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Adrian Sladdin

Group Director

Adrian is one of the founding partners at Seventh Wave Training, writing and delivering innovative corporate training as well delivering on large-scale international consultancy work for the financial sector. His corporate clients include Ladbrokes Coral, Lottoland, BetVictor, Playtech Deutsche Bank, J P Morgan and Santander. His work includes safeguarding qualifications, high-level presentation and communication skills as well as a range of leadership and management programmes.

In addition Adrian is a Director at Aspire Prep UK, an innovative training business based in London, offering education, leadership and mentoring solutions to local authorities in the United Kingdom and external international clients. He is also the co-founder of the Young International Leadership Programme, an engaging programme for young people around the world looking to develop their skills. He also sits as an expert in the International Centre for Learning and Leadership which prepares young people for future employment with a global focus.

Adrian has written extensively during his career and he has developed resources for a range of clients, as well as bespoke workshops and training. His consultancy work includes public speaking, training for external clients as well as advice on bid-writing. In his free time, Adrian sits as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Jane Goodall Institute UK, part of the wider global environmental charity.

Andy Smith

Senior Trainer (North West London & West Midlands)

Andy has a successful track record of engaging, developing and motivating volunteers and staff teams in charities and the education sector. With over 20 years’ experience in Students’ Unions and experience in SMEs and Charities Andy has worked in commercial teams, lead governance and democratic reform, and developed membership services. As a CEO of a students’ union (a registered charity and company) he rebuilt the governance, staff infrastructure, returned the organisation to a stable financial footing and developed its leadership team. This resulted in one of the biggest improvements out of all Students’ Unions in the National Student Survey.

Starting his career as Training and Development Manager, Andy has designed and delivered courses in personal skills development and training the trainer. It was here he further developed briefings and sessions on effective governance and student leadership. When time came to leave this role Andy worked in partnership as part of a business enterprise that designed training packs for SME and entrepreneurial start-ups, facilitating a structured review of their organisation and implement a plan for growth.

It is with this background of leadership and development in a wide range of contexts that Andy can deliver a bespoke solution to suit the needs of your organisation and the staff who can take it forward.

Jackie Joy

Senior Partner (East Midlands and East England)

Jackie is an experienced developer of training and qualifications for the corporate arena, having a background in financial organisations as well as education where she has specialized in quality assurance, organisational auditing as well as gaining and maintain accreditation for new programmes. Her most recent work has been around gambling, looking at areas of safeguarding, risk management and harm minimisation, with clients including Lottoland, Bet Victor and Playtech.

Jackie has spent over 10 years working directly or as a consultant for an awarding body, ASDAN, an education and training charity. During that time she has trained hundreds of professional colleagues in a range of skills-based programmes including personal effectiveness and employability, including work on communication teamwork and customer service.

Liz Stanton

Senior Trainer (The North & Wales)

Liz Stanton served for 25 year as an Officer in the Cheshire Constabulary, working with the most vulnerable in the community. After a decade in the field, she was appointed one of the country’s first Police School Liaison Officers, working closely with a host of other organisations to safeguard young and vulnerable people in the community. She also  played a vital role in developing and implementing the force’s Safer Schools & Young People Partnership model. The key aim was to help improve the health and well-being of children and young people. It was for this work that she was nominated by the High Sheriff of Cheshire for the Order of the British Empire MBE award, which she proudly received in 2013.

In 2017 her civilian career took another change in direction, providing consultation to private business on safeguarding and online protection, She shares her vast experiences of over 30 years in the field to provide practical training and education on an array of subjects for communities, educational staff, governors, students and many other organisations and charities that work with young people and their families.  She works with, and on behalf of, a wide variety of organisations including Get Safe Online. She is their senior trainer and Family Protection Manager, responsible for providing technical insight and facilitating training which involves a multi-agency approach in supporting young people and communities online.

Heather Aitken

Senior Trainer (Scotland and the South West)

Heather has over 30 years’ experience of delivering training in a wide range of contexts. She first joined the management training programme with Marks and Spencer where she had responsibility for 300+ staff for their recruitment, training and well-being.  Later she became training manager for a  training provider again, achieving  the Professional Development Award in continuing special education and training needs, the first in Scotland. Heather is a trained assessor and Internal Moderator for several occupational areas for NVQ’s and SVQs. In addition Heather took on the role of External Verifier for 2 awarding bodies, SQA and OCR where she was responsible for the quality assurance of a wide range of NVQs, SVQ’s and Modern Apprenticeships.    

Heather formed her own training company in 2000 where she worked with several large companies in providing staff training as well as assessment for various qualifications. Heather joined ASDAN, an educational charity as a Regional Coordinator responsible for all Scottish centres which comprised schools, colleges and youth provision. Promotion to Regional Manager brought responsibility for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Wales and New Zealand. She still works for them as a Principal External Quality Assurer

Heather recently worked with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) responsible for assessing and training blind and partially sighted people as well as forging relationships with employers in Scotland. She is also involved in assessing and moderating training and development awards for a local college.

Eliza Patouris

Senior Partner (Europe)

Dr Eliza Patouris is a Lecturer and Researcher in Social and Educational Sciences at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of East Anglia, UK. During her doctoral degree she launched an employability programme for the students and alumni of the University.

Eliza is currently working as a European Project Manager and Trainer and has implemented 100+ hours of adult and professional development training in Cyprus and across Europe.  She has developed and conducted training programmes in the areas of leadership, problem-solving, conflict management and team-building. Her key area of expertise lies in creative empowerment for managers and employees, offering tools and best practices that foster creativity, innovation and productivity in the workplace.

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