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Andrew Perkins
Global Director

Andrew leads the global Beyond-Exam business in Kaplan. He believes that every person should be given the chance to develop both their technical and behavioural skills necessary to thrive in the workplace. His intent is to offer developmental experiences that build commercial acumen and that are role-relevant and organisationally contextualised by using appropriate diagnostics.

He is an advocate of democratisation of learning coupled with learning governance through large scale L&D projects. He re-joined Kaplan, after 10 years, to head up the Kaplan’s Leadership and Professional Development unit in January 2015, after spending 10 years rebuilding and running a leadership development business (IDG).

As commercial director of IDG, Andrew led successful bid teams for large global development programmes for UK and overseas clients such as Barclays, HSBC, JP Morgan and Zurich. Under Andrew’s leadership, the company grew significantly in a recession hit economy.

Prior to joining IDG, Andrew was Head of Financial Markets at Kaplan Financial for over 3 years. During this time, he oversaw the delivery of exam based training for CFA, SIE and IMC. He also helped to develop high level CPD programmes for large investment banks.

He is the former CEO of a FTSE training company and has over thirty years of commercial experience in building and leading businesses. He has written numerous articles for financial publications, delivered technical lectures in over 20 countries and has served on several committees at the ACCA.

  • 2018 – Global Director of Leadership and Professional Development at Kaplan
  • 2015 – 2017 – Director of Leadership and Professional Development at Kaplan
  • 2005 – 2014 – Commercial Director at IDG
  • 2002 – 2005 – Head of Financial Markets at Kaplan Financial
  • 1998 – 2002 – CEO and Co-Founder at FTMS Online and FTMS London
  • 1996 – 1997 – CEO at EW Fact plc
  • 1982 – 1996 – Founding Partner of The MAP Partnership

Qualifications

ACA

Interests and Specialisms

Democratisation of Learning, Learning Governance, Senior Teams, C-Suite Development, Commercial Acumen, SME Development, Diagnostics

Dave Kingston
Senior Consultant

Dave has been a training consultant with Kaplan since 1997. He heads up the Commercial Awareness faculty within the Kaplan Leadership & Professional Development team. Dave specialises in delivering finance and commercial awareness solutions to non-financial audiences. He also manages a number of strategic relationships including overseeing our work within the UK public sector.

Dave is a certified on-line facilitator (COLF) and has extensive experience in the design and delivery of both face-to-face and on-line solutions.

Dave is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), having qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse where he specialised in audit. He then moved into an accounting role within a Corporate Banking team, before moving into the Learning and Development arena.

Initially, Dave focussed on delivering technical training to support students in obtaining a variety of professional finance qualifications before moving into broader professional development solutions. He has now delivered programmes to audiences across all levels around the globe. He works closely with our clients to ensure that our programmes are highly commercially relevant, engaging and designed to achieve sustainable business improvement.

Dave has been at the forefront in developing our diagnostic capabilities, including our “financial literacy” tools as well as a number of strategically significant business and commercial acumen surveys.

  • 1997 – Present – Training Consultant at Kaplan
  • 1995 – 1997 – Trade and Product Finance Group, Lloyds TSB
  • 1992-1995 – Audit at PWC

Qualifications

FCA, BSc, COLF

Interests and Specialisms

Financial Awareness, Audit and Corporate Governance, Public Sector Finance, Presentation of Information,

Giovanna Ramazzina
Head of Corporate Sales

Giovanna manages the commercial activities of Kaplan Leadership and Professional development, and drives, with the leadership team, the strategic planning of the division. She oversees LPD’s global growth and the day to day management of the activities.

Her ultimate responsibility at Kaplan is around ensuring clients are properly looked after and she focuses on maintaining a link between sales, account management, marketing, delivery and programme management.

She has led large training events, change management and business improvement initiatives in corporate and not for profit environments and has extensive experience managing global L&D projects for the private and public sector and nurturing and expanding seven figure accounts. Giovanna speaks fluently Italian, Spanish and English.

Qualifications

MA in European Philosophy, Prince2 Practitioner.

Interests and Specialisms

Business Strategy, Change Management, Process Improvement, Women Leadership Development, Relationship Management.

Dr Ian Stewart
Head of Leadership and Organisational Performance

Before joining Kaplan in 2015, Ian spent over 20 years lecturing in Leadership and related subjects at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, as well as teaching for the Open University. He has also taught with the Open University and was a visiting Lecturer with CASS Business School.

He has designed and delivered senior leadership and executive programmes for a range of clients. Clients mostly, but not exclusively, from the financial services, including Legal and General, AON, Barclays, RBS, Centrica, British Sugar, and the Financial Conduct Authority. He specialises in using leadership development and strategic thinking to drive organisational change and performance.

As Head of Applied Behavioural Science at Sandhurst, a department he established in 2007, Ian trained military officers and senior officials in over 20 countries, including Sierra Leone, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Colombia, South Africa and Indonesia. As well as spending over 20 years lecturing in Leadership and related subjects at Sandhurst, Ian worked in strategic policy and planning in Whitehall for the Ministry of Defence between 2002 and 2007.

As Head of MOD’s Media Training, he helped establish the Defence Media Operations Centre, developing measures of reputation for the MOD as well as developing plans to communicate key initiatives and writing speeches for senior officials to order.

Qualifications

BA Hons (First Class Hons), M.Litt. (Linguistics), PhD (Communication and Influence).

Interests and Specialisms

Leadership Development, Organisational Diagnostics, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Psychology of Influence and Change, Behavioural Economics.

Jo Lee
Senior Consultant
Financial Services and Financial Services Regulation

Jo is a facilitator of learning with 25 years’ experience of working in large global organisations. She established her own organisational development consultancy with a focus on leadership and management development, performance and talent management. Before then, she was a business analyst, a project and programme manager in Financial Services and Financial Services Regulation.

Her expertise has been built working closely and for a long time with large financial services clients, a central bank, pensions organisations and regulators and technology companies amongst others.

Jo always bases any learning in the participants’ world and is skilled in managing diverse audiences, using a facilitative style to engage, support and challenge those she works with. She is as comfortable working with Executives as she is with those starting their careers and has facilitated both graduate programmes and executive strategy events as well as more ‘traditional’ learning topics.

Interests and Specialisms

Specialisms and interests: Women in Leadership; Cultural Awareness; Influencing and Impact; Communicating effectively; Leading and managing change; Managing conflict.

Kasia Lloyd-Brown
Operations Director

Kasia Lloyd-Brown leads the global Operations of Kaplan Leadership and Professional Development and directs all internal workings of the business machine. She is also responsible for the client and customer service functions including external training programmes and events.

Her team’s goal is to offer a top-class end-to-end experience to all clients and programme participants by managing every step of each
project with a rigorous methodology and a friendly approach, whether that be digital diagnostics, online or live learning delivery.

Kasia has been leading customer service and client relationship teams for nearly 20 years. During this time, she has successfully managed large scale learning events including the delivery of a long term contract based on offering over 55 UK public events attended by close to 2,000 delegates every year. Her business acumen combined with deep project management expertise ensures complete client empathy and a passion for the highest quality professional support.

Sarah Cordwell
Senior Leadership Consultant

Sarah has been in the professional training industry since 2001. Firstly as an accountancy tutor, delivering exam based training, then as a business unit leader, running the Glasgow operation and laterally as a senior leader and consultant within the Leadership and Professional Development division.

Sarah is an experienced facilitator, delivering bespoke programmes on behalf of clients. Her clients cover several industries including banking and financial services, professional practice, retail, FMCG and the enterprise sector.

Sarah has a keen interest in supporting entrepreneurs and has devised programmes that are both practical and accessible. In addition to her work with Kaplan, Sarah works with Young Enterprise Scotland in a non-executive capacity.

Qualifying as an accountant in 1996, Sarah has had extensive experience in both the private and public
sectors prior to joining the training industry. She started her career in the NHS, as a graduate trainee before moving to Deloitte prior to qualifying. Sarah then worked on two high profile projects in Scotland – one to establish a university in the Highlands and Islands and another to set up a science centre in Glasgow.

Simon Taylor
Senior Leadership Consultant

Simon joined Kaplan from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where for six years he was a Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Applied Behavioural Science Department.

In training officers from across the British Army, Simon designed and delivered experiential learning courses on the psychology of leadership. These courses focussed on the practical application of core behavioural concepts, namely: resilience, motivation, personal impact, negotiation and decision-making.

A highly energetic and engaging consultant, Simon has worked with global financial service providers, major retailers and oil and gas businesses in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He has extensive experience in designing leadership programmes, building High Performing Teams and creating a values based ethos.

In the final year of his PhD, Simon has extensively examined decision making in challenging environments. He is deeply interested in why individuals and groups, under extreme pressure, make erroneous and at times deeply unethical decisions. As a consequence he has lectured extensively, in the UK and Bosnia. He has also delivered a variety of leadership, media and conflict based courses to senior officials in 16 countries, including, the DR Congo, Kuwait, Bosnia, Indonesia and Tonga.

Qualifications

MSc Political Communication and Public Affairs; MA War in the Modern World.

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