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

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.

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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.

Niamh Finlay

Learning Solutions Manager

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 degree in Education and training and has previously worked for over four years in a fast paced FTSE100 company.

Mal Ditcham

Learning Technology Specialist

A bit of a ‘techie’, unofficially known in Gradvert as our very own ‘Tech Wizard’, Gradvert’s Learning Technology Specialist Mal Ditcham is focused on innovative, technology-led learning solutions. This won’t surprise you with his background in digital content creation, including e-learning and videos. Mal has a decade of experience in Learning and Development and worked for Sage for six years.

Hannah McAvoy

Creative Content Designer

Hannah graduated last year from Newcastle University with a bachelors degree in Architecture. She is responsible for working on the creative design element of learning content. This includes: booklets, leaflets and animations for Gradvert and our clients. Hannah has experience with Adobe and has many skills in this area,!

Andrea Satterthwaite

Quality and Compliance Manager

Andrea has specialist knowledge of the Quality and Compliance areas of the business, supporting staff and learners in areas such as Observation of Teaching and Learning and Evaluation. Andrea holds a Certificate in Education and Training and a BA Hons in Leadership and Management; with further experience in Change Management. She is experienced in supporting organisations to achieve the Matrix standard as well as Customer Service Excellence, with experience and knowledge in Advice and Guidance.

Najma Hamid

MIS Data Analyst

Najma has over four years experience in operational Apprenticeship Management. Working with Government and awarding bodies driving continuous improvement and successful candidate deployment. Najma's primary focus is on MI Data and onboarding.

Dr Lynne Powell


Lynne joins the organisation with a background in both industry and higher education which have focussed on HR, Organisational Development, Staff Development and Training and Lecturing. Her experience, coupled with qualifications which include a Doctorate in Business Administration, Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching and as a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development provide her with a sound platform from which to understand organisational roles and responsibilities.

Hannah Lennox

Commuications Coordinator

With a degree in Public Relations from the University of Sunderland. Hannah has extensive industry related experience. Boasting a clever way with words, Hannah loves to create exciting content that can engage with a multi-platform strategy. With an eye for detail, Hannah brings a range of skills to the team and loves all things PR.

Jordan McCartney

Digital Marketing Executive

Jordan is a graduate of the Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, where he gained a Masters degree in Digital Marketing. With a motivated approach to learning, Jordan feels at home with Gradvert's culture and internal values. He has experience generating a variety of creative content.

Alan Shaw

Facilitator & Coach

Alan has over 25 years experience in change management, leadership development and high-performance coaching across all levels. He has extensive strategic experience and a proven track record in successfully delivering culture change and organisational development programmes that focuses on leadership behaviours and performance. Alan has delivered successful programmes in the UK and internationally in retail, manufacturing, financial services, housing associations and sport.


Alison Burgess

Facilitator & 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.


Jos Burton

Facilitator & 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.

Mark Cooper

Facilitator & Coach

A leadership, coaching and management development expert, Mark holds a huge amount of international experience, especially for companies specialising in construction, engineering and property management. A qualified NLP practitioner and registered psychometric provider, Mark’s background in psychometric assessment means he is exceptionally well placed to introduce behavioural frameworks in performance management to make a difference within your teams.

Cathy Lawson

Facilitator & Coach

Cathy has a strong portfolio career with over 25 years Corporate experience leading Commercial, Sales and Business operations, Business Development, Sales Enablement, Talent and Learning units. A qualified Management Accountant and Coach, Cathy has intensive skills in leading large Business Improvement, Transformation and Change programmes.

Georgina Kvassay

Facilitator & Coach

Georgina is a talent development professional with over 20 years’ experience in Professional Services. She has led student recruitment teams and is passionate about developing people early in their careers. Georgina has supported a number of clients from banks, charities to regulators on their Apprenticeship Levy journey.

Jacqui Flavell

Facilitator & Coach

Jacqui has over 25 years of experience in training design, facilitation and coaching. She is passionate about both personal and leadership development, and specialises in designing experiential, interactive, engaging learning. She has delivered programmes in the UK and internationally for global organisations and also with small and medium enterprises.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown

Administrative Co-ordinator

Responsible for project support, maintaining and updating project timelines and organising and monitoring project budgets, Laura also distributes project communications to delegates, ensuring facilities are available for delivery dates. Laura is currently enjoying her maternity leave.


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.

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James Neilands

Strategic Apprenticeship Levy Consultant

If you’re looking for an Apprenticeship Levy expert, James is a good place to start. An experienced operations manager with a passion for service excellence, James is motivated by developing people, maximising opportunities, reducing costs and devising lean and effective working practices. He especially enjoys developing underperforming teams into recognisable front runners.

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John Lawler

International Training

As the founder of Madventure International and the MAD (Make A Difference) Foundation, John Lawler is passionate about international corporate volunteerism and corporate social responsibility projects. His vision to operate CSR and volunteer travel opportunities grew from a university pilot project into the investment-backed company Madventure Travel.

Wendy Dawe

Project Coordinator

Wendy joins the Gradvert team with 4 years operational and multi-site management experience within the Hospitality Industry and BSc in Construction Management. She has a keen eye for detail and is responsible for all aspects of internal project planning, ensuring our bespoke programmes are delivered on time, in budget and to the highest level of quality in line with our Client expectations.