Lisa joined Northumberland College in 2020 following a distinguished 22 year career in the armed forces where she travelled around the world, worked closely with members of the Royal Family and met the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

I have been teaching on the Uniformed Public Services Course at Northumberland College since January 2020 and currently studying a BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management and Cert Ed.

I hold an A1 Assessor Award, Level 3 Award in Education and Training, A2 Advanced Practitioner – Train the Trainer, Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership (MCMI) and Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue and Remedial Therapy.

I spent 22 years in the British Army working in training, planning, supply chain and logistics management. On leaving I spent six months working overseas, developing and delivering training courses in the Middle East.

Throughout my career I have played and coached football, mentoring players both within the army and civilian settings. I am an FA qualified coach and registered soft tissue and remedial therapist.

I am responsible for the delivery of the NCFE Levels 2 & 3 Entry to the Uniformed Services courses provided by the Military Academy at Kirkley Hall.

The courses aim to provide students with a foundation on which to begin a career in uniformed services, through developing key skills such as communication, leadership, team working, problem solving, navigation, drill, physical and mental wellbeing and conflict management. I outline the importance of core personal qualities, equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as values and standards to the students.

I have a passion for encouraging others to achieve their potential through coaching and mentoring, and giving students the tools to grow their self-confidence and develop valuable life skills.

Seeing students grow in terms of their self-belief and personal development. It gives me great satisfaction to see their confidence grow on a daily basis.

The positive feedback I have received from both students and staff – it’s good to know that even in a relatively short space of time I have made an impact.

Many things inspire me depending on the situation, but my biggest unwavering daily inspiration comes from my family and partner.

I believe you can’t go far wrong if you have support from others who want you to be the best version of yourself. I aim to be that support and inspiration for my students.

Education in any form, be it practical, theoretical or a mixture of both, builds self-confidence and develops an enquiring mind. I believe that continuous learning is important for everyone, no matter what the level.

I try to be a positive role model for students and equip them with life skills to help them find future employment. I am in a position to be able to shape and influence students’ capacity to grow and learn, giving them the confidence to achieve far more than they may have thought possible.

After leaving college I joined the British Army and enlisted into the Royal Logistics Corps.

You’d have to ask them! I hope I do in some form.

One of my first bosses was really strict and demanding, but I realised she was an amazing mentor who taught me so much through allowing me to make my own mistakes and learn from them. The lessons and advice she gave me 20 years ago still stay with me today.

I’m sure if you asked my student’s they would come forward with one of my favourite quotes:

“Team work makes the dream work” “The standard you walk past is the standard you’ll keep” and “Life is just a big game – learn how to play it.”

Honest, fair, loyal.

Follow your dreams – you never know where they may take you.

What are the winning numbers going to be on next week’s Euro Millions?

Football, football and more football! I have been lucky enough to coach in many different countries and have worked with amazing players of all ages and genders from grassroots to elite.

If I’m not coaching then I’m generally found at the Stadium of Light watching my beloved Sunderland AFC.

Away from football I love the great outdoors, walking, cycling and generally trying to keep fit.