Paul Freeman - Managing Director
Paul has built his career in the learning industry, having held roles at Capita KnowledgePool, Reed Learning, Parity Training and Optimise Learning before joining Global Knowledge. He has worked with FTSE 100 clients consulting with them in delivering learning transformation programmes, and is actively involved in helping organisations deliver their Digital Business Transformation journey. As Managing Director for GKA, Paul leads clients to build digital capabilities and improve professional skills.
Jenny Harman - Director of Operations and Delivery
Jenny’s background is in Technology and HR, working at both Telefonica and Orange. Her first encounter with apprenticeships was in 1997 at Orange where she was responsible for their first technical apprenticeship programme. This led to her starting GKA (formerly PDS), where the focus was working in partnership with clients to create and deliver award winning apprenticeship programmes, which she continues to focus on in her role as Director of Education & Talent.
Gordon Richardson - Head of Quality & Education
Gordon started his career in the RAF as a telecommunications technician working on a range of telecommunications systems. He has worked as an engineer, technical manager and service manager within Orange (now EE) and TalkTalk. During his time in Orange he assessed and managed apprentices. Gordon has been with GKA (then PDS) since 2009 in a variety of roles. As Head of Quality and Education he oversees the quality of programmes offered.
Mike Craig - Head Of Business Development
Having had a Sales background in Advertising, Publishing, and Retail, Mike has now served in Apprenticeships and the Training Sector for more than 13 years working in both the IT/Digital sector, and also in Leadership & Management. Mike has led teams with different national training providers to support clients in the utilisation of Apprenticeships as part of their talent and development strategies. Mike now oversees the GKA Business Development team that incorporates the go-to-market strategy, client engagement, and Apprentice recruitment requirements on behalf of our clients.
Georgina Smith- Business Development Manager
Georgina started her career in apprenticeships in 2017. She has worked across many roles but her true passion lies in helping companies and young people see the potential in the apprenticeship programs and what they can offer. Georgina has worked with SMEs and large corporate companies alike. She is now working with clients to help them overcome the talent gaps in their business and utilising the apprenticeships available.
Malcolm French- Northern Business Development Manager
Malcolm French has over 20 years’ experience in Apprenticeships across Digital/IT, Construction, Education and Business Programmes. Malcolm is based in the North West but has covered the UK providing advice and engagement to employers and learners alike. He is passionate about delivering the highest quality provision helping employers to secure a skilled workforce for the future.
Craig Hanby- Business Development Manager
Craig works as a Business Development Manager and has 8 years of experience across the Apprenticeship and Training industry. He prides himself on being a trusted advisor to both employers and learners and is continually focused on ensuring he matches employer demands with learner requirements. Craig has a background in IT & Technology which is a driving factor when working with his clients. Outside of work Craig is a father of two who enjoys family time as well as driving his fast cars around a track.
Adam Smith- Apprentice and Internal Recruiter
Adam has been working in sales and recruitment for the last 6 years. Before working at GK Apprenticeships Adam was recruiting in the IT industry for roles such as DevOps, Software Developers and Scrum masters this has gave Adam an extensive knowledge on the IT industry and the benefits it has for the future. Adam is very passionate about helping apprentices take the first step into IT.
Richard Green- Delivery Manager
Richard has worked in the apprenticeship industry for over 20 years, racking up experience across several sectors and devolved nations. He has been in several roles across the apprenticeship sector and has an understanding of all areas. He looks after the delivery team of Performance and Programme managers to strive to give the best possible experience for all of our apprentices. He’s been part of the GKA family since 2019.
Kristy Wood - Business Support Manager
Kirsty has had a varied career due to also being a Military Wife, having the opportunity to work across several sectors across the world. Kirsty has been with GKA (then PDS) since 2016. Kirsty manages the Administration team and systems, supporting our apprentices and clients delivering celebrity service.
Richard Jackson - Apprenticeship Programme Manager
Richard has worked in the apprenticeship industry since 2016 having held roles in Business Development, Client Management and Operations Delivery Management.
Richard joined GKA in March 2020 joining the Delivery Team as a Programme Manager working with our largest client with circa 200 apprentices year on year.
Outside of work you will find Richard at West Ham United where he is a season ticket holder or when not there come rain or shine watching his son play non-league level.
Paul Shine- Programme Manager
Paul has worked in the IT & Telecoms industry for over 23 years. Formerly working in the Cable TV and Telecoms sector with Virgin Media, Paul has worked within Delivery to deliver network infrastructure to residential & business customers. For 9 years Paul worked within the apprenticeship program successfully delivering a variety of programmes to support the business. Since joining GKA Paul has been a development coach delivering several Standards. Paul now provides support to clients in the design and delivery of their apprenticeship programmes.
Steph Smith - Programme Manager
Steph has over 25 years’ experience in Education. Working on professional qualifications at BCS as an Exams Manager and then an Accreditation Manager, she then moved to an Operations Management Company to develop their global accreditation and certification programme. A change in direction led to Steph developing QCF qualifications before moving to manage ESIF contracts across Swindon and Wiltshire. Steph moved into the apprenticeship arena in 2018 as an Apprenticeship Manager at Swindon College before moving to GKA in 2021.
Keith Middleton - Programme Manager
Keith is an experienced IT trainer having worked for HP, Sun Microsystems, and Red Hat amongst others. He has several degree level qualifications and is a qualified teacher in the Lifelong Learning sector. Keith holds several IT certifications including ITIL, RHCE and HP and Sun certifications. Keith has worked for GKA since March 2018 and manages several apprenticeship programmes, mainly in the south of the country.
Lee Hooper - Programme Manager
Lee has worked in the IT & Telecoms industry for over 25 years. Formerly working in the Cable TV and Telecoms sector with Virgin Media, Lee has worked within Planning & Delivery to deliver network infrastructure to residential & business customers. For 8 years Lee worked within the apprenticeship program successfully delivering a variety of programmes to support the business. Since joining GKA Lee now provides support to clients in the design and delivery of their apprenticeship programmes.
Melanie Muldoon - Performance Manager
Melanie has 30 years’ experience in teaching and training ranging from working within private training organisations to one of the largest colleges in Europe. Over the past 5 years she has been a Training/Assessment Manager for large organisations such as Capita Knowledgepool working in the Digital training arena and Bright Futures Software, a software house with its own training academy. Melanie joined GKA as a Programme Manager in November 2018.
Joanne Hopkinson - Performance Manager
Jo has worked within the apprenticeship sector since mid 1990’s and has worked with a variety of different providers before joining the GKA team in 2010. Since 2015, Jo has been a Programme Manager, building bespoke apprenticeship programmes in collaboration with many clients. She thoroughly enjoys working with a variety of business stakeholders and works closely to support her internal colleagues to ensure successful outcomes for all apprentices.
Lee Jones- Performance Manager
Lee has worked within the apprenticeship sector since 2015. His previous employers include Learndirect, PeoplePlus and Quest Vocational Training, delivering apprenticeships to the Retail and Health & Social care sectors. Lee joined GK Apprenticeships team in 2022 and works as a Performance Manager, helping to manage the delivery coaches. Looking forward to the challenges this role brings and hope to be able to play a part in shaping the future of GK Apprenticeships.
Neil Stringer - Technical Trainer
Neil began his career as an IT apprentice with a major European energy company. His professional experience has given him a wide range of skills and knowledge, complemented by a degree in Computing Science and becoming a qualified secondary teacher in Computing. Now a Technical Trainer with GKA, Neil uses his knowledge and experience to design and deliver training that prepares apprentices to make a positive impact at work and beyond.
Sheryl Higgins - Technical Trainer
Sheryl’s background is in Telecommunications/IT & TV and Media as a Technical Trainer. With over 30 years’ experience Sheryl has worked with corporate organisations delivering technical training courses and workshops worldwide. For the past 5 years she has been a Development Coach for GKA supporting Network Engineers/ Unified Communications and Infrastructure Technicians through their apprenticeships. Sheryl has recently started the role as SME Technical Trainer for our new Nirvana Project supporting ICT and Digital Communication learners. Sheryl has been with GKA since February 2018.