Our Journey from Corporate Clients to Not-For-Profit Partners

We have over 20 years experience leading training, regulatory compliance and data projects for large organisation such as Cancer Research UK, Novartis, Pfizer, GSK, GE Healthcare and BNFL

In 2019 we decided that we would expand our scope to also support those organisations that work tirelessly to support others in the community. We developed the online training arm of our business to allow not-for-profit organisations to benefit from our many years of training development and regulatory experience with many different customers.

We were a Small Charities Coalition approved trainer until their sad closure. However, we continue to support small charities by providing an additional 25% discount on our courses to charities with an annual income less than £1M. Click to find out more about our training.

Size Doesn't Matter

We don't care what size your organisation is. 2 volunteers or 300 staff, we promise to treat you with exactly the same commitment and quality of support.

Not Just a Glorified PowerPoint

We believe that digital learning, that can be accessed whenever is needed, is the future of learning and development. This is why we are developing e-learning courses that can be accessed online through our secure Learning Management System.

We are building up our portfolio of training courses slowly, as we want to ensure that each one is of the highest quality. All our e-learning courses are CPD certified and highly interactive, not just a glorified PowerPoint presentation with audio narration.


Learners have their day jobs to do and often training can feel like an unwanted burden to an already packed schedule. That is why our courses are focused specifically on what the Learner needs to take away from training, yet visually stimulating and providing quiz questions and scenario's throughout to keep them engaged and retain the information that they need. 

The short online test at the end of each course is not designed to catch people out, but cement their understanding and can be retaken for free, as often as needed to pass. The certificate that can be downloaded as a pdf directly after the test, provides evidence of the training completion.

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Victoria Lister


Victoria has worked in the nuclear industry, Procter & Gamble and GSK. She is the Director of VSL Consulting and is the organiser in the team, keeping VSL and its staff in line.


Victoria is a passionate advocate for disabled rights, having lived with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for 25 years and is an amateur historian.

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Simon Lister

Director & Principal Consultant 

Simon is the Director & Principal Consultant at VSL. He has worked in regulated industries for 30 years and has spent the last 22 years leading global training, IT compliance and data integrity projects at many organisations, both large and small.


Simon still listens to punk music, lifts weights (not as often as he should) and likes getting his hands dirty in the garden.

Passionate and Professional

At VSL we are passionate about learning and development. Understanding the difference between training and learning. Training is providing information to a person, learning is absorbing that information. Training is only the vehicle to allow learning to happen.


Many organisations focus too much on the act of providing training, instead of focusing on whether their personnel are actually learning. Training can become a tick box exercise, purely to get a training record and show compliance with the regulations. Of course proof of training is important, but you need your personnel to actually absorb the information they are given.

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It's All About The Learner 

Training material should always be developed with the Learner in mind. Who are they and what do they need to take away from the training? That is why we ask these questions before we begin development of any of our training courses. 

Although classroom training has its place in blended learning, it is time consuming and restrictive both for the Trainer and the Learner. That is why we use e-learning to deliver our training, developed for use on mobile devices as well as Laptop/Desktop. Learning patterns have changed and Learners now want to access and complete training when it is convenient for them. We allow them to do that.