Put the faces behind the names and find out why we are called Beans Training Ltd, a question we have often been asked. Yes, it is just us, although as we continue to grow, watch this space for more faces :).

Company Mascot and Pet


Beans is our beloved pet companion and gave our company its name. Yes, that’s it, it really is! She occasionally joins us on training days (although she often proves more of a distraction rather than an asset to the delegates!). She excelled in the PAT (Pets As Therapy) Dog evaluation and is now an official PAT assistance dog. She was a rescue dog from Battersea Dogs Home and is therefore a success story to us, and with our little company being our success story, it felt appropriate to name it Beans Training Ltd.

Dr. Anita Notenboom
CertSAM, BVetMed, MRCVS, Dip OA (Autism)


Anita qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1997. As well as having been in practice for many years, she has completed an Internship and a Residency in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery and gained further post graduate qualifications specialising in Small Animal Medicine.

During her career as a first and second opinion veterinary surgeon, she came across a number of assistance dogs walking into the consulting room without their disabled owners. She would often have to deal with carers, friends and family members of the owner, and this often resulted in the owner not receiving the right information. She soon learnt that many disabled owners would not accompany their animals to the vets because of a lack of disability awareness and inappropriate communication causing embarrassment and frustration on top of what already can be a stressful time for the owners.

After 16 years in practice, an opportunity crossed her path in 2013 and she took an ‘open ended’ break from vetting to set up Beans Training Ltd with Stacey and built it up to where it is today. With the business getting busier and busier each year, she now only performs the odd veterinary work here and there.

Her medical background, her experience being in sole charge of a couple surgeries and her caring and approachable manner eased the transition into her role within Beans Training, and she particularly enjoys the research and medical side to the subjects we offer training in.

Her other duties now involve managing the books, accounting, website development and maintenance, managing and coordinating digital marketing /social media for the business, analytics and engagement as well as enjoying a steep learning curve into video editing and production.

She is also a qualified Deafblind Communicator Guide, has a Diploma in Autism Awareness and is currently undertaking Diplomas in Business, Social Media, Digital Marketing and Website Development.

She lives on a 60ft widebeam boat with Beans on a marina in Berkshire.

Stacey Stockwell
Dip OA (Autism)
Head Trainer

Stacey has been training in almost all aspects of Disability Awareness for over 18 years and in 2013 decided to set out on her own and founded Beans Training Ltd. She also is a British Sign Language Interpreter, a Deafblind Communicator-Guide and has a diploma in Autism Awareness as well as specialising in Musical Theatre. She currently is the resident Sign Language Interpreter at the Reading Hexagon theatre.

Given that the chances of a person becoming disabled in their life lifetime is extremely high, her passion is to spread the messages in her courses as far and wide as possible. She firmly believes that this type of training should be available in schools, colleges and universities, not only for the staff, but also for the pupils.

Stacey doesn’t believe in PowerPoint presentations or boring people to tears with hefty statistics! All of her training courses are delivered in an up-beat and engaging way with a healthy amount of humour. As a public speaker, she is often booked for after-dinner speeches and conferences to talk to large groups of people about various aspects of disability. She prides herself on being able to get serious messages across using real-life scenarios and thought provoking stories while keeping the audience thoroughly entertained.

She won Channel 4’s ‘Come Dine With Me’ in 2015 (series 34, ep23!) and insists it wasn’t her cooking skills that put her in first place, rather more the sign song she performed to her guests! She donated the £1,000 prize to the MS Society in loving memory of her best friend.

She also lives on a 60ft widebeam boat on a marina in Berkshire.

Corrina Holgate
Dip OA (Autism)
Account Manager

Corrina, our newest member of the team, was looking for a change of career so when Beans Training asked her to join it was the perfect opportunity for her to apply her people and management skills to something new.

Moving from Bristol back to Reading she brings with her 10 years experience of working in the hospitality industry, a helpful attitude and a lifelong interest in sign language. Taking some time out to study and develop her knowledge around disability, she accompanied Stacey on numerous training sessions and spent many months picking the brilliant medical mind of Anita. At present her qualifications are BSL level 1 and a diploma in Autism awareness. She is also well on the way to achieving her BSL level 2.

We are thrilled to have Corrina as our Account Manager who will ostensibly be looking after our many valued clients and exploring new opportunities for Beans Training. In addition to this she will be developing her own training skills for the future, so expect her to make appearances on training days and our sign language courses with Stacey.

Corrina loves doing her bit for charity and is a fitness enthusiast so she combines these things by signing up to do charity walks and runs whenever she can. As a dog lover (as we all are here!) she also sponsors her own hearing dog puppy in addition to the pup sponsored by Beans Training.

Coincidentally Corrina’s nickname is ‘Rini’ which is lengthened to ‘Rean Bean’, so she really is part of the Beans family!