Our Team


Kevin Holt - Managing Director

Kevin is an experienced trainer and assessor of leadership and management development programmes, including quality management, change management and behavioural profiling using DiSC. 

He is an enthusiastic trainer who believes in accelerated learning techniques and engages in practical development activities whenever he can.  Kevin enjoys developing new team leaders as much as experienced managers, on accredited or unaccredited programmes.  

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Michaela Cozens - Operations Director

Michaela manages a wide range of programmes so each day brings variety to her job. Michaela's role includes meeting businesses to discuss their staff learning and development needs; managing in-house training; coordinating higher education programmes, contract management and promotion of funded training. 

Outside of work, she is a keen supporter of Wildlife, belonging to WWT, GWT & RSPB to name a few.

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Rebecca Brinton - Office Manager

Rebecca is our Office Manager. Previously she worked with Early Years Settings for over 20 yrs both as an Early Years Practitioner and in management. She is also a Bristol Standards Quality Assurance Assessor, NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier. 

Spare time is limited due to managing her family’s two businesses but she enjoys reading, music, Ballroom and Latin American dancing, so is an avid Strictly viewer!

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Lynn Allen - Events Administrator

Lynn has worked for Gloucestershire Enterprise since 2011 and her work involves helping customers access advice to start their business. She coordinates review meetings for learners on our Apprenticeship programmes. Before working with GEL she spent 10 years with Business Link working with small businesses.

Outside of work she enjoys walking her Bichon Frise.

Trainers & Assessors

Barbara Smith

Barbara is an experienced Trainer and Coach who has held senior positions in HR and Training in both the private and public sector.

She has spent the last 22 years working with a variety of organisations, providing them with the appropriate training and coaching solutions to meet their learning and development requirements. She specialises in HR topics, communication skills, soft skills and business coaching skills. FCIPD, Cert Ed (Adult Education)

Bob Smallwood

Bob has a strong commercial background with over thirty years world wide experience across Europe, Middle East, South America, NAFTA including four years as Managing Director in the Far East and the last 11 years as Managing Director based in Gloucestershire. Bob is an assessor for our leadership and management apprenticeships and also a programme mentor for learners on our advanced apprenticeship programmes. 

Darren Stevens

Darren has over 30 years marketing & PR experience. His career started with Bang & Olufsen at their UK headquarters in Gloucester. After a couple of years he joined Chelsea Building Society where he became Marketing and Customer Services Director.

In 2010 he set up his own business and he now works with over 30 clients mainly in Gloucestershire to help improve or implement marketing and PR activities.

Ellie Smith

Ellie has worked in Talent, Leadership and learning development for 13 years following a successful career in Banking where she held several leadership positions. Ellie's approachable and motivational style creates a safe and open environment for learners to explore and gain insights into issues or challenges they face. An accredited professional executive coach, she is known for energy and pragmatism whether working one-to-one or in groups.

Grant Cozens

Grant enjoyed a long and successful career in Banking in London, Bristol & Gloucestershire spending over twenty years as a Corporate Manager. He has a strong financial background and having run his own businesses, he is able to provide comprehensive advice and support at all levels to businesses of all sizes throughout their life cycles.

His style is open, friendly, pragmatic & informal to ensure delegates derive maximum benefit.

Jason Chatwin

Jason has 15 years of experience in Management and HR across a variety of sectors from Retail & Leisure, Banking & Finance to Health Care and MoD. He covers a range of topics including HR Management, Training, NVQ Assessor and Quality Assurer, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Coaching.

He is an inspirational trainer with a talent for making learning a pleasurable experience, even when the subject is regulatory and dry.

Keith Jones

Keith Jones is an IT consultant and accredited trainer with many years of experience across a wide range of business sectors. As the New Technologies manager for a multinational corporation, he led international teams to develop world class manufacturing solutions. 

Keith applies his consultancy expertise to his training sessions to keep them relevant and evergreen to his delegates. He describes his training style as objective-based, fun and totally focussed on the needs of the attendees

Kevin Holt - Managing Director

Kevin is an experienced trainer and assessor of leadership and management development programmes, including quality management, change management and behavioural profiling using DiSC. 

He is an enthusiastic trainer who believes in accelerated learning techniques and engages in practical development activities whenever he can.  Kevin enjoys developing new team leaders as much as experienced managers, on accredited or unaccredited programmes.    

Marcus David

An accomplished  trainer, specialising in Leadership, Management, HR topics, Coaching, Self Awareness and Emotional Intelligence. 

He is also an accredited Assessor, Verifier and Chartered member of CIPD. Marcus describes his training style as participative, fun, supportive, thought-provoking and practical.

Marcus David

Mark Sansome

Mark has over 25 years' experience as a trainer, speaker and facilitator. He delivers a range of our leadership & management courses with a strong focus on personal development, communication and emotional intelligence courses.

He is an engaging, confident and articulate trainer who delivers practical training sessions which learners find motivating and are enthused to reach for higher goals. His easy and personable style means that learners find it easy to understand and enjoyable.

Mike Robinson

Mike is our Internal Verifier for our ILM Qualifications.

An extremely experienced senior manager with a track record of success in both a “blue chip” and privately owned regional company. His expertise covers several key areas in the customer-driven arena, with a particular slant towards Human Resources. His skills lie in leadership & management, strategic/organisational development with excellent communication which means he is the perfect fit for supporting delegates in the workplace while they attend our training courses.

Mike Tickle

Mike has over 19 years working in government, driving organisational change through project management. Mike has a passion for developing his own staff through innovation. 

Mike delivers our project management & operations management topics and is a coach working with delegates furthering their professional project management qualifications. He is an energetic and engaging trainer with a wealth of experience to share.

He is chair of the Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Employee Resource Group

Paul Archer

Paul Archer is a speaker and training consultant, specialising in sales, coaching and customer care. His style is energetic and inspiring and all of his workshops and events are packed full of practical sales ideas that can be used the very next day.

In addition, Paul has been working with businesses, large and small over the past 20 years to help them increase sales revenue, expand their business and move into the new marketing era. He is the author of 6 e-books and many sales articles within his industry.

Peter Blake

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and Business Coach. He has his own practice where he helps clients with their accountancy and taxation needs together with helping them develop their businesses. Peter is a registered Hypnotherapist, Master Practitioner of NLP and qualified Life Coach.

Peter Blake
Master Practitioner of NLP, Member ANLP, GHR, CNHC

Pippa Bagley

Pippa is an accomplished project manager, certified coach and international speaker. Having started a career in teaching, she has served with the army, worked with international organisations in business strategy, programme management & managing change. She is and advocate of continuous improvement and personal development.

Phil Meadows

Phil has 20yrs+ experience in industry covering technical and commercial roles, including design engineering, project management, account management, sales and business leadership.

A Chartered Aeronautical Engineer Status in 1993, his experience has led to managing a number of strategic projects and accounts, focusing on business change, transition, transformation, service delivery, meeting client expectations through long term partnerships.

Steve Lewis

Steve is a highly experienced, award-winning project manager, dedicated to the pursuit of sharing knowledge and experience and developing new and experienced project managers.

Skilled in methodology tailoring, stakeholder management, agile methodologies, coaching and mentoring he an ideal trainer for our delegates to become effective  leaders in Project Management.

Stephen Whitbourn

Following a career in operational management in industry and commerce, Stephen entered the fields of training and consultancy. He specialises in leadership, management, coaching and negotiation techniques.

Stephen regularly delivers courses to first line supervisors through to company directors both in the UK, Europe, Middle and Far East and India.

Stephen Whitbourn