‘Mel Vella is not only an expert in her field, but is highly skilled in adapting the training to meet individual needs and challenges of organisations, by ensuring the training can be transferred seamlessly to the workplace. It’s always a pleasure to have you training at Vision.’

Vision Development Consultants Ltd 


 ‘Mel is a highly professional trainer who is excellent at adapting according to purpose and audience. She has up-to-date subject knowledge and the skills with which to impart this knowledge. She is supportive towards colleagues and is respected by all those with whom she works. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mel, as she is motivated and enthusiastic and excels in her field.’

Tiffany Gorski -Healthy Schools coordinator, Garibaldi College


 ‘Thank you so much for taking the time to come out to me and provide the drug awareness training.  I found it extremely useful and it will definitely inform my future practice when working with this particular client group.  I enjoyed the varied learning styles you incorporated and felt it was pitched at just the right level.  I would definitely be very interested in any future training or workshops you have planned.’

Senior Counsellor, Nottingham Rape Crisis Centre


‘It is indeed my pleasure to recommend Mel Vella. We have known each other for many years, whilst working together both for the same and different companies. Mel is indeed an expert within her field, with a great talent of appearing to keep it simple, whilst not losing any of its importance, thus possessing great communication skills, no matter what the audience or challenge. I recommend MV with the greatest of confidence.’

 Ian Wilson Director, ONE IW (colleague)


‘In 2007 when I was the crime reduction coordinator for the British Forces in Germany and North West Europe, I worked with Mel on a project to introduce the D.A.R.E. program into the British forces community in Germany. Mel came over to Germany and delivered a course which allowed members of the service police to deliver the D.A.R.E program in Germany, Belgium and Cyprus. The course was a steep learning curve for most of us, however, Mel made sure that we learnt everything that we needed to in preparation to become D.A.R.E. Officers.This training was a pioneering step for us at the time and Mel provided the guidance and support that turned that step into a huge success within our community. Her depth of knowledge on substance misuse really is second to none. A genuine passion for her subject Mel truly is an ambassador in the quest to educate on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse.Alcohol, drugs and substance misuse really is more common than we care to realise and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Mel to any company, business or organisation who need this type of education.’

Service Category: British Forces in Germany
Year first hired: 2007 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Craig Badley MSyI MCMI
Security Professional – UK Government


”Her thorough preparation and professional approach has deservedly earned the respect of those she has trained.’

Alvin Cable, former Police Constable, Nottinghamshire Police


‘We were most impressed with her knowledge and commitment and I know she has provided an excellent role model for our service policemen and women who will now go into our schools to deliver the DARE programme.’

Major General DR Bill, British Forces


 ‘I recruited Mel to the role of training Manager while I was the CEO of DARE a charity providing drugs education in Schools. It was one of the best recruitments I have made in a career spanning over 40 years. She bought genuine flair, energy and charm to a demanding role. She helped to develop new programmes for Secondary schools and worked tirelessly to extend the reach of the charity. I cannot speak too highly of Mel. Her knowledge of the drugs education field is second to none.’

Alistair Lang (Former CEO at DARE UK)

‘The training was well received by those members of the Military Police who attended, essentially due to the ability of Melanie to converse with the NCOs and to ensure that all topics were efficiently and effectively taught. As a result of her professionalism, all those who attended were successful in its completion, which is in no doubt accredited to Melanie’s professionalism, approach, and personality, for which full appreciation is given.’

Robinson RM MBE, SSgt, CRed Co-Ord (Germany)


‘Good choice of resources used. Very clear and easy to follow’

Natalie, Community Protection Officer, Nottingham


‘Thank you Mel

I was impressed with your teaching. You obviously have a good understanding of working with people in this area and I aspire to get myself up to date and back into practice.’

Kathy, Outreach Worker


‘Melanie was very approachable and contributed to a relaxed and comfortable learning environment.’

Leanne, Community Protection Officer, Nottingham


‘Now I have had a drug awareness course I will:’Be more aware of drug users and less ignorant towards them, as I now have more knowledge around the subject.’

Sophie, Police Officer, Nottinghamshire Police

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