Our Trainers


Google Cloud, Office 365, Business Marketing, WordPress, GDPR, e-safety, Data Protection, Server / PC Support, Networking, Vmware esxi 6.5 Experience, Coding, Project Management. Training Events and CPD, Lead Classroom Support.

John Goodier

Founder of Skills Matter - John Goodier is a level 2 Google Certified Educator and is passionate about cloud computing. John has over 23 years business IT experience and moved into education about 10 years ago. He has been responsible for moving schools onto cloud computing and is just at home in a classroom environment as well as CPD or teaching vital IT skills to adults who have no experience of computing at all.

He has experience of rolling out Google Cloud platform and says he can take a school from "ground zero" to using Google Cloud in just ten weeks. John experience of working with children holds good for teaching vital IT skills to adults, in particular those who have little or no IT experience. He uses real life examples to help build teamwork and collaboration. Allowing small teams to setup and run a fictitious new startup business, this gives them real challenges and problem solving skills whilst improving digital skills.

John suffers from dyslexia and has an affinity with people who have the same issue; therefore has a lot of time and patience with anyone who may find their first steps into IT a real challenge.

John has an enhanced DBS - you can read more about John Goodier HERE and HERE


Google Cloud, CPD, WordPress, Cloud Computing, Lead Classroom Support, Hardware & Software Skills

Jo Layfield

Jo is a Level 1 Google Certified Educator and helped roll out Google Cloud at Dowson Primary Academe over 6 years ago. She is an excellent classroom lead and has a wealth of experience working with children not only on Google Cloud but on other IT related projects. She has experience of teaching at Primary school for 14 years across all age groups.

Over the last few years Jo has been able to incorporate the school curriculum onto Google Cloud and has lead a number of CPD and "drop in" sessions for staff thus easing the move to cloud computing.

Jo has also worked on WordPress and blogging and helped roll out the latest version of the school website. She has recently taken on the roll of IT technician at Dowson fixing both hardware and software issues.

Jo has an enhanced DBS.