Meet the Team – Consultancy & Courses

Meet the Team

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success" - Henry Ford. Meet the Team of Cogent Skills Solutions

Alex Slater

Head of Business Operations

Alex is the Head of Operations for the Consultancy and Courses Business Unit in Darlington overseeing the annual delivery of over £1.3m of regulatory training. As an ACCA Qualified Accountant, management professional and coach, Alex has worked in Operational and financial management in the skills provision industry for the last 22 years, having previously been the Finance & Operations Manager for a northern training provider managing 1000+ apprentices.


Neil Smith

Head of Workforce Development

Neil leads the on the establishment of tailored and bespoke PSM training solutions for employers both within the UK and internationally. He has had over 20 years’ experience leading and delivering regional and national skills and competence development programmes.


Emma Seaton

Project Manager - Bespoke and Workforce Development Solutions

Managing the development and global deployment of bespoke training and workforcedevelopment products and services, (covering training programmes, workforce interventions and online services) from conception through to launch.


Helen Jenkinson

Office Administrator

The Office Administrator with over 25 years’ experience working in variety of industries. Helen supports the Workforce Development, Consultancy and Courses Team.


Reece Martini

Marketing Executive

Reece is responsible for the business units marketing activities including campaigns, events, social media, website management and all other promotional activity.


Karen McCallum

Course Booking Manager

Karen started at Cogent Skills in June 2010 and is the Course Booking Manager, she and her team are responsible for helping employers understand the importance of process safety, booking them on courses that fit their needs.  She is passionate about delivering excellent customer service.


Louis Charalambous

Course Booking Specialist

I am a bilingual Spanish Speaking Course Booking Specialist working as part of a team generating course bookings and providing a first class quality customer service while achieving course sales in line with our companies targets.


Paul Pendleton

Course Delivery Coordinator

I coordinate the scheduling of Cogent’s courses, booking of venues and trainers and preparation of our course materials. I am a Science Fiction fanatic and former County Standard Decathlete.


Joanne Kitson

Course Administrator

Jo looks after the administration duties around course delivery and venue bookings in order to achieve maximum course attendance in line with company targets.


Les Peacock

Courses Quality Coordinator

Experienced Chemical Engineer, Manager, Investigator, Assessor/Trainer and Quality Professional with a passion for enhancing organisational effectiveness via “Excellence” with respect to Workforce Development & Learning Solutions, particularly in the Chemicals, Process, Science & Engineering Sectors. With over 30 years of experience his main interests and expertise lie in: Observation of Teaching & Learning, Assessment Strategies & Practices and Quality – Tools, Techniques, Standards & Mapping


Simon Wigington

Relationship Manager

Simon works on projects for Cogent Skills, managing PSM training and consultancy programmes. With over 30 years’, experience of managing training contracts within the public and private sectors.