Our people

Passionate people, passionate about people

Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson joined Skillbase in 1991 and is an experienced and versatile hands-on operational manager, with a wealth of experience gained in a variety of roles.

After 10 years as an HR professional, Sarah transferred into the Learning and Development sector when she joined Skillbase. Sarah’s depth of experience means that she has access to and experience of many different types of client requirements in both the public and the private sector.

Not only MD at Skillbase but also a convivial party host

 Robert IngramRobert Ingram joined the team as a Director in January 2014. His background is in HR and Commercial Management especially in the Health, Outsourcing, IT and Professional Services sectors, and he has held UK and international Board level positions in IBM and Capgemini.His focus is on working with business leaders especially on top team development, talent management, succession planning and overall Learning strategies.

Robert is a Visiting Professor at Portsmouth University Business School, a Fellow of the CIPD, a qualified coach and a certified member of the Professional Mediators Association.

Not only an HR and Leadership specialist but also a keen fundraiser for our company nominated charity, HomeStart

Sam CohmanSam Cohman is an experienced trainer/facilitator with over twenty seven years in learning and development. Sam possesses outstanding skills in enhancing the performance of leaders, teams and individuals. He is an Associate NLP Practitioner, CEPEC trained in workplace counselling and has Level A in psychometric testing. Sam believes that learning should be fun and leave participants motivated to apply their learning immediately in their work environment.

Not only an inspirational trainer but also a chicken rescuer

Jennie ShannonJennie Shannon joined Skillbase in 2001. She has a broad background in business administration and operations management and her responsibilities have included the management of a major Government contract. She currently manages the organisation of all course preparation and the billing and accounts. Jennie has an eye for detail and her approach is thorough and meticulous.

Not only keeping our office under control but also a football and rugby fan


Layla Coe
Layla Coe works across our service lines as a business consultant. She works closely with our clients to identify their needs and structure our solutions. Her areas of expertise and focus are talent management and development, learning architecture, competencies, selection of learning suppliers, internal communications and the creation of blended learning curricula.

Not only a shaper of solutions but also a keen tennis player

Alison Dainty joined Skillbase in January 2017 as our office and customer support manager. Her background is in customer services and business processes, and she joined us from BT having previously worked for IBM. Alison has quickly developed a real passion for training and development and enjoys the close working relationships she has with our clients on a day to day basis.

Not only a customer service specialist but also a keen pool player.

Liam Stothard works as an administrator both in the office and at assessment centres, organising materials and supporting clients. He has worked with Skillbase for over five years between his international travels.

Not only the most adaptable member of the Skillbase support team but also a keen sportsman

Our Senior Consultants

Chris specialises in Project Management and Finance and has exceptional analytical skills. An experienced facilitator, numbers man and consultant, Chris has the ability to understand the key learning and development issues of your organisation with a great eye for detail.

Not only meticulous in his approach but also enjoys Italian bread making

Simon is passionate about leadership and management development, he has been responsible for the design and implementation of our Leadership Academies with numerous clients. He has a methodical and thorough approach, ensuring outstanding end results.

Not only a fantastic course designer but also makes an annual pilgrimage to Le Mans 24 hour race

Debra has over 25 years experience in Human Resources working as an HR consultant in senior positions in Systems Integration, Retail and Insurance companies. She has worked in a variety of sectors, predominately Services and High Tech. Debra brings a pragmatic approach to her work, connecting with clients from a position of real insight and understanding. She has led a number of change programmes and delivered HR strategy in a dynamic professional services environment.

Not only brilliant at creating strong collaborative working environments but also a speaker at the CIPD and TUC

Greg is a professionally qualified and experienced human resources specialist with knowledge and skills in personnel management, training and development, management and administration. He has a varied background and no matter what his remit, Greg’s ‘can-do’ positivity comes across.

Not only a great all-rounder but also a phenomenal networker

Our wider team

We have over 50 other accredited associates who regularly work in our team. We can provide a wide range of specialists, across many sectors and geographies to perfectly match your requirements. In addition we have trusted collaborative arrangements with specialist consultancy and service providers enabling us to bring you the widest range of expertise.