Bespoke Professional Development (BePro) are a highly experienced training provider, based in the market town of Stokesley. We are predominantly focused on business related qualifications to both individuals and organisations through commercial courses and apprenticeships. We provide CMI, CIPD and Edexcel accredited programmes in Management and Leadership, Human Resources, Learning and Development, Education and Training, Recruitment, Business Administration and Customer Services and can provide our clients with a qualification from the UK’s leading bodies in the subject areas.
We offer our qualifications delivered in many different ways, including weekly taught classes, distance learning and apprenticeships. We pride ourselves on our flexible approach ensuring we get the best fit for the individual or organisation. As of 2019 we are now Ofqual registered.
Founded by mother and daughter duo Val Swales and Georgina Selmi in 2014, BePro have a wealth of experience in management, HR, customer services, sales and marketing. We offer accredited and non-accredited training throughout the country. As of 2017, we can now accept enhanced learning credits for all of our courses. We have grown from a team of two to a large, nationwide team.
Val Swales – Managing Director
Val is co-founder and director at BePro, managing many aspects of the business and engaging with clientele. Working with some of the country’s leading colleges and universities, Val has over 18 years in an education and training capacity. With vast industrial experience in both HR and management, Val is educated to masters level in Management, holding a PGCE and many other management related qualifications. In her spare time, Val likes to spend as much time as she can in France, sampling the local cuisine and the different varieties of grapes!
Georgina Selmi – Operations Director
Georgina is co-founder and director at BePro, overseeing day to day operations and managing the apprenticeship provision at BePro. Georgina has a background in administration management and HR and branched into teaching with the completion of a PGCE in 2012. Qualified to masters level in Management with a first degree in Law, Georgina has an extensive knowledge of many business subjects and a passion for learner satisfaction. Georgina enjoys discovering new recipes, exploring a castle or Abbey on a weekend with her husband and three young boys and the odd gin!
Helen Shinner – Operations Manager
Helen graduated from Teesside University in 2007 with a degree in Advertising Management. She has since been running her own business offering marketing and writing services, skills which Helen brought with her to BePro to provide support in everything from course coordination to developing marketing materials and copywriting. Helen has recently been promoted to Operations Manager and is now taking on several projects within the organisation. In her spare time Helen loves spending time with her baby daughter Eve and learning new vegetarian dishes. Helen is currently studying towards her Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.
Sophie Dalgarno – Data and Compliance Officer/Admin Manager
Sophie joined us as an apprentice in 2017 and has already proved a real asset to the team. She deals with all things data and compliance and is a general point of contact for many apprenticeship queries, as well as managing the admin team. In her spare time Sophie enjoys going to music festivals and baking. She completed her CIPD Diploma in HR Practice in 2018 and is now working towards her Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.
Tracey Carter – Quality Manager
Tracey is the Quality Manager at Bepro, overseeing the quality provision across all areas of the business. Tracey has a background of working within a quality role within a number of training providers with extensive knowledge of apprenticeships and associated subject areas. She is a qualified assessor and lead verifier with over 10 years’ experience. Tracey enjoys going on long walks with her husband, step son and daughter and also meeting up with friends for a little retail therapy and a glass of prosecco!
Lucy Craster – Admin and HR Apprentice
Lucy works at head office in Stokesley, supporting the team to keep things running smoothly. Lucy is currently working towards her CIPD Diploma in HR Practice.
Kathryn Bolton – Administrator
Kathryn supports the team taking care of room and travel bookings, organising workshops schedules and day to day queries. She is about to begin her Level 3 Certificate in Business Administration.
Our team of Development Coaches cover the whole of England apart from the South West at the moment.
Lorraine Bartlett – Development Coach & CIPD Tutor
Lorraine joined BePro after a lengthy career with one of the leading grocery businesses in the UK. She has considerable HR experience as a manager with key responsibilities for people management and talent development over many years.
Lorraine has always had a passion for helping people develop and grow. In 2018 she achieved the Level 7 CIPD Advanced Diploma in HR Management along with chartered member status and decided to move into training and development. Lorraine has a crazy Labrador, loves travelling and seeing the world and going on adventures with her family.
Tracey Collier – Development Coach & CIPD Tutor
Tracey has over 15 years’ experience as a Senior HR Manager and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Qualifications include CIPD level 5 in Applied Human Resources, and City & Guilds for apprenticeships including, assessing, verifying & lead verifier awards. Tracey is our lead safeguarding officer at BePro and has received a number of testimonials from apprentices highlighting her great work. Tracey regularly attends CIPD events to support students and represents BePro at career and learning fayres. Tracey is passionate about the learning journey and the quality of training she provides to her learners. In her spare time Tracey enjoys supporting various charities, love holidays and is a member of a Craft Gin Club.
Aman Uppal – Development Coach & CIPD Tutor
Aman has spent the last 18 months designing and developing the learning materials for our Learning and Development qualifications. She has over 16 years’ experience in HR and L&D and delivers workshops and learning support in both of these subjects. Qualified to degree level in Business and Legal studies, Aman has extensive business knowledge alongside with her experience as a Senior Manager in the world of retail. Other qualifications include CIPD Level 5 in HRM, and City and Guilds for Apprenticeships including assessing and verifying. Aman enjoys cooking, spending quality time with her family and is always looking at ways to help charities and make a difference to others less fortunate. Oh, and also is in the Gin club!
Simon Whiston – Development Coach & CIPD Tutor
An ex-RAF serviceman, Simon delivers both HR and L&D across the West of the country. Simon is currently the only male within BePro!
Emma Beynon – Development Coach & CIPD Tutor
Emma is a Development Coach who specialises in supporting HR and L&D learners. With a first class degree in Business Management and Psychology, alongside her CIPD Level 7 in HRM, Emma has a broad theoretical and practical understanding of generalist HR. Emma’s experience is built on a foundation of knowledge gained from her Graduate Scheme at the BBC, before she moved to work in a range of HR roles across a range of industries. Emma’s passion within HR and L&D has always been to support and guide the career development of individuals, which led to her move from in-house HR to her current role with BePro. Emma enjoys relaxing with a good book or boxset, while planning her next holiday destination.
Cat Nowland – Development coach
Cat spent the majority of her career as a consultant for a large London based company that was part of one of the UK’s leading venture builders. During her time as an L&D consultant, Cat worked with both private and public sector companies helping them to orchestrate change, embed new skills and enable new ways of working.
Cat has a number of qualifications including a degree in Human Resource Management and level 3 Recruitment diploma. Cat covers a range of modules including L&D, Recruitment, and Management. In her spare time Cat enjoys travelling, playing football and spending time with her 2 children and husband and maybe indulging in the odd glass of wine!
Debbie Sleightholm- Development Coach & CIPD Tutor
Paula Matthews- Development Coach & CIPD Tutor