City & Guilds Kineo

The City & Guilds Kineo team includes over 160 people in our Brighton, London and Sheffield offices.

Here's the team that manages our UK business:

Sarah Austin – Learning Platforms Director

Sarah is Head of our Learning Platforms Division and is responsible for managing all aspects of the development and delivery of our LMS and learning portal projects. She joined us in 2010 to grow our fledging team into the strong commercial proposition that it is today.

After graduating with a Business degree, Sarah kicked off her career in the academic world as a researcher focussing on technology and innovation based research and completed an MPhil. Deciding it was time for a career change, she completed a second Masters in information systems as passport to the glamorous world of elearning and web development.

She has subsequently built up over 16 years commercial experience in the design and project management of elearning, LMS's, websites and other web applications. Sarah joined us from Virgin Atlantic where she spent several years as a Solution Delivery Manager, responsible for the delivery of a portfolio of IT projects.

"I see the essence of my job as striving to improve what we do, looking at new ways of doing things and keeping pace with changes in the industry. My job is made easier by the great team we have and team work is at the heart of everything we do."

Virginia Barder – Learning Content Director

Virginia heads up the Learning Content Division, responsible for the creation of elearning and other online and blended learning content. She has a proven track record for assuring quality and efficiency of production processes, and delivering to KPIs including financial performance and customer satisfaction. An experienced consultant with a track record of establishing and supporting new lines of business, she brings a wealth of skill and experience.

Virginia is a well–known and highly experienced figure in the UK elearning industry with over 25 years of experience in the e–learning sector in the UK, working as a consultant, project manager, and learning designer in different sectors and technologies. Virginia has also programme–managed large transformation programmes for clients such as Bupa and Lloyds Banking Group. She's had positions at Epic, Video Arts, and Brightwave, where she was Director of Operations.

"What really matters is understanding our clients' real needs and providing a strategic and consultative service that meets those needs (with the minimum of fuss and bother) – our job is to make things better. When we can work collaboratively, in partnership, we can achieve great things."

Stuart Chadwick – Solutions Director

Stuart is responsible for the UK Solutions Team and is a senior consultant and key account manager for the likes of Nikon, Sony and Canon.

Stuart has spent the last 13 years designing, developing and delivering learning technology solutions. He was Kineo's first Solutions Consultant and now leads the UK solutions team, supporting City & Guilds Kineo and clients locally and globally.

Stuart was formerly a Lead Designer and Project Director at Epic, responsible for award winning elearning designs and a large portfolio of business. Prior to this he has lectured in Computer–Aided Product Design and been a researcher in learning technologies at the universities of Wolverhampton and Brighton.

"City & Guilds Kineo has enabled me to combine my passions for design, learning and technology for the most exciting company in the learning technologies industry. From public to private sector, I feel privileged to work with the world's leading companies, who I help to develop learning solutions that really engage employees and enable the organisations to meet their L&D goals."

Tim Jameson – Hosting and Support Director

Tim heads up the City & Guilds Kineo Hosting & Support division, providing vital services to some of the world's best known brands and organisations. Demand is strong, necessitating ambitious growth plans, in which Tim's main remit is provision of a confident strategic lead.

Tim began his career working in Product Design, before moving into commercial photography and sound engineering. In 2004 he founded his own New Media business and dedicated the ensuing years to front–end systems design/development, usability/accessibility, systems administration and training. Tim joined Kineo to found the Hosting & Support division in 2010.

"My main motivation comes from the recruitment, training and leadership of hardworking, effective teams, made up of smart, personable, happy people, with a collective ambition to be the best they can be. A close second is the considered integration of advancements in technology, and the building of strong supplier/partner relationships, collectively enabling City & Guilds Kineo to afford its clients the best possible return on investment."

Liz Deakin – Business Development Director, Qualifications and Accreditation

As Business Development Director for City & Guilds Kineo Liz has responsibility for the Customer Management team ensuring that employer customers receive the support they need to design, develop and deliver successful training and development programmes for their workforce, this includes all aspects of Qualifications and Accreditation.

Liz joined City & Guilds in December 2012 having managed her own "Skills and Education" consultancy company for 12 months. Previously her role as National Account Director for the National Employer Service (NES) enabled Liz to lead the strategic direction, sales and operational delivery of the team to engage at HRD/CEO level with more than 100 national employers, both public and private sector, including the MOD, BT, McDonalds, Siemens and Whitbread.

With responsibility for over £100 million of government funds and strategic partnerships including Jobcentre plus, Sector Skills Councils, IIP, Awarding Organisations, UKCES, CBI, AELP and the AOC she worked with government ministers and officials to develop innovative new skills policies to simplify the skills system and enable employers to hold and manage their own funding Grants.

Edwina McQueen – Partnership Director, Qualifications and Accreditation

Edwina joined City & Guilds in 1999 and she has responsibility for customer partnerships and development with Employers and related key stakeholders.

As Director of Partnerships, Edwina is herself a lead–consultant and has a team of Partners and Business Managers driving innovative services development across the Group.

Edwina has worked at a strategic level with the boards of a wide variety of private and public sector Employers and Stakeholders and has a strong track record in developing and implementing change in the education and skills environment. Current clients include; ASDA, McDonalds, Arcadia Group, Kellogg's, B&Q, Thomas Cook, Tui, London Underground, Cap Gemini and Tesco.

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