Work experience

Work experience
May 2005 - Present


Executive & Professional Development Ltd

My company is a small learning and development consultancy, specialising in learning strategy, talent development, e-learning, and corporate universities.  My clients have included the Scottish Government and the NHS, among others.  From 2007 to 2008 I undertook a part-time interim assignment, to set up a corporate university for Clyde Pumps.  Between 2007 and 2009 I co-authored CIPD's Learning and Development manual, contributing on talent management, corporate universities, e-learning, coaching and evaluation, and in 2009 Kogan Page published my second book, on e-learning (my first book, on management development, was published by Kogan Page in 2001).

Dec 2001 - Apr 2005

Chief Executive

eLearning Alliance

I founded this organisation, served as CEO and company secretary, recruited and represented 200 member organisations, managed a staff of four, worked closely with a volunteer Board of Directors, and secured funding from strategic partners Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, and Learndirect Scotland. Organised events, undertook speaking and writing assignments, hosted the Scottish E-learning Awards, and introduced the annual Scottish E-learning Lecture (video clip available).

Nov 1991 - May 2000

Manager for Scotland

Financial Times Management

Managed a staff of six, twenty freelance associate consultants, and annual revenue budget of £1million.  Achieved average personal sales of £500,000 per year.  Managed marketing services, including sponsorship, promotional events, advertising, direct mail, publicity and PR.  Designed and project-managed management development services, based on published learning resources, for clients including Scottish Power, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, Polaroid, and others.

Oct 1987 - Oct 1991

Director of Training

The Scottish Foundation

Managed a staff of 50, and a budget of £2million, delivering employment and training services to 2000 employees and trainees. Grew the training and development function, including recruiting and developing training staff, establishing training facilities, designing and delivering large-scale training programmes, securing accreditation from awarding bodies, and setting up a learning resource centre. Also undertook some consultancy services, led the acquisition of another training company, and pioneered open learning.

Apr 1985 - Oct 1987

Training Officer


My first role in learning and development.  I set up the training function from scratch, identified learning needs and provided a service to 1000 staff of voluntary organisations, including direct delivery of courses in supervisory management, induction, job-seeking skills, and health and safety awareness, and commissioning of training from a variety of external providers.


1999 - 2000


The Nottingham Trent University

Final year dissertation on management development.Final year subjects: Strategic HR and Strategic Marketing.International consultancy project on knowledge management.I previously (1996) completed a Diploma in Management awarded by Nottingham Business School, through the Open College.

1990 - 1991

ITD Diploma in Training Managament

Wigan College of Technology
1985 - 1986

Certificate in Direct Training

City & Guilds of London Institute
1978 - 1982

MA (Social Science)

The University of Glasgow