ILM Associates Ltd has firmly established itself as one of the leading training centres in the North East.
We are an established training provider with centres in the North East and our Head Office based in Durham.

We offer accredited and non accredited qualifications along with bespoke training courses nationwide. All of our trainers have comprehensive knowledge and core competency in the sectors they deliver. We have centre approval with the NOCN, Qualifications Network and One Awards.

Our courses are offered to you as an individual, company or local authority to achieve the required qualifications to meet sector requirements or for continuous professional development (CPD).

About Us


ILM Associates Ltd was founded and incorporated in Aug 2011, becoming an NOCN approved centre shortly afterwards.

Since establishing the company we have been rapidly growing and have expanded our training portfolio from security training to other industry sector areas.

In May 2019 MD Ian Robinson restructured the business and in August 2020 Brian Dawson and Robert Longstaff were appointed alongside Ian as directors of the re-launched ILM Associates LTD


Ian Robinson

Managing Director

Ian has been within the security sector for 30 years, starting as a Security Guard for ten years prior to achieving promotion into Security Supervision and subsequently into a Contract Managers position

Ian entered the Training sector when the SIA was established following the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Ian gained the necessary qualifications to deliver the Security Guard, Door Supervision and CCTV courses. Ian has achieved Centre Approval from the awarding body the NOCN and now passes his long experience to learners wishing to enter the security industry.

Brian Dawson

Training Manager

Brian is a Royal Navy Veteran, a specialist instructor and senior training consultant. Brian has been an integral part of the development and progression of ILM Associates specialist programmes in both accredited and bespoke courses over the last 10 years.

His skills and knowledge that he brings from his experience in working in various national and multi-national companies give him the abilities to ensure we can offer the best experience, depth of knowledge and support to our individual clients' diverse needs.

Rob Longstaff

Operations Manager

Rob is a Critical Infrastructure Protection & Specialist with over 20 years experience of successfully delivering information, advice & guidance for the protection of people, facilities & information to multi-billion £$ organisations, small businesses and individual clients both in the UK and overseas.

Having worked for organisations such as Qatar Petroleum, the Ministry of Interior & MITIE, Rob has developed a passion for quality and ILM are delighted to have the knowledge & experience that Robert brings to the company to ensure that we can provide a diverse range of quality courses