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SimTrainer UK is an SFJ Awards Centre recognised across the UK and internationally for high quality, interactive and immersive training courses.

Our clients include many of the UK's major airports, fire and rescue services, and large companies. We strive to provide a high level of customer support and satisfaction to all, with full support given both during and after the delivery of our courses.

We can deliver courses at our training rooms or at your site. Please contact us for more information on our services, up- to-date discount packages, and for a custom quote flexible to your needs.

Meet the team!

John Lord

Managing Director

John is the managing director of SimTrainer UK.

With a strong passion for training excellence and a deep understanding of the industry, John leads the team in equipping fire and rescue professionals with the essential skills needed to protect lives and communities effectively.

Becky Bradley

Operations Director

Becky is responsible for day-to-day operations at SimTrainer UK.

Utilising her excellent project management skills, she successfully lead SimTrainer UK's migration of course accreditation to SFJ Awards.

Becky also uses her background in graphic communication to design our unique brand and marketing material.

Michael Bradley

Director of Technology

Michael is responsible for leading the 'digital first' initiative at SimTrainer UK.

Through the use of cutting edge technology, Michael has greatly improved our learner experience and how we operate as a business.

Andy Barnes

Academic Advisor

Andy, a retired Station Manager and USAR/ISAR Team Leader, has been an integral part of the tutor team, leading numerous projects with exceptional delivery and feedback.

While stepping back from a frontline role, Andy will continue to contribute by providing support in IQA and course rebuilds. His valuable insights will ensure that his expertise and contributions remain an asset to the company.

Simon Bolton


Simon serves as our lead aviation tutor. With a distinguished 34-year career, including roles at Manchester Airport, Leeds Bradford airport, IFTC, service in the Royal Navy, and 17 years of on-call experience with West Yorkshire FRS, Simon boasts a wealth of experience.

He is a reliable and enthusiastic trainer, ensuring clients benefit from his extensive insight and expertise.

Phil Cox


Phil is a former Area Manager at Lancashire FRS and served as the Service Liaison Lead for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.

With a strategic mindset, insightful approach, and a friendly personality, Phil is dedicated to supporting learning.

Rob Harvey


Rob, currently serving as SMB Flexi Duty at Lancashire FRS, is a nationally recognised and passionate trainer, particularly acclaimed for his contributions to advancing Wildfire knowledge.

Known for his friendly and amiable demeanour, Rob conducts our fire studio, wildfire and hazmat courses. Beyond training, he offers valuable insights and contributes to Internal Quality Assurance (IQA).

Neil Hobson


Neil is a retired Chief Inspector from West Midlands Police and currently serves as a Strategic Resilience Advisor and Government Liaison Officer.

Neil contributes a wealth of experience in tactical command to our senior manager courses. His expertise provides accurate and realistic insights into multi-agency working, complemented an engaging and passionate teaching style.

Pete Hollingsworth


Pete, former Fire Service Manager at Stanlow Oil Refinery, boasts three decades of expertise in oil and gas production and protection.

With a proven track record as a capable and experienced fire manager, he now shares his wealth of knowledge through tutoring, enriching course delivery with his extensive experience.

Tommy Murney


Tommy is a former Principal Inspector at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, and a member of our strategic tutor and aviation team. With an illustrious 37-year aviation career, Tommy brings a wealth of sector knowledge and experience.

His dedication and professionalism are second-to-none, and ensure our delegates benefit from his friendly manner and rich insights.

Jon Nolan


Jon retired from Greater Manchester FRS in 2022 after serving as an SMB Flexi Duty officer.

With extensive experience in various roles throughout his career, he is renowned for his effective training style. As a valuable member of the tutor team, Jon supports learners with his friendly and informed approach.

Jim Owen


Jim, former Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Greater Manchester FRS, now serves as our Lead Strategic Tutor.

With a wealth of management experience and a superb strategic mind, Jim passionately imparts his knowledge as a tutor and mentor. His invaluable insights benefit all participants in the courses he delivers, providing a broader and more informed perspective shaped by his extensive experience.

Jonathan Stewart


Jonathan, with an MSc in Fire Science, brings a wealth of experience as a fire officer with diverse roles, notably specializing in fire investigation at Greater Manchester FRS.

Recognised for his warm and engaging training style, Jonathan delivers a broad spectrum of SimTrainer courses.

Our Services


Assessment Service

Simulation Design & Training

Bespoke Services

As an SFJ Awards Centre, we offer accredited high-quality, interactive, and immersive courses delivered by tutors with years of expertise.

We have a trusted reputation nationwide and internationally, serving major airports, fire and rescue services, and leading companies.

Training Centre

Our commitment is to create a memorable learning environment, to enhance content delivery, encourage lively discussions, capture evidence of progress, and showcase best practices in training.

We understand that a well-nourished mind is a receptive one. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and hot meals during our courses at the training centre, making your learning experience not just educational but also a delicious one!

Can't make it to our training centre? No worries! We can bring the learning experience to you. Contact us for personalised on-site training solutions.

Our Clients


The incident command course is unrivalled in the industry, with the depth of information, given. If you've ever asked yourself why do we do this? This course gives you the why for every situation. Even for someone who's been in the sector for 20+ years, I was blown away by just how much I learned, genuinely learned.

Simon L.

Highly professional, approachable, friendly training provider. Instructors are all credible and come with pedigree and experience.

Neil S.

I've had the pleasure of attending numerous training courses and I have always found them to be of an excellent standard.

Sam M.

Best aviation incident command course I've been on, the team have raised the bar.

Mark H.

The facilities at SimTrainer are excellent and the staff made us all feel welcome and part of the team.

Chris T.

I cannot recommend SimTrainer highly enough, I can't wait to come back.

Neil H.

All aspects of the course by far exceeded my expectations. Course content is upto date and relevant, delivered by an instructor with many years experience with a lot of stories and is passionate about the subject.

Merrick J.


Enterprising Person Award (John Lord)

Service Business Award

Small Business Award

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