Who We Are


Anne Marie McEwan

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.

smartworkingcoverHer book Smart Working: Creating the Next Wave is published by Gower and available from Amazon.

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.

* Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads

Janet Parkinson

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 Jennings

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 Rattray

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 helps 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.

Graham Stewart

Graham has developed and implemented IT systems across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the US. In his time with Reuters in Asia, he designed and built their first intranet and has worked with the internet since before graphical browsers appeared.

As well as being an experienced business analyst and systems designer (having worked on everything from mainframes to the high performance web systems), Graham has also spent time as a marketing copywriter and a technical writer.

Graham is a member of both the BCS (British Computing Society) and the NUJ (National Union of Journalists).