About

Our story

Back in 2009, the economy was crashing, and we were about to be made redundant.

Did we panic?  A little, but we took a chance and started our own company.  We did our research, got a website online, and launched our first event within three months of starting The Hub Events.

We will never forget the thrill of receiving our very first booking (or the lady who booked that place – Lorna Wi***ns – we LOVE you!)  Since then we've welcomed thousands of people from over 1600 organisations to our courses. 

And it's still fun!  Over the years we've built an unbeatable team of inspiring trainers, who deliver consistently excellent experiences for our customers.

How do we do it?

We listen to our customers, we read and research voraciously, and we work with creative trainers with deep reservoirs of knowledge and experience.  And together we come up with courses that are original, relevant and above all really practical.  After attending one of our courses you will be able to do something new that will help you work better.  We love what we do and we're so proud of the feedback our training receives.

Meet the Team

Christine Macdonald

One of the founders of The Hub Events. Christine started her career in sales and marketing moving into learning and development over 15 years ago. She’s got a keen interest in employee engagement, performance management and learning evaluation.


Emma Salveson

One of the founders of the The Hub Events. Emma worked in project management in the public sector before moving into events and management training in 2004. She loves working with our incredible team of trainers to develop new courses and is always on the look out for the next big thing in leadership training.


Laura Bullock

Administrator - Laura manages the administration for our events, making sure that participants, trainers and venues have everything they need to make their training experience as good as possible.

Our Trainers

Heather Baker

Following 22 years as a secretary and then PA, Heather started training in 2000 to inspire PAs, EAs and administrators to excel.  She travels the world enabling Office Professionals to find ways to work efficiently and effectively leading to the success of their organisations.  As well as PA/EA masterclasses, she offers Administrative Workshops, Minute Taking, Business Writing and Speedwriting training; groups or one to ones.

She is the author of three Amazon top ten selling books, a certified NLP practitioner and the creator of the BakerWrite speedwriting system.  She is a proud supporter of Isipho Admin and a Prince's Trust business mentor.


Jo Casey

Jo's key specialty is helping leaders develop their resilience, skills and focus; enabling them to form engaging relationships; inspire confidence; and stay centred, engaged and productive.  With over 20 years' experience of private, public, and third sector work, Jo is a  natural relationship builder, effectively balancing professional integrity with a sense of fun to inspire trust, honesty and openness with those she works with. Her clients have included PriceWaterhouse Coopers, The Welsh Assembly Government, The NHS, The National Patient Safety Agency, Peugeot Motors, Daimler Chrysler, BT, and Toyota Motors.


David Cotton

David has worked in training and development for over 20 years, working in four continents and nearly 40 countries.  His work ranges from one to one coaching to managing multinational training programmes and his clients range from small family businesses to the European Commission, United Nations and Middle Eastern petrochemical companies. He is the author of around a dozen books and many journal articles. He is also a qualified and practising hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner.  He spent 21 years with the major professional services firms, Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers, before becoming an independent trainer, coach, facilitator and speaker in 2002.  A former professional musician, David still occasionally performs and he collects instruments from around the world on his travels.  He is the author of several books including 'Managing Difficult People At Work' and 'The Business Strategy Toolkit'.


Sarah Hobbs

Sarah is the co-founder of Vondel Professional Development, and is an engaging and highly qualified business and training consultant who specialises in making finance easily comprehensible for non-financial professionals.  She has worked with a variety of clients across both the private and public sector including HMRC, Ince & Co, Wolseley, United Biscuits, PwC, Knight Frank, Mothercare, Nabarro, Norton Rose, BMJ Publishing and Barclays Bank. 


Lorna Hudson

Lorna is one of the leading Personal Marketing experts in the UK today. She started her career in brand marketing and sales by joining the graduate marketing scheme at Cadbury, before moving to Cussons. In 2000, Lorna moved into personal branding and communication driven by an interest in how individuals can learn to present themselves and the payback that can be achieved from getting this right.  She now has a thriving business called Individual Impact.  Her direct, dynamic and engaging style has energised over several thousand individuals. 


Alison Kemp

Alison Kemp is the founder of Switchvision, a consultancy that specialises in interpersonal skills for technical experts.  With a background in theatre and business, Alison's workshops are highly practical, informative and inspiring. She works with people at all levels of organisations – from C-suite to New Starters – in order to help them maximise their ability to manage relationships both inside and outside their organisations.  Alison also runs in-house courses for Cass Business School on their Executive Education Programmes and travels globally to train for companies such as Kaspersky and Shell.  Participants have constantly remarked on how the training makes a positive, tangible impact not only on their professional lives but on their personal ones too.


Sneha Khilay

Sneha is a specialist diversity and leadership consultant/ trainer working in the UK and internationally. She has provided training and consultancy support to a wide range of organisations over the past 20 years on how to develop a strategic and operational approach particularly in relation to the changing stance on cultural diversity, equality and unconscious bias. Her focus, using effective communication skills, is on supporting organisations and the management team on how to ‘bridge the gap', to create a better understanding especially in relation to language, behaviour and attitudes/expectations.

Snéha incorporates the philosophy of 'respect and dignity' in all training and consultancy work and communicates effectively, with flair, enthusiasm and sound interpersonal skills. She has developed a high level of expertise in responding appropriately to challenging situations.  

Her clients include Public Sector Providers (Local Authorities, NHS), Universities, Housing Associations, Manufacturing, Engineering and Banking sectors, Law Firms, a leading Football Club and Major Charities.

Snéha is a prolific writer and has had articles published on Diversity, Unconscious Bias and Leadership in: Management Today, Simply Business, Professional Manager, HR Director, HR International, Managing Partner, Solicitor's Journal and HR Review. She has been quoted in The Times and The Independent. She is a regular contributor to the London School of Economic Diversity Blogs.


Larry Reynolds

Larry is our courageous conversations expert. He develops managers in a wide variety of organisations in both the private and public sector – recent clients include Bolton NHS, Cambridge University, Johnson & Johnson, London Borough of Hackney, Tetra Pak and Torus Housing. Our course participants love Larry's energy, knowledge, and practical approach to management and leadership.


Joanne Spencer

Joanne Spencer of Infinite You Limited works with organisations to deliver inspiring and empowering change management, strategic leadership and people development programmes which maximise potential and make sustainable improvements to individual, team and organisational performance. She brings with her a proven track record in embedding cultural change and organisational transformation within a variety of ‘blue chip' organisations within the retail, health, pharmaceutical, local and central government, schools and universities, charities, engineering and hospitality sectors.

Her experience as an NLP Master Practitioner, Programme Manager, facilitator and experienced coach in such varied and complex organisations gave her a taste for personal and professional development, and it's a passion that has stayed with her ever since!


Emma Walker-Cotton

Emma is an award winning trainer specialising in leadership development.  She has over 20 years' experience of training design and delivery in both the public and private sector, including working as a director for a large housing association and for Amnesty International.

Emma is passionate about individuals having the opportunity to fulfil their potential and creates a positive, fun and stimulating learning environment. She always ensures that participants leave the day with practical skills they can use in their organisation. Emma has an MSc in Organisational Psychology and is qualified in running Psychometrics through the British Psychological Society.


Shona Ward

Shona is a Managing Partner of the Learning Curve Network and has been designing and delivering interactive training events since 1987.  

She began her career providing individual counselling and psychotherapy in Further Education, Health and Social services and uses this background in psychology to make her training memorable and effective. She provides management development, staff event facilitation and interpersonal skills training in the commercial and not for profit sectors.  


Sarah Alder

Sarah Alder is a senior marketing practitioner at digital marketing consultancy The Digiterati.  She is an experienced digital marketing professional with particular focus on helping clients align digital activities to business objectives. Sarah's work with in-house teams includes planning and delivering training sessions, ranging from overviews of current digital marketing topics for senior managers to project management skills for digital marketers and in-house teams.  Training clients come from a range of sectors and include Deloitte (UK & Switzerland), Transport for London, Abbott Healthcare, Mtel Bulgaria, Mencap, RSPCA and RIM.  Sarah also teaches CIM Professional Diploma and Digital Marketing courses and is a Visiting Lecturer at Hertfordshire Business School.


Sarah Hopwood

Sarah has been helping business people develop their Emotinal Intelligence since 2005.  She holds a diploma in NLP and writes and presents extensively on Emotional Intelligence. Sarah was awarded ‘Fellow' of the Professional Speaking Association in 2014.  Trained at Pinewood Studios, Sarah hosts her own  EI TV show filming in her home studio. 


Pilar Orti

Pilar is the director of Virtual not Distant  a specialist consultancy, and has been delivering management and leadership training since 2010. 

Having run a small organisation herself, Pilar understands the importance of people feeling valued and engaged at work. Changing the tools and the location of our work shouldn't impact our ability to work closely together. However, we do need to shift our mindset and let go of old ways.

Pilar is fascinated by the opportunities that technology brings to make the world of work a better place. And seeing as we spend more than 70% of our waking time at work, what better way of helping make the world a better place?

(If you're curious about Pilar's credentials, here they are: BSc in Biology (Imperial College), PTTLS certification, CIPD Affiliate and RSA Fellowship. Pilar also works regularly as a voiceover in London (her husband moved over) and her proudest achievement is being the voice of Xuli in the BBC's CBeebies' GoJetters animation series.)


Joanna Nicolas

Joanna Nicolas has worked in child protection for 23 years. She has had two books published and is a national commentator, regularly appearing across the BBC, ITV and Sky. She is a core trainer for her Local Safeguarding Children Board, with delegates often describing her training as “The best child protection training I have ever done” and a safeguarding consultant. She is also a serious case review author.


Dana James-Edwards

One of Dana's favourite places in the world to be is in a training room. She's passionate about creating the best environment and experience for learners so that key messages and actions make it from the classroom to the workplace and result in real change. 

Dana has spent over 10 years working in Learning & Development. Her background in Professional Services and Consultancy has given her a behind the scenes look at a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors. Her experience has given her unique insight into what spurs individual development and makes successful managers and leaders. 

Dana is also an MBTI Certified Professional and loves looking at the role psychometrics and personality plays in team dynamics.


Marie Page MSc, FCIM - Senior consultant

Marie is one of the UK's leading experts on Facebook marketing. Author of the book Winning at Facebook Marketing with Zero Budget, Marie has also written the Smart Insights book Smarter Guide to Facebook Marketing edited by Dr Dave Chaffey, now in its fourth edition and the Smarter Guide to Facebook Advertising. Her articles on Facebook have even been published by the Huffington Post.

As well as running a number of ecommerce businesses, Marie is co-founder of The Digiterati, a digital marketing agency and online training provider. She has many years experience on both client and agency side in sectors including B2B, B2C, charity and local government.


Keith Tanner

Keith has been working with social enterprises, charities, the NHS and local government for over 20 years.  His recent work includes coaching and training in the NHS for senior teams and clinical and non-clinical staff, developing strategic and operational leadership and management programmes for local government, and supporting  social enterprise start ups with growth planning, personal and professional coaching.

He has successfully led European bid writing and grant funding development work for colleges, and advanced educational and e-learning consultancy in the private sector and social enterprise. Has worked as an academic and education professional and has successfully developed several small businesses.

Keith also holds a PhD in Local Government Policy and ICT Communications.


Gill Luff

With seventeen years' experience of applying brand and marketing theory to the reality of implementation within highly devolved and democratic organisations, Gill brings a high level of pragmatism and practical advice to her training.

Gill has a professional background in brand and communications marketing that spans more than thirty years. After cutting her marketing teeth in the world of the micro-men at Sinclair Research and Acorn Computers she then tended to the communications and branding requirements of major corporate organisations as account manager and director at several brand and marketing agencies.

For the last seventeen years, her focus has been on the education market. She established the OCR brand during a time of unprecedented change in the qualification system and against a backdrop of recently merged organisations. She successfully transitioned the 150-year-old brand UCLES to Cambridge Assessment and has most recently spent eight years looking after one of the most valuable education brands in the world, the University of Cambridge.


MICHLE LAZARUS

Michèle has been training for over 30 years designing and delivering a wide variety of learning events. She works with administrative staff and managers in both the public and private sectors.


Her background is in health and she is also a qualified hypnotherapist and counsellor bringing her expertise of working with people into the training room.

 

Her courses are interactive, fast-moving and fun, ensuring high interest and plenty of time to practise new skills.

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