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 is a member of the International Coach Federation, holds an MCT Advanced Diploma in treasury, risk and corporate finance, and is an experienced coach and mentor. Phil worked in investment banking internationally for a number of years before moving to EDS, now owned by Hewlett Packard, where he ultimately became a finance director.
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.
Excellent – I’m amazed by how much I’ve learnt about the accounts and how they can be used in decision making.
The course raised my awareness significantly and provided me with the tools to evaluate the financial strength of our suppliers and clients.
The practical nature of this course was extremely helpful and incredibly well focused to our needs, engaging me from beginning to end.
I have far more insight into the effect that decisions I make will have on the company. The post-course mentoring was very useful.
Practical examples ensured that all delegates were involved in the learning process.
Phil quickly understood my own development needs whilst also understanding how they fit into the wider financial context. This was invaluable.
Use of real life internal examples was very helpful. Will make loan decisions easier.
The Trainer was dynamic, open, friendly but professional. This course provided great value to our organisation.
Collaborative, engaging, informative, team driven, extremely valuable and a great link between finance and operations.
I am getting more involved with the financial elements of projects and this has given me far more confidence in that respect. The trainer was very open and approachable.