Alphi Management Group

The Association of Learning Providers Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (ALPHI) is managed by Aspire Learning and Development.

The Aspire Learning role is to support the Association of Learning Providers for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in all areas of its operation in order to create a self-developing, self-managing network. This involves:

  • liaison with members;
  • promoting the network;
  • representing the network;
  • project management for specific priority developments;
  • data collection and analysis; and
  • management of the network communication.

Aspire are part of the Management Group which is supported by:

  • Bob Hiskey,  Peta Limited – Chair
  • Marinos Paphitis, Fareport Training – Vice Chair
  • Lester Biddle, HIT Training - Treasurer

Bob HiskeyBob Hiskey
Director and Chief Executive Officer, PETA Limited

Bob was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of PETA Limited in September 1997.  He started his career as an apprentice in engineering and subsequently progressed into manufacturing management where he developed an interest in skills training and people development. 

He joined PETA as a Training Adviser in 1975 and since then has held a variety of positions within the Company.  He has been instrumental in growing the business from humble beginnings of three staff to an organisation now employing seventy six, operating from seven sites and an annual turnover of 3.8 million.

Bob is an experienced director of training with particular skills in leadership, people management, team building and change management.  His strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills equip him strongly to visualise the bigger picture, identify quickly the cause of problems, and find good solutions.


Marinos Paphitis
Chairman of Fareport Training Limited

Marinos has spent the bulk of his career working in the world of training and development and held senior posts in two Training and Enterprise Councils, the Learning and Skills Council and most recently as Executive Director in the Skills Funding Agency. He brings an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by employers in seeking effective support for the development of their workforce.                                                                                            .                                                                                                                                                                                  



Lester Biddle
Regional Operations Manager for HIT Training Limited 

Lester was one of the first ever YTS students, gaining his vocational qualifications in the work place, so fully endorses the concept of earn while you learn.  This was followed up several years later, graduation from Exeter University with a Degree in Leadership, gained whilst working in the post 16 education arena.  Lester started work as a Trainer/Assessor in 1997 working his way up to Area Manager and is now Regional Manager for HIT Training in the South.  Lester brings  a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the delivery of funded work based learning provision to the network.