Meet the Team

George Atkinson

Administration & IT Support

George started working for TFP in the admin department on a part-time basis in 2012. George is now a full-time employee and provides invaluable IT and admin support to staff in the office and those we work with around the country.

Wendy Atkinson


Wendy has worked for Training for Professionals since 2006 in various roles. Previously employed by a Management Company in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Elaine Braidy

Office Manager 

Elaine originates from Lenzie near Glasgow and worked as a PA for 17 years to the senior partner of an established firm of solicitors. She moved with her family to Dorset twenty-three years ago and ran her own business in the hospitality industry. Elaine now runs the office for Training for Professionals

Louise Brice

Marketing and Sales Consultant

Louise has worked for TFP since 2015. Her previous experience of running her own company and working within customer services for many years helps her understand the needs of our loyal customers.

David d’Orton Gibson

Managing Director & Trainer

David has worked for many years in the letting industry and has first-hand experience of most roles involved in lettings. For the last 23 years, he has worked full time running training and consultancy for landlords and agents throughout England and Wales. He teaches public courses as well as running In House courses for local authorities, letting agents, landlord associations, housing associations, colleges and other bodies.

Widely respected for his technical knowledge and teaching style, David combines an authoritative understanding of the legal framework with practical suggestions on working with people and presents in an engaging style.

Gill Dokken

Editor, Letting Update Journal

Gill has worked with Training for Professions for about 8 years. She is the main point of contact for major training contract work. Gill is also the editor of the Letting Update Journal with responsibility for all aspects of producing and distributing this publication every quarter.

Mel Izzard

Lettings Consultant

Mel was previously working as a Lettings Property Manager, having moved to Dorset with her family 5 years ago. The newest member of the TFP team, her role as a Lettings Consultant will see Mel becoming more involved in the technical aspects of lettings and increase her knowledge and understanding of the lettings legislation.

Nick Sharp

Lettings Consultant

Nick worked in the lettings industry for 17 years as a Property Manager & Branch Manager in London and Dorset, before joining TFP to further his interest in the technical aspects of the industry. Nick will be focusing on the TFP Helpline, the running of training courses and additional projects related to new legislation.

Sarah Thomson


Sarah has worked in the admin field for 35 years providing administrative duties to various companies over the years, in particular she worked as a PA to the Managing Director of a very successful London based company. Sarah now works part time providing essential administrative support to our team here at Training for Professionals.

Mark Thomson

Sales and Marketing

Mark worked in the leisure industry for 25 years combining both sales and operational roles which led him to eventually work in the small sided football industry on a national basis. Mark now works in the sales and marketing department with a real focus on business development.

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