South England Region

Meet:
Anthony Hudson

Anthony is an accomplished, experienced learning professional with a long distinguished working career, starting at Royal Mail, before moving to Transport for London where he has covered various roles from Train Operator, Training Instructor, Training Design Manager, Professional Development Manager and more recently, Head of NVQ Centre.

 

Anthony found his niche and calling in the development of others, approaching training with constructive scrutiny, so that the needs of the organisation and the learner are prioritised.

 

Within his 31 year career, Anthony embraced academic qualifications include CMI NVQ in Management, Internal Quality Assurance, ISO 9001: 2015 Internal QMS Auditor, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Assessor, Training Accredited Programme certification in Training Design & Development, Blended Learning and Learning & Development Consultancy Skills. Anthony is also a certified First Aider and Mental Health England First Aider, soon to be EQA/End Point Assessment Assessor.

 

Anthony enjoyed a 18 year career at Arsenal Football Club as a Matchday Steward progressing to a Matchday Assessor before developing into a Matchday Internal Quality Assurer in 2014. Anthony was also involved in the development of Matchday Stewards training programme delivering in customer service, conflict and fire modular training.

 

A keen sportsman and cyclist who watches his beloved Arsenal FC when time allows! 

North England Region

Meet:
Tom Davies

After graduating from Lancaster University Tom threw himself into the action packed world

of outdoor education with Kingswood, now part of the Inspiring Learning Group. Tom enjoyed a variety of roles from Activity Instructor to Centre Coordinator. He particularly enjoyed the challenge and responsibility of delivering the Camp Beaumont product, an American style summer camp.

After gaining experience in vocational training and professional services Tom decided it was time to return to university and qualify as a maths teacher, which he did in 2010, winning the prestigious Leeds Trinity Departmental Prize for Outstanding Achievement.

After delivering scores of outstanding lessons (and a few ropey ones) at a big comprehensive school in Keighley, Tom took the leap to realise an ambition and start a business. Tom bought the rights to operate Kip McGrath franchises 2014 and has not looked back.

Tom has since built a team of passionate educators and committed support staff and together they operate a chain of education centres in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Outside of nurturing his franchises, Tom coaches entrepreneurship and is an ardent advocate of creating life chances through business growth.

Tom lives near Skipton with his wife and children and they all enjoy park runs.

Mid England Region

Meet:
John Newell

John has worked in Learning & Development for over 20 years with organisations including Water Utilities, FMCG, Healthcare and Online Retail. He earned a Master’s Degree in business transformation and has a passion for team development, coaching and leadership.

 

John works with business teams and individuals on developing self-awareness, building powerful relationships and releasing people potential. He believes:

 

“We need to make organisations healthier, happier and more effective? If we are not actively working on these fundamentals, then we are not working”. 

John is experienced working in senior L&D roles in national and international organisations and having had the opportunity to work in Asia, Latin America, Europe and Russia has been fortunate to get exposure the richness and diversity of many different business cultures. 

 

John is proud to be an associate of POD Learning to bring new learning science through his expertise in team development, coaching and leadership programs to organisations  requiring assistance.

Away from work he is a keen sports fan following Rugby, playing Squash and Running to keep fit and live a healthy lifestyle.

UK & Ireland

Meet:
Alexander Griffin

Alex has worked in the corporate world as a high performing commercial business development professional for over 20 years and has worked for some of the largest publishing companies including Reach PLC and ITP Publishing.
 

Working within publishing, Alex has gained invaluable experience, knowledge and insight  of industries such as; Education, Sport, Recreation, Construction, Aviation, Real Estate, Government/Municipalities, Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail and FMCG. 

 

With this experience, Alex has built sustainable relationships with clients from sole traders, SME’s through to Fortune 500, FSTE 100 and PJSC’s companies across the UK, EU, APAC , the Americas and MENA markets."


Having spent his career working in high pressure sales environments, Alex truly understands, from a personal and commercial standpoint, the benefits of investing time and money to maintain a physical and more importantly, a mentally healthy and positive lifestyle/workforce.


Now settled in Cardiff, Alex enjoys his time with his partner and 21 year old daughter as well as following Formula One racing - another championship please Lewis!