Meet the team

Alex Firmin
Associate Director of Tutors

Alex has over 20 years' industry experience and is an Occupational Psychologist, a highly experienced education consultant and coach. He holds a ILM 7 Coaching qualification, a PGCE and two Masters degrees. Alex is the lead tutor on our Agile Project Leadership Programme and Executive Education and Professional Training programme.

David Hall
Chief Operating Officer

David has worked in the professional education and events industry for the last 15 years. He has a wealth of experience working with businesses to build and deliver highly engaging learning programmes with impact. David and his Co-founders established In Professional Development in 2018 with the goal of creating programmes for executives that work around them and their needs.

David Smith-Collins
Associate Leadership and Management Tutor

David is an Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor with over 20 years’ experience in people development. He’s a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, holds an M.A. in Coaching and Mentoring, a Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology and an M.A in Organisational Management and Economics. David is the lead tutor on our CMI L5 Leadership and Management Programme.

Fitzroy Andrew
Associate Coaching and Leadership Tutor

A gifted communicator, Fitzroy focuses on two key areas. The first is to work with individuals to make career and life success meaningful through strengthening and expressing their ‘Achievement Mindset’. This is delivered through a tailored support package of coaching and self-presentation. The second area is about helping corporate enterprises get the best from inclusive leadership. Fitzroy is highly skilled at working with groups to help them unlock high performance through inclusion.

James Willerton
Associate Coaching and Leadership Tutor

James is a strategy and delivery consultant specialising in leadership & management and coaching & mentoring performance. James started out in executive recruitment and he has supported multiple SME organisations as a strategic business adviser. James is a leading tutor on our CMI L7 Coaching and Mentoring programme and Coaching Masterclass.

Jonathan Palmer
Executive Director

Jon has a 17 year background in the field of sales and marketing with a passion and hunger for learning & development. He established In Professional Development in 2018 with his Co-founders to deliver programmes for executives that work around them and their needs and is responsible for building the strategic direction of the company.

Julie Hall
Associate Marketing and Digital Tutor

Julie is a digital leadership and marketing consultant with over two decades of experience. She is a trainer in marketing, digital leadership, and transformation. Julie has trained and consulted with hundreds of organisations and individuals to support them with their digital projects. Julie leads on our CMI L7 Digital Leadership Programme and Digital Marketing and Social Media Programme.

Lucy Boydell
Head of Finance

Lucy has worked in finance for the last 17 years in a variety of industries and roles. Bringing with her a depth of experience, Lucy joined In>PD in June of 2019 as Head of Finance. Lucy works on a daily basis to provide accurate financial information, promoting innovation, mitigating business risks, enhancing transparency and identifying business opportunities.

Marc Davis
Chief Executive Officer

Marc has worked in this industry for over 18 years. Marc and his Co-founders established In Professional Development in 2018 with the goal of creating programmes for executives that work around them and their needs. As a seasoned Director, Marc understands the pressure and challenges senior leaders face both professionally and personally.

Matt Eld
Associate Marketing Tutor

Matt is a marketing strategy and business transformation expert, he’s a senior leader with over 25 years’ experience. As a CIM Marketer, he has amassed a wealth of commercial transformation and marketing communications knowledge. Matt lead the Marketing day on the Directors Development Accelerate Programme and the Digital Marketing and Social Media programme.

Matt Innes
Head of Executive Education

Matt leads the open course business development here at In>PD. His goal is to provide customers with training that has a long lasting effect on their careers and development. Matt has worked in sales since university and enjoys the high energy environment. Now leading business development, Matt promotes commitment and transparency, and thrives on both great Trust Pilot scores and sales figures.

Michela Sumner
Head of Operations & Quality Assurance

Michela has worked in operations for over 10 years. In her career, she has organised large conferences and exhibitions, professional and executive training courses, gala dinners, roadshows and high profile charity auctions. With her experience as a project manager for international events, Michela now leads the operations department at In>PD, perfecting the customer journey and managing a complex event calendar.

Naomi Buthee
Associate Tutor in Human Resources

Naomi Buthee is an experienced, CIPD qualified people management professional with experience of designing and deploying D&I strategies across sectors. Outside of her corporate experience, she works with various organisations and individuals, providing support and advice on a range of people and strategic issues. Naomi's knowledge, enthusiasm and energy brings her courses to life.

Nick Jerome
Associate Leadership and Coaching Tutor

After working as a senior Sales and Marketing Manager in the Publishing and Consultancy sectors, Nick did his MBA and trained as a coach, going on to do a Masters in Coaching at Warwick University. He has substantial experience training in Leadership and Management, Coaching, Sales Management and Communications. Nick can deliver in French as well as his native language English.

Philip Barnes
Associate Leadership Tutor

Philip is an internationally experienced trainer and change management consultant who has been helping organisations improve their performance. Delivering change programmes at both the strategic and operational levels, he has a wealth of knowledge crossing many sectors and cultures. Philip part of the main delivery team for our Directors Development Programme and Advanced Leadership for Directors course.

Pierson Stratford
Associate Coaching and Management Tutor

Pierson has 15 years’ experience as a consultant and facilitator, specialising in leadership, management, and coaching. Experienced in the design and delivery of people development, he uses coaching psychology to engage with leaders at all levels, supporting them to be, have and do more. Pierson is the lead tutor on out CMI Coaching and Mentoring programme and the Advanced Management Programme.

Steve Barry
Associate Leadership tutor

Steve’s career spans over 25 years' over various sectors and he spent 10 years' as a HR Director. He is a full time Executive Coach and Leadership Development specialist, also writing for professional journals and is a speaker at events regarding leadership development, employee engagement and change. Steve is the lead tutor on our CMI L7 Senior Leadership Programme and the Directors Development Accelerate Programme.

Stewart McCombe
Associate Finance Tutor

Stewart has an extensive career background in corporate banking. His key skills of brokering and relationship building ensured the management of multiple stakeholders, at all times undertaken with outstanding levels of integrity. Stewart leads on our Finance for Non-Finance Directors course and the finance day on the Directors Development Accelerate Programme.

Stuart Thompson
Executive Director

Stuart has over 18 years’ experience in the Sales & Leadership industry. He’s had a successful career moving up through senior roles and is very passionate for Learning and Development. In 2018, Stuart and his Co-founders set up In Professional Development and have been very successful in delivering experiential, high-quality training for professionals.

William McKee
Associate Leadership and Coaching Tutor

William has over 10 years' experience as a qualified business psychologist, training facilitator, and executive coach. William is the leading tutor on our Coaching Masterclass, CMI Coaching and Mentoring programme and the CMI Leadership and Management programme.