Learning and Development SG Committee

Committee members of the Learning and Development Specialist Group are listed below.

Chair - Kevin Streater
Treasurer - Mark Palmer
Events Organiser - Michelle Kaye
Membership Secretary - Gary Thornton
Secretary - Paul Smart
Education Liaison - Ken Gaines
External Partners - Denise Hudson-Lawson
International Representative - Lakmal Senanayake
Committee - Bruce Nicholls

Kevin Streater FLPI FBCS CITP - Chairperson

Kevin StreaterKevin Streater joined ForgeRock in October 2012 as Director, Global Training and Academic Sales. In this role Kevin is leading the development of an innovative open source training business to provide skills in ForgeRock’s Open Identity Stack.

Prior to joining ForgeRock, Kevin spent three years at The Open University as Head of IT Industry Engagement after 18 years in various service delivery, project management and training leadership roles at Sun Microsystems.

Kevin is a Chartered Fellow and vice-chair of Council of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Learning and Performance Institute and Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

Kevin holds a BSc. (Hons) in Computer Science from City University, London, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from The Open University.

Mark Palmer - Treasurer

Bio to follow shortly.

Michelle Kaye MBCS MCT FLPI - Events Organiser

Michelle KayeMichelle's career has spanned, officially, 20 years - working from a training company, to in-house trainer, and finds her currently working as a contract trainer with her own company.

The work covers many aspects, from the training lifecycle (talk to people, design a course, write the course, write the notes, setup the room, run the course, take down the room, talk to people again), to supporting staff (answer calls, fix problems, move kit around etc).

During her 'life' outside of work, she’s an avid reader (sci-fi, fantasy, romance), sadly she's now hooked on Facebook and some other social networks. TV and Films are also a love, but Michelle doesn’t have time to sit and watch too much at the moment.

Gary Thornton CEng MBCS MIET - Membership Secretary

Gary ThorntonGary started his career in High Power Electrical Engineering, and moved across into Telecommunications & IT 30 years ago. He has been involved in the development & support of some very large data networks and in the roll-out of European cellular networks.

Until 2013 he was a major shareholder in the leading independent global provider of data centre & telecommunications training where he played a central role in the development of internationally recognised qualifications such as Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP), Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP) and Certified Data Centre Energy Professional (CDCEP), as well as working with the European Commission and the US Department of Energy (DoE) on piloting new data centre energy efficiency initiatives.

He is currently involved in attracting young talent into the IT & communications sector and in developing learning & development programmes to meet the present & future needs of the industry.

Gary can be contacted by email gary@aet4it.com

Paul Smart MBCS - Secretary

Paul SmartPaul started his career as a Software Engineer in 1988, quickly becoming a technical trainer then running a technical training business for ten years. In the past seven years Paul has been managing the full lifecycle of training analysis, design, development and worldwide delivery for highly technical SaaS and hardware/software products. He has built training departments for start-up companies and managed training development and delivery for large corporations.

Paul is currently building a learning team for blended delivery at a startup PaaS company delivering big data analytics from social media.

Paul can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulsmart

Ken Gaines - Education Liaison

Bio to follow shortly

Denise Hudson-Lawson - External Partners

Denise Hudson-LawsonDenise is known for her bouncing energy and passion when it comes to everything technology and learning, she is never backward in coming forward with ideas on the latest trends. In 2015  she moved from her role as Head of Online Services for the UK Parliament to a brand new role as EMEA Enterprise Learning Architect within Pluralsight.

An enthusiastic inspirational keynote speaker, with a background is in leadership, digital transformation, online learning experiences, cultural coaching and IT & change. Denise has created teams from initial start-ups right through to global learning solutions where her focus is putting the customer at the heart of the experience through consultative conversations and storytelling. She believes success is working together to deliver innovative learning experiences.

As well as her day job, she is also a Fellow of the Learning & Performance Institute (LPI) and is on the advisory board. She is also a coach and mentor and a STEM ambassador visiting schools to encourage girls to enter the IT world. 

International Representative - EUR ING. Lakmal Senanayake IntPE, CEng, CITP, CMgr, IEng, MSc (Prof Eng & Tech), MCGI (Eng), GCGI (EEng), FBCS, FIET, MCMI, MIPENZ, MIIESL

Lakmal SenanayakeLakmal has 21 years’ experience of national and international level leadership in the Government and Corporate sector. He has had Chair major exposure in large scale complex ICT and Data Centre projects, many of which have been implemented for the first time locally.

He has won BCS Approved Chartered Assessor two Gold Awards and two Silver Awards 2013-2015 in recognition of his outstanding contribution for the Assessing and Evaluating internationally recognized professional Chartered statuses.

He is working as International Professional Registration Advisor - IET UK, Academic Accreditor - IET UK, Reviewer SFIAplus - UK, Approved Chartered Assessor boards for Engineering Council, Science Council and BCS assessing levels of Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist, Chartered IT Professional, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Fellow.

He is functioning as a Council Member BCS from 2013, Executive Committee IET, BCS and CMI and for the past 5 years, he has been a Judge at the NBQSA.

He holds an MSc (Professional Engineering Technology) University of London Met, MCGI Master’s Degree (Engineering), GCGI Graduate (EEng), Licentiateship (EEEng) and Full Technology Diploma (EEEng) from C&G-London.

Social Media Channels:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DHL66

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/denisehudsonlawson


Committee Member - Bruce Nicholls MBCS CITP MLPI

Bruce is a Senior Analyst and Trainer for Bryan Cave, an International Law Firm. He has over 30 years' experience in IT service delivery and training with a special interest in project management and business change. He is a full Member of the Learning and Performance Institute and has taken the Trainer Performance Monitoring and Assessment (TPMA). He is also a Prince2 practitioner and was a reviewer for the Prince2: 2009 refresh project.

He has written on Project Management themes including an article entitled “Soft” Skills for Project Managers' published by the International Legal Technology Association. Bruce is also on the committee of the BCS Law and Business Change Groups.