Ashley Petrie

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Ashley is our Team Development Director.

Can you tell everyone a bit about yourself?
My career started off in the hospitality sector, working in a variety of tourism businesses around Scotland. Through this work, I developed a real passion for meeting, engaging and working with people.

It was this initial work in tourism that provided me the platform to study and successfully complete a degree in Hospitality and Business Management in Dundee. Following on from my degree, I decided to have a career change and achieved a post-grad teaching qualification. Although the sector was completely different, there were a lot of transferable skills between hospitality and teaching and it was an area i quickly became passionate about.

My career then took me to Aberdeen, working in local primary schools. As my career progressed, I was promoted and able to work on local authority projects to develop and design major educational projects.

I stopped to have a family and decided my next career path would combine my love of meeting new people and my wealth of experience of training and teaching to help others realise their potential. Now, as Lead Trainer, I enjoy designing my own courses and working with a range of businesses in different sectors. Everyday is different and always interesting.

What is your current role?
I have spent the last 5 years designing a range of courses which help businesses navigate challenges and maximise the quality of their customer experience. I am thoroughly enjoying being back in Dundee and being part of the city’s transformation.
What are your ambitions and passions?
During my time in education I had the opportunity to work with pupils and families who had a range of complex learning, physical, social and emotional difficulties. Helping them develop strategies to make everyday life easier was always rewarding. Many of their frustrations were caused by others being poorly informed about their condition, or the resources or environment being a barrier to their success.

Working with these individuals, families and other agencies, was a steep learning curve and one that opened my eyes to the limited understanding that able bodied people have of so many different conditions. Education for all about simple strategies which can benefit everyone continues to be an area I am keen to include in all my workshops.

What are your interests?
I love people, so not many weekends go by when I’m not socialising! Spending time with family and friends is so precious to me. Cuddled up together watching a movie or having a sing song is always a great night in. I adore music, whether attending a gig, playing in a band, YouTube evenings – doesn’t matter, just love it.

As a family we enjoy being out on our bikes and, to clear my head, I love to get out for a run. Looking forward to my first big Tough Mudder in June this year. Really enjoy binge watching a crime box set and have recently enjoyed the 10-episode dramatisation of OJ Simpson.

What is a random fact about you?
I’m a prosecco girl and do enjoy a cheeky French Martini!

I love cooking and being cooked for. Never go wrong with a curry or chilli.



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I graduated from the University of Dundee in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Applied Computing. During my studies the field that I had a great interest in was web development however since graduating I have also become very interested in accessibility. I was born with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy and since the age of 3 I have used a wheelchair 24/7. Due to my disability I have always come across problems regarding accessibility, which is why it’s such a passion for me.

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