The Education Zone




Jon Gorf is an experienced professional with over 26 years of specialised knowledge, working in a technical & senior management role within the construction joinery & woodworking industry. For the past two years Jon has been operating as an Independent Consultant working with a number of joinery businesses and is contracted to work with the British Woodworking Federation, providing technical joinery advice and health and safety support. He also has been involved with the development of the BWF Health & Safety Guide for Joinery Companies, the BWF Guidance for Weather Testing of Joinery and the BWF Installation Advice for External Windows & Doors. Jon is currently the technical lead for the BWF Heritage & Conservation group, Health & Safety group & the Interiors group.

Jon will be giving Technical and Productivity information and advice at the show.


Mark Stevens

Mark has worked in the furniture and wood sector since leaving school. He has worked for companies that manufacture furniture and bespoke doors. During this time, he has also worked in production planning, training and health and safety. He works hard within health and safety to ensure companies are not only compliant, but he also shares best practice, all in a practical, common sense approach. He works closely with Trade Associations and sits on the Wood Safety Group, which includes the HSE.

Mark will be giving Health & Safety information and advice at the show.



Martin James

Martin has spent many years supporting the furniture and wood industry and is passionate about getting training into the heart of the sector. He recognises that skills have been lost over the years and is working hard to try and reverse that trend, both with suitable training programmes, apprenticeships and funding opportunities.

Martin will be giving Apprenticeships and Training information and advice at the show.



Shane Stenning

Shane has been a trainer in the furniture and wood Industry for many years, specialising in Apprenticeships, Commercial Programme, 16-18 year old learners and recently Solid Surfaces which includes Corian. He always enjoys a challenge, whether that’s with a learner, employer or complex items they are making. He enjoys delivering something different every day, especially as programmes are tailored to the learner and employer.

Shane will be giving Apprenticeships and Training information and advice at the show.


Tony Batchelor 

Tony Batchelor is the Training Manager for the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). Tony spent the early years of his career working in the public transport sector. In 2005, Tony joined the CITB Standards and qualifications team. During his time with CITB, Tony was contracted to the British Council to deliver training on vocational and educational projects in Asia, as well as providing advice and support to explore the establishment of Oversees Sector Skills Bodies. In his current BWF training manager role, Tony is responsible for delivering on the BWF’s three core training objectives that include; increasing recruitment into the sector, developing and maintain high quality qualifications and delivery partners, and fostering a culture of continuous learning in the woodworking industry.

Tony will be giving Apprenticeships and Training information and advice at the show.


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