Jon Trigg

In 2009 Jon led a Management Buy-Out of a private company’s public services division, including a training business, soon re-named Astral Training Ltd. The business expanded into SFA-funded employability work in its home region of the Derbyshire Peaks. Astral delivered to 450+ employed learners across the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber and the Northwest of England –focusing on its core sector of Health & Social Care. He then successfully sold Astral Training to a large national charity.

Jon also headed up the not-for-profit Nottinghamshire Training Network (NTN) as Chair for several years, a sub-regional membership organisation holding a direct SFA contract for apprenticeship delivery. Membership of the Network doubled under Jon’s chairmanship to over seventy, including employers, colleges, schools and other training organisations.

Jon is currently a Non-Executive Director of Ixion Holdings Ltd – the not-for-profit trading arm of Anglia Ruskin University. Ixion is a large provider of SFA-funded programmes across apprenticeships, ESF, traineeships and learner loans – on the latter it is one of the three largest providers in England. Ixion’s training delivery covers diverse sectors such as Construction and Healthcare.

Managing Director

Peter Brooks

Peter started working life in the Retail Hospitality sector running a portfolio of Pubs and Restaurants across the UK. Having spent a year at Cass Business School, Peter then moved into the Skills and Employability sector. Latterly Peter was MD at Avanta Ltd, a large employment services and apprenticeship provider.


Following the successful sale of the Avanta business, Peter joined System Training as MD in 2015. Both businesses secured Ofsted grade two under Peter’s leadership. Peter is a qualified accountant, holds an MBA and is a Chartered Director with Fellowship status at IOD. Having worked in the sector for over 15 years Peter founded Blackrock Training in autumn 2016 which specialises in delivering Leadership and Management training to Apprenticeship Levy paying organisations. 

Associate Director

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