John Pitchforth has worked in automotive apprenticeship training since 1986, he has been the CEO of a number of Training Providers and started the ‘Heritage Skills Academy’ in response to a widening skills gap within the restoration sector. Working closely with Rolls Royce and Bentley specialists P & A Wood and North London Garages GTA Ltd, the team have successfully developed and are delivering a training programme tailored to the requirements of this specialist industry. From September 2017 ‘Heritage Skills Academy’ mechanical programme will be delivered from new state of the art workshop and classroom facilities based at the ‘Bicester Heritage’ site in Oxfordshire.
As Programme Manager, John Passfield is responsible for the development and delivery of all the Heritage Skills Academy Programmes. With over 35 years’ experience as an engineer, Tutor and Assessor he has been involved for many years with the restoration, maintenance and use of cars from the early 1900s through to older Land Rovers, has a small collection of British motorbikes, is interested in anything that is old and mechanical. For the past two years John has developed and delivered the P & A Wood Classic Vehicle Apprenticeship Programme and is closely involved in developing new standards for the Restoration Industry.
Steve Beaumont is a very experienced automotive lecturer. Army trained and with an impressive
record of success in developing and managing bespoke automotive programmes for many of the
UK’s leading training companies, he is a valuable addition to the HSA Team.
His passion and enthusiasm for our engineering heritage is infectious and his teaching style ensures
that apprentices are engaged and interested in the subjects they are learning.
Throughout his career, Steve has been involved in maintaining and restoring a broad range of
vehicles. His passion is motorcycles which has involved him for many years in race teams and track
Bob Johnson is an experienced Lecturer with 30 years’ experience of classic vehicle maintenance and restoration. Army trained, he has worked on a broad range of military, light and commercial vehicles alongside his passion for flying.
Whilst working as a Lecturer Bob resumed restoring vehicles of both two and four wheels types ranging from Rally driver Paddy Hopkirk’,s first vehicle (a 1924 Pultney, in which Paddy learnt to drive), A championship winning single seater hill climb car and an MGBGT followed by various 50’s and 60’s motorcycles and scooters including works racing motorcyles from Yamaha, Kawasaki and BSA.
Bob built a Tab Framed Honda 350K4 to compete at the Isle of Mann Manx GP and raced it himself in England and now parades some of the race bike he restored for their owners as well as being a technical scrutineer for the CRMC.
Janice Richardson joined the HSA team in January 2018 and brings 20 years of organisational experience to the company. Operating from our Head Office at Bicester heritage, her role covers the day-to-day organisation of administration, recruitment and employer engagement. Acting as the primary contact with employers and apprentices, Janice will ensure that all operational aspects of the business are handled quickly and effectively.
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