Lee Marples

Commercial Director


A son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and any other name given to a male relation.

Career Highlight

Qualifying as a chartered accountant and then moving to 3aaa supporting in its ambitions over the last 7 years.


To be successful in every aspect of work and life.


You only get out of life what you put into to.

About your role at 3aaa

At 3aaa my role has varied over the years and now I spend a large amount of time understanding what factors a changing the shape of Apprenticeships and how we at 3aaa can adapt either our programmes or how we can work with our partners to ensure that we provide the OFSTED Grade 1 solutions you require.

More recently this has involved me working closely with End Point Assessment Organisations in looking into their processes whilst robustly and fairly challenging how they can revise or review these based on employer needs and expectations of apprenticeships.

Working closely with the End Point Assessment Organisations means that I can understand fully the requirements of the new Apprenticeship Standards and identify effective and efficient ways for these to be delivered. I work closely with the Product Development team to shape the direction of how our delivery models operate that support customer requirements but also meet the rules for Apprenticeships.

Your Background Prior to 3aaa

Prior to joining 3aaa I left school at the age of 16 a commenced a career in accountancy with PKF where I qualified as a member of the AAT before progressing onto my professional accountancy qualification with Cooper Parry based locally in Derby. There I qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Prior to commencing a career in accounting, and when I was much younger, I had a promising swimming opportunities and I still today hold the record the 50m butterfly which is 20 years old this year. Google it and you’ll find it.

How My Role Adds Value to our Partnering Clients

I’ve always had a thing for numbers and my career background has helped shape my role within 3aaa and provided a great foundation in order to continue to build from whether this is understanding the data available on the sector or looking at how best to utilise the apprenticeship levy.

My understanding of the funding mechanisms, rules and regulations has enabled us to build the 3aaa Levy Profiling Tool which has been demonstrated at our previous Levy Conferences that calculates the potential loss of levy funds. This is proving useful for all our clients and is now being used widely across the business.

My motivated mentality leads me to understand all of the sector changes and how they impact both you as a customer and us as a business in order for me to be able to provide updates to you directly or internally of how these changes operate in the real world. This includes the new Digital Apprenticeship Service but also keeping up to date on the new Apprenticeship Standards that are released each month and how they can fit into business requirements supporting our Product Development team is building an Apprenticeship Programme that meets your exact needs as a business supporting you to achieve your own organisational objectives.

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside of work I have two big dogs to look after as well as enjoying a number of other interests including making sure I keep up with technology, I’ll always be seen with the latest Apple products, anything that involves making something, whether that’s building something new in the garden or baking a fabulous cake. More recently I have just become an uncle for the first time to two twin girls, Sophia and Olivia.

3 words that best describe you:

  • Motivated
  • Logical
  • Creative