Meet the team
Diversity and drive for excellence runs through the veins of the Speak First team. Each individual shares the same passion for people, learning and knowledge. Our team work together to support our clients and ensure they, and their people, receive a first class experience. Learn about what drives them here.
The Speak First team
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CEOConnect with Amanda Vickers on LinkedIn
As CEO, Amanda leads Speak First to be a provider clients can trust through implementation of strong values, a positive culture and clear vision that prioritises the experience and needs of our clients. When she’s not leading the team, Amanda loves to see the world and experience different cultures, spend time outdoors gardening and reading.
DirectorConnect with Steve Bavister on LinkedIn
Steve’s passion is people. That’s why, even as business partner to Amanda, he loves to design and deliver training alongside developing the business strategy and providing leadership for Speak First. A creative mind, he can often be found in his extensive library, writing or reading a book, picking up a camera or playing guitar.
Global Head of OperationsConnect with Jack Bavister on LinkedIn
Jack has a huge passion for business management and people development. As Global Head of Operations, Jack supports Speak First’s strategic goals through identifying and implementing new processes, systems and procedures. Outside of work Jack can normally be found embracing his love of the outdoors cycling, sailing, kayaking and climbing.
Global Head of TrainingConnect with Helen Blythe on LinkedIn
Helen uses her passions for people, creativity and travel to collaborate with world class trainers and deliver innovative, impactful Speak First learning solutions for her clients worldwide. A lifelong learner, Helen spends her time outside work reading, travelling and exploring as well as getting out in nature where she grows her own produce.
Global Client Services and Project ManagerConnect with Terri Coyle on LinkedIn
Terri provides exceptional project management of global training roll-outs for some of our key clients. Her first-class customer service and exceptional organisational skills ensure that each client has a seamless and personalised experience with Speak First. Outside of work Terri enjoys taking part in various sports activities and keeping fit.
Global Marketing AssistantConnect with Kate Dobreva on LinkedIn
Kate draws on her experience and knowledge of marketing, to raise awareness of the Speak First brand and to support all departments with creative projects and innovative ideas. Her passion for creativity and adventure is evident in her hobbies. She enjoys hiking, exploration, drawing and trying new experiences.
Office and Finance Assistant
Hannah support the day-to-day finances at Speak First. Her experience has led her to develop a comprehensive understanding of both accounting and administration procedures, as well as the ability to ensure that daily duties within the finance department are carried out to a high standard. Outside of work, she enjoys sports, reading, and travelling.
Global Sales ManagerConnect with Jun Man on LinkedIn
Jun draws upon a wealth of experience working with some of the largest organisations in the world to bring Speak First’s clients real value. Jun is responsible for driving the Global Sales Team to achieve the company goals and objectives. Outside of work Jun loves spending time with his family, gyming and eating good food!
Global Sales Team LeaderConnect with Oscar Famakinwa on LinkedIn
Oscar focuses on building strong, supportive client relationships founded on his infectious energy and enthusiasm. He draws on his experience to understand the challenges businesses are facing in their own industries – all around the world. Outside of work, Oscar is a passionate traveller and enjoys taking part in a range of sports activities.
Senior Global Account ManagerConnect with Matthew Sherman on LinkedIn
Matt is a Senior Global Account Manager and responsible for managing global client relationships across various sectors including accounting, consulting, financial, insurance, and legal. Growing up in New York, Matt has spent 7 years living in London and now spends his time between Sweden, London and New York with his wife and two kids.
Global Account ManagerConnect with Van Sharma on LinkedIn
Van is a keen advocate for learning and self-development, holding an MA in International Relations & Global Development from the United States. He supports clients across the media, real estate and construction sectors. As a ‘Third Culture Kid’ he’s called London home for 4 years and enjoys travel, health and fitness, world affairs and music.
Senior Global Account ManagerConnect with Christos Allen on LinkedIn
Christos draws on his extensive business experience as a successful H2H consultant in Ireland, Finland and the UK providing measurable outcome-orientated learning solutions to some of the world’s leading organisations. A philomath and combinatorial creativity fan who loves the arts, extreme sports and following his beloved Spurs.
Global Account ManagerConnect with Ernest Ogbonnaya on LinkedIn
Ernest manages the drink, food, retail and FMCG sectors within Speak First. He does so, with a genuine passion for engaging with people, getting to the core of their needs and providing truly effective and relevant solutions. In his spare time, Ernest is a keen lover of sports such as football, F1 and tennis.
Global Account ManagerConnect with Matthew Hadlow on LinkedIn
Matthew has a keen interest in Business Management, including psychology, and a long belief in the power of training. Matthews background is in sales, and event management, working across Europe and as far afield as Africa. In his spare time, he enjoys cross training, electronic music, and travel.
Senior Global Training Design ManagerConnect with Nadim Brammann on LinkedIn
Nadim draws on his experience in hospitality, sales and training, to express a passion for designing training that is not only informative, engaging and eye-opening, but stands as a catalyst to the fundamental growth of each individual delegate, within their organisation. His enthusiasm and energy become apparent in his hobbies, where he enjoys extreme sports.
Senior Global Training Design ManagerConnect with Loen Miles on LinkedIn
Loen works as part of the Design Team at Speak First creating standardised, tailored and bespoke training to meet and exceed our client’s requirements. She loves using her creative skills every day and engaging people learn. In her spare time, she enjoys family, socialising and is doing up her house to create her dream home.
Work at Speak First
We're always on the look-out for talented people
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We’re always looking for committed and talented people, who live and breathe our values, to join our team. If this is you, and you have a passion for learning and development, see what roles we may be recruiting for below.
If we don’t have any openings and you think you’ve got something extra special that we just can’t miss, get in touch!
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