About Helmsman Services

Helmsman Services was formed by the Directors, Tony and Lindsey Willson whose backgrounds were as Personal Development and IT trainers.

In 1997, when working with a national house-builder as their Investors in People Adviser, a need arose to outsource their training function so a training management company was sought to deal with it. When one could not be found (or at least at a reasonable price) Lindsey took on the contract.

The business grew and initially clients were from the construction industry, mainly due to the complex nature of maximising claiming construction training grants – about which Helmsman have in-depth experience and knowledge. In more recent years clients have been added from the Social Care and Local Authority sectors.

When in 2005, an opportunity to actually deliver health and safety training arose, Helmsman Safety services was formed and this then led to offering a professional advisory service and to the provision of annual contracts to manage health and safety.
In 2014, the rise of e-learning within the care and financial sectors did not seem to be mirrored by construction and so Helmsman started to offer a suite of health and safety on-line courses which, since then have been extended to all sectors.
Helmsman are therefore a truly one-stop shop which can meet the training needs of our clients and the company prides itself on its professionalism, value-for-money, attention to detail and giving a personal service.

With Nicky Carter, our Operations Manager who has been with us for over 15 years, the three senior managers have over 70 years’ experience in the field of training administration which means that Helmsman Services are well placed to advise clients on all aspects of training and development and health and safety.

Tony Willson

Tony Willson

Managing Director

Diana Thomas

Diana Thomas

Administration Co-Ordinator

Lindsey Willson

Lindsey Willson

Operations Director

Nicky Carter

Nicky Carter

Operations Manager

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