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Discover the amazing team behind the creation and development of Apprentify and gain an insight into the people you could be directly working with.

Paul Drew

Paul Drew

Managing Director / Founder


About Me

As Managing Director, I am responsible for the company's success, performance, and drive. A key to the success of the company has been the ability to demonstrate the business values by leading by example. As a result, I avoid the noise of business by using the art of listening & questioning to drive the real business drivers.

The experience I have accumulated in digital, technology, and 3 years as Managing Director of an apprenticeship business led me to launch this company, which is designed to help businesses harness the power of digital talent in the digital age. It is a simple concept that takes the very best in digital and technical training and combines it with cutting-edge techniques & technology for business growth. 

It isn't just about knowledge transfer, but about the application and impact on a business or person's career far beyond the training or development we give. It is about life development.

My Favorites
Located: Cheshire
Food: Pizza
Film: StarWars - It was my childhood
Hobby: Fitness & drinking weird green drinks
Dale Walker

Dale Walker

Head of Curriculum


About Me

Prior to my professional career, I spent my youth building and creating content for a variety of websites. I started my actual career in IT sales working for one of the UK's largest recruitment companies. Since leaving sales, I've forged my path in apprenticeships. Having worked in both smaller and larger training providers, I've come to call Apprentify home since joining as our first employee in 2018. I met Paul in a Caffè Nero in Knutsford after a random LinkedIn message - I was sold on the idea immediately and haven't regretted a day since.

My Favorites
Located: Manchester
Food: Anything but mushrooms. Devil veg!
Film: The Dark Knight
Hobby: Trying to find the perfect beer (don't worry, I already know it's a DIPA)
Charles Booth

Charles Booth

Internal Quality Assurance


About Me

I originally started in the Printing and Advertising industry, starting on the shop floor and working my way up as an apprentice, then later began running my own publishing and printing finishing business. After selling my business, I moved into training and assessing to help apprentices adapt to the changing world of marketing; from printing, to websites, to social media campaigns. I joined Apprentify as a Development Coach initially, then two years later moved over into Quality Assurance to help support other coaches and further develop the good work we do.

My Favorites
Located: Cheshire, Congleton
Food: Anything wrapped in shortcrust pastry
Film: 12 Monkeys - A dystopian classic by Terry Gilliam
Hobby: Woodworking, turning and carving; especially chessboards, and anything Urnes Viking style
Scott Austin

Scott Austin

Apprentice Recruitment Executive


About Me

With nearly 5 years of experience in apprenticeships, my passion lies with the Talent Recruitment side. Matching our employers with new apprentices who are looking to break through into their chosen industry. Apprentify’s Career Champion, offering information, advice and guidance to apprentices, schools and anyone who is unsure of their next steps. When not helping apprentices, you will either find me on a football pitch or slicing golf balls into bushes on the golf course.

My Favorites
Located: Chesterfield
Food: Chinese
Film: Hacksaw Ridge
Hobby: Football, Golf and Squash
Mabelle  Zissou

Mabelle Zissou

Apprentice Recruitment Executive


About Me

Mabelle (pronounced Muh-Belle). My background is a mix bag, but I’ve found my place in the world of work-based learning. We may not save lives, but we sure change them. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". -Nelson Mandela

My Favorites
Located: Sunny Manchester
Food: Seafood
Film: Lion King
Hobby: Depending on the week I can be knitting, running a youth group or designing interiors or watching Netflix
Frances Williams

Frances Williams

People Partner


About Me

Hi, I’m Fran, the people partner at Apprentify. I am delighted to be in this role as my passion is people! I love to listen, coach, guide and empower people to be the very best version of themselves. I believe you get the best out of people when they feel engaged, valued, and supported. I have various experience gathered from working in start-up companies, big companies like Cadbury but also setting up my own business. A business must focus on their people first, as they will then take care of the rest. A big focus for me is wellbeing, especially after the global pandemic. If people are to perform well at work, they need to be ‘well’ in all areas of their life and I want all people to feel we care for them as people. First and foremost, I am a wife and mummy to two children and a dog.

My Favorites
Located: Tutbury
Food: Goats cheese, rocket and caramelised onion pizza with BBQ base
Film: I love Christmas films e.g. Elf, Home Alone, Santa Clause but I also love The Pursuit of Happiness
Hobby: Taekwondo, jogging and yoga
Carl Ennis

Carl Ennis

Technical Programmes Manager


About Me

I am an experienced trainer and training manager currently living and working in the Manchester area. My areas of focus as a manager have been Digital Marketing, Software, Data Analytics and other IT related training courses. As a trainer, my experience comes from a Military and Educational background working with highly skilled and focused professionals. Outside of work, I like to travel on my motorbike and I have a huge passion for football, photography, videography and drones.

My Favorites
Located: Manchester
Food: Pizza
Film: Avengers: End Game
Hobby: Football, snowboarding, photography, travel
Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams

Digital Apprenticeship Specialist


About Me

I joined Apprentify as an apprentice and specialise in supporting businesses to fill their digital skills gaps. Having previously completed a Level 3 Digital Apprenticeship, I have a unique and holistic view on the whole process. I love a bourbon, binge watching tv and take no persuasion for a drink.

My Favorites
Located: Chorlton
Food: Steak
Film: Bridesmaids
Hobby: Snowboarding, shooting, cuddling my hamster and dogs
Mark Benzar

Mark Benzar

Development Coach


About Me

I have been teaching since 2011 in the Lifelong Learning Sector. I have worked in a wide range of roles for a variety of organisations within the industry. In 2018, I was approached by a large apprenticeship provider to teach my trade to apprentices, and the rest is history! I love my job and I love the people that I work with.

My Favorites
Located: Liverpool (but I travel sometimes)
Food: Fajita, Gulyas
Film: Legend, Grand Budapest Hotel
Hobby: Judo, Photography, DIY
Matthew Bamford

Matthew Bamford

Digital Marketing Apprentice


About Me

Hi! My name is Matt and I am a Digital Marketing Apprentice here at Apprentify (Yeah, I know, an apprentice at an apprenticeship organisation). You can usually catch me managing our social media accounts, creating newsletters, writing content and watching our analytics grow. I am very excited to see where Apprentify leads me and where this role will take my career. Out of work, I would like to think I am a social butterfly, since I enjoy spending time with my friends, working out and gaming.

My Favorites
Located: Manchester
Food: Steak
Film: Avengers: Infinity War / Endgame
Hobby: Muay Thai
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