PD:Verified has been created by PD:Approval, an independent quality assurance organisation which provides services to membership organisations, employers (training providers) and learners all with one thing in common, to strive for high quality education. 

Our mission is to provide recognition of the professional status of Tutors, Assessors and Quality Assurers and support career development for our members which in turn enhances the learner journey.

PD:Verified recognises that every tutor, assessor, internal quality assurer and external quality assurer is vital to the learner journey and provides members with a membership logo that is underpinned by a Code of Conduct and makes them a part of a community of like-minded people.

All PD:Verified members have met our criteria and show how they continue to professionally develop by undertaking relevant training, which they can showcase on our searchable database.

If you need to get in contact, you can either call the team on 0333 577 0908 (local rate) or email us at pdverified@pdapproval.com

Our PD:Verified Ambassadors and Steering Group

PD:Approval has gathered together a group of industry experts to help us champion the importance of each faculty role, help drive up standards and encourage potential and registered members to develop as professionals. PD:Verified Ambassadors are available to provide expert advice to members, drawing on their knowledge and experiences, and will proactively represent PD:Verified through our LinkedIn Group, social media and blogs. Our Steering Group will provide expert guidance and strategic direction to PD:Verified and its members.

If you are a PD:Verified member and have a question for our Ambassadors, you can contact them via the LinkedIn Group.

Our current team of experts:

Jacqui Hobbs - Ambassador and Steering Group member
Jacqui is an Education and Training Consultant within the adult learning sector and an experienced Learning and Development Consultant within the workplace. Jacqui has a proven track record in maintaining an exceptional level of compliance and performance, and also writes, delivers and quality assures vocational training qualifications. Jacqui has a BA (First Class Hons) Degree in Adult Education and Training from Greenwich University, and holds industry vocational qualifications, the Assessor, Internal Quality Assurer and External Quality Assurer Awards, and is a qualified and certified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner and Neurolinguistic Programme (NLP) Train the Trainer Leader.

Morc Coulson - Ambassador and Steering Group member
Morc is a senior lecturer in the faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing at the University of Sunderland, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the National Obesity Forum. Morc has published many books in the area of Health & Fitness which have become key texts for many institutions and training providers around the UK and overseas, most recently the Health and Fitness Instructor’s Handbook 4th ed (2021) Bloomsbury. Morc has a Bachelor of Education (Physics) from University of Northumbria, a Master Diploma in Health and Fitness Studies, and an MSc Masters in Sport and Exercise Science from Leeds Metropolitan University. A qualified and experienced tutor and assessor, Morc also holds a wealth of vocational health and fitness qualifications.

Nicky Lawson - Ambassador and Steering Group member
Nicky has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years, running her own personal training and consultancy business before progressing into teaching, assessing and quality assuring for a range of large operators, independent training providers, a key Awarding Organisation and various membership organisation. Nicky was the manager of education and training for a large UK operator and has taught, assessed and written and developed a range of qualifications before progressing into external quality assurance work for both SkillsActive, Active IQ and now PD:Approval. A fully qualified and experienced tutor, assessor and quality assurer, Nicky has also achieved a range of health and fitness qualifications in a wide array of disciplines.

Marcus Sanger - Steering Group member
Marcus is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Exercise Sciences at Solent University, Southampton, UK. He has an MSc in Sports Performance from the University of Portsmouth, a BA (Hons) Recreation Management from Sheffield Hallam University, a Post-graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (HE) from Solent University; and is a qualified tutor, assessor, IQA, EQA and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Marcus has over 30 years of experience in exercise and fitness as an educator, consultant, course developer, tutor, assessor, internal verifier and external verifier; book reviewer, PT studio owner, national trainer, fitness club manager, fitness manager and fitness coach.

Keith Smith - Ambassador and Steering Group member
Keith has worked in the fitness industry since as 1992 and as a tutor, assessor and presenter since 1995. A skilled educationalist and trainer who has presented in over 24 countries, Keith’s background in the design, delivery and evaluation of courses, workshop and seminars ensures the learner has the knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful and an awareness of the behaviours that underpin the exerciser experience.

If you would like to join us as either an Ambassador or Steering Group member, please contact pdverified@pdapproval.com for Terms of Reference.