Previously director of Talent / Learning & Development EMEA at The Walt Disney Company and now the CEO at WeCommend.
I studied HR Management (Post-Grad Diploma) graduating in 2010.
I chose Kingston firstly because it was local to both my home and to work but then because I'd heard good things about Kingston from colleagues who'd also studied there.
Hardwork. Insight. Social.
Yes, my baby daughter, Lily, was born at Kingston hospital last December – just down the road from the Uni.
Yes. I made good friends with Sarah Lloyd and Jason Harris while we we're studying and we stayed in touch.
I wasn't sure whether I wanted to stay in learning and development or get some more generalist experience but I decided to stay specialist and since leaving Kingston, I'd been promoted twice at Disney and until very recently, I was director of Learning & Talent for the EMEA region. I enjoyed that role for a little over two years but recently left to start up my own web business.
We launched WeCommend in January and it's a peer-to-peer recommendation platform for the learning and development community to help inhouse learning and HR folks find recommended providers of learning services – and for those providers to benefit from amplified word-of-mouth.
I achieved more than I ever thought I would at Disney. To have reached director-level at Disney in a profession that I love has been great achievement. I hope the next chapter with WeCommend will eclipse that.
Value relationships. Work, for me, was always about doing the best 'job' but as I've matured, as a person and a professional, I realise that it's all about the relationships – for growth, achievement, productivity and for enjoyment.
I watched a re-run of Harry Hill's TV Burp recently and that has always made me laugh out loud.
My ideal weekend would probably start with an evening out with my wife, perhaps at Indian Zilla in Barnes. I'm an early riser, so I'll take Lily downstairs on a Saturday and we'll watch the warm up to the weekend's football matches on Sky.
Ideally, it would be a sunny weekend and so we'd go out for a walk in Richmond Park. And then spend some time with either my family or my wife's family and that would round it off very nicely.
My wife, Rowena.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac. I read this first as a teenager and it really captured my imagination and immediately made me feel as if the small town I lived in was no longer big enough. I found it inspiring.
Pulp Fiction. It's a movie I can watch over and over again.
I'm a big fan of Indian food so an everlasting pot of Chicken Tikka Biryani.
I had long curly hair at the beginning of the 1990s. I think it was a good thing that nature intervened before I made any more disastrous hair decisions!
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