrics and 360 feedback, particularly supporting Senior Leadership Teams. Outside work Gill loves travelling, wine and watching Lewis Hamilton….not necessarily in that order!

Charlie Hill


About Charlie
Charlie has had a varied career including being a tax accountant, director of golf and a self-employed coach, all of which has lead to her dream job as Director of Lighthouse. Charlie has a genuine belief in people development. Everyone has hidden or untapped talents, and Charlie wants Lighthouse to deliver programmes that enable our delegates to explore and discover how they can be their best at work – whatever their job. Charlie enjoys sport, particularly golf and cricket, is an avid reader and spends the weekends walking on the Suffolk Coast – whatever the weather.


Director of Wellbeing and Tennis balls
About Sally
Has a way with people that’s hard to train…normally just a slight tilt of the head is all that’s required to move our focus from business, to the all-consuming delight of fetch.

Training Consultants

Michelle Harrington


Ian Glenister


David Allen


Alison Darrington


Niki Dole


Ward Atkinson


Tutor Team

Matthew Rawlings

Head of Programmes

About Matt

Working for 15 years within a college setting and going through an upward trajectory to Head of Management and Professional. Matt enjoys the three R’s, rugby, reading and running. He is happily married and has a daughter at Uni and son about to take GCSEs.

Sharon Ball

Programme Manager

About Sharon
Sharon worked as an Operations Director for 20 years before joining Lighthouse.  Sharon has been part of the organisation for nearly 3 years now. Outside of work Sharon is still working on her golf handicap, so that she can become a professional. Living in Woodbridge and enjoying the good life that this offers with her husband Trevor.

Samm Gardiner

Apprenticeship Tutor

About Samm
Samm has 18+ years of experience in Operations including Team Leading, Resourcing, Training, HR, Recruitment and Projects. In her spare time she enjoys history and watching Marvel and Star Trek.

Julie Neal

Apprenticeship Tutor

About Julie
After working for 30 years plus in the software development business delivering successful product releases, Julie took the opportunity to move into the adult training arena using the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed over the years. Now her children are grown up and taking on the world, Julie is working hard in her spare time on reducing her handicap and losing less balls on the golf course.

Angela Jessup

Apprenticeship Tutor

About Angela
An experienced customer focused professional with a career predominantly spent managing and supporting clients and people.  Apart from spending time with anything that has fur and 4 legs, Angela enjoys nothing more than helping and supporting others to be the best they can be.

Lisa Collins

Apprenticeship Tutor

Debbie Willis

Apprenticeship Tutor

Lorraine Edwards

Apprenticeship Support Administrator

Lorraine has worked in customer service for out 20 years, she enjoys working and being part of a busy team. In her spare time she enjoys spending with with her family and friends, going to the cinema, pub quizzes, walking – especially by the beach, Zumba and Bounce.


Vicki Studd

Operations Manager

About Vicki
Vicki joined lighthouse just over a year ago having come from customer service and operational management background for 11 years. Vicki enjoys supporting people and getting the best out of them hence why she loves her job. Outside of work Vicki enjoys playing football and spending time with her family and friends.

Josh Hignett

Office Manager

Robert Day

Resources Administrator

About Robert

Robert first started at Lighthouse in 2014 as an Administrator Apprentice and is now our Resource Administrator. He is grateful for what he has learnt in his time here and for changing his life for the better.

Kerry Ball


About Kerry
Prior to starting at Lighthouse, Kerry worked in the Insurance Industry for 20 years. Outside of work, she enjoys days out with her family and friends. If Kerry has any spare time, which is rare with having twins, she enjoys walking. This September she completed the South Coast Challenge in Eastbourne, where Kerry walked 25km for charity.

Caroline Byrne


About Caroline
Having recently worked in the health sector, Caroline joined the admin department in 2022 and enjoys being part of a busy, friendly team. Away from her desk, Caroline loves spending times in the great outdoors and discovering new places.

Sales & Marketing

Roy Lusher

Sales and Marketing Manager

About Roy
With 35 years of sales experience, Roy has a passion for teamwork and community. Married for 30 years and proud father of 4, he believes he has perfected the art of Dad-jokes… 🤦‍♂️

Angela Heaney

Business Development Manager
07398 691 238

About Angela
Angela Heaney joins us with a wealth of experience, having worked at Director level in a growth FMCG company and thereafter in the world of education, training and apprenticeships in excess of 16 years. Before joining Lighthouse, Angela was head of programme for nine different apprenticeship programmes. An experienced Manager, qualified Teacher, Lecturer, Assessor and IQA.

Alan Beale

Customer Relationship Executive
07377 905719

About Alan
Alan has experience of working in retail and wholesale management roles, the insurance sector, the building industry and now with the sales & marketing team at Lighthouse. Outside of work, Alan has a keen interest in art, music and the theatre.

Sam Wilding

Sales Progressor

About Sam
Having worked as part of the Sales and Marketing team for 3 years, Sam enjoys introducing new businesses to Lighthouse. Out of the office, she values time with her family and, as a self-confessed ‘fresh air addict’, you will usually find her running or cycling in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

Sarah Bevan

Marketing Executive

About Sarah

With 13 years’ experience in the marketing and design world, Sarah looks after branding, social media and all aspects of marketing for Lighthouse. When Sarah is not at work, she will be either looking after her young family, watching Doctor Who or trying to find some time to pursue her photography hobby.

Lewis Webb

Junior Digital Marketer

About Lewis

Lewis is our Junior Digital Marketer who has recently qualified from his level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship in June 2023. He assists the marketing and sales team with all things social media and online promotion of Lighthouse. When Lewis is out of the office, he loves pursuing his passion for modified cars and golf as well as continuing his love for photography after 4+ years of study in the field.

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