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:

  • Lester Biddle, HIT Training – Chair
  • Marinos Paphitis, Fareport Training – Vice Chair
  • Jane Lamer, Fareham College - Treasurer



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. 




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.                                                                                            .                                                                                                                                                                                  


Jane Lamer
Head of Employer Services for Fareham College

Jane joined the industry in 1995 working as an Assessor coming from a retail management background.  During her time with Fareport Training Organisation Limited she progressed onto the Senior Management Team,  achieved her teaching and verification qualifications along with her BA (Hons) in Professional Training and Development and was amongst the first in the country to achieve QTLS in 2009.  Having acted as Ofsted Nominee in her role of Head of Quality in 2011 the organisation achieved a Grade 1 Outstanding rating.

A broad specialist in education and funding, her specialisms include Equality & Diversity and Quality Improvement within education. Jane is currently the Head of Employer Services for Fareham College and is serving on the Management Board for the 2nd time having previously been the Vice Chair in 2012.