The CNet Technical Development and Expert Instructor Team

At CNet Training we are proud of our ability to provide program learners with access to some of the most respected and technical minds in the data centre and network infrastructure industry. This may seem obvious, but is sometimes overlooked; a great Instructor has knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject matter that they are teaching. They are prepared to answer questions and keep the material interesting for the program learners.

Successfully delivering quality training and education to a class is a very different skill to that of presenting to large audiences at conferences. It requires a detailed understanding of the science of teaching and assessment, so here at CNet Training we ensure that all of our Instructors are qualified in this skill set; they each have their own professional development plan to ensure that an engaging personality and a teaching style with clear objectives for the education programs are their overriding objectives.

Plus, every Instructor is employed by CNet Training (we do not use sub-contractor Instructors) and undertakes a rigorous Train-the-Trainer Process to ensure their knowledge of each subject and quality of delivery meets our quality expectations.

A cornerstone of CNet Training’s Train-the-Trainer process is the level 4 certificate in Education and Training which all Instructors undertake. This, in combination with their years of experience and knowledge of the subject matter, leads to an unparalleled level of expertise in the delivery of The Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework.

This is why our Instructors are world renowned and qualified to deliver training programs that match their areas of specialist knowledge. They also help to shape the direction of the industries by being members of associations and committees that define how that industry will operate in the future.

Meet the Technical Development Team:

Head of Technical Development

Clint Sherratt

Technical Developer

John Norris

Technical Developer

Craig Larkins

Technical Developer

Fil Masucci

Technical Developer

Paul Freelove

Head of Technical Development

Clint Sherratt

CDCDP CNIDP BA (HONS)

Clint is CNet’s head of Technical Development, developing and maintaining CNet’s technical education programs. Clint has a wealth of knowledge and experience to the technical development team, he joins directly from the British Army’s Royal Corps of Signals where he served in a variety of telecommunications technical roles including training designer in the British Army. Clint was also responsible for the design, planning and implementation of a project to move the entire military Task Force to a new site for which he was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.

Technical Developer

John Norris

CNIDP CDCTP CDCDP CDCMP CDCSP

John is an experienced and accomplished Information Technology professional, with over 20 years of experience and a proven track record following years of managing, designing, relocating, and supporting IT services in data centres. He has been the technical lead for many IT infrastructure and data centre projects including major IT deployments and disaster recovery and has plenty of real-world knowledge to bring to the CNet’s technical development team.

Technical Developer

Craig Larkins

CDCDP CNIDP CTPM

Craig has 22 years experience in management, telecommunications, and education development in the Ministry of Defence. He is well-practiced in project management, planning and implementation of physical networks utilising many technologies and multinational systems. With an extensive record of successful planning, development, and delivery of Information Communication Technology (ICT) projects across the Security and Defence sector, Craig is a great asset to the Technical Development team.

Technical Developer

Fil Masucci

Fil is an IT operations and data centre professional with over 37 years of IT experience, the past 25 of which have been at a management level. Fil possesses an in depth understanding of mission critical environments, having successfully managed multiple data centres across Europe, as well as defining consistent levels of services to more than 20 Data Centres globally, and is therefore perfectly placed to work within CNet’s Technical Development team, developing and maintaining technical education programs to the highest of standards.

Technical Developer

Paul Freelove

Paul brings a wealth of hands-on electrical engineering experience to CNet. He has a proven track record in optimising electrical compliance, infrastructure integrity, and operational efficiency. Over the course of his career, he has been recognised for project management of complex improvement initiatives and capital projects, with expertise in entire lifecycle of electrical systems. Paul’s experience also includes training and authorisation of technicians in electrical safe work which has equipped him well for his role as part of CNet’s Technical Development team.

Meet the Instructor Team:

US Canada & LatAm Technical Manager

Melissa Chambal

Instructor and Online Tutor

Patrick Drew

Instructor

George A. Salinas

Instructor

Danny Turley

Instructor

John Barrows

Instructor

Andrew Reeves

Instructor

Gary Herman

Instructor

Richard Clark

Instructor

Jason Beebe

Instructor

Dale Thompson

Instructor

Karl Brown

Instructor

Lee Hawkings

Instructor

Steven Barlow

Instructor

Paul de Klerk

Instructor

Connor Crombie

Instructor

Graham Hinton

US Canada & LatAm Technical Manager

Melissa Chambal

CTPM CDCTP CDCDP CDCMP CDCEP CDCAP CDCSP

US Canada & LatAm Technical Manager and 7×24 Exchange International Career Development Mentor

Melissa joined CNet Training with over 20 years’ data centre and network infrastructure experience, plus 5 years teaching Data Centre Design and Network Design programs. She has taught at the Top Gun Marine base in California and performed a Data Centre Audit on Department of Defense facilities. Today, Melissa delivers CNet Training’s Global Data Centre programs, including Data Centre Management, Design and Audit.

Melissa is the only woman to have been recognised in all three Top 25 Women in Technology listings (2023, 2022, 2021) by Mission Critical magazine. She is Runner Up for The Inspiration Award by Network Computing. She has also featured in:

Mission Critical Magazine

 

We are the City

 

Intelligent Data Centres

 

Learner Comment:

"Melissa had an excellent command of the subject matter. She was energetic and kept everyone engaged. I enjoyed her injections of humour during the program, it kept me on my toes without losing sight of the information that was being disseminated."

Instructor and Online Tutor

Patrick Drew

CTPM CDCDP CDCMP CDCEP CDCSP CDCAP MA

Patrick Drew came to CNet Training with over 24 years of experience in the industry. He has worked in various roles from Network Engineer to Data Centre Manager, covering Europe, North America and Asia. Now, Patrick is helping CNet spread the message about the importance of sustainability across the industry. He successfully completed the Business Sustainability Management program from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Patrick delivers CNet’s Level 5 Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional (CDCSP®) program from the highly acclaimed Global Data Centre Education Framework. He is also one of CNet’s dedicated Online Tutors, providing on-going support as part of the pre-class study and during CNet’s Distance Learning programs, including the Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management.

Learner Comment:

“Enjoyed the program. I feel it's a necessity for anyone involved with data centres, especially nowadays. Makes all the difference having an Instructor who has experience in the field, knows what he is talking about and enjoys what he does.”

Instructor

George A. Salinas

CTPM CDCTP CDCDP CDCMP CDCAP CDCEP CDCSP DCEP AIA

George is a Registered Building Architect (RA), covering design & construction principle and consultancy to the international design and construction industry with over 25 years’ experience. His impressive skills span the entire industry, from IT data centre design specialist, technology consultant, construction project manager, including construction of mission critical facilities such as data centres, IT & medical facilities and trading floors.

Learner Comment:

"George Salinas is an excellent Instructor for this program. His depth of the overall subject knowledge is excellent. His real world experiences and perspectives were a great addition to the program material."

Instructor

Danny Turley

CNCI COPT CNIT CTPM CIIT CNIDP CDCDP

Danny joins CNet Training with over 15 years experience in network infrastructure and has worked on award winning installations for many multinational organisations. At CNet his focus is on delivering the sought after programs from The Global Network Infrastructure Education Framework throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East and the US.

Learner Comment:

"Danny Turley was very engaging and interesting - easy to listen to and understand and very open to questions. A great way to learn. I have attended other classroom and online training and they can be very boring - Danny kept the information flowing and the discussion was very relevant and interesting."

Instructor

John Barrows

CNCI CNIT CTPM CDCTP CDCDP CNIDP

John joins CNet with over 30 years’ experience in the digital infrastructure industry. His experience includes project managing large installation and re-fits for high profile clients and being a team leader for engineers involved within projects. John’s focus at CNet is delivering the sought after programs from The Global Network Infrastructure Education Framework.

Learner Comment:

"John was very helpful and enthusiastic. He gave everyone an opportunity to participate and was very clear and precise with any questions that were raised."

Instructor

Andrew Reeves

CNCI CTPM CDCMP CDCPM CDCAP CDCEP

Andrew joins CNet following 15 years’ experience in the IT Services industry including project management roles with high profile network infrastructure organisations. Previously, Andrew has also undertaken project management roles in a variety of large installation projects including work with The London Olympics, BBC, Walt Disney, Westgate Oxford, Bloomberg. More recently he was responsible for the implementation of a disaster recovery team to eight European data centres incorporating a quality improvement plan.

Learner Comment:

"Andrew was great, he kept the class involved and engaged. A real confident and caring approach to teaching which I really appreciated. A* grade for Andrew from me."

Instructor

Gary Herman

CNCI CIIT CTPM CNIDP CNIT

Gary has worked within the Digital Infrastructure Industry for over 26 years, working on many prestigious large-scale projects around the world in locations such as the Middle East, Macau, Morocco, London and South Africa. He has gained a vast array of knowledge from his roles as a Project Management Consultant, General Contractor, Developer and Contractor for many Large Multinational Organisations within the Banking, Hospitality, Casino, Theme Parks, Education and Transportation Sectors.

Learner Comment:

"Gary has a lot of knowledge in his field and has shared many experiences he has had in his career which he has passed on. Captured my attention throughout the whole program."

Instructor

Richard Clark

CDCTP CDCDP CDCMP CDCEP

Richard’s impressive career saw him manage data centre projects for a number of significant companies within the industry as well as Military experience within radio systems in the Royal Navy. His expertise includes data centre design and build, IT deployments and mission critical electrical installations and structured cabling.

Learner Comment:

"I really enjoyed the program. Richard showed great enthusiasm throughout the program and explained each module in detail and gave examples from his own experience which was very interesting."

Instructor

Jason Beebe

CDCMP CDCTP CTPM CDCEP

A Veteran of the US Army National Guard, Jason is an experienced IT and data centre professional with strong skills in implementing complex strategy and managing projects within critical environments. In his role as Instructor at CNet, Jason’s learners will benefit from hearing his experiences from working with high profile global organisations. He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Learner Comment:

"Jason is a great Instructor. He is clear and concise and he held my attention for the duration of the program."

Instructor

Dale Thompson

CNCI CWIT CNIDP CDCTP COPT

Dale joins CNet with over 25 years’ experience in the Forces and is passionate about education, leadership and culture. His experience within the Royal Corps of Signals stands him in excellent stead to deliver complex technical program material with clarity and zeal. Dale holds a BTEC level 4 in Teaching in The Lifelong Learning Sector and an ILM level 3 in Coaching.

Instructor

Karl Brown

CNIT COPT CNIDP

Karl joins CNet following a successful career in communications infrastructure, most recently working as a Training Delivery Manager, developing and providing communications training programs to communications infrastructure executives of all levels and experience. Karl has been responsible for the continuous personal development of the junior tradespeople within the Royal Signals Communications Engineer trade group, enabling their progression from engineers to team leaders.

As an Instructor, Karl delivers confident and clear communication, developed during his 22 years of military service. Along with an effective leadership style, Karl has the ability to bring together teams and individuals.

Learner Comment:

"Karl was an outstanding lecturer. He was very informative and helped whenever anyone needed it. I have been on many courses but this has been by far the best. I highly recommend this program."

Instructor

Lee Hawkings

CNCI CDCPM

Lee spent eight years in the Royal Signals managing military projects in challenging worldwide locations, often working alongside other nations to complete the installation of new infrastructure, and was commended for his excellent work. Since leaving the Forces, he has spent time working within the network infrastructure sector managing the deployment of a Full Fibre Network, and latterly, managing projects from inception to completion for a leading designer/manufacturer of utility-scale solar mounting structures. Lee is passionate about career progression, leadership and self-development and can provide effective coaching and mentoring. Lee assists learners in recognising strengths and opportunities for improvement, enabling them to elevate their individual effectiveness and team cohesion.

Instructor

Steven Barlow

CDCMP CDCTP

Steven joins CNet following a successful career as a data centre manager. Working closely with well-known organisations allowed him to gain extensive industry knowledge within a short period of time, and his experience managing the daily operations and critical infrastructure of a portfolio of data centres enables him to call on knowledge of recent policies and practices. Learners will benefit from his first-hand experience of mechanical and electrical maintenance, project management and budgeting, as well as leading and developing teams.

Instructor

Paul de Klerk

CDCTP CDCDP

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry and previously managed CNet’s Dubai office, delivering programs from the Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Over the past eight years, he has been focusing on consulting, design and training in Canada and South Africa. He has spearheaded projects ranging from $12 million to $24 Million; collaborated with staff of 80 and subcontractors of 200; and managed an office of engineers, technicians, financial and costing managers with an annual turnover of $50 million. Paul is driven by challenges and a desire to be successful in his endeavours. He enjoys assisting learners in navigating all aspects of complex projects.

Instructor

Connor Crombie

CDCTP CDCDP CDCMP

Connor has over 20 years’ experience in IT infrastructure in the international banking and finance sector, covering a broad range of compute, storage, voice and data networks, data centres, information security, business continuity and end user services. He has led high impact infrastructure projects through the full lifecycle, implementing robust and sustainable processes and procedures to ensure alignment with internationally recognised operating standards. His energy, drive and expertise keeps learners engaged throughout technical topics, helping them to grasp new concepts quickly and effectively.

Instructor

Graham Hinton

Graham has many years’ experience as an engineer and spent more than a decade as CEO of his family’s data cabling installation business. He is skilled in fibre optic and copper structured cabling design and installations, testing, fault finding and project management of multiple concurrent projects. His passion for the industry and desire to help others join the industry brought him to CNet, where he enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with learners.

Meet the Higher and Further Education Team:

Higher and Further Education Principal

Jill Baldwin

E Learning Specialist & Degree Coordinator

Helen Marriot

Apprenticeship Manager

Rob Stonehouse

Apprenticeship Coordinator

Melissa Scarfe

Higher and Further Education Principal

Jill Baldwin

MA MCIPD FHEA PGCE(HE) TBLC

Jill coordinates the development of the Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management. She joined CNet from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK and brings with her a vast experience of corporate education, online program development and learner support. She is also an expert in team based learning and innovative education methods in higher education and holds a level 7 certificate in Humantechnics Executive Coaching, awarded by The Bristol Business School of University of West England. Jill’s background includes learning and development in corporate organisations such as Barclays.

E Learning Specialist & Degree Coordinator

Helen Marriot

Helen has specialised in eLearning for over 15 years, and has extensive experience implementing, supporting and developing a variety of learning technologies within the higher and further education sector. Prior to this, Helen worked within a variety of corporate organisations, acquiring key IT infrastructure and support knowledge. Helen works closely with the Higher and Further Education Principle, tutors and Anglia Ruskin University to coordinate and administer the Masters Degree program.

Apprenticeship Manager

Rob Stonehouse

BSc (Hons) MSc​

Rob has 20 years’ experience working in the further and higher education sectors, first as a Teacher and then as a Manager. Working primarily in the STEM subject areas he has spent the last 8 years managing apprenticeship provision in the digital, engineering and electrical installation sectors. Prior to working in education, Rob spent 15 years working in the defence industry. Passionate about life-long learning, Rob has studied a wide range of subjects over the last 30 years and completed an MSc in Computing, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a level 5 apprenticeship in Leadership and Management.

Apprenticeship Coordinator

Melissa Scarfe

BSc Hons

After some time living abroad, Melissa accepted an IT role in the UK whilst studying for a BSc (Hons) degree in Information Systems. Upon graduation, Melissa gained experience working in the database, software and helpdesk areas, before returning to study, undertaking a PGCE in secondary ICT education. Melissa took some time out to raise her family and subsequently worked part-time in IT and schools. Melissa’s background in IT, along with her teaching practice experience and work in schools, has given her the perfect mix of skills to coordinate CNet’s Apprenticeships and provide support to the team.

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