Our trainers

The Centre has brought together a team of talented and experienced communicators, leaders and trainers who share your passion for learning and development. 


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.

Chris Mohr

Chris Mohr is a communications-skills trainer and a former broadcaster and award-winning programme maker for the BBC. Chris specialises in three areas for the Centre: presentations skills; radio and TV interview techniques; and writing skills.

Chris Powell

Chris specialises in helping individuals and teams design plan and deliver their own high-quality event experiences. With 500 events successfully completed and over 2500 events managers trained, he knows a thing or two about the 'how to' of organising events.

Daljeet Singh

Daljeet Singh is committed to the development of the single greatest resource in any organisation or community: its people. He has delivered leadership development and talent management training within organisations.

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.

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.

Deborah Maguire

A Chartered Accountant for over 20 years, Deborah has an in-depth knowledge of accounting and finance. She has worked with many different companies and Industries throughout her career and can relate to the specific needs and industry challenges of individuals.

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.

Fiona Lewis

Fiona uses her extensive experience in marketing, PR and communications to support individuals, non-profits and businesses to understand their ambitions and engage effectively with their audiences.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hilary Reen

Hilary's work spans a variety of management and leadership development and engagement activities including the management of the global values programs for a unified communications provider, mentoring and facilitating the leadership and change management skills for police officers.

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.

Jakki Bendell

Jakki Bendell 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.

Josie Walden

Behind Josie Walden's work is a passion for understanding for what makes people tick and helping them to realise their full personal and professional potential.

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.

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.

Lucy Whitehall

Lucy is MCIPD qualified and offers a wealth of experience and knowledge in employee wellbeing, employee engagement and human resources. Her work supporting clients is achieved through training, consultancy and one to one coaching.

Martha Clarke

Martha Clarke is a highly experienced and well qualified trainer, coach, facilitator and workplace mediator working in the public and corporate sectors, in the UK and overseas.

Dr Michael Cassop Thompson

Michael specialises in creativity, strategic management, leadership, value creation and marketing. A vastly experienced tutor he has designed, developed and delivered commercial training seminars and workshops to over 10,000 candidates throughout the UK.

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.

Norma Johnston

Norma specialises in the areas of management and communication. From coaching CEOs to drive corporate communications through to supporting managers in the midst of a restructure, Norma’s experience of engaging audiences is central to her work.

Peter Sheridan

Peter has over 27 years’ business experience having worked for some of the world’s largest companies, including HSBC and Merrill Lynch, as well as running his own retail and property company. He now uses this experience to help people and organisations to develop the skills they need for success.

Rachel Harrison

Rachel specialises in helping organisations and people to make change and move forward. Based in London since 1997, Rachel has been 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Viv Thackray

Viv Thackray is a positive psychologist and holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology. Specialising at C-Level and above, she is passionate about applying evidence-based psychological theory to business practice.

Will Baker

Will specialises in helping individuals realise their potential for impact, no matter what their role within an organisation. He works with organisations to develop effective procedures that further their goals and values.

Zahoor Bargir

Zahoor is a personable and versatile finance trainer who is experienced in delivering training that is interactive, effective and fun. A qualified accountant by profession, he has worked as a consultant and manager in numerous sectors before specialising as a trainer.