Our Team

GWA owners, founders and directors

  • Mike Wilkinson
  • Jenny Wilkinson

GWA associates (people we could not do without!)

  • Tony Barradell (principal GWA associate)
  • John Doidge (principal SEASONS associate)
  • Helen Robinson
  • Martin Cussons

 Mike Thumbnai 2l GWAMike Wilkinson – Mike first started GWA in 1996 as a computer consultant.  Today he continues to work on the technical aspects of the business including the ‘back end’ databases that keep the business running, our social media and on-line learning provision.  Mike also provides our candidate liaison.  He is usually the person you need to speak to about our ILM administration or our finances.

Jenny ProfileJenny Wilkinson – In 1999 Jenny decided to leave full time employment and set up her own training company.  After working freelance for a few months she and Mike decided to absorb this activity into GWA and at this point the focus of the business became training and development.  Jenny trained as a school teacher, many moons ago, though never actually saw battle in the classroom. Having obtained her BEd in Cambridge she followed this with a Masters in Computing from Leicester Polytechnic (as was) – which was a bit of a surprise as til that point she had been a history specialist with a phobia for mathematics.  But it was that time when women were being encouraged into computing and a career as a systems analyst seemed a good idea! Equipped with her degree in computing she spent a short while as a computer programme for Leicestershire County Council but it wasn’t long before she drifted back towards education and became involved in training school secretaries how to use computers for finance (exciting times).  It wasn’t long before she was back on familiar territory and working in training – first as the Assistant Director for Staff Development at the University of Leicester and then with the Staff Development Team at Aston University.  She also spent a couple of years working as the senior administrator for a large academic department – which certainly helped develop her own skills of leadership and management!  Today Jenny splits her time between running the business, her family and working on her PhD at De Montfort University – you can ask her more about that if you see her – she’ll love to talk about it!

Tony's profile pictureTony Barradell – We’ve known Tony for many years and were delighted when he came to join us as our Principal Associate in 2012.  Working closely with us on many of our projects Tony contributes particularly to our leadership, management and project areas.  He is particularly experienced in finance and is a great asset to our team. Tony’s career began in a large UK bank where he quickly realised his strength was communicating with people. He went on to spend 15 years providing management training across all sectors. A leading player in the development of managers through the government KTP scheme, Tony has helped thousands of future leaders acquire skills to complement their technical knowledge.  Tony’s particular expertise is in strategy, change and finance. Countless managers have benefited from his ability to convey concepts in a meaningful and useful way, giving them renewed confidence in their abilities.  Tony is now enjoying a more varied working life. A Chartered Manager, he delivers professional, fun and inspiring courses and workshops, provides coaching, is a speaker for a professional institute and an editor for a training magazine.  Tony is a trustee and governor of a local secondary school, is involved locally in another professional institute and an environmental charity. If that’s not enough he provides, with his wife, supported lodgings for young people in care looking to move to independent living.

John ThumbnailJohn Doidge – John and Jenny have worked together for many years within the higher education sector.  As a retired Director of Staff Development John continues to bring a wealth of experience to our team in an advisory capacity and as an occasional guest speaker.  He’s one of our key ILM assessors and verifiers.  Now enjoying retirement John continues to work on things which interest him and is currently working with the campaign to reconsider the HS2 strategy.