Meet the Team

Board


Peter Horrocks
Chair

Peter Horrocks joined Learna as a non-Exec Director and Chair in July 2021 after spending four years at the Open University as Vice Chancellor. Prior to that, Peter held numerous roles at BBC, including Head of Television News and Head of the BBC Newsroom. Most recently, he headed up the BBC World Service, where he was responsible for the overall leadership and management from 2009 to 2014 with a particular focus on digital transformation. During his time in post, he oversaw significant cuts and budget changes, leading negotiations with the UK Government over future funding for the World Service and driving an increase in revenues throughout his time at the helm. Peter has been brought on board as Non-Exec Director at Learna to support the ongoing growth of the business, utilising his expertise in distance learning, higher education, and digital transformation to support Learna’s business strategy and expansion plans.

Peter Horrocks
Chair

Peter Horrocks joined Learna as a non-Exec Director and Chair in July 2021 after spending four years at the Open University as Vice Chancellor. Prior to that, Peter held numerous roles at BBC, including Head of Television News and Head of the BBC Newsroom. Most recently, he headed up the BBC World Service, where he was responsible for the overall leadership and management from 2009 to 2014 with a particular focus on digital transformation. During his time in post, he oversaw significant cuts and budget changes, leading negotiations with the UK Government over future funding for the World Service and driving an increase in revenues throughout his time at the helm. Peter has been brought on board as Non-Exec Director at Learna to support the ongoing growth of the business, utilising his expertise in distance learning, higher education, and digital transformation to support Learna’s business strategy and expansion plans.

Prof Steve Davies
Founding Director

Prof Davies is a Consultant Endocrinologist at the University Hospital Wales. He has an established reputation in medical education particularly in online learning, having been the founder of OnExamination.com and setting up a number of diploma courses. He has also been involved in establishing training courses for weight management in community pharmacy. His clinical interests include hypogonadism, growth hormone deficiency and obesity. He has published over 100 peer reviewed publications and his research interests include the application of novel technologies in delivering medical education.

Prof Steve Davies
Founding Director

Prof Davies is a Consultant Endocrinologist at the University Hospital Wales. He has an established reputation in medical education particularly in online learning, having been the founder of OnExamination.com and setting up a number of diploma courses. He has also been involved in establishing training courses for weight management in community pharmacy. His clinical interests include hypogonadism, growth hormone deficiency and obesity. He has published over 100 peer reviewed publications and his research interests include the application of novel technologies in delivering medical education.

Courtenay Probert
Chief Executive Officer

Courtenay is a company founder, technologist, business analyst, systems architect and project manager with extensive hands-on expertise. After graduating with a first-class honours degree in Business Information Management, Courtenay established a web-application development company, MAWR Ltd, specializing in risk assessment management software. After disposing of his concern in MAWR Ltd, he was appointed as C.T.O. at 'OnExamination'. As the key decision maker for the planning, design and development of OnExamination's technical infrastructure, Courtenay was instrumental in revitalising their failing computer infrastructure. These factors allowed OnExamination to evolve from a small speculative business to a larger one that was then integrated within the BMJ Group when it was acquired in 2007. Quickly promoted within the BMJ Group to the role of CIO/Deputy Managing Director, Courtenay was directly responsible for delivering 60% growth in sales while maintaining a 40% margin. Today Courtenay is the C.O.O. of Diploma MSc. He is responsible for the organisational operations/staffing, sales and marketing, technical infrastructure, and business strategy.

Courtenay Probert
Chief Executive Officer

Courtenay is a company founder, technologist, business analyst, systems architect and project manager with extensive hands-on expertise. After graduating with a first-class honours degree in Business Information Management, Courtenay established a web-application development company, MAWR Ltd, specializing in risk assessment management software. After disposing of his concern in MAWR Ltd, he was appointed as C.T.O. at 'OnExamination'. As the key decision maker for the planning, design and development of OnExamination's technical infrastructure, Courtenay was instrumental in revitalising their failing computer infrastructure. These factors allowed OnExamination to evolve from a small speculative business to a larger one that was then integrated within the BMJ Group when it was acquired in 2007. Quickly promoted within the BMJ Group to the role of CIO/Deputy Managing Director, Courtenay was directly responsible for delivering 60% growth in sales while maintaining a 40% margin. Today Courtenay is the C.O.O. of Diploma MSc. He is responsible for the organisational operations/staffing, sales and marketing, technical infrastructure, and business strategy.

Rachel Ellis
Chief Commercial Officer

Rachel has over 20 years’ experience managing marketing and commercial departments across a variety of industry sectors including business, web development, marketing, publishing, e-learning, and medicine. Rachel is energetic, entrepreneurial, and instinctively commercially focused. As the Chief Commercial Officer of Learna, she has successfully created and worked with an international network of educational institutes and providers to design and develop a number postgraduate level programmes, courses, CPD, and exam preparation material. Currently, Rachel’s focus is to grow a range of postgraduate programmes and resources across a variety of professions. She's always on the lookout for commercial partners, new project ideas, and content authors/editors. Rachel has travelled extensively and grew her previous online education company while travelling and raising a family 'on the road' around Europe, prior to its sale in 2019. Rachel loves change, challenges and adventures. In her spare time, she likes travelling and trying new foods.

Rachel Ellis
Chief Commercial Officer

Rachel has over 20 years’ experience managing marketing and commercial departments across a variety of industry sectors including business, web development, marketing, publishing, e-learning, and medicine. Rachel is energetic, entrepreneurial, and instinctively commercially focused. As the Chief Commercial Officer of Learna, she has successfully created and worked with an international network of educational institutes and providers to design and develop a number postgraduate level programmes, courses, CPD, and exam preparation material. Currently, Rachel’s focus is to grow a range of postgraduate programmes and resources across a variety of professions. She's always on the lookout for commercial partners, new project ideas, and content authors/editors. Rachel has travelled extensively and grew her previous online education company while travelling and raising a family 'on the road' around Europe, prior to its sale in 2019. Rachel loves change, challenges and adventures. In her spare time, she likes travelling and trying new foods.

Academic Board


Dr Ruth Davis
Academic Director

Ruth has spent her career in nursing and education. She has worked clinically in Torquay, Southampton and Cardiff, developing a specialist expertise in diabetes. She has lectured in Cardiff and at the University of Glamorgan, eventually becoming Head of Care Sciences at the University of South Wales (USW). In 2010, while at USW, she facilitated the development of a partnership between the USW and Learna and became a consultant Academic Director at Learna, overseeing the development and quality of courses. Her research and publications have been mainly in the areas of diabetes and role development. She is currently a member of Nursing Now(Cymru/ Wales) and heads up a Welsh Government sponsored nursing leadership development programme in Uganda. She is involved in various faith - based charities in the UK and Uganda, and enjoys gardening, cooking and ornithology.

Dr Ruth Davis
Academic Director

Ruth has spent her career in nursing and education. She has worked clinically in Torquay, Southampton and Cardiff, developing a specialist expertise in diabetes. She has lectured in Cardiff and at the University of Glamorgan, eventually becoming Head of Care Sciences at the University of South Wales (USW). In 2010, while at USW, she facilitated the development of a partnership between the USW and Learna and became a consultant Academic Director at Learna, overseeing the development and quality of courses. Her research and publications have been mainly in the areas of diabetes and role development. She is currently a member of Nursing Now(Cymru/ Wales) and heads up a Welsh Government sponsored nursing leadership development programme in Uganda. She is involved in various faith - based charities in the UK and Uganda, and enjoys gardening, cooking and ornithology.

Administrative and Business Support


Catherine Scourfield
Head of Sales and Admissions

Catherine Scourfield joined Learna as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Commercial Officer in September 2021 after spending 15 years at We Fight Any Claim as Chief Operations Officer. Catherine has 20 years of experience in the sales industry where customers were always her central focus. During her time in post, Catherine would constantly look at ways to improve the customers’ journey and was heavily involved in the rollout of all new campaigns, assisting with the training and ensuring employees move in the same strategic direction to achieve its mission, whilst driving revenue, lower operating costs and maintaining a quality service. Catherine has been brought on board to assist and support the CCO as Learna grows. This supporting role is instrumental in bringing on new partners and income streams to the business as well as supporting the CCO with her diary management and workflow. Catherine thrives in a busy work environment and enjoys meeting new people and carrying out research on a whole range of opportunities. In her spare time, Cath loves spending time with her husband, 2 children and her Pomeranian Teddy.

Catherine Scourfield
Head of Sales and Admissions

Catherine Scourfield joined Learna as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Commercial Officer in September 2021 after spending 15 years at We Fight Any Claim as Chief Operations Officer. Catherine has 20 years of experience in the sales industry where customers were always her central focus. During her time in post, Catherine would constantly look at ways to improve the customers’ journey and was heavily involved in the rollout of all new campaigns, assisting with the training and ensuring employees move in the same strategic direction to achieve its mission, whilst driving revenue, lower operating costs and maintaining a quality service. Catherine has been brought on board to assist and support the CCO as Learna grows. This supporting role is instrumental in bringing on new partners and income streams to the business as well as supporting the CCO with her diary management and workflow. Catherine thrives in a busy work environment and enjoys meeting new people and carrying out research on a whole range of opportunities. In her spare time, Cath loves spending time with her husband, 2 children and her Pomeranian Teddy.

Marketing, Sales and Admissions


Kirsty Betteridge
Head of Student Recruitment

Kirsty joined Learna in 2020 after spending 10 years working in Marketing in a variety of sectors including time spent at the BMJ and Ty Hafan followed by 5 years in working Higher Education for Cardiff University. Responsible for all aspects of student recruitment for Diploma MSc and Learna Business School, Kirsty has a passion for marketing strategy, branding and digital innovation along with specialist knowledge of the Higher Education and Healthcare sectors. Results driven, focused and creative, Kirsty is excited to share the benefits of our innovative and world leading postgraduate programmes far and wide. Outside of work Kirsty is a real foodie enjoying both cooking and eating out. She loves interiors and decorating her home, which is often quickly destroyed by her very busy toddler.

Kirsty Betteridge
Head of Student Recruitment

Kirsty joined Learna in 2020 after spending 10 years working in Marketing in a variety of sectors including time spent at the BMJ and Ty Hafan followed by 5 years in working Higher Education for Cardiff University. Responsible for all aspects of student recruitment for Diploma MSc and Learna Business School, Kirsty has a passion for marketing strategy, branding and digital innovation along with specialist knowledge of the Higher Education and Healthcare sectors. Results driven, focused and creative, Kirsty is excited to share the benefits of our innovative and world leading postgraduate programmes far and wide. Outside of work Kirsty is a real foodie enjoying both cooking and eating out. She loves interiors and decorating her home, which is often quickly destroyed by her very busy toddler.

Programme Development and Innovation


Helen Davies CMgr MCMi
Head of Programme Development and Innovation

We really only want Helen here at Learna for her baking - but Helen also brings a wealth of experience and leadership in the development and online delivery of medical education and innovation around specific content generation, together with instructional design to constantly improve quality and drive student engagement. Previously Head of Online Learning and Assessment at BMJ, working for over 17 years in online medical education, Helen's strategic mindset and user centric approach to innovation in new product development is supported by a servant leadership approach and experienced relationship management. Helen achieved Chartered Manager status in 2018 and is currently studying for an MBA in Healthcare Management. An enthusiastic rugby fan, Helen enjoys trips to Europe, many genres of music, family time and baking.

Helen Davies CMgr MCMi
Head of Programme Development and Innovation

We really only want Helen here at Learna for her baking - but Helen also brings a wealth of experience and leadership in the development and online delivery of medical education and innovation around specific content generation, together with instructional design to constantly improve quality and drive student engagement. Previously Head of Online Learning and Assessment at BMJ, working for over 17 years in online medical education, Helen's strategic mindset and user centric approach to innovation in new product development is supported by a servant leadership approach and experienced relationship management. Helen achieved Chartered Manager status in 2018 and is currently studying for an MBA in Healthcare Management. An enthusiastic rugby fan, Helen enjoys trips to Europe, many genres of music, family time and baking.

Alex Thompson
Global Recruitment Manager

Alex joined the company in 2020 to manage the recruitment for the business. He has extensive experience in recruitment and has been in the industry for over 8 years. Alex's role is to recruit tutors and authors for both current and new courses. In Alex's spare time he plays and watches football, enjoys watching rugby and cricket and socialising with friends.

Alex Thompson
Global Recruitment Manager

Alex joined the company in 2020 to manage the recruitment for the business. He has extensive experience in recruitment and has been in the industry for over 8 years. Alex's role is to recruit tutors and authors for both current and new courses. In Alex's spare time he plays and watches football, enjoys watching rugby and cricket and socialising with friends.

Josh Curtis
Senior Editor

Josh joined the Learna team in June 2018 and soon became part of the family with his quick wit and kind nature. Having rapidly proven himself a crucial part of the team, Josh made the leap from Business Development to our Editorial Team. As Senior Editor, Josh reviews and commissions our course material. His keen eye for detail and hard- working attitude saw his new team welcome him with open arms. The office certainly wouldn't be the same without him!

Josh Curtis
Senior Editor

Josh joined the Learna team in June 2018 and soon became part of the family with his quick wit and kind nature. Having rapidly proven himself a crucial part of the team, Josh made the leap from Business Development to our Editorial Team. As Senior Editor, Josh reviews and commissions our course material. His keen eye for detail and hard- working attitude saw his new team welcome him with open arms. The office certainly wouldn't be the same without him!

Hollie Janaway
Senior Editor

Having joined the Learna Editorial Team in 2019, Hollie quickly settled in with both her team and her role. From commissioning and editing the course materials to building relationships with authors, no two days are the same and she enjoys every minute of it. In Hollie’s spare time she writes creatively, dreams of starring on the West End and drinks a lot of coffee(although she does the latter during work hours, too).

Hollie Janaway
Senior Editor

Having joined the Learna Editorial Team in 2019, Hollie quickly settled in with both her team and her role. From commissioning and editing the course materials to building relationships with authors, no two days are the same and she enjoys every minute of it. In Hollie’s spare time she writes creatively, dreams of starring on the West End and drinks a lot of coffee(although she does the latter during work hours, too).

Marketing


Stacie Palfrey
Marketing Manager

Stacie joined Learna in 2021 and is responsible for all things content such as blogs, emails, webinars, and website pages. As well as growing our social media platforms, Stacie also contributes to our SEO. After completing a degree in journalism, Stacie travelled the world searching for stories - including a solo trip around South America. Whilst living in Barcelona she discovered her love of marketing whilst working in sales and marketing for the tech industry, and moved back to the UK to pursue her career. In her spare time you will find her reading, on the tennis court, or chasing after her toddler.

Stacie Palfrey
Marketing Manager

Stacie joined Learna in 2021 and is responsible for all things content such as blogs, emails, webinars, and website pages. As well as growing our social media platforms, Stacie also contributes to our SEO. After completing a degree in journalism, Stacie travelled the world searching for stories - including a solo trip around South America. Whilst living in Barcelona she discovered her love of marketing whilst working in sales and marketing for the tech industry, and moved back to the UK to pursue her career. In her spare time you will find her reading, on the tennis court, or chasing after her toddler.

Sion Jones
PPC Executive

Sion is our resident PPC guru. When he’s not listening to podcasts, reading books, or watching videos on anything and everything marketing-related, Sion’s favourite pastimes are whittling Welsh lovespoons from driftwood, writing Lord of the Rings fanfiction, and watching reality TV (his current favourites are Love Island and RuPaul’s Drag Race).

Sion Jones
PPC Executive

Sion is our resident PPC guru. When he’s not listening to podcasts, reading books, or watching videos on anything and everything marketing-related, Sion’s favourite pastimes are whittling Welsh lovespoons from driftwood, writing Lord of the Rings fanfiction, and watching reality TV (his current favourites are Love Island and RuPaul’s Drag Race).

Jessica Morley
Digital Marketing Executive

Jessica completed a journalism degree at USW in 2019. She found her love of marketing by diving into lots of work experience. While studying, Jess was actively creating social media campaigns, PR and video editing content for food bank charities, The National Trust and for marketplace companies targeting universities, schools and corporations. With a great passion for marketing, being environmentally conscious and having a deep interest in the education sector… Jess is pleased to be able to bring these worlds together at Learna. Jess is a nerd for marketing, and likes to go on Hubspot Academy in her free time to do some of the courses or read marketing blogs for a few hours on the weekend. She is obsessed with her Cockapoo Cleo, and loves finding new places to walk and spoiling her with LOTS of indestructible toys. Having traveled to some parts of Asia, Jess likes to spend her evenings researching where to go next on that side of the world.

Jessica Morley
Digital Marketing Executive

Jessica completed a journalism degree at USW in 2019. She found her love of marketing by diving into lots of work experience. While studying, Jess was actively creating social media campaigns, PR and video editing content for food bank charities, The National Trust and for marketplace companies targeting universities, schools and corporations. With a great passion for marketing, being environmentally conscious and having a deep interest in the education sector… Jess is pleased to be able to bring these worlds together at Learna. Jess is a nerd for marketing, and likes to go on Hubspot Academy in her free time to do some of the courses or read marketing blogs for a few hours on the weekend. She is obsessed with her Cockapoo Cleo, and loves finding new places to walk and spoiling her with LOTS of indestructible toys. Having traveled to some parts of Asia, Jess likes to spend her evenings researching where to go next on that side of the world.

Shannon Meyler
Junior Marketing Executive

Shannon joined the Learna team in 2020, a year after graduating with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies. While studying, Shannon found a love for marketing through setting up a small, online fashion accessories brand. After working in retail for almost two years, Shannon craved a change in career path and decided to pursue a career in marketing. As our Marketing Assistant, Shannon is responsible for managing and monitoring Learna’s social media accounts and blog, as well as any other tasks the marketing team needs assistance with. Outside of work, Shannon loves interior design and fashion styling, and enjoys exploring new places.

Shannon Meyler
Junior Marketing Executive

Shannon joined the Learna team in 2020, a year after graduating with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies. While studying, Shannon found a love for marketing through setting up a small, online fashion accessories brand. After working in retail for almost two years, Shannon craved a change in career path and decided to pursue a career in marketing. As our Marketing Assistant, Shannon is responsible for managing and monitoring Learna’s social media accounts and blog, as well as any other tasks the marketing team needs assistance with. Outside of work, Shannon loves interior design and fashion styling, and enjoys exploring new places.

Admissions


Rowena Williams
Rowena Williams
Admissions Officer

Rowena joined the Learna team in March 2021 as an Admissions Officer. She moved to Wales in December 2019 from Cape Town, South Africa. Rowena worked within the Hospitality Industry from 2005 until 2015 when she decided to make a change. For almost 5 years she worked at an Independent School. Rowena enjoys hiking, tennis, netball and a great spinning class. Watching rugby and photography are also something she very much enjoys.

Rowena Williams
Rowena Williams
Admissions Officer

Rowena joined the Learna team in March 2021 as an Admissions Officer. She moved to Wales in December 2019 from Cape Town, South Africa. Rowena worked within the Hospitality Industry from 2005 until 2015 when she decided to make a change. For almost 5 years she worked at an Independent School. Rowena enjoys hiking, tennis, netball and a great spinning class. Watching rugby and photography are also something she very much enjoys.

Libby Allerton
Libby Allerton
Admissions Officer

Libby is a 2nd year student at University of South Wales currently studying Popular and Commercial Music. She plays drums and hopes to be a rockstar one day. Her other loves include cats, gaming and music.

Libby Allerton
Libby Allerton
Admissions Officer

Libby is a 2nd year student at University of South Wales currently studying Popular and Commercial Music. She plays drums and hopes to be a rockstar one day. Her other loves include cats, gaming and music.

Tom Rees
Applications Officer

Tom joined Learna in June 2018 as an Applications Officer, where he ensures student applications are processed smoothly and quickly. Tom is currently studying Law with International Relations at the University of Portsmouth, and enjoys watching and playing football in his spare time.

Tom Rees
Applications Officer

Tom joined Learna in June 2018 as an Applications Officer, where he ensures student applications are processed smoothly and quickly. Tom is currently studying Law with International Relations at the University of Portsmouth, and enjoys watching and playing football in his spare time.

Operations


Sarah Younger
Operations Manager

Sarah joined Learna in June 2018. Before joining us she worked in administration in the Paediatrics Department for Powys, based at Brecon War Memorial Hospital, where she developed a high regard for the many HCPs involved in comprehensive care. As our Operations Manager, Sarah ensures the smooth running of departments and enjoys looking after her teams. In her spare time Sarah reads and reads and reads, most particularly SF.

Sarah Younger
Operations Manager

Sarah joined Learna in June 2018. Before joining us she worked in administration in the Paediatrics Department for Powys, based at Brecon War Memorial Hospital, where she developed a high regard for the many HCPs involved in comprehensive care. As our Operations Manager, Sarah ensures the smooth running of departments and enjoys looking after her teams. In her spare time Sarah reads and reads and reads, most particularly SF.

Quality


Catherine Wildblood
Catherine Wildblood
Quality Assurance Manager

Catherine has worked for Learna since 2014 and has recently moved from her role as Student Support Manager to Quality Assurance Manager. Catherine responsibilities include orchestrating student results and Award Boards at the University of South Wales, Student Remediation and Continuous Monitoring/ Annual Reporting for our collaborative partners. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys music, reading, and socialising with her friends and family.

Catherine Wildblood
Catherine Wildblood
Quality Assurance Manager

Catherine has worked for Learna since 2014 and has recently moved from her role as Student Support Manager to Quality Assurance Manager. Catherine responsibilities include orchestrating student results and Award Boards at the University of South Wales, Student Remediation and Continuous Monitoring/ Annual Reporting for our collaborative partners. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys music, reading, and socialising with her friends and family.

Siobhan Jones
Academic Quality Officer

Siobhan recently joined Learna as an academic quality officer after working in the FE/HE sector for over 9 years (as a business development officer for Cardiff and Vale College and more recently as an international admissions officer at the University of South Wales). Siobhan is responsible for monitoring the quality standards of programmes at Learna, working with external examiners and organising award boards with partner universities. In her spare time, Siobhan enjoys going to see live music, swimming, spinning and trying to keep up with her young daughter.

Siobhan Jones
Academic Quality Officer

Siobhan recently joined Learna as an academic quality officer after working in the FE/HE sector for over 9 years (as a business development officer for Cardiff and Vale College and more recently as an international admissions officer at the University of South Wales). Siobhan is responsible for monitoring the quality standards of programmes at Learna, working with external examiners and organising award boards with partner universities. In her spare time, Siobhan enjoys going to see live music, swimming, spinning and trying to keep up with her young daughter.

Anna Evans
Quality Assurance Assistant

Anna joined Learna in January 2021 and thrives in her role. Outside of work she enjoys keeping active and going to the gym - although at the moment her little girl is the one keeping her fit! Anna also thoroughly enjoys musicals.

Anna Evans
Quality Assurance Assistant

Anna joined Learna in January 2021 and thrives in her role. Outside of work she enjoys keeping active and going to the gym - although at the moment her little girl is the one keeping her fit! Anna also thoroughly enjoys musicals.

Programme Management


Catherine Southgate
Catherine Southgate
Head of Programme Management

Catherine began working at Learna in January 2015 and heads up the Editorial Team - working with authors to provide course and resource content for both the Learna and StudyPRN platforms. Catherine really enjoys working in a busy friendly team and relishes the challenge of helping to bring our courses to life and feels it's a fulfilling role to be part of a company that aims to improve the knowledge of healthcare professionals worldwide. Like most of the team, her highlight to date has been winning 'Best Online Distance Learning Programme' at the e-learning awards. Catherine's day to day work is very varied and she loves the opportunity of working alongside authors from a range of medical specialties and backgrounds. In her spare time Catherine loves to go running and to spend time with her family and friends.

Catherine Southgate
Catherine Southgate
Head of Programme Management

Catherine began working at Learna in January 2015 and heads up the Editorial Team - working with authors to provide course and resource content for both the Learna and StudyPRN platforms. Catherine really enjoys working in a busy friendly team and relishes the challenge of helping to bring our courses to life and feels it's a fulfilling role to be part of a company that aims to improve the knowledge of healthcare professionals worldwide. Like most of the team, her highlight to date has been winning 'Best Online Distance Learning Programme' at the e-learning awards. Catherine's day to day work is very varied and she loves the opportunity of working alongside authors from a range of medical specialties and backgrounds. In her spare time Catherine loves to go running and to spend time with her family and friends.

Tracey Rees
Tracey Rees
Senior Editor

Tracey joined the Programme Management Team at Learna in 2020 to focus on her interest in writing and proofreading, having previously worked for Lloyd's Banking Group for several years, and marketing roles prior to this. Tracey enjoys the challenges and diversity of working in Programme Management and thrives on opportunities to collaborate with authors and healthcare professionals. Outside of work she loves travelling to new places, live music, and curling up on the sofa with her husband, cats, and a spooky movie.

Tracey Rees
Tracey Rees
Senior Editor

Tracey joined the Programme Management Team at Learna in 2020 to focus on her interest in writing and proofreading, having previously worked for Lloyd's Banking Group for several years, and marketing roles prior to this. Tracey enjoys the challenges and diversity of working in Programme Management and thrives on opportunities to collaborate with authors and healthcare professionals. Outside of work she loves travelling to new places, live music, and curling up on the sofa with her husband, cats, and a spooky movie.

Dr Chellaram Hathiramani
Dr Chellaram Hathiramani
Senior Lecturer

Dr Chellaram Hathiramani originally trained in General Practice and is now a clinical fellow working in diabetes at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Wales. She holds an MBA and has significant interests in teaching and learning, with particular emphasis on medical education, diabetes and obesity management. She is originally from Gibraltar and is keen to foster links with the MBA programme that is hosted at its university.

Dr Chellaram Hathiramani
Dr Chellaram Hathiramani
Senior Lecturer

Dr Chellaram Hathiramani originally trained in General Practice and is now a clinical fellow working in diabetes at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Wales. She holds an MBA and has significant interests in teaching and learning, with particular emphasis on medical education, diabetes and obesity management. She is originally from Gibraltar and is keen to foster links with the MBA programme that is hosted at its university.

Teaching and Learning


Jason Cortese
Jason Cortese
Head of Teaching & Learning

Jason joined Learna in September 2019 as a Tutor Resource Officer. Jason quickly settled into his new role, and is now managing and supporting tutors through their teaching journey. Before Jason joined Learna he was a science teacher, but he decided to try something new. In working within tutor resources, Jason can still be part of the education sector, while bringing a unique perspective of prior teaching experience to the team! Outside of work he enjoys running, hiking and going to the gym.

Jason Cortese
Jason Cortese
Head of Teaching & Learning

Jason joined Learna in September 2019 as a Tutor Resource Officer. Jason quickly settled into his new role, and is now managing and supporting tutors through their teaching journey. Before Jason joined Learna he was a science teacher, but he decided to try something new. In working within tutor resources, Jason can still be part of the education sector, while bringing a unique perspective of prior teaching experience to the team! Outside of work he enjoys running, hiking and going to the gym.

Edward Sims
Edward Sims
Senior Teaching and Learning Officer

Edward joined the Teaching and Learning team in 2020 having taken a career break to live in France. He loves to use his extensive prior teaching experience to support our busy tutors in delivering outstanding results. Outside of work, he enjoys anything to do with the Visual Arts and has an unhealthy obsession with studying the labels of wine bottles.

Edward Sims
Edward Sims
Senior Teaching and Learning Officer

Edward joined the Teaching and Learning team in 2020 having taken a career break to live in France. He loves to use his extensive prior teaching experience to support our busy tutors in delivering outstanding results. Outside of work, he enjoys anything to do with the Visual Arts and has an unhealthy obsession with studying the labels of wine bottles.

Amber Swain
Amber Swain
Senior Teaching and Learning Officer

Amber joined the Learna team in 2020 following a relocation to Devon and back! She graduated from Cardiff University in 2018 after studying English Language and Communication and decided she wanted to focus on her favourite aspect of the course - teaching and learning. She thoroughly enjoys working in a very friendly team and loves training all of the tutors! Outside of work, Amber spends her time doing 3 things - creating products and content for her small crochet business, adventuring with her dog and partner, and cuddling their 3 black cats.

Amber Swain
Amber Swain
Senior Teaching and Learning Officer

Amber joined the Learna team in 2020 following a relocation to Devon and back! She graduated from Cardiff University in 2018 after studying English Language and Communication and decided she wanted to focus on her favourite aspect of the course - teaching and learning. She thoroughly enjoys working in a very friendly team and loves training all of the tutors! Outside of work, Amber spends her time doing 3 things - creating products and content for her small crochet business, adventuring with her dog and partner, and cuddling their 3 black cats.

Zoe Mead
Zoe Mead
Teaching and Learning Officer

Zoe Joined the Teaching and Learning team in February 2020. Previous to Learna, she was an English teacher in China before teaching online whilst back in the UK. Zoe came to Learna as she was looking for a new challenge and believes she can bring her wide experience in different fields to the team! As of September 2021, Zoe has been studying Midwifery at University. Outside of work, Zoe enjoys crafting, weightlifting and hiking!

Zoe Mead
Zoe Mead
Teaching and Learning Officer

Zoe Joined the Teaching and Learning team in February 2020. Previous to Learna, she was an English teacher in China before teaching online whilst back in the UK. Zoe came to Learna as she was looking for a new challenge and believes she can bring her wide experience in different fields to the team! As of September 2021, Zoe has been studying Midwifery at University. Outside of work, Zoe enjoys crafting, weightlifting and hiking!

Hannah Hutton
Hannah Hutton
Teaching and Learning Officer

Hannah joined Learna in 2021 as a Teaching and Learning Officer. Hannah is currently studying towards an MA in Education at Swansea University after recently graduating with a BA in Business Management. Hannah has a keen interest in the education sector and loves supporting tutors to offer exceptional learning within her role. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys going to concerts, spending time with her 3 dogs and family and consuming every TV series Netflix has to offer!

Hannah Hutton
Hannah Hutton
Teaching and Learning Officer

Hannah joined Learna in 2021 as a Teaching and Learning Officer. Hannah is currently studying towards an MA in Education at Swansea University after recently graduating with a BA in Business Management. Hannah has a keen interest in the education sector and loves supporting tutors to offer exceptional learning within her role. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys going to concerts, spending time with her 3 dogs and family and consuming every TV series Netflix has to offer!

Student Services


 Robyn-Tahnee Moss
Robyn-Tahnee Moss
Head of Student Services

Robyn joined Learna in early 2019 as a Student Support Administrator. After thriving in her role, Robyn was recently made the team's manager. She is responsible for managing her team and ensuring that each student is supported throughout their learning journey.

 Robyn-Tahnee Moss
Robyn-Tahnee Moss
Head of Student Services

Robyn joined Learna in early 2019 as a Student Support Administrator. After thriving in her role, Robyn was recently made the team's manager. She is responsible for managing her team and ensuring that each student is supported throughout their learning journey.

Benjamin Sully
Benjamin Sully
Student Services Senior Officer

Ben has a BA in English and Drama and an NVQ L4 in Retail Management. His previous roles have been in the travel, hospitality and customer service sector where he developed a love of working with customers from all over the world. He loves his role at Learna because it is immersive, allowing him to work with the students on an international level - not one day is the same! Ben also enjoys socialising, keeping fit, hiking and travelling.

Benjamin Sully
Benjamin Sully
Student Services Senior Officer

Ben has a BA in English and Drama and an NVQ L4 in Retail Management. His previous roles have been in the travel, hospitality and customer service sector where he developed a love of working with customers from all over the world. He loves his role at Learna because it is immersive, allowing him to work with the students on an international level - not one day is the same! Ben also enjoys socialising, keeping fit, hiking and travelling.

Emma Knight
Emma Knight
Student Services Senior Officer

Emma studied Chemistry in the University of Southampton. She has previously run her own IT business and uses these skills in her current role to assist students to the best of her ability. She likes rambling in the Welsh countryside, admiring art in local galleries and looking after the office plants!

Emma Knight
Emma Knight
Student Services Senior Officer

Emma studied Chemistry in the University of Southampton. She has previously run her own IT business and uses these skills in her current role to assist students to the best of her ability. She likes rambling in the Welsh countryside, admiring art in local galleries and looking after the office plants!

Oliver Portillo
Oliver Portillo
Student Services Senior Officer

Oliver joined Learna in July 2019 as a Student Support Administrator. Quickly becoming immersed in his role, he is always keen to assist and advise students with their concerns and the situations they may face. He thoroughly enjoys working at Learna, feeling welcomed by his friendly team and other departments. Oliver has a BA and MA in English Literature, has several poems published, and hopes one day to publish a novel. In his free time, he likes to socialise with friends, explore museums and art galleries, with most of his time being taken up with his two dogs.

Oliver Portillo
Oliver Portillo
Student Services Senior Officer

Oliver joined Learna in July 2019 as a Student Support Administrator. Quickly becoming immersed in his role, he is always keen to assist and advise students with their concerns and the situations they may face. He thoroughly enjoys working at Learna, feeling welcomed by his friendly team and other departments. Oliver has a BA and MA in English Literature, has several poems published, and hopes one day to publish a novel. In his free time, he likes to socialise with friends, explore museums and art galleries, with most of his time being taken up with his two dogs.

Lauren Stembridge
Student Engagement and Retention Officer

Lauren moved to Wales in 2015 to study English Language and Literature at Cardiff University. She has a background in customer retention and joined Student Services in May 2021 as an Engagement Specialist. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys looking after her growing plant collection, swimming, and exploring new places in Wales.

Lauren Stembridge
Student Engagement and Retention Officer

Lauren moved to Wales in 2015 to study English Language and Literature at Cardiff University. She has a background in customer retention and joined Student Services in May 2021 as an Engagement Specialist. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys looking after her growing plant collection, swimming, and exploring new places in Wales.

Kayleigh Cromwell
Kayleigh Cromwell
Student Services Officer

Kayleigh joined the Student Services team in May 2021. Before this, she worked as a Paralegal for three years which helped to develop her customer service skills. Kayleigh has completed both her BSc and Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Swansea University. In her spare time, she enjoys socializing with friends, reading the latest crime fiction books, and trying new recipes.

Kayleigh Cromwell
Kayleigh Cromwell
Student Services Officer

Kayleigh joined the Student Services team in May 2021. Before this, she worked as a Paralegal for three years which helped to develop her customer service skills. Kayleigh has completed both her BSc and Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Swansea University. In her spare time, she enjoys socializing with friends, reading the latest crime fiction books, and trying new recipes.

Megan Davies
Megan Davies
Student Services Officer

Megan joined Learna in March 2021 after teaching in London and Thailand. Megan has a degree in English Literature from the University of South Wales and continues exploring her love for literature in her free time. Megan also enjoys keeping fit, socialising and discovering the best tasting brownies in Cardiff.

Megan Davies
Megan Davies
Student Services Officer

Megan joined Learna in March 2021 after teaching in London and Thailand. Megan has a degree in English Literature from the University of South Wales and continues exploring her love for literature in her free time. Megan also enjoys keeping fit, socialising and discovering the best tasting brownies in Cardiff.

StudyPRN


Katie Lowe
Senior Business Development Manager

Katie first joined the Learna team in 2013 and for 5 years worked within the Diploma MSc team. After a 2 year career change, where she worked for a large commercial media owner, she returned. With her experience in business development, sales and project management, Katie’s focus is to develop and grow Learna's non-higher education function of the business, including StudyPRN. Outside of work, she loves keeping active whether that’s the gym, cycling, walking etc. She loves to socialise with friends and family, especially when food is involved. She is also a proud mum of Harry.

Katie Lowe
Senior Business Development Manager

Katie first joined the Learna team in 2013 and for 5 years worked within the Diploma MSc team. After a 2 year career change, where she worked for a large commercial media owner, she returned. With her experience in business development, sales and project management, Katie’s focus is to develop and grow Learna's non-higher education function of the business, including StudyPRN. Outside of work, she loves keeping active whether that’s the gym, cycling, walking etc. She loves to socialise with friends and family, especially when food is involved. She is also a proud mum of Harry.

Rachel Davies
Project Manager

Rachel joined Diploma MSc in early 2019 as a Marketing Assistant. After quickly making her mark, Rachel was promoted to StudyPRN Brand Manager, where she is responsible for direct sales, marketing and management of the website. Rachel was born and raised in Wales, and speaks fluent Welsh. She’s a prolific globetrotter, and has visited over 25 countries so far!

Rachel Davies
Project Manager

Rachel joined Diploma MSc in early 2019 as a Marketing Assistant. After quickly making her mark, Rachel was promoted to StudyPRN Brand Manager, where she is responsible for direct sales, marketing and management of the website. Rachel was born and raised in Wales, and speaks fluent Welsh. She’s a prolific globetrotter, and has visited over 25 countries so far!

Helen Brown
StudyPRN Platform Manager

Helen has 12+ years of experience working within the e-learning industry and had first joined the Learna team in 2017, working in the editorial department. Helen returned to the Learna team in July 2020 as a commissioning editor, and has since been promoted to the position of StudyPRN platform manager. Helen is responsible for the general day-to-day running and maintenance of the content on the StudyPRN website as well as the commissioning of new material for its various products. Outside of work, Helen is a road and trail running fanatic, a keen cook and a mum to a very busy 6 year old. Helen also loves to travel and experience different cultures.

Helen Brown
StudyPRN Platform Manager

Helen has 12+ years of experience working within the e-learning industry and had first joined the Learna team in 2017, working in the editorial department. Helen returned to the Learna team in July 2020 as a commissioning editor, and has since been promoted to the position of StudyPRN platform manager. Helen is responsible for the general day-to-day running and maintenance of the content on the StudyPRN website as well as the commissioning of new material for its various products. Outside of work, Helen is a road and trail running fanatic, a keen cook and a mum to a very busy 6 year old. Helen also loves to travel and experience different cultures.

Gareth Kent
Editorial Assistant

Gareth joined StudyPRN in March 2021 as an intern Editorial Assistant before being offered a full-time Editorial Assistant position in June 2021. He graduated from Cardiff University with a Master of Arts degree in English Literature with distinction in 2020, and a BA in English Language and Literature in 2018. During this time, he developed a passion for education and proofreading, which is what attracted him to joining the team! He assists the commissioning editor by proofing all Study PRN resources, liaising with editors, authors, and assisting the team with any editorial queries. In his spare time, Gareth enjoys reading, hiking, travel, and is learning Japanese! He also enjoys writing and has published articles in art and culture publications.

Gareth Kent
Editorial Assistant

Gareth joined StudyPRN in March 2021 as an intern Editorial Assistant before being offered a full-time Editorial Assistant position in June 2021. He graduated from Cardiff University with a Master of Arts degree in English Literature with distinction in 2020, and a BA in English Language and Literature in 2018. During this time, he developed a passion for education and proofreading, which is what attracted him to joining the team! He assists the commissioning editor by proofing all Study PRN resources, liaising with editors, authors, and assisting the team with any editorial queries. In his spare time, Gareth enjoys reading, hiking, travel, and is learning Japanese! He also enjoys writing and has published articles in art and culture publications.

Accreditation


Sarah Wiley
Accreditation Manager

Sarah is responsible for identifying and securing accreditation for Learna courses. This includes working with third-party associations, societies, industry and government bodies. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing Ceroc.

Sarah Wiley
Accreditation Manager

Sarah is responsible for identifying and securing accreditation for Learna courses. This includes working with third-party associations, societies, industry and government bodies. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing Ceroc.

Finance


Rhys Draby
Rhys Draby
Head of Finance

Rhys joined Learna as Head of Finance in February 2021. After graduating from Cardiff University in 2009 he trained as an accountant with a large practice in the city before going on to work for a national company as a group project accountant where he gained significant experience working alongside senior management in the delivery of corporate strategy. Realising his passion was in the SME environment, where he could really make an impact, he spent time as an FC, then FD of a growing B2B services business, as well as acting as a consultant to a small number of SMEs. A keen problem solver, he is not afraid to roll his sleeves to get things done. At Learna, Rhys is responsible for overseeing the finance team and working alongside the board to ensure that they have the range of financial information they require to assist with strategy decisions. Outside of work, Rhys loves to travel and is a passionate rugby man. He’s been involved with Glamorgan Wanderers RFC since the age of 7 as a junior player, right through to the current day where he is now a Vice President and Director of the club.

Rhys Draby
Rhys Draby
Head of Finance

Rhys joined Learna as Head of Finance in February 2021. After graduating from Cardiff University in 2009 he trained as an accountant with a large practice in the city before going on to work for a national company as a group project accountant where he gained significant experience working alongside senior management in the delivery of corporate strategy. Realising his passion was in the SME environment, where he could really make an impact, he spent time as an FC, then FD of a growing B2B services business, as well as acting as a consultant to a small number of SMEs. A keen problem solver, he is not afraid to roll his sleeves to get things done. At Learna, Rhys is responsible for overseeing the finance team and working alongside the board to ensure that they have the range of financial information they require to assist with strategy decisions. Outside of work, Rhys loves to travel and is a passionate rugby man. He’s been involved with Glamorgan Wanderers RFC since the age of 7 as a junior player, right through to the current day where he is now a Vice President and Director of the club.

Emra Durgun
Assistant Management Accountant

Emra has recently joined Learna as a Finance Officer, and now supports our students with any financial queries they may have. Initially studying marketing at university, she has been working within finance for over 13 years, and is currently studying to become a qualified accountant. Born in Turkey, Emra has been living in the UK for almost 20 years, where she is kept busy by her young twin boys!

Emra Durgun
Assistant Management Accountant

Emra has recently joined Learna as a Finance Officer, and now supports our students with any financial queries they may have. Initially studying marketing at university, she has been working within finance for over 13 years, and is currently studying to become a qualified accountant. Born in Turkey, Emra has been living in the UK for almost 20 years, where she is kept busy by her young twin boys!

Gayatri Desai
Gayatri Desai
Finance Officer

Gayatri has worked in Finance for over 15 years. She lived in Manchester for nearly 10 years before moving back to Cardiff in May 2019. Her previous role was working with International Baccalaureate, an education provider for children aged 3 to 19 years. In her spare time, Gayatri loves baking, spending time outdoors with her two children and hosting dinner parties.

Gayatri Desai
Gayatri Desai
Finance Officer

Gayatri has worked in Finance for over 15 years. She lived in Manchester for nearly 10 years before moving back to Cardiff in May 2019. Her previous role was working with International Baccalaureate, an education provider for children aged 3 to 19 years. In her spare time, Gayatri loves baking, spending time outdoors with her two children and hosting dinner parties.

Technology


Josh Ellis
Head of IT

Josh joined Learna in November 2017 as a university work experience placement. He quickly earned himself the role of IT Technician before moving into the role of Junior Software Developer where he started the development of new bespoke systems for the company. Most recently, Josh is our new Head of IT and his role involves overseeing the maintenance and development of Learna's IT systems. His calming and organised nature makes him a perfect fit for the role and no job is too big or too small. In his spare time, Josh also enjoys PC gaming and is a music enthusiast. He enjoys playing the drums which he had opportunities to in brass bands, orchestras and while jamming with friends.

Josh Ellis
Head of IT

Josh joined Learna in November 2017 as a university work experience placement. He quickly earned himself the role of IT Technician before moving into the role of Junior Software Developer where he started the development of new bespoke systems for the company. Most recently, Josh is our new Head of IT and his role involves overseeing the maintenance and development of Learna's IT systems. His calming and organised nature makes him a perfect fit for the role and no job is too big or too small. In his spare time, Josh also enjoys PC gaming and is a music enthusiast. He enjoys playing the drums which he had opportunities to in brass bands, orchestras and while jamming with friends.

Alun Davies
Alun Davies
Senior Developer

Alun is an experienced back-end developer, having graduated from Imperial College London in 2003 with a Masters degree in Computing. He has worked in a variety of industries including publishing, retail and online gaming. He joined the Learna team in early 2021. In his spare time Alun enjoys writing, watching pretty much any sport, and taking part in triathlons.

Alun Davies
Alun Davies
Senior Developer

Alun is an experienced back-end developer, having graduated from Imperial College London in 2003 with a Masters degree in Computing. He has worked in a variety of industries including publishing, retail and online gaming. He joined the Learna team in early 2021. In his spare time Alun enjoys writing, watching pretty much any sport, and taking part in triathlons.

Osian Barr-Franco
IT Support Technician & Moodle Course Administrator

Osian has been working at Learna since October 2018. Initially working within our Student Support Team, Osian recently made the move to our tech team. He prepares and quality checks our online learning platform, and provides technical assistance to the organisation. He has found a role that challenges him and has allowed him to develop both professionally and personally. Osian enjoys watching and playing football. He is an avid Cardiff City supporter. He also enjoys road cycling and occasionally plays online multiplayer games

Osian Barr-Franco
IT Support Technician & Moodle Course Administrator

Osian has been working at Learna since October 2018. Initially working within our Student Support Team, Osian recently made the move to our tech team. He prepares and quality checks our online learning platform, and provides technical assistance to the organisation. He has found a role that challenges him and has allowed him to develop both professionally and personally. Osian enjoys watching and playing football. He is an avid Cardiff City supporter. He also enjoys road cycling and occasionally plays online multiplayer games

Interested in joining the team? have a look at our careers page Careers Page