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.
DirectorConnect with Jack Bavister on LinkedIn
Jack contributes to the strategic goals and vision of the business, and oversees their management and implementation. With over 10 years at Speak First, he has a deep understanding of all areas and is passionate about the difference we make to our participants. Jack loves travel and adventure – he’s often out sailing at sea
Global Sales ManagerConnect 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.
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 Account ManagerConnect with Shane Doughty on LinkedIn
Shane puts the client at the heart of everything, successfully providing solutions for customers across sectors both nationally and globally for over 10 years. His dedicated, warm and proactive approach to business has been essential in both building and supporting clients. Outside of work he loves to read and travel.
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 Client Service AssistantConnect with Matt Silver on LinkedIn
Matt is a people person, who appreciates the importance of enhancing client relationships. He has a meticulous approach to work, ensuring no client is left dissatisfied. Away from the office Matt enjoys playing and watching football, and spending time at the pub with his friends.
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 Finance AssistantConnect with Akyar Miah on LinkedIn
Akyar is an experienced finance assistant, with professional experience of working in finance and accounting departments in different organisations. He has also worked with different accounting software and platforms. Outside of work he loves watching sports, going to the gym and spending time with friends and family.
Global 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!
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.
Senior Global Training DesignerConnect with Fred Steer on LinkedIn
Fred has a wealth of experience gained within the automotive sector, working in partnership with well-known premium brands in many regions across the globe. Like all of us at Speak First, Fred is passionate and committed to providing learning excellence. Spare time for Fred is a mixture of family, good food and travel.
SENIOR GLOBAL TRAINING DESIGNER
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 Training DesignerConnect 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 Training DesignerConnect with Calin Gligorea on LinkedIn
Calin is a consultant specialised in sales, negotiation and personal development. He has worked in Learning and Development for more than 15 years, enjoying helping people to reach their best. In designing courses, he likes to focus on real life knowledge application. Calin also enjoys travelling, cycling and sailing.
Senior Global Training DesignerConnect 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.