Anne Marie believes that businesses urgently need to raise their game in managing people and performance environments. It is her mission to help hard-pressed leaders and businesses to rise to the challenge.
Experiential learning is the new hallmark of the MBA*. Anne Marie has experience over a period of 10 years of developing and facilitating work-based Master's programmes for senior executives in the UK and Russia, across a range of sectors that include NHS, Royal Air Force, telecoms, satellite manufacturing, engineering, retail banking and public sector. She is building on this experience to launch The Smart Work Company's learning communities.
Her book Smart Working: Creating the Next Wave, to be published by Gower, is currently in final editing.
Anne Marie is a Visiting Fellow at Kingston University Business School. She co-leads, with Dr Marie Puybaraud, Director of Workplace Innovation, the Johnson Controls Global Mobility Network, a learning network for senior IT, FM and HR executives who want to explore how they can best adapt to global workplace trends.
Janet’s passion has always been the global nature of business, people and cultures. After a spell in Paris working for a large oil company, she returned to London to set up an international division for Coates Viyella. She continued to break new grounds as Operations Director for an international language agency, launching a recruitment division in Paris and at the birth of the internet creating a translation service offering ‘all languages in all industries’ by creating a global pool of translators.
Janet is a pioneer in social media and co-founded Talking Voices Ltd, which was one of the very first companies to provide podcasting and social media services. As the digital space evolved she became Head of Operations for the South African-based e-marketing agency Quirk, which engages in a range of innovative and creative online marketing technologies and services.
She now brings this wealth of international and boundary-pushing experience to The Smart Work Company as Director of Operations.
David helps clients build their own learning experiences, flexibly adapted to their work interests and pressures. He is particularly interested in helping learners adapt online platforms and resources to manage their own learning. David has helped design bespoke online learning platforms for clients including learndirect and the National College for School Leadership. For four years he was a member of the Advisory Board for the CIPD's Certificate in Online Learning, and also a "guest contributor" on the programme. He co-authored the British Standard on tutorial and automated support for e-learners.
David's 2007 book, Net, Blogs and Rock 'n' Roll: How Digital Discovery Works and What it Means for Creators, Consumers and Culture, maps the different ways in which people develop their interests "in the wild", pioneering new understandings of how we find interesting and reliable material via informal, social and data-driven learning paths.
David began his career as a psychologist in the Manpower Services Commission. In the 1990s he co-founded a broadband services company (sold in 2009), and has held board positions in arts and charity sectors as well as his own companies. He is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology. He is also a Life Fellow of the RSA.
John has long and varied experience of engineering design in the oil and gas industry.
He is currently extending his graphic design and animation skills beyond engineering and now works with The Smart Work Company to create learning materials for The Smart Work Company.
John has taken and adapted all the images on the website. The graffiti and images come from walls around London, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, New York, Moscow and Zurich.
David acts as our Cloud, Mobile and Social Technology Advisor. He comes from a background of over 30 years operating in the trenches of the software business, having started in IBM and then worked in management and director roles for companies like , Interactive, Brook Street Computers, DataWorks, Indus and CODA. Although his history is rooted in traditional enterprise systems he is passionate about the intersection of cloud computing, mobile technology and social media, how these tools can be deployed to make business more effective, and the way these trends are changing the world of work.
David heads up D2C, a consulting firm which provides business and social media consulting and Cloud based solutions for content, collaboration, web publishing, online accounting and ERP. He is Chair of the UK's Intellect Software as a Service Group, a director of EuroCloud UK, on the governance board of the Cloud Industry Forum and a regular speaker at social media and Cloud Computing events like Fresh Business Thinking LIVE! and chairing London's Cloud Computing World Forum in 2009, 2010 and 2011.