Helen Howard, our founder, is an accountant (ACMA and CGMA), Certified Learning Practitioner and a member of the British Institute for Learning & Development. Before moving into the world of learning and development, Helen worked for a global pharmaceutical business, gently guiding budget holders in the right direction.
In her spare time, she is a busy mum of two, a keen vegetable grower, a scuba diving instructor and an enthusiastic (but not very impressive) runner.
Elizabeth Britton is an accountant (ACMA and CGMA) and trained facilitator. In her life before training, she held a number of senior financial roles for a large energy company, gaining a breadth of experience that has been invaluable to her since moving into the learning environment.
Elizabeth is an aspirational skier, opting for slow and stylish over speed. She enjoys the gym, which allows her to indulge in another of her favourite pastimes: working her way around her local restaurants.
Steve keeps trying to retire but we are constantly dragging him back to work. He’s a former banker, CFO and international MBA lecturer in business strategy. An author of three books, he has spoken at business conferences on four continents.
His spare time pursuits are multifarious – from enjoying wines to training youth workers and vicars whilst generally trying to keep track of what his 3 children are doing (Law, Psychology and Medicine – so quite a bit).
Ian Glenister holds an MBA and a list of project management and British Psychological Society qualifications too numerous to list. Ian started out in the pensions industry before moving to a construction services business, where he was a director for a few years. He then turned to training and coaching as a career.
Ian has a passion for travel and has scuba dived all over the world. When at home in the UK, he is a keen squash player and runner.
Jody Hodges is another of our accountants (ACMA and CGMA) and was previously a finance director for one of the world’s largest retailers. Starting out her career in marketing, Jody ended up in the world of finance and spent a great number of years gaining a wealth of experience that she can draw upon in her role as a trainer.
On her days off, Jody delights in spending time with her young family, riding her horses and walking her dogs.
Phil Renshaw PhD is an ACC accredited coach with the ICF and holds the professional treasury and banking qualifications. Phil worked in investment banking as well as in Corporate Finance and as a Finance Director in the IT services sector. He is widely published including his new book, Coaching On the Go.
When he’s not busy working, Phil can be spotted travelling around the country in a VW campervan.
Sarah Coughlin is our training administrator, responsible for making sure that everything happens perfectly with our training logistics and admin. Before working with us, Sarah was a primary school teacher.
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys her family life along with swimming, yoga, zumba and renovating her house, but not necessarily all at the same time.
The course was really beneficial in helping me gain a greater understanding when talking to my colleagues.
People like what they are seeing. We can look within the business and see that the financial and commercial acumen has improved.
Collaborative, engaging, informative, team driven, extremely valuable and a great link between finance and operations.
The practical nature of this course was extremely helpful and incredibly well focused to our needs, engaging me from beginning to end.
Use of real life internal examples was very helpful. Will make loan decisions easier.
Phil quickly understood my own development needs whilst also understanding how they fit into the wider financial context. This was invaluable.
I found the training very helpful and easy to understand. Relating the content to smaller businesses & Landsec helped put it into perspective. Very clear, perfect pace, unique ability to explain to those who have no idea about finance yet at a level which isn’t boring for (the more) knowledgeable.
The Trainers understand our business and needs so well that it is like they are part of our team rather than external Trainers.
The course raised my awareness significantly and provided me with the tools to evaluate the financial strength of our suppliers and clients.
I found the training very helpful – probably better than the lectures at University on some topics. Helen was thorough and willing to answer any and all questions.