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
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.
Senior Global Sales Manager – Strategic Account ManagementConnect 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 – all around the world. Outside of work, Oscar is a passionate traveller and enjoys taking part in a range of sports activities.
Global Delivery & Services 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 Finance & Operations ManagerConnect with Kunal Patel on LinkedIn
Kunal brings with him a wealth of experience in Finance & Operations, he has bought Finance functions in house and loves streamlining processes and procedures. Kunal is passionate about training and developing his team. Outside of work he enjoys travelling and spending time with family & friends.
Global Sales & Marketing Manager
Drawing on her marketing experience working in various industries – from publishing to L&D, to services – Febea contributes to raising awareness of the Speak First brand and focuses on how best to engage with our clients. Outside work, Febea loves travelling, reading and tennis – that is watching rather than playing!
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.
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 Sales CoordinatorConnect with Ben Walker on LinkedIn
Ben draws from his background in financial customer services to build strong customer relationships. He has a high level of organisational and time management skills. Outside of work, Ben is a sports enthusiast: playing football, tennis, golf, along with participating in extreme obstacle courses, Tough Mudder.
Global Graphic Designer
Amna loves creating meaningful and functional visuals, giving attention to the details and providing creative direction. She makes sure to curate the content efficiently and adheres to modern trends. Outside of work, Amna is passionate about baking and loves spending time in her garden.
Senior Global Learning Design Innovation and Quality
Leslie works closely with the L&D Consultants to make sure our learning solutions are current, engaging and effective in delivering sustainable results for our clients. Outside of work Leslie enjoys watching sports, reading, travelling and spending time with friends.
Principal Global L&D ConsultantConnect with Shuchita Bagga on LinkedIn
Shuchita has over 20 years’ experience working in the L&D field, spanning a variety of industries. Her core strengths lie in organisational development, talent management, and developing effective learning solutions. Outside work, Shuchita enjoys spending time with family, with a curious mind and interest for languages.
SENIOR GLOBAL L&D CONSULTANT
Teresa has extensive experience in managing and developing training services for large-scale and multi-national corporations. She is also experienced in different industrial sectors. This enables her to understand the training needs of clients and create the best-fit training measures. Outside of work Teresa enjoys reading and cooking.
SENIOR GLOBAL L&D CONSULTANTConnect with Terry Bowen on LinkedIn
Terry has worked in Training and Development for over 20 years in a variety of sectors both designing and delivering training courses for clients and companies. Terry has an innovative mind and assists clients to find solutions to business challenges. Terry enjoys travelling, the gym, catching up with friends and family and enjoys cooking.
SENIOR GLOBAL L&D CONSULTANTConnect with Georgia Hobbs on LinkedIn
Georgia has experience in training design and supporting a wide range of industries in training and Talent Management. Her background is in Occupational Psychology, which she enjoys applying to her client work to deliver successful outcomes. Georgia enjoys spending time with friends and family and the gym.
Senior Global L&D Consultant
Heather has more than 25 years’ experience in L&D, covering all aspects of the learning journey, and is passionate about helping others to achieve their full potential in their chosen roles. Outside of work she loves eating out with friends and family, going to the theatre, travel and art.
Senior Global L&D Consultant
Elisa brings wide experience of designing and presenting bespoke training solutions. Invoking her years of experience in sales, management and team leadership, she has substantial understanding of the challenges faced when developing new skillsets within a team and uses this to create apposite training solutions. Elisa lives deep in the countryside with her four cats.
Global Marketing AssistantConnect with Edward Appleby on LinkedIn
Edward has joined the Marketing team after completing his Master’s degree in the subject, and is excited to help Speak First continue to grow. Edward particularly enjoys writing new content and developing new strategies. Away from work, he volunteers as a youth worker and enjoys watching films and socialising with friends.
Global Client Services Supervisor
Sara enjoys assisting clients to ensure that they always have a positive and satisfying experience with Speak First. She values the importance of utilising a detail-oriented approach in her work to achieve this. Away from the office, Sara can be found reading, at the gym or spending time with her friends.
Global Client Services Assistant
Izabela is a Project Management graduate, starting her career at Speak First. She enjoys the routine of completing logistics tasks and being helpful to the team. Outside work, she enjoys socialising with her cat, and of course her close friends. She is a big nature enthusiast and follows news in the business and crypto world.
Global Client Services Assistant
Ava has a passion for organisation and logistics. Having graduated with a degree in Spanish and Portuguese, she enjoys communication and building relationships with clients and trainers around the world. Outside of work, Ava can be found on the football pitch, at a gig or volunteering with young people or fighting climate change.
Global Finance AssistantConnect with Irina Stoian on LinkedIn
Irina has a background in finance, with experience in bookkeeping and finance support. She enjoys setting up and following the processes, carrying out accounts related tasks, and working towards having organised and up to date records. Outside of work, Irina enjoys long nature walks and spending time with her family and friends.