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 four Amazon top ten selling books, a certified NLP practitioner, winner in 2017 and 2018 of the North West Enterprise Best Administrative Staff Training Provider Award and the creator of the BakerWrite speedwriting system.  Her training programme is endorsed by the Institute of Administrative Management.   

She is a proud supporter of Isipho Admin in South Africa and a Prince's Trust business mentor.


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.

Daniel Scott

Daniel's career includes working in the private, public and voluntary sectors, most recently as the Global Head of Learning and Development for Save the Children International. He now helps organisations to build skills, teams, engagement and careers. Qualified with an MSc in Occupational Psychology, he brings to us over 15 years of experience of designing and facilitating training. Daniel's facilitation style fosters learning through experience sharing among participants, and is described as attentive, thought-provoking and candid. 

Peter Hobbs

Whether you are facing your first project or have been working in this way for years you will find Peter's practical, ‘jargon-free' approach to project management refreshing.  Grounded in solid theory, Peter's training addresses real life issues, providing common-sense perspectives and solutions that will make you more confident and effective in tackling any large and complex aspect of your role.

Peter has a long track record of successful training, consulting and coaching around projects.  His clients span the Business (AIG, ITV, Knight Frank, Old Mutual Wealth, Omnicom Media Group, Penguin, United Biscuits, Wolseley), Public (Harrow Borough Council) and Charitable sector (Global Witness, Save the Children).  

Anthony Garnett

Anthony is a recognised Learning & Development professional, with several years as a Management Consultant. He has been lauded for his work on ‘effective communications' after deciding to specialise in enhancing consulting and project teams.

Anthony has over 25 years experience in industry, working for companies including Bank of Scotland, MBNA and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  As a qualified marketer, and a classically trained Brand Manager he has worked in a variety of challenging, paced, delivery roles including; business strategy, operational change and business transformation.

Anthony has a degree in Marketing and further qualifications in Market Research, Project and Change Management. He is a qualified practitioner of TTI & Insights DISC and SDI Strength Deployment Inventory.

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'.

Kathleen Ann Begen

Kathleen Anne  is a highly experienced HR professional with a proven track record of successfully leading and managing organisational change; employee engagement, employee relations and conflict resolution within a variety of sectors including Local Government, Schools, Academies and Further Education.

With over 20 years' experience in HR and as a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development she is able to swiftly understand key business issues and to develop impactful and pragmatic people solutions ensuring real business benefit whilst minimising risk.

Her pragmatic, positive and supportive approach means she is highly successful in establishing professional credibility, whilst engaging and inspiring others to make a difference.

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. 

Mark Procter

Mark Procter's speciality is Strategic Leadership. Through his consulting business, Future Pace Development Ltd., Mark works with senior management teams to develop their business strategy. Mark has been lead and faculty on many business school executive education programmes, working with global organisations where he taught them strategy, strategic thinking and leadership. Outside of work, Mark is a keen mountaineer and has climbed, amongst many other peaks, Mount Everest which involved leading strategically, as well as a lot of physical effort!

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 loves to help people make changes in their people skills that produce big results. She 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 effective and long lasting. She provides management development, staff event facilitation and interpersonal skills training across multiple sectors and has worked with manufacturing companies, language schools, insurance companies, publishers, utility companies, housing associations, NHS Trusts, and universities .  Our clients say that she is engaging, informative, and inspires confidence.

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.

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.

Ruth Cane

Ruth works with organisations and individuals to bring about positive and lasting change. Specialising in leadership and organisational development she has a track record of facilitating transformational leadership and personal development programmes across all sectors, including corporate, public, military, education, faith and not-for-profit. As an executive and career coach she helps people develop their emotional intelligence, personal presence and impact and achieve their professional and personal goals.

Ruth is driven by a belief in life-long learning and everyone's ability to make positive changes in their lives and fulfil their potential.

Stephen Whitton

Stephen is a passionate and engaging facilitator in all areas of communication and customer service training and development.

Having worked across many sectors including Automotive, Public Sector, Charities and Financial Services, he delivers programmes which put the participant first, and focus on inspiring changes in behaviour and attitudes.

He loves to add value through ensuring that serious messages and results are delivered through fun and interactive training that is remembered and sustained.  His career has combined experience of running a large business in a competitive market with delivering customer service training to over 1000 learners, and he loves to share the lessons he's learned in a way that is fresh, relevant and easy for participants to implement in their own roles.


Ian is an independent consultant, speaker and educator specialising in strategic planning, corporate governance and international marketing. He works with directors, boards and organisations ranging from SMEs to blue-chip multinationals such as AMEC, Warner Home Video, Republic National Bank of New York, RBS/NatWest, Wrigleys and The BBC generating over $8bn in incremental growth.

In this course he will share his core principles he applies and provide you with the knowledge and skills to secure more prosperity for your own organization.

James Perryman

James has built up his experience over 20+ years working with organisations across many sectors including telecommunications, travel, insurance, banking and FMCG. His work spans the range and diversity of a typical business, running leadership and talent development programmes, providing 1:1 coaching and business consultancy. He is passionate about bringing clarity, direction and a sense of purpose to individuals, teams and organisations – all aimed at helping people and organisations grow and become better for themselves and their customers.

He is regularly invited to guest speak at events, often asked to share his expertise on people's natural behavioural and communication styles, and provide valuable ways in which people can adapt their own style to engage audiences when presenting, and win business when pitching.

James holds a number of qualifications in emotional intelligence, behavioural and personality type tools, and is a member of the Professional Speakers Association.

Zahoor Bargir

Zahoor is an accountant who worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers before venturing out as a consultant and author. He has led teams at start-up as well as FTSE 100 companies. He has a unique talent for keeping things simple and specialises in training non-finance professionals on the wonders of budgeting and finance. 

He is an accomplished finance trainer who has worked with a variety of clients including: GSK, Legal and General, ABN Amro, Capita, Channel 4, Newham Borough Council, TfL, Sony and The Treasury.

Jonny Ward

Jonny Ward is a clinical psychotherapist, a firefighter and an experienced mental health first aid trainer.  Jonny brings a deep compassion and empathy to his work because he knows first-hand what it's like to live with anxiety and depression.  After personal and professional experiences of mental ill health in the form of rescues involving those in crises and losses of friends to suicide, he is passionate about both reducing mental health stigma and delivering quality training. He believes that all workplaces and all manager can be better at supporting people with mental ill health, and he focuses on pragmatism, reality and honesty to my teaching.  Participants will gain confidence knowing that his training is based on pragmatic, honest and realistic advice.

Jayne Bowers

Jayne is a results oriented and commercially astute facilities professonal with a wealth of experience delivering innovative FM solutions to both the private and public sectors with unionised and non-unionised workforces. A proven expertise with training, strategic business planning, developing new business, delivering cost savings whilst enhancing service delivery, procurement and compliance auditing. She's a strong and influential leader with a pragmatic approach who loves to share her expertise and help others develop.

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