The CNet Technical Development and Expert Instructor Team

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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

Lee Johnson

Technical Developer

John Norris

Technical Developer

Craig Larkins

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

Lee Johnson

CDCMP

Lee works within the Technical Development team, where he uses his career expertise to shape and develop CNet’s Data Centre program material. After spending nearly 14 years in the Royal Air Force, where he served as an Aircraft Avionics and Electrical Technician, Lee left the Armed Forces and entered the Digital Infrastructure Industry where he has held roles within industry leading organisations. Lee enjoys being able to share his technical knowledge and experience with his CNet colleagues to help ensure content of the current technical education programs remains current and to development new programs.

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.

Meet the Instructor Team:

US Technical Manager

Melissa Chambal

Instructor and Online Tutor

Patrick Drew

Instructor and Online Tutor

Kevin Matless

Instructor

Tim Dickens

Instructor

George A. Salinas

Instructor

Danny Turley

Instructor

John Barrows

Instructor

Tony Clare

Instructor

Andrew Reeves

Instructor

Gary Herman

Instructor

Richard Clark

Instructor

Brittany Carney

Instructor

Jason Beebe

US 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 recognised as one of the Top 25 Women in Technology, 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 and Online Tutor

Kevin Matless

CNCI CDCTP CDCDP CDCMP CDCAP DCEP CTPM

Kevin enjoyed a 22-year career in the Royal Air Force; towards the end of that career he became the Chief Instructor at the Aerial Erector School based at RAF Digby. He also qualified as a City & Guilds fibre optics instructor and an NVQ D32/D33 Assessor. Kevin, who is fluent in French, delivers a wide range of programs, from fibre optics and data centre design programs. In addition, 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.

Learner Comment:

"Kevin is a great teacher and is very approachable. Kevin made the program enjoyable and was very involved with helping us understand the modules. Kevin has been very caring and understanding. Teaching 15 grown men can't be easy, we all hope to see Kevin on future training programs."

Instructor

Tim Dickens

CNCI CTPM CNIT CDCD COPT CNIDP CDCDP

Tim delivers the Network Infrastructure programs. He has over 30 years’ experience within the industry having worked within the electrical industry, and as a technical officer for BT and technical consultant and technical director at very progressive network infrastructure organisations. Tim loves teaching and enjoys bringing learning to life by sharing his years of experience with valuable real-world examples.

Learner Comment:

"Absolute gentleman. Would highly recommend to others and would like to take another program with Tim. Overall, very enjoyable and interesting. Great Instructor. Recommended for any person starting a data technician career."

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 CNIT CTPM COPT CNIDP

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

Tony Clare

CNCI CIIT CNIT CTPM CWIT CDCTP CNIDP

Tony Clare joins the CNet Instructor team to deliver the Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) and Certified Integrated Infrastructure Technician (CIIT®) Programs. He is experienced in project management and has almost 20 years of experience working in the digital network infrastructure industry to share with our learners.

Learner Comment:

"Tony was a fantastic Instructor. He really made the subject enjoyable and he was very patient with the class during the practical elements."

Instructor

Andrew Reeves

CNCI CTPM

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

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

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

Brittany Carney

CNCI CNIDP

Brittany graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Since, she has gained valuable experience across the construction and telecommunications engineering sectors. Brittany also has extensive knowledge across multiple design platforms, combined with project management expertise. She joins CNet as an Instructor and will focus on delivering the network infrastructure education programs.

Learner Comment:

"Brittany is very knowledgeable and easy to listen to."

Instructor

Jason Beebe

CDCTP

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."

Meet the Higher and Further Education Team:

Higher and Further Education Principal

Jill Baldwin

Apprenticeship Manager

Rob Stonehouse

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.

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.

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