Our consultants


Les Garside-Beattie (OBE)
Training and Selection & Assessment Consultant

Les brings extensive military experience to the team gained from his 31-year Royal Air Force career; he achieved the rank of Group Captain prior to leaving the Service. He has commanded a number of units, including RAF Wittering and RAF Valley. He gained operational experience in Iraq and has extensive fast-jet flying and flying training backgrounds. Les has also been employed in MoD Operational Requirements, Integrated Project Team and User Customer appointments. Since leaving the Service, Les has been involved in the needs analysis, design and development of a number of projects; of particular note is his extensive involvement in a number of individual and collective training activities where the use of the synthetic environment has enabled training effectiveness. In addition, Les has been actively involved in Symbiotics’ Selection & Assessment activities where he has fulfilled a leading role with a number of key international organisations.

Karen Moore (CPsychol, CSci, AFBPsS, EuroPsy, MSCP, MIoD)
Principal Occupational Psychologist

Karen has recently joined Symbiotics, she has previously been responsible for the development of psychology services within a number of sectors, particularly assessment processes for all levels of recruiting and internal promotion, from graduates to board level positions.
As a holder of the BPS certificate Specialist in Test Use: Occupational, Karen has a strong interest in the appropriate application of psychometrics in assessment and development and has explored the use of a variety of measures in various situations. Collaborating with an international test publisher, Karen was instrumental in creating the first International Conference on Emotional Intelligence, held in London in 2007 and subsequently around the world. Karen is currently serving as Chief Supervisor for the BPS Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2) – the profession’s route to Chartership.

Scott Morton LLB (Hons)
Principal Training Consultant

Scott has recently joined Symbiotics to lead their blue light and police services. Scott has 25 years experience in the criminal justice sector in different practitioner roles. Scott first entered that sector as a detective investigating serious acts of criminality, after leaving the police service he undertook legal studies to qualify as a Barrister and he was called to the Bar in 2008. After time at the criminal bar Scott established a small training practice delivering training consultancy services to both public and commercial sector organisations. Scott has delivered a broad range of investigative skills and legal training programmes and change management programmes to law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom and Internationally. Scott also acts as an external advisor to a number of police working groups regarding the impact of legislation on its practitioner workforce.

Kelvin Patterson (GCGI)
Training Consultant

Kelvin joined Symbiotics in May 2011 as a Training Consultant after completing 32 years in the RAF. During his career he has carried out specialist recovery operations in support of the Air Accident Investigation Bureau, developed new training programmes in support of Out of Area Operations, led procurement teams throughout Europe, and is accredited as a pan defence human factors facilitator, responsible for the delivery of this training across all services. He brings to Symbiotics extensive engineering training experience, knowledge of Defence Systems Approach to Training and over 20 years’ experience as an instructor in both civil and military environments. Since joining Symbiotics he has developed and delivered training on Heavy and Medium based ISTAR to the British Army, mapping, surveillance and video wall software, CCTV, computer networking and Human Factors training to multinational companies and the UN.

Jill Edkins
English Language Trainer 

Gaining a BA (Hons) in English/Drama/French and then training as a TEFL teacher in Paris, Jill developed her craft working in the Canary Islands, North America and Spain teaching English to business professionals, as well as collaborating on British Council English student drama events. After studying for a Diploma, she held her first responsibility post as an Assistant Director and then Pedagogical Advisor and Senior Business Teaching Advisor. She has designed and devised a variety of business English courses for many multi-national companies and Ministries as well as being charged with the supervision of setting up, running and providing final assessment of multiple company group programmes. She has also carried out level testing for many bodies, entry requirement level for professional posts and company language audits. Jill joined Symbiotics in 2014 and is currently engaged in entry requirement level testing as well as delivering English language training for Special Purposes to military students.

Emma Akhurst (MSc)
Psychology Consultant

Emma joined Symbiotics ltd in 2013 after completing a degree in Psychology, with first class honors from the University of West of England. Emma has over 4 years’ experience applying psychological theory and understanding into the world of human performance, specialising in Selection and Assessment. She has been involved with the assessment of candidates’ suitability against a variety of roles and organisations, co-ordinating worldwide assessment programmes. Since completing her MSc in Occupational Psychology in 2014, she is experienced in the delivery of the ADAPT suite of selection and assessment tools within a wide range of commercial and private companies, airlines and training organisations. Having gained the BPS ‘Test User: Occupational, Ability and Personality’ qualification, she has experience developing and delivering psychometric and behavioural assessments. An experienced interviewer, she is skilled in assisting clients to understand the impact of not only personality and skills, but also motivation within the selection process and workplace, to provide bespoke assessment solutions.

Laura Buffin
ADAPT Consultant 

Laura generated an interest in human behaviour during her degree in Sports Therapy from the University of Central Lancashire in 2010. Through her degree, Laura gained expertise in understanding human performance from a sporting perspective, which she is now applying to aviation through her current role. Since joining Symbiotics ltd in 2014, Laura has gained several years’ experience in Selection and Assessment, to provide bespoke and intelligent assessment solutions. Having gained the BPS ‘Test User: Occupation, Ability and Personality' qualification to enhance her fundamental understanding of human behaviour and psychometric assessments, she is experienced in the delivery and development of the ADAPT suite of assessment tools. Laura is an experienced Skype interviewer, assessing candidates worldwide for their role and organisational fit and in analysing data and writing candidate reports, Laura shows an understanding of the impact of personality, skills, motivation and culture on performance in the workplace.

Caroline Busst (BSc (Hons))
ADAPT Psychology Consultant

Caroline joined Symbiotics Ltd. in 2015 after completing her BSc Psychology degree from Birmingham City University, having achieved first class honours as well as the Undergraduate Prize from the British Psychological Society.  Since joining Symbiotics, Caroline has built on her interest in psychometrics and human behaviour through gaining experience in selection and assessment, applying her skills and understanding to offer culturally sensitive, bespoke assessment solutions and tailored candidate reports to a wide range of clients. Caroline has completed her BPS ‘Test User: Occupation, Ability and Personality’ qualification to further develop her understanding, and also applies her love of statistics through carrying out ongoing research and analysis designed to support further development and enhancement of the ADAPT suite of assessment tools.

Jennifer Moore (MBPsS BSc (Hons))
ADAPT Junior Psychologist

Jennifer has recently joined Symbiotics Limited as a Junior Psychologist, assisting the team with behavioural assessment of candidates for aviation related roles using the ADAPT suite of selection and assessment tools. She has completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Sussex and went on to further postgraduate study to work towards chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS); she is currently in the process of completing a Masters in Occupational Psychology from Coventry University. To explore her interest in personality and psychometrics further, Jennifer has completed the BPS Test User Ability and Test User Personality qualifications.


Kaye Blakemore (MBPsS, BA (Hons), PGCE PCeT)

Kaye has recently joined Symbiotics Ltd and is due to complete a Masters in Occupational Psychology in 2018.  Kaye has had a career in the military spanning 20 years enabling her to engage with a variety of clients whilst having a good understanding of their needs.  Her previous career has generated an interest in the practical application of the assessment and recruitment tools for potential candidates in specialist markets.  Kaye has been assisting with the delivery of the ADAPT suite of selection and assessment tools and is looking to undertake the BPS ‘Test User: Occupation, Ability and Personality’ qualification as well as gaining BPS Chartership.  Kaye is keen to further her knowledge and skills to further assist with the delivery and development of assessment tools for a range of clients.      

Jennifer Jacobs (B.SC (Hons))
Junior Psychology Consultant

Jenny joined Symbiotics in October 2016 in an administrative role after having completed a Degree in Psychology from the University of Worcester. She has since progressed into a Junior Psychologist role and is now involved in interviewing and candidate assessments. She is working towards developing her skill set and become involved in a wider range of assessment and selection processes. 

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