About us

We aim to provide a competent and reliable service for all of customers. To find out more, please feel free to contact us at any time.  Our team will always welcome you with friendly, attentive service.


Feedback from our courses is consistently positive.  Here are just a few representative comments:


  • “Excellent training. Delivered in a friendly, confident manner.”
  • “Really interesting! Fab trainer. His knowledge was amazing. Very enjoyable!”
  • “I really enjoyed the course and feel I gained invaluable skills and knowledge.”
  • “The best training I’ve attended. Excellent.”
  • “A BIG thank you for the fabulous training! All staff found it extremely informative and full of good knowledge which we will ensure is put into practice.”
  • "I have found the trainer development  program offered by Sherwood the best course I have attended in years. The team at Sherwood go the extra mile to provide in depth evidence based training, that has a had a positive impact on the service I work for. Not only is the course and assessment excellent the ongoing support and mentoring offered has proved invaluable."


We now use CourseCheck for feedback for our PBS and Physical Interventions Training Courses.  The feedback is from courses delivered by our own Senior Trainers and Associate Trainers delivering the training within their own employing organisations - CLICK HERE to see the latest reviews and comments.


We have developed extremely positive and constructive relationships with all of our customers and are confident we will continue to do so as business develops in the coming years.

Our Team


Management Team:


Nick Butcher

Director / Senior Trainer

Phone: 0115 970 4811

E-mail: nick@sherwoodtraining.co.uk


As an experienced trainer and former nursing professional, Nick is a founder and Director of Sherwood Training. When working as a Learning Disability nurse, Nick saw first hand how improving a person’s quality of life through Positive Behaviour Support reduced behaviours of concern. He remains committed to developing high quality, ethical training promoting the importance of dignified and respectful person-centred approaches.

Fun fact: Nick sings, plays guitar and has played with bands for many years.  He's currently attending and preforming at a regular local folk club, singing in a rock and blues cover band and playing caixa in a samba band!


Andy Whysall

Director / Lead Senior Trainer

Phone: 0115 970 4811

E-mail: rachael@sherwoodtraining.co.uk


Andy is a founder and Director of Sherwood Training and is passionate about a rights-based approach and restraint reduction.  He has worked in schools, residential care and supported living with people aged 18 months to 97 years, primarily in the field of Autism and learning disabilities.  As well has having an NVQ 3 in health and social care, Andy is a certified PBS coach, certified Behaviour Assessor and has attended the last nine International PBS Conferences. He is the company’s day-to-day business manager and Lead Trainer offering specialist consultancy services.

Fun fact: "I have played on stage with Bryan Adams in front of 16000 at Sheffield arena and currently still hold 12 top 10 world records on the Burnout 2 computer game!"


Rachael Davies

Training Manager / Senior Trainer

Phone: 0115 970 4811

E-mail: rachael@sherwoodtraining.co.uk


As a former registered children’s home manager, Rachael is passionate about PBS across all age ranges and sectors. She has worked in both education and health and social care. Alongside a BSc Honours in Psychology degree, Rachael completed NVQ Level 3 and 4 in Supporting Children and Young People. Initially, Rachael began working with Sherwood as an associate trainer before becoming an accredited senior trainer. Now the training manager, she balances her time between supporting trainers, onboarding new customers and delivering training.

Fun fact: "Like many people I have supported I love rollercoasters and have bungee jumped and skydived. One of the best things about being a support worker is taking people to theme parks and sharing adventures with them!"


Admin Team:


Fergus Brazel

Office Manager

Phone: 0115 970 4811

E-mail: office@sherwoodtraining.co.uk


Senior Trainers:


Ben Feetenby

Senior Trainer

Phone: 0115 970 4811

E-mail: ben@sherwoodtraining.co.uk


Ben is an experienced support worker and has worked in many settings including learning disability and mental health residential care and supported living. He has also worked in forensic secure settings. Ben has a qualification in teaching Physical Intervention but strongly believes that good proactive and preventative strategies reduce the need for restrictive practices. Over the years Ben has seen many changes in the way we support people and is particularly passionate about developing hobbies and interests that help to engage people in a positive way.

Fun fact: "Everyone has a passion and mine is music! When I am not on shift or delivering training you can find me performing as a DJ into the early hours of the morning!"


Kirstie Reynolds

Senior Trainer

Phone: 0115 970 4811

E-mail: kirstie@sherwoodtraining.co.uk


Kirstie has been a qualified mental health nurse since 2006. She has worked in the care profession since 2001 in dementia care, brain injury units, medium secure hospital and youth offending prisons. Kirstie is currently a clinical nurse lead specialising in crisis support at CAMHS (Children & Adolescent Mental Health Service). Teaching PBS is something Kirstie is extremely passionate about as she recognises the importance of valuing people we support as individuals and building positive relationships. She often says that the ethos of PBS is something she did in her career long before she knew what it was!


Fun fact: "I'm not a natural redhead and can play the violin!"


Jonathon Carrier

Senior Trainer

Phone: 0115 970 4811

E-mail: jonathan@sherwoodtraining.co.uk


Associate Specialist Trainers and Consultants:


We work with a number of specialist consultant with professional experience in:

  • nursing consultancy (adult mental health, CAMHS, learning disabilities and personality disorder)
  • psychotherapy and counselling
  • critical incident analysis and debriefing
  • developing and commissioning specialist services

We are able to offer a responsive service and support to our customers in developing their expertise and services as well as responding to crises should they occur.

Booking and Administration

Contact our Office Manager and Administrator:


Phone: 01159 704 811

Email: office@sherwoodtraining.co.uk


Office opening hours: Mon-Thurs 9.30am-4.30pm


NB Outside of these hours, we do accept calls between 9am and 5.30pm weekdays.  Our automated system will redirect your call to one of our team.  If for some reason we are unable to answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you.


Training Course Cancellation Policy:


If the customer cancels a booking the following charges will be applicable:


  • within 24 hours of the start of the course: 100% of the agreed fee + expenses (travel and accommodation)
  • between 7 days and 24 hours before the planned start of the course: 100% of the agreed fee
  • between 8 and 15 days before the planned start of the course: 50% of the agreed fee
  • between 16 and 30 days before the planned start of the course: 25% of the agreed fee
  • more than 30 days before the planned start of the course: NO CHARGE

More about us...

Did you know…

  • Our training in Positive Behaviour Support and Physical Interventions is RRN Approved and certified through the BILD ACT and UKAS schemes.
  • Sherwood Training Ltd has public liability and professional indemnity insurance through the Peter Hattersley & Partners, Chartered Insurance Brokers covering both the activities of employees and freelance trainers and consultants
  • All of our trainers are qualified first aiders
  • All of our trainers have adult education teaching qualifications
  • Sherwood Training Ltd is a registered limited company - registration number: 8922359


Our Customers

We currently provide training and consultancy services to a variety of specialist service providers including:


  • United Response
  • Horizon Care and Education Group
  • St. Vincent’s & St George’s Association
  • Reach Housing and Enablement
  • Gretton School, Cambridge / Cavendish Group
  • Vivo Care Choices
  • MGB Care Ltd
  • Ability Care
  • Luton West Area Partnership (WAP) - provision at Chantry Primary Academy
  • Luton Northern Neighbourhood Improvement Partnership (NNIP) - provision at Whitefied Primary Academy
  • Intacare/Stepforward Ltd
  • Sun Healthcare
  • Witham Valley Care
  • Witham Prospect School
  • East Midlands Housing Group/East Midlands Housing Care and Support
  • One Stop Care
  • Pathways Care Solutions
  • Potens
  • Barnardo's Cymru
  • Cima Care Consortium Limited
  • Flexible Support Optons
  • Forward Day Centre
  • Bowden Derra Park Limited
  • Home Group
  • Devon County Council (Specialist work with children and families)
  • Landermeads
  • GT Care/Alternative Care
  • Ourhouse Waingrove
  • Symbiosis Care
  • G & S Caring for Children and Young People Limited
  • BRJ Support Services Limited
  • Secure Healthcare Solutions
  • Island Care
  • Special Needs Care Limited
  • Autism Plus

Fees & Expenses

Standard daily rates:

  • £POA + expenses + VAT – RRN approved / BILD-ACT certified courses
  • £POA + expenses + VAT – Other courses
  • £POA + expanses + VAT – Other courses – 1/2 day

Why are they different? – The additional cost for RRN approved / BILD-ACT certified courses reflects the cost of maintaining certified status + additional quality assurance and administration requirements.


Train-the-Trainer (for delivery of RRN approved / BILD-ACT certified courses):

  • £POA + VAT per person - Train-the-Trainer Course (5 Days)
  • £900 + VAT - Annual Associate Trainer License Fee
  • £450 + VAT - Annual Affiliate Organisation Registration Fee
  • £20 + VAT per course delivered - Auditing course records and issuing certificates
  • £5 + VAT - Workbooks (one required for each course participant (not required for refreshers)


  • Mileage – 50p + VAT/mile
  • Hotel & Subsistence – £100 + VAT pppn / £125 + VAT pppn within the M25 (Greater London) area – (Only required if the course is more than 50 miles from our base in Nottingham, NG7 2BY)


VAT Registration

  • Sherwood Training Limited - VAT No. 100288261



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Our training in Positive Behaviour Support and Physical Interventions is RRN Approved and certified through the BILD ACT and UKAS schemes.


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