A great company needs great people
At Virtual College we have an enthusiastic 125-person team who are dedicated to providing a high level of service. We always put our customers’ needs first, and strive to find the right product that will fulfil your training requirements. Explore below to learn more about a selection of people who are responsible for the different departments that contribute to the success of Virtual College.
Dr Bob Gomersall - Chairman
If there’s one man who truly understands the power of the internet in the transformation of businesses, then it’s the Chairman of Virtual College Bob Gomersall. Bob has co-founded and directed multiple companies, which use the internet’s power of accessibility and interactivity to provide quality services to the education, healthcare and leisure sectors. The experience Bob acquired from these ventures has been a great benefit to the development of Virtual College, as the insights gained have helped put the company at the forefront of the Edtech industry. All entrepreneurs need a way to relax and Bob does so by enjoying walks around the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Rod Knox - Chief Executive
Rod co-founded Virtual College in 1995 after recognising how transformative online learning could be to traditional training methods and processes. Since the early days of CD-ROMs and the internet, his passion for innovation has been unwavering and he has grown Virtual College to a 150-strong team, supporting over 3 million online learners.
Rod has been included in the eLearning Industry 2018 Corporate eLearning Movers and Shakers List. This includes the Top 100 most influential people in the world’s corporate e-learning sector.
In 2016, Rod was the recipient of the Business Personality of the Year prize by the Telegraph and Argus. He has also been recognised for his role in developing the e-learning industry by being awarded silver in the Learning Technologies ‘outstanding contribution award’ category.
In 2018, Virtual College are the North’s 63rd fastest growing Tech Company. Rod was interviewed about how he established and built Virtual College. Recently, the success of the company has been further recognised by the London Stock Exchange as 1 of the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.
Hannah Brindle - Managing Director
Hannah joined Virtual College in 2012 and, as managing director, is responsible for the performance of the company. With a wealth of experience directing large-scale projects and working with key stakeholders from around the world, Hannah uses her expertise to direct the future of Virtual College. Having worked in different roles throughout the company, Hannah has a multi-faceted understanding of how the business operates and the people she works with, enabling her to provide the support needed to fulfil our vision. In her spare time, Hannah is our resident DIY expert, using her skills to restore an old farmhouse in France and work on a number of housing design projects in the UK.
Fiona Robinson - HR Manager
Fiona joined Virtual College in the summer of 2014. She prides herself on successfully recruiting and bringing together a wide range of professionals, from software developers to salespeople. Fiona is equally skilled at engaging with staff once recruited, working to be at the heart of a positive culture within Virtual College. Further areas of expertise include staff retention, performance management and payroll. Fiona is a bit of a world traveller, having walked the Great Wall of China and Inca Trail in Peru to raise money for charity.
Hayley Khan - Head of Learning Technology Consultancy
Hayley joined Virtual College in 2011 and now heads up Virtual College’s Learning Technology Consultancy team. Her team take responsibility for the full customer lifecycle from the development of the digital learning products to working alongside our customers to bring learning technology solutions to life in their organisations. Hayley has worked in a number of customer-centric roles in Virtual College and this experience helps her to maximise the value and impact of digital training in our customer’s organisations. Outside of work, Hayley is a budding linguist and speaks French and un poco de español!
Darren Lawson - Technical Manager
Darren joined the company in 2009 and is responsible for the development of the software that powers Virtual College. This includes Enable, the learning management system which provides the platform that customers use for their online training. Darren consistently looks for ways to improve the learner journey by refining the usability and functionality of the software.
Sarah Baker - Content Development Manager
Sarah joined Virtual College in 2005 and is responsible for managing e-learning content developments. She oversees the team of instructional and graphic designers, who create interactive e-learning concepts which are complemented by bespoke illustrations, branding and strong design. With a background in skills and qualification design and delivery, she works directly with customers to scope products, understand their needs and develop e-learning content which exceeds expectations.
Maria Paslawska - Quality Manager
Maria joined Virtual College in 2010 and is managing, reviewing and overseeing all aspects of the Quality Management System. She is passionate about delivering a quality product, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. Working in different roles throughout the company gave Maria a good knowledge of various aspects of the business. Maria has a wealth of international experience and can speak three languages. Outside work she loves exploring and photographing the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.