Live-N-Learn: Our People

The Team

It is our people that make us great! For a motivational company, you might think we are those annoying people who are positive about absolutely everything... Well yes we are very enthusiastic happy people, who are passionate about what we do, however many of us simply go about our lives with a determination to work hard whilst choosing to adopt the right attitude in any given situation. Our presenters are able to use their energy and authenticity to inspire students to adopt this 'growth mindset'.

The 'can do' positive attitude you often hear about can often lead us to assume that just by being positive, change will take place and that life's opportunities will just simply land on our lap, when in actual fact we all need to take personal responsibility as it is effort & time that are required for improvement, not just using nice words. Why not change the phrase "I can't" to "I can't...YET!"

Our staff know the meaning of a 'growth mindset', they stretch themselves, take risks and learn. For us, it is not about "will I succeed or will I fail", far more "will this allow me to grow". Growth and learning requires effort, we find inspiration in other people's success and always aspire for even higher levels of achievement..

 

 

Alan Black: Director

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Alan worked in 3 Glasgow secondary schools for 17 years as a Maths and Pastoral Care Teacher. His life took a different direction when he formed Live-N-Learn in 2006 along with Scott Goddard.

"I felt there was a need for motivational workshops that were grittier and more practical. Making students laugh and feel great about themselves for a couple of hours was not enough. Resilience and sustainability has to be part of the package. I am proud that we manage to deliver all of these elements".

Having not made it as a rock star (yet!), he is keen on playing the guitar and harangues his own children to do likewise. Alan has a great sense of humour, best demonstrated through his ownership of a season ticket with Partick Thistle FC.

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Scott Goddard: Director

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Scott qualified as a Primary School Teacher and spent a number of years teaching in Edinburgh and the South of England, working with children at all stages of primary development. In 2006 Scott set up Live-N-Learn with Alan Black. Since then he has designed and delivered Live-N-Learn’s unique programme to hundreds of schools throughout the UK.

 

“Gradually, more and more schools are realising where we are coming from and how our different approach has more impact on the young people in their school than the approach of our competitors.”

 

Scott spends a lot of his time supporting Live-N-Learn’s team of presenters giving them the skills to deliver outstanding presentations and get a real buzz from a very special job.

 

In his ‘spare time’ he is married to Lucy and they have two beautiful young daughters, Holly & Emilia.

 

Email Scott or call him direct on 07983 594169

 

Carly Williams: Personal Assistant

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Carly started Live-N-Learn way back in June 2014, she made an immediate impact and has become a valuable members of the team who pretty much runs the place! With years of recent experience as a young person, she keeps a keen eye on our workshop content to make it relevent and keeps us all on our toes.

Carly’s job involves doing absolutely everything and anything that keeps our Head Office running smoothly. She likes her job... her workmates... eating... sunshine... going out.... chinese food... the picture above (not really she is complaining about it whilst I write this)... driving fast... curling... go ape... holidays... sleeping... Sage Accounting Software (not really either)... and she is currently learning all about the growth mindset!

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Jen Kemp: Presenter

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Jen qualified as a Secondary School Teacher in 2002 and spent a number of years teaching and leading schools in the UK, Spain and Romania. As a qualified PE teacher and ex-international athlete she is in fairly good physical condition - few aches and pains now and again but doesn't everyone?

Jen has also taught Art, Design Technology (cooking/textiles) and PSHCE, as well as being the Head Teacher of a Secondary School in Bucharest. She hails from the Northwest of England and has a ‘crackin’ sense of humour. Having travelled extensively around the world, Jen enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new and diverse cultures.

Live-N-Learn provides countless opportunities for continual personal growth and learning, from both the students and colleagues, and Jen says she has met her match working for a fantastic company! She also gets to do her favourite things: travel, meet new folk and make purposeful contributions to schools and the wider community. Professional, dynamic and passionate, Jen really connects with her audiences in a meaningful and caring manner. In her spare time, she is a keen organic gardener, loves being in the great outdoors, keeping fit and shopping! Jen hopes the afterglow from Live-N-Learn events is long lasting, opens doors for the amazing young people that we work with, and empowers them take responsibility and make informed life choices. She looks forward to sharing with you her own unique experiences of developing a ‘growth mindset’!

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Ann Marie Robinson: Central South England Regional Manager

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Ann Marie was born in Birkenhead near the city of Liverpool. She is a professional actress and presenter who has worked in the industry for over 15 years. She is mostly recognised for her role as 'Katrina' in Channel 4's Brookside. Other productions include BBC's Doctors and ITV's Heartbeat to name but a few. She has appeared in many theatre productions around the country and was the female lead in the fastest sell out play 'One Night in Istanbul', a comedy where she starred alongside comedian John Bishop at the prestigious Liverpool Empire, on for DVD release November 2010.

As if this was not enough, she has also represented England in the sport of volleyball and has level 2 coaching badges. She has also recently achieved her Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Since joining the Live-N-Learn team she has become truly inspired by our motivational workshops. Ann Marie has been travelling around the UK experiencing first hand the positive impact our workshops are having on young people and says "Feedback is paramount, it is so encouraging to see that students today can start to take control of their lives and make things happen for themselves!"

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Gordon Campbell: West Midlands Regional Manager

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Gordon has worked extensively within the arts and education, beginning his Drama career as an actor, Graduating from Birmingham Theatre School and then completing a degree in theatre and professional practice at Coventry University. He has worked professionally in film and theatre productions as well as touring issue based productions around schools for young people of all ages.
 
From 2006, he has delivered Shakespeare productions to young people in accordance with the GCSE Curriculum, and delivered various issue based performances with independent theatre companies and commissions from LEAs. He has worked in depth with young people, facilitating workshops and sessions based around the students own creativity and realisation of their personal experiences and beliefs, in order for them to help themselves in future situations and environments. He also works as a Drama teacher, working with Young people from all backgrounds and abilities aged from 4-18 on theatre projects through their own personal development.
 
Gordon continues aiming to drive young people's enthusiasm for life through his own experiences and abilities to build creativity in each individual. He has written and directed his own projects for young people and remains within the arts, working with industry organisations and professional practitioners.

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Joanna Thompson: South West England Regional Manager

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After studying for a BEd Honours at Marjons in Plymouth, Joanna began her career in education as a primary school teacher, where she taught various ages at primary level for several years. She also spent her summers teaching English to classes of fifteen and sixteen year old Spanish students. During a break from full-time teaching, while she stayed at home to bring up her two daughters, she continued to support and inspire confidence in individual students through the delivery of one-to-one tuition to all stages up to GCSE level.

Joanna has found that her passion for working with young people has been even further fuelled by her work with Live-N-Learn: “It is fantastic to hear back from students who have made the realisation that in life, you get out what you put in and that ultimately, we can all make our own lives remarkable if we’re willing to work hard and put in the effort.”

In her spare time, Joanna persistently pursues her long-term goal of having a children’s novel published… and, she insists, she WILL be the next JK Rowling!

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Ian Johnstone: East Midlands Regional Manager

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After accepting it was highly unlikely he would ever become a professional skier, Ian trained to teach Geography in Secondary Schools. In stereotypical fashion, he invested in a tweed jacket with leather patches and happily got stuck in.

Before teaching, Ian spent a few years working abroad, including across France and on Summer Camp in the USA where he trekked along the Grand Canyon, braved the elements in Yosemite and escaped from Alcatraz in San Francisco. In his former life, Ian managed betting shops around the East Midlands but don’t bother asking as his tips are useless. Ian lives in Derby and likes to greet people with a friendly “Eh up mi duck” (for those language aficionados that’s Derbyshire for "Hi"). He enjoys cooking (though his fiancé enjoys his cooking somewhat less), walking, 80’s movies and skiing. His favourite place is Morzine in the French Alps. He doesn’t like Russian Dolls….they’re so full of themselves.

Ian believes all young people have huge potential and that through self-motivation and taking personal responsibility, they can achieve amazing things. Live-N-Learn workshops enable Ian to share this message in a passionate, fun and interactive way.

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Morag Kerr: Staff Development Specialist

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As a skilled and experienced presenter, Morag's expertise was initially developed in education where she taught in Primary, Secondary and Further Education and delivered staff development in all of these sectors. Most recently she worked in collaboration with Alan McLean, author of The Motivated School and Motivating Every Learner, to transform his motivation framework into The Motivated College – a successful, practical training programme delivered, on behalf of Scotland’s Colleges, to staff and students in Further Education Colleges across Scotland.

Morag is also skilled in delivering personal development courses focused on building confidence and improving communication skills. A life-long learner herself, she is convinced that, by continuing to open up to new experiences and maintaining an active approach to life, we can improve our mental and physical well-being. To prove this point her personal philosophy is ‘each year to do something I have never done before’.  A recent example of this is was an exhilarating dog-sledding trip in Sweden where she learned to manage her own team of four huskies.

Her courses are based on enjoyable, interactive, learning approaches which enable clear communication and explore creative techniques that aid confident, effective and successful presentations. She has provided training to people in education, business and the arts.

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                      It Could Be You!

It Could be YouLive-N-Learn are working with a record number of schools, as a result, we are currently looking for high energy, motivational presenters to take on and manage new regions throughout the UK. 

If you think you have got what it takes to make a difference, then make it happen and email your current CV with a short introduction to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it