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 or 020 7490 3030.          

CIPD Learning & Development Show 2015

Next year, the Centre will be exhibiting at the CIPD Learning & Development Show 2015! This takes place at London Olympia on 13-14 May 2015 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). 

CIPD Learning & Development Show 2014

We were at stand 411 at the 2014 CIPD Learning and Development Show. If you would like more information about any of our activities and offers on the stand, or would like more information about our Topic Taster on Mindfulness, please contact Sam Clegg.

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Paula Reid
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 Harris
Tillie has worked as a copywriter for over ten years. She writes for a wide range of national organisations - many of which are household names. Tillie works with organisations to develop the quality of their online and print communications and has developed a range of one day courses to support this.

Andrea James
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.

David Goodman
David has over 25 years' experience as a coach, consultant and trainer focusing on enhancing performance and productivity with individuals, teams and organisations. David specialises in the Management Ladder, creating strong leadership at all levels.

Gill Thackray
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
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.

Duncan Lewin
Duncan is an experienced trainer and chartered accountant focused on training people in finance, management and leadership skills. He likes to produce challenging, thought-provoking courses that engage delegates and help people take new perspectives on situations.

Hilary Carty
At the heart of Hilary’s work lies the desire to evolve fresh perspectives for people and organisations, prioritising leadership development, strategic management and leading organisational change. Her work and experience spans a variety of management and leadership disciplines across various sectors.

Tess Woodcraft
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 Harrison
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 Caird
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
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. Chris 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 Lynch
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 McMillan
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.

Jakki Bendell
Jakki Bedell has over ten years' experience as a consultant, trainer and coach specialising in business writing skills. As a practising professional writer, Jakki draws on a wealth of stories and personal experience to illustrate her courses.

Salma Shah
Salma Shah is a business psychologist who specialises in inclusive leadership, excellence in teams and diversity. With a background of consultancy and business development, Salma has a solid track record of working with high performance teams in both the private and public sector.

Henry Russell
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.

Bridget Holland
Bridget Holland is an experienced generalist HR and employee relations practitioner, with nearly 30 years' experience in her field. She is an experienced trainer, with a direct and engaging style, helping clients to draw on her wealth of practical experience.

Viv Thackray
Viv Thackray is a positive psychologist and holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology. She works extensively in the private sector in the UK and internationally and also works with public and third sector organisations.

Tesse Akpeki
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.

Susan Croft
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 Dandy
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 Exton-Smith
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.

Alan Fountain
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 Graham
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 Lazarus
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 Russell
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 Smit
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 Sewell
Liz has extensive consultancy experience with both the voluntary and public sectors. As 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.

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The Centre and Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) launch their new Certificate in Leadership and Management at the House of Lords.

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Jennie Taylor
Jennie is the Centre's Managing Director. Jennie's main focus is to oversee the running of the Centre and to ensure that we remain learner focused at all times.

Sally Pearman
Sally is the Centre's Strategic Director and has been with us for six years. Sally oversees all of our management development programmes and consultancy projects.

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Sam Clegg
Sam is the Centre's Marketing Manager. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the Centre's marketing strategy.

Jess Toms
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 Johnson
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.

Nadira Love
Nadira is the Centre's In-company Training Coordinator. Whether it's a one-off awayday for a senior management team or a rolling programme for all staff, Nadira will work with you to make sure you get the most from your training.

Lauren Scally
Lauren is the Centre's Team Administrator. She has a wide and varied role, providing help and support to the other team members.

Gill Dandy
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 Chamunda
Sachin is the Centre's Finance Manager. He is responsible for the processing of all invoices and payments.

David Aylwin
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 Hutton
Ceri has worked in and with voluntary and public sector organisations for nearly 30 years. She has spent the last 16 of these working as a consultant, trainer and coach. Ceri specialises in management skills, communication skills and personal development skills such as time and stress management.

Sara Jones
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.

Jan Burnell
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.

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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.

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