Head Office
Maling Exchange
Hoults Yard
Newcastle upon Tyne
+44 (0) 191 607 0225
London Office
99 Bishopsgate
+44 (0) 203 693 7380



Gradvert is the UK’s only graduate recruitment and leadership management training provider.

Set up by ex graduates who have ‘been there, done that’, the company uses its unique insight and graduate network to help organisations attract, recruit and retain graduate talent of the future.

As experts in graduate recruitment, Gradvert works exclusively in the graduate recruitment market and training space. What helps is that the company’s own team have completed graduate schemes themselves including the AXA, Arcadia, Aldi, Marks and Spencers and Nigel Wright graduate schemes.

Built on the foundation that the empowerment of leaders is the key to organisational growth, Gradvert focuses on leadership development at all organisational levels. From new and aspiring talent, to practising managers and executive leaders, the knowledge and experience of the Gradvert team ensures that leadership development is effectively embedded across all levels of an organisation.

Established as a fully approved centre for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Gradvert are experts in the Leadership Development field having extensive experience of designing, delivering and implementing dynamic training programmes for an extensive portfolio of national and international organisations. Our clients include; Rio Tinto, Go Ahead Group, Tiger Retail and Hyster-Yale.

Composed of leadership tutors and coaches with a wealth of experience in leadership development, the Gradvert team offers a network of professionals with unique skills for leadership development at all organisational levels.

What Makes Us Special?

What makes us special is that we work closely with our clients to deliver results: long term placements and leaders of the future.

Unlike other agencies that send CVs and shoot for the best, Gradvert works as if we were your internal recruitment team. What matters to you, matters to us and we have grown through delivering results for clients in a range of sectors across the width and breadth of the UK.

From launching in 2012, Gradvert has grown rapidly and now has offices in London and Newcastle, working with clients such as Johnson Matthey, Komatsu, IFS, Tiger Retail, Hyster-Yale and the Go-Ahead Group.


Michaela is the founder and MD of Gradvert. She drives the company’s strategic direction and commercial focus as well as staying close to many of our clients and universities. Michaela has a decade of experience in global talent management and recruitment with FTSE100 organisations. An authoritative figure in the news on education, employability and and policies effecting young people, she takes great pride in driving a brand and organisation that supports the development of professional skills and behaviours in our future leaders.

Michaela Reaney

Managing Director

Glen is Gradvert’s Learning and Development Manager, working strategically with organisations and universities to support in the development of top graduate talent. As a qualified Business Psychologist, Glen is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of our talent management programmes. Bringing extensive knowledge to the role, Glen works closely with clients to develop a comprehensive programme of development activity that supports organisations in overcoming their challenges and allows individuals maximise their potential.

Glen Newton

Head of Organisational Development
Jason Coppen

Jason has full accounts management responsibility and ensures the smooth operational running of Gradvert’s financial management. Liaising with clients, suppliers and the Gradvert team to manage cash flow, management accounts and payroll. Jason has extensive experience and is a qualified accountant. He joined the team in January 2016 on a part-time basis and does a fantastic job at keeping us all in check.

Jason Coppen

Financial Controller
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James has held Finance Director or Managing Director positions of SMEs in the North East for the last 15 years and with commercial experience stretching back over 25 years across a broad range of sectors. James has proven experience of growing business through both organic and acquisitional growth and he works with Michaela on the strategic direction of the business, planning for growth and achievement of goals.

James Curry

Financial Director
Perry Deakin

Perry Deakin is the person most clients first meet when first speaking to Gradvert. Incredibly passionate about client care, account management and ensuring all clients receive their perfect bespoke recruitment and training packages, he brings over 25 years experience to the Gradvert team. Perry has held senior roles at Birmingham City FC, Northants Cricket Club, The Arnold Clark Group and talking of customer care, he’s also been part of Disney World, Florida. Perry is based in the Midlands and is often covering the length and breadth of the UK on behalf of Gradvert!

Perry Deakin

Sales & Marketing Director
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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 Siemen’s to name but a few.

Joss Burton

Leadership & Management Tutor
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Emma is the face behind our ever so popular and successful @GradsHour Twitter Page here at Gradvert. She works within the marketing team and is a passionate blogger, tweeter and communicator of all things Gradvert. Emma also helps with our email marketing and the many events we attend. If you ever need to find her, a simple #GradsHour should get her attention!

Emma Hagar

Communications Executive

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.

Alison Burgess

Leadership & Management Tutor
Peter Bosher

Peter is Gradvert’s Project Coordinator, having joined the team in November 2016 to help drive forward the growth of the organisation. Passionate about business improvement and delivering a high-quality product, Peter brings with him experience of product implementation, project management and quality improvement from work in the education and healthcare sectors.

Peter Bosher

Project Coordinator
Nicola Short – Gradvert

With over 25 years’ experience in various sectors Nicola has gained a wealth of knowledge in marketing, branding and business development for companies such as the Newcastle Building Society, The Newcastle Gateshead Initiative and the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. Nicola will be 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. Nicola is also currently studying for her MBA at Durham University

Nicola Short

Brand Development Manager

John is our Account Manager and is based in the Midlands and has come from a vast training background. John has held a range of senior roles over the last 25 years such as Business Development Director and UK Sales & Marketing Manager. John also ran his own business for over 15 years. As a former Pontins Bluecoat and Holiday Rep in Spain, John is a very sociable person and loves meeting new clients.

John Wilkins

Account Manager
Alan Shaw

Alan is one of Gradvert’s professional development tutors. With over 20 years experience in leadership and management training, Alan has a wealth of experience in successfully helping organisations, people and teams bring about significant changes in performance, behaviours and culture. Working at both a national and international level, Alan has delivered development programmes for organisations across a range of sectors including names like; House of Fraser, Speedy Construction and HSBC. Alan will be responsible for delivering your programme and supporting you in your professional development.

Alan Shaw

Professional Development Tutor
Kate Temple Brown

Kate is in the unusual position of having experienced work both in house and at a recruitment consultancy advising those with whom she used to work with side by side. She is an early careers recruitment and development professional with 17 years’ experience. Kate has worked with large 50,000-person global multi-divisional investment banks, exciting 8-person start-ups and everything in-between. Kate has started her own Apprenticeship levy Strategic Consultancy called Aequalis (Latin for opportunity) which focuses on supporting employers in this exciting time of Apprenticeship reform to help them truly maximise their opportunity and place talent at the heart of an organisation’s strategy.

Kate Temple-Brown

Strategic Apprenticeship Levy Consultant