OUR PEOPLE

 

The driving force behind our systems, processes and client relationships. Our global team of experts  aim to understand the business objectives or problems each client wishes to address, adapting our learning methods to meet their culture and requirements.

 

Below is a snapshot of our people; click on their faces to find out more about each of them:
 

Picture of Tony Reilly
Picture of David Moran
Picture of Sarah Miller
Picture of Mark Miller
Picture of Nicole Klinkenbusch
Picture of Trina Sarkar Mohapatra
Picture of Jez Heard
Picture of Laura Collier
Picture of Andrea McDonald
Picture of Chan Li
Picture of Karendeep Kaur
Picture of Jas Sanghera
Picture of Sam Bridgewater
Picture of Khatija Govani
Picture of Stuart Lowry

Tony Reilly - Vice President Operations, EMEA

Sum up your job in one sentence

Great people make it great fun.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

It felt different.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Inclusive, consensual, supportive


How would you describe your colleagues?

Committed, Professional, hardworking.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

Every day is different.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for?

The positive culture.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

Decided to develop a new website.

Mark Miller - Business Unit Director

Sum up your job in one sentence

Be responsible for the successful performance of an Operational Business Unit.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

I joined when my business was acquired.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Open, supportive, honest


How would you describe your colleagues?

Good to work with and always supportive.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

Freedom to get on with the job and clear objectives so you know what is expected of you.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

You have a direct and identifiable impact upon the performance of the company.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

In the interests of decency and good taste I decline to answer.

Jez Heard - Learning Delivery, Team Manager

Sum up your job in one sentence

Developing a team that delivers the highest quality training interventions for our clients.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

It was the obvious next challenge for me when the opportunity arose


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Inclusive, teamwork and creative


How would you describe your colleagues?

Supportive, friendly and passionate about their roles


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

There’s always something new happening and I’d hate to be bored


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

The great atmosphere and support to do a great job.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

Suddenly found myself travelling down a zip wire between sessions!!

Sarah Miller - Director, Administration Services

Sum up your job in one sentence

Responsible for the administration, logistics, and facilities management, for the Learning Solutions Business Unit


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

Having spent 15 years in the travel industry, I decided on a career change and new challenge


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Exciting, Challenging, Rewarding


How would you describe your colleagues?

Enthusiastic, hardworking, energetic and passionate


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

The people – every day is interesting


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

It’s structure, leadership and teamwork


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

I’m a planner – I don’t manage spontaneity well!

Nicole Klinkenbusch - Senior Project Manager

Sum up your job in one sentence

Understanding our customer’s needs/requirements and ensuring that these are being met by delivering first quality service day by day thus strengthening our trustful relationship.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

It was a great opportunity to be one the of the first GP employees in Germany 10 years ago and to build up a completely new business here.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Fast moving, challenging, highly customer orientated.


How would you describe your colleagues?

Dedicated to what they do, experts, very nice people with a good sense of humor.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

To be connected to the world.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

Every day is different. There is no routine as such.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

“A spontaneous thing a day keeps the boredom away” - sorry I cannot think of anything specific at the moment.

Andrea McDonald - EMEA Proposal Manager

Sum up your job in one sentence

Managing the proposal process for EMEA including Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for Information (RFIs), Statement of Works (SOWs) and presentation requests.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

GP is a global company, financially stable and had an amazing customer base.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Supportive, pragmatic and professional.


How would you describe your colleagues?

Fun, highly skilled and creative.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

Working with different teams across EMEA and globally.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

Everyone pulls together to get things done, even if it isn’t part of their role.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

I tend to bring in the sweet treats!!

Alen Aganovic - EMEA Vendor Contracts Manager

Sum up your job in one sentence

I manage the vendor relationships across the EMEA region, from getting involved in Tendering for new projects on a global basis, to onboarding new vendors, managing the relationship with the existing vendors as well as ensuring the rest of the vendor management team process the other contractual documents including Statements of Work, Purchase Orders and ultimately the vendor invoices get processed and paid in a timely manner.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

The opportunity presented career progression for me as well as being an opportunity to further develop my career working for a training company that was growing.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Friendly, committed and hard-working.


How would you describe your colleagues?

A really great team to work with where everyone is willing to help each other out, even if this is going out of their own job description.  


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

The team and the culture of the organisation.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

The atmosphere is very relaxed in the organisation but at the same time everyone wants to see the company grow and everyone works very hard to make it the best it can be.  


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

I very rarely do anything spontaneous when it comes to the business and the decisions we are making to do our job as I am aware that this can impact a large number of people across the organisation so I am always careful in my decision making process to ensure that everyone is consulted before a decision is made across the business on changing how we do things for example. The spontaneous things I do is normally involved around treating the rest of the vendor management team when they do good work.

Laura Collier - EMEA BPO Manager

Sum up your job in one sentence

Responsible for Business Process Outsourcing contracts within EMEA.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies?

It offered a varied and challenging role working alongside Fortune 500 clients.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Flexible, welcoming , successful.


How would you describe your colleagues?

Hard working, dedicated, knowledgeable and supportive.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies?

Endless possibilities of career development and progression and a friendly supportive team.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

All senior leaders are approachable and give you their time and attention.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

Taking on my new role to lead the Outsourcing Business.

David Moran - Senior Project Manager

Sum up your job in one sentence

Managing and developing client accounts while maintaining and improving client relationships.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

The prospects within the company seemed great at the time, and that has proven to be correct.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Hard-working, challenging, rewarding.


How would you describe your colleagues?

Supportive, dedicated and great to work with (also good to have a drink with!).


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

The investment GP makes in their people, always looking to push people forward.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for?

The focus is on the people, the opportunities are there for everyone to progress if that’s what they want.  GP follows through on talk about progression etc that you hear at the interview stage, a lot of companies don’t.  


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

Agreed to go and work in Dubai for 3 months on one of our accounts (unfortunately it didn’t go ahead in the end but it was a quick decision to say yes!).

Jas Sanghera - Administrator

Sum up your job in one sentence

I am a hard working person , who likes to do everything to the best of my abilities, build strong relationships with my colleagues are important  in a team and working together gives me confidence.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

I joined GP because it has a lot to offer and many opportunities to grow with the company.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Supportive, challenging , teamwork.


How would you describe your colleagues?

Professional, hardworking, approachable and passionate about what they do.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

The people, very friendly and always helpful and my job!


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

Everyone cares about what they do.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

I wore a Rasta wig for the day to raise money for a charity.

Karandeep Kaur - Graphic Designer

Sum up your job in one sentence

I support Instructional System Designers/Subject Matter Experts with all Graphic and mostly recently 3D Design related work.

Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

To join the forever growing Global team and to get more exposure for the D&D team work.

Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Challenging, collaborative and friendly.

How would you describe your colleagues?

Very supportive, often do more than what it says in their roles.

What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

The people.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

Couldn’t compare as this is my first official corporate job since leaving university in 2014.

What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

Walk to the shops, read a newspaper and bought a desk plant called ‘bob’ who is now been sadly replaced by ‘Sid the tree’.

Trina Sarkar-Mohapatra - Senior Learning Designer

Sum up your job in one sentence

Design learning and create solutions with a creative twist.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

To be able to work in a global environment.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Collaborative, professional and a strong will to excel.


How would you describe your colleagues?

They are good-natured and make me want to come into work everyday.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

Have been able to dabble in different aspects of the business and learn the commercial aspect of the learning industry.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

The opportunities, the challenges in varied industries.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

Pub hopping with the rat paks :)

Chan Li - Senior Training Co-ordinator

Sum up your job in one sentence

Leading the UK LSS team ensuring LSS Requests are processed within the 3 days SLA and deliver LMS training to clients.

 
Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

Good reputation and offers long-term career development.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Flexible, supportive, team work.

 
How would you describe your colleagues?

Positive, fun and inspiring.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

Work life balance.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for?  

I feel trusted in my role, not micro managed and everyone is willing to help/ provide guidance to your role.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

I don’t do spontaneous at work, only outside of work :)

Sam Bridgewater - Regional HR Manager, EMEA

Sum up your job in one sentence

Fast-paced, varied and any one day is never the same.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

I was excited by the appetite for growth and the opportunities I was going to be involved in and the GP culture resonated with me.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Inclusive, collaborative, involved.


How would you describe your colleagues?

Diligent, professional, dedicated and hard working.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

The people.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

There are no boundaries - you have the opportunity to work across functions with people at all levels and get involved in a vast range of projects.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

I’m spontaneous in my personal life but at work take a more considered and thoughtful approach.

Khatija Govani - Director, Learning Solutions

Sum up your job in one sentence

To guide diverse teams of project managers, and event managers to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, and fast-paced environments.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies? 

GP Strategies acquired our company Asentus in 2012; this was the best decision we made as Shareholders for GP Strategies to acquire us, as this provided our team members with opportunities to grow within the organisation.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Empowering; Rewarding and Motivating.


How would you describe your colleagues?

Very hard working; dedicated and committed.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

The ability to grow and explore other opportunities globally.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

They have a global footprint; and are the recipient of numerous learning and training awards; they also provide services to fortune 100/500 companies.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

Pack up my bags and go to Hong Kong for a work engagement for over 6 months.

Stuart Lowry - EMEA Business Unit Director

Sum up your job in one sentence

Editor in chief - at a top level overseeing where everything is and how we can satisfy the customer whilst maximising profitability.


Why did you decide to join GP Strategies?

The opportunity to work on one of the world’s biggest outsourcing contracts and to increase my international experience.


Describe the culture at GP Strategies in three words

Pragmatic, team-based, focussed.


How would you describe your colleagues?

Upbeat, fun, dedicated, patient, professional and committed.


What’s the best thing about working at GP Strategies? 

The opportunities.


How is GP Strategies different to other companies you’ve worked for? 

More responsibility.


What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done at work? 

Every decision I make!