Events at the Centre
The Centre regularly runs a range of events, including evening seminars and stands at exhibitions.
These events are open to clients, associates and staff, and are an opportunity for everyone to interact, share ideas and network.
If you have an idea for an event which we are not currently running, or have any questions about any of our events, please contact Samantha Clegg on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7490 3030.
CIPD Learning & Development Show 2014
This year, the Centre will be exhibiting at the CIPD Learning & Development Show 2014! This takes place at London Olympia on 30 April & 1 May 2014 and we'll be on stand 411. As always we'll have some exciting treats to give away as well as a chance to win some free training (1st prize is a day of in-company training worth over £1,000; runner up prizes are vouchers to use on the Centre's Open Programme).
Topic Taster - 30 April 2014 @ 12:15 -12:45pm
See our trainer, business psychologist Gill Thackray, present a Topic Taster at the CIPD L&D Show on Making Mindfulness Work; a masterclass of mindfulness at work. This workshop, on Wednesday 30th April at 12:15pm, will help reduce stress, enhance performance, and increase emotional intelligence, employee engagement, productivity and happiness.
Contact Sam Clegg if you would like a free ticket to the exhibition or wish to make an appointment to meet with one of the team.
Superhero Run - 18 May 2014
This summer the team will be taking part in the Superhero Run in aid of our Charity of the Year - the Honeypot Children's Charity. We'll be dressing up as our favourite superheroes and running 10km around Regents Park to raise money for this wonderful cause. If you would like to show your support and sponsor the team email us for more details.
Watch this space for photos!
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Courses on the Centre's open programme are held at our training suite at 140 Old Street, London, EC1V 9BJ.
Our staff team
The Centre's team are friendly and welcoming to all who walk through our door. We are here to help you and make your experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as we can. If you have any questions for any member of the team, just ask!
Our trainers and consultants
Meet the Centre's team - a team of talented and experienced communicators, leaders and trainers who share your passion for learning and development.
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Jan Burnell has worked at Chief Executive level in a range of different organisations for the past twenty five years. Jan is the Centre's co-founder and former Managing Director, and prior to starting up the Centre as a new company, she worked in the public and voluntary sectors where she led both local government units and charities.
Trainer, facilitator, coach and speaker in teamwork, leadership, communications, management and innovation, Paula has worked with many corporate clients, as well as charities, universities, the NHS, Olympic sports teams and Government Departments.
Tillie has worked as a journalist, copywriter and researcher for a number of national publications. She is also an experienced researcher, copywriter and communications consultant. Tillie works with organisations to develop the quality of their websites, leaflets, reports and newsletters.
Jonathan is a chartered accountant, consultant and financial skills trainer with 15 years of operational experience with companies including The Walt Disney Company, Channel 4, Sky and the Telegraph.
Andrea James is a management consultant and trainer who specialises in helping individuals and organisations around the world to make better decisions. She is extremely interested in behavioural economics and cognitive psychology.
Sascha Benson-Cooper is a digital learning trainer and practitioner. He has significant experience in the digital learning world and was involved in Beta testing Articulate storyline. He works with the eLearning Network to develop the sector.
Pam Henry is the Centre's lead equality and diversity trainer and consultant, working with clients on strategic equality, diversity and inclusion projects.
David Goodman is an experienced management trainer, who has a proven track record in delivering highly effective leadership programmes in the voluntary sector.
Gill Thackray is a business psychologist, lecturer and consultant with a passion for neuro psychology and performance. Gill specialises in leadership, resilience and optimising organisational performance. She has worked in the UK and internationally within the private and statutory sector.
Simon Horton has spent over 10 years as an expert in the fields of Negotiating, Influencing, Leadership and Management Skills, working with an impressive list of high-profile clients, in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, University of London.
Tess works on diversity and strategic corporate communication. She works with clients to develop their influencing skills and their own best personal style, and also on corporate communication strategy, helping organisations to increase their impact.
Rachel specialises in helping organisations and people to make change and move forward. Based in London since 1997, Rachel has been consulting, consulting, training, researching and writing. She has an international portfolio, working across Europe and the states.
Russell has a wealth of experience in the Financial Services industry having spent over 25 years in retail and corporate banking. As an accomplished facilitator he has worked with a range of public, private and voluntary sector clients in many industries. Russell also has experience in the design and delivery of bespoke training.
Chris Mohr is a communications skills trainer with over 25 years’ experience as a broadcast journalist and programme-maker for BBC radio, TV and online. She offers training in presentation and media skills, and has developed the Centre’s portfolio of business writing courses, on everything from where to put a comma to how to craft a message.
JJ is a highly experienced trainer, facilitator, coach and motivational speaker, having worked in the field of leadership and management for the past fifteen years. He specialises in motivational leadership, people development and organisational change. He has a Masters degree in Leadership and Management.
Laura has over 15 years experience as a Learning and Development professional and is a skilled trainer and coach. She has held management positions in the voluntary sector and now works as a consultant across all sectors.
Henry runs the Centre's Proofreading course. Henry worked in publishing for 10 years as an editor and a sales director before becoming a professional writer. He trains and lectures on every aspect of written communication.
Helen Young is an experienced Business Management Lecturer who has had extensive experience working in both the commercial and public sectors. For the Centre, Helen delivers training in Finance, Budgeting, Business Planning and Quality Management troubleshooting courses.
Tesse, a qualified coach, facilitator, lawyer and Chartered Secretary, practices as a governance specialist working on governance reviews, board asssessment and board training assignments to name a few. Her international work has been in Africa, South and North America, Australia, Bermuda and Europe.
John is a leading Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and previously a member of the British Psychological Society. He works with a wide range of clients in all sectors, providing a full range of HR services.
Susan is an international public speaker, corporate trainer and PR practitioner and trains in sales, communications, marketing and management. She is a trained journalist and specialises in media and public speaking training for executives, educators and other professionals.
Gill is a communications professional with 25 years consultancy and in-house experience in the PR industry. Gill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Chair of Fifth Estate, the voluntary sector PR network, and non-executive director of Shared Interest, a not-for-profit social investment fund.
Howard is a specialist in business, programme and project management. He has particular expertise in strategy development and implementation, organisational effectiveness and marketing. He has held senior positions in the private sector, and has worked with the public and third sectors, in the UK and internationally.
With wide experience of the media and education, Alan is one of our specialist facilitators, working with senior teams and boards, helping them to think through knotty strategic problems. He is also an experienced coach.
Carolyn is a CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator and member of the Civil Mediation Council, working as mediator, trainer, facilitator and consultant. She works with a diverse range of organisations and sectors including Government, Banking, NHS, Higher Education, Arts & Entertainment and Charities.
Michele has worked for over 30 years as a trainer, a counsellor, a researcher and a manager. Her background is in health education, community justice and the parenting sector. She has worked for local authorities, social services, the health service and not for profit organisations.
Fiona is an experienced trainer working with individuals and groups to develop management skills and personal effectiveness. She combines training with project management consultancy.
Francois is a dynamic trainer, with skills developed during 26 years of hands-on experience. Francois specialises in communications training for support staff. He has developed and delivered a wide range of programmes.
Liz has extensive consultancy experience with both the voluntary and public sectors. ÎAs former chief executive of Gingerbread, Liz is a sought after consultant and trainer. She has worked at a national level with government departments and locally with NHS trusts, local authorities and voluntary organisations.
Certificate in Leadership and Management launched
The Centre and Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) launch their new Certificate in Leadership and Management at the House of Lords.
Jennie is the Centre's Managing Director. Jennie ensures that as an organisation we remain learner focused and take a holistic view to the services we provide.
Sally is the Centre's Strategic Director and has been with us for six years. Sally manages all of our in-company training courses, development programmes and oversees our strategic projects.
At the Centre we feel that partnerships are incredibly important. We work in partnership with a number of different organisations.
Room hire now available!
The Centre is pleased to announce that we are now offering our training rooms for hire.
The Centre is on Twitter!
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Sam is the Centre's Marketing Manager. She is responsible for all the marketing activity including social media, e-newsletters, direct mail and all events.
Jess is the Centre's Office Manager. She is responsible for all aspects of office management at the Centre including administrative tasks supporting the rest of the team, and the preparation of all materials for forthcoming training courses.
Kerry is the Centre's Open Programme Manager and is your first point of contact with the Centre. Kerry deals with all aspects of the client experience on the Open Programme.
Lauren is the Centre’s Team Administrator. She has a wide and varied role, providing help and support to the other team members.
Gill is a communications professional with 25 years consultancy and in-house experience in the public relations industry. Gill is one of the staff trainers and specialises in the areas of communication and administration.
Sachin is the Centre's Finance Manager. He is responsible for the processing of all invoices and payments.
David Aylwin is one of the country’s leading trainers in Fast effective reading and Speed reading. He has specialised in the field for over 25 years. David works with local government, NHS, banks, the police, law firms, and manufacturing.
Ceri worked for 13 years in the community and voluntary sector before, becoming a freelance consultant and trainer. Ceri specialises in management skills, communication skills (particularly focussing on internal communication) and personal development skills such as time and stress management.
Sara is an experienced journalist and media trainer. She has been media training for around 20 years and her clients have included major organisations in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors such as the Home Office, Pfizer, the Department for Work and Pensions, Philips and Channel 4.
Adeola has over 20 years experience of managing projects particularly in the education and regeneration spheres - delivering complex fast track projects on time and within budget. Her philosophy is to build effective working relationships and engender creative team environments.
Environmental and ethical policy
Welcome to the Environment and Ethics policy for the Centre. We trust you will find within this document everything you need to know about what the Centre stands for as an organisation with regards to the environmental and ethical impact of our business. This is by no means intended to be an exhaustive document on the breadth of our commitment, merely a helpful signpost. It does however contain some goals and objectives that are key to our future as a sustainable and ethical company.
The local area
There's plenty to see and do if you are visiting the Centre's Old Street location for training, especially if you are staying in London for a two day course!