We are sad to report that one of our trainers, Liz Soutar, has decided to retire due to ill health. Liz, who many of you will recognise from our RSPH HACCP and Food Safety courses, made the difficult decision last week and has thanked “everyone at VWA for all the support over the years.”
Liz became a trainer for Verner Wheelock in 2017, having spent almost 40 years at Scottish salmon and seafood processors, Pinney’s of Scotland as a Training & Recruitment Co-ordinator. We have had a longstanding relationship with her over several years, as Pinney’s were one of our first clients when we started Verner Wheelock Associates in 1990.
Her wealth of industry expertise coupled with her training qualification and experience meant that she slipped into the role of trainer effortlessly and was popular with delegates.
This is typical of the type of feedback we received following one of her courses:
“Fantastic. Liz engaged well with the whole group. She clearly knows HACCP through and through and used her experience to enable me to feel at ease with the learning process. I would happily send further staff members onto this course as and when the need arises. I began the day with no real knowledge of HACCP and left the day confident I can play an active role in my HACCP team.”
“Liz is very knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and open.”
VWA’s Business Development Executive, Claire Lennon, said, “Liz is a lovely lady and very good trainer. Myself, Alison and the team at VWA want to thank her for her hard work and dedication over the years. We are sorry to see her go, but obviously her health must take priority.”
Liz lives in a beautiful part of the world, Dumfries and Galloway, and we wish her the very best in her retirement. She will be taking it easy and spending time with her husband, Rob, young granddaughter, Bethany and German shepherd dog, Sinika.