BSc(Hons) in Politics, Govt & Sociology; BA in History, BA(Hons) Fine Arts
NWHSA General Manager
Born Liverpool 1951, Dave spent most of his young life in the Mossley Hill area of Liverpool. He
began a career in public service in 1970, performing many different roles and having many
different responsibilities, including: team management, training staff, investigatory enquiries and
problem solving projects.
After 26 years (1995), Dave had to leave public service due to injury but absorbed himself in
subjects of academic interest at Open University, as can be seen by his qualifications above. He
also did other courses including decorative finish, upholstery, complimentary therapies,
photography, marquetry and veneering, exercise and nutrition with Liverpool Football Club,
woodworking, art, clock making and repairs, gardening, and stained glass.
During his academic pursuits he also became an Executive Committee Member of the Open
University Student Association for the North West of England. Dave also has a love of everything
Cert.Ed & PGSen(Dyslexia), HNC (Public Service Administration)
NWHSA Administration & Co-ordination Manager
Born Liverpool 1951, currently residing in Widnes. Les retired from Public Service in 2011, having
served the greater Merseyside community for over 40years.
With over 30years experience of managing people, over 25years experience in the field of training,
training management, curriculum design, course design and evaluation and assessment, also
experienced in problem solving and the research and development of key projects.
As a member of the National Trust and a lover of history and historic buildings, monuments and
other heritage sites, he believes it would be a sad day if such historic places are allowed to fade
out of existence, which is why he has become part of the North West Heritage Skills Academy.
NVQ Assessor & NVQ Internal Verifier
NWHSA Quality Assurance and Course Assessment Manager
Born, raised and currently living in St. Helens. Neil has successfully headed an assessment unit
within a Merseyside County public service organisation as well as involvement in other more
challenging roles. Over twenty years’ experience of managing people and is a current and
experienced assessor within this field.
Having been a skilled engineer, he has seen this role more frequently replaced by robotic
machinery. He has served the public of Merseyside for over twenty five years. A keen supporter of
diversity issues, a lover of historical buildings and their history, he believes passionately in the
maintaining and restoration of these buildings which explains why he has joined the North West
Heritage Skills Academy.
PETER FURMEDGE (BA Hons, FCCA, MA)
NWHSA Funding Manager
Peter has an MA in Urban Regeneration, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified
Accountants and is an ILM accredited social enterprise business advisor with twenty years’
experience in the development, management and growth of social enterprises.
He is currently Managing Director of Collective Edge Limited, a business specialising in “people
based regeneration” that supports the development of social enterprises, the voluntary sector and
micro-enterprise, and a Director of Enterprise Employment & Training CIC, a social enterprise
established to assist people facing barriers to employment and enterprise to realise their
DAVID J. WATTERSON,
NWHSA Lecturer in “An Introduction to Clock Making & Repairs”
David is a professional clock maker and repairer. Having trained at the Central College of
Manchester and achieving the British Horological Institute’s Certificate in Clock Making, David
began his career on a self employed basis, joining the British Watch and Clockmakers Guild.
He has also worked for a large communications company, a host of well-known Jewellers, the
Horological Repairs of Manchester and Horological Restorer to the Aethenaeum Club of Liverpool.
His key skills lie in:
• The restoration of:
Long Case Clocks
• Lathe work and Hand tools