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Meet the people at Gradvert who help deliver on our promise to improve business performance through the improvement of your people. Our friendly and professional team are on hand to help.

Michaela Reaney

Managing Director

The founder of Gradvert, Michaela provides strategic direction and commercial focus while maintaining a strong relationship with our clients and universities. Michaela has a decade of experience in global talent management and recruitment with FTSE 100 organisations and is an authoritative figure in the news on education, employability and policies affecting young people.

Glen Newton

Learning & Development Manager

Glen helps organisations develop a strategic approach to talent management and development. A qualified Business Psychologist, he is responsible for using our diagnostic tool to identify skills gaps within a company and then tailoring the perfect solution. Glen oversees our delivery team and works closely with clients to ensure they maximise their workforce potential.

Niamh Finlay

Learning & Development Coordinator

Niamh is a specialist in designing high quality and effective learning and development programmes for complex businesses with multiple divisions and service lines. She has a level 8 B.S. in education and training and previously worked for over four years in a fast paced FTSE100 company.

James Curry

Financial Director

James has held Finance Director or Managing Director positions within SMEs in the North East for the last 15 years and has proven experience of growing businesses through both organic and acquisitional growth. He works with Michaela on Gradvert’s strategic direction, helping to achieve our organisational objectives and ongoing expansion.

Nicola Short

Brand Development Manager

A formidable communicator with a network that is second to none, Nicola is responsible for engaging with our many stakeholders to promote the strength of our services, reinforce our current relationships and support our sales team to further expand the business nationally. With over 25 years’ of experience, Nicola is currently studying for her MBA at Durham University.

Emma Hagar

Communications Executive

Emma is the face behind our popular @GradsHour on Twitter. Helping to oversee development of the Gradvert brand, she is a passionate blogger, tweeter and communicator of all things Gradvert. A great content creator and online community manager, Emma also helps with our direct marketing and events strategy and provides valuable new business support.

Peter Bosher

Project Editor

Peter is responsible for designing original branded materials for our clients, overseeing the quality management of our products and services, designing and implementing our project delivery and finance processes, and creating and managing project budgets and timelines. Passionate about business improvement; Peter brings with him experience of product development and project management from work in the education and healthcare sectors.

Andrea Forster

Financial Controller

Andrea has some impressive experience under her belt having worked for big PLCs such as Rolls Royce Aerospace, Arla Foods, Siemens & others, but her true passion lies with giving start-ups and SMEs a sound financial footing. Commercially astute, Andrea’s financial reporting is designed to achieve business growth.

Gradvert Associate Coaches

Jos Burton

Leadership and Management Coach

Jos is one of Gradvert's Leadership and Management Tutors. With experience of working both nationally and internationally with public sector and commercial organisations, Jos has designed and delivered training for a diverse range of clients including Hays Recruitment, Waitrose, Peugeot, John Lewis and Siemens, to name but a few.

Alison Burgess

Leadership and Management Coach

Since starting her career in Learning and Development almost 20 years ago, Alison has been a passionate advocate for the impact that training can have on business success. She has designed and delivered training for a wide range of blue chip companies within the Financial, Technology, FMCG, Professional Services and Charity sectors.

Alan Shaw

Leadership and Management Coach

Alan is one of Gradvert’s professional development tutors. With 20+ years’ experience in leadership and management training, he has a proven track record in successfully helping organisations, people and teams bring about significant changes in performance, behaviours and culture. Alan has delivered development programmes for organisations across a range of sectors including House of Fraser and HSBC.

Kate Temple-Brown

Strategic Apprenticeship Levy Consultant

Kate is an early careers recruitment and development professional. She has worked with large 50,000-person global multi-divisional investment banks, exciting 8-person start-ups and everything in-between. Kate’s Apprenticeship Levy Strategic Consultancy Aequalis supports employers in this exciting time of Apprenticeship reform to help them maximise place talent at the heart of their organisational strategy.

Anthea Marris

Leadership and Management Coach

What really makes Anthea’s heart sing is seeing people’s faces light up as they realise they have the power to create change in themselves. Passionate about unlocking the potential of individuals and teams, Anthea has a degree in Psychology and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), plus a qualified leadership coach.

Tim Price

Microsoft Office Specialist

Highly experienced and approachable, Tim delivers our IT courses at all levels of Microsoft Office, specialising in its suite of applications; Office 365, SharePoint Online, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Access. He has over 30 years’ experience in the IT Industry, previously working in Software Design & Development before becoming a Modular Computer Trainer 12 years ago.