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CPD at Newcastle University

Centre for Professional and Executive Development

Centre Overview

Through our Centre for Professional and Executive Development, we offer courses to develop the knowledge and skills of your employees.

We draw on our knowledge, world-leading research and specialist expertise to provide learning and development opportunities that will enhance your organisation’s market-leading skills. We also offer professional development programmes tailored to your needs.  

The Core

Our Centre for Professional and Executive Development is located in The Core; a landmark building on the Science Central site in Newcastle city centre.

The Core's design encourages collaboration and innovation. It provides a flexible space where people and businesses can come together to share skills and knowledge

Our teaching facilities include an interactive ‘Decision Theatre’. This is one of only a handful in the UK. We also have space for meetings and teaching. Our seminar rooms that can accommodate 14 – 40 delegates.


Our courses help meet the growing demand for professional skills development from all kinds of businesses and organisations, in the UK and around the world.

Skills development at Newcastle

The benefits of investing in skills and knowledge development at Newcastle include:

  • access to knowledge and skills to exploit the latest technologies and tools
  • access to leading teaching expertise, facilities, and online resources
  • tailored courses developed in collaboration with a wide range of organisations
  • professional body accreditation on many existing degree programmes
  • verification of learning through University assessment
  • high level Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provision
  • flexible delivery, in-house or on campus, taking into account impact on your business

We developed and delivered a wide range of new high level and high quality courses for UK and international employers. These were as varied as the NHS, Environment Agency and those in the Cultural and Creative sector, Ministry of Education in Nigeria, and the China State Tax Office. 

They tell us that these courses are improving their organisational quality, productivity and profitability. The courses also influence our undergraduate teaching. This ensures that the next generation of the workforce have the skills to support your long term success.


Barry Walsh FCIPD, PGDipHRM

Manager Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Barry is responsible for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) business development and promotion of partnership working with clients in the UK and overseas to design and deliver bespoke training, development and organisational interventions to improve business performance. Barry has been responsible for arranging such bespoke training groups since 2004 including international groups in particular from China (with SAFEA approval and certification), Vietnam, Nigeria and the Middle East.


Tuya Purevgonchig BEconSC, BLing (Mongolia)

Administrator Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Tuya has extensive UK and international experience in the customer facing and service provision environment. She is responsible for providing the key information and support functions required for the effective presentation and delivery of all events, including the bespoke training and development events at the Newcastle University’s Professional & Executive Development Centre.


Philip Thomas MSc PGCertEd

Trainer Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Internationally experienced Project Manager, Academic Lecturer and Consultant having worked both in the UK and overseas including China, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the USA. Phil is also a visiting lecturer at Newcastle University whose key subject areas include: Project Management, Quality Management, Strategic Management and Procurement.


Margaret Stewart BSc

Trainer Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Margaret is a project and programme manager with 20 years of experience in the public sector. She created a nationally recognised National Health Service centre for excellence with a focus on quality implementation, controlling costs and delivering requirements while managing change within a framework of governance.


Laurence Ferry PhD (Warwick), FCPFA, BA (Hons), PCAPL, SFHEA

Trainer Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Prof. Laurence Ferry is a visiting professor at Newcastle University with particular focus, experience and interest in CPD training groups from China. Laurence is a Professor in Accounting at Durham University Business School. He earned his PhD from the Warwick Business School, is a qualified chartered accountant, Parliamentary Fellow, and holds a first class accounting degree. His research, teaching and consulting covers accounting and accountability with a specific focus on the public sector where he is a recognized international expert in public financial management.


Ron Smith

Trainer Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Ron is a creative consultant/manager with a vast range of experience in supporting and leading organisational change in both central and local government. Previous roles include Advisor to Finance Director General and Finance Executive Team forums. DWP Finance People strategy, chair of national People Forum and development and delivery of people action plan aligning people policy and strategy, including the Diversity & Inclusion agenda. Managing Consultant DWP Finance, Head of Regional Policy Partnerships Government Office North East, Project Manager Benefit Fraud Inspectorate, Quality Network Leader Cabinet Office.


Joy Packard BSc, PGDip, MBTI Practitioner

Trainer Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Joy is a qualified career consultant and experienced Learning and Development Practitioner specialising in people development. Joy has designed and managed programmes in a variety of industries such as IT, Higher Education, Retail, Health Care, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Insurance, Highways and Waterways. She works with individuals to enable them to maximise their personal resources and opportunities so that they might find meaningful and fulfilling work which contributes to the success of their organisation. She is certified as a Career Management Fellow by the Institute of Career Certification International.


Danny McAtominey MA Education, BA (Hons) Education

Trainer Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Creator of the internationally acclaimed eLearning Essentials and longtime e-learning consultant at Netskills, Newcastle University, Danny specialises in providing practical and workable e-learning solutions underpinned by sound theoretical knowledge. He has worked with leading education providers across the world in the design and development of e-learning.

Anna-Lisa Mills MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE (PCET), PIEMA, GACSO, DipRSA

Trainer Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Anna-Lisa is a qualified Assessor, Internal Verifier and has a PGCE (PCET) teaching degree.  She currently lectures on both BSc/MSc programmes as an Associate and guest lecturer at both Northumbria and Sunderland University. She also delivers for a national training provider for the NEBOSH Environmental Management Certificate and a range of environmental management courses offered by NQA, a UKAS approved certification body.  As Director of Learning at the Environmental Academy in Newcastle Anna-Lisa developed and delivered a wide range of courses from levels 1-4 across many different sectors and for many different sized organisations (including schools, universities and businesses in public, private and third sector.  

Dr. Bill Brittain

Trainer Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Bill is an internationally experienced Project Manager, Business Consultant and Academic Lecturer with a successful track-record in strategic change, project management, knowledge management, technology innovation and quality processes.

Anthony (Tony) Joseph GREEN CIPD BA(Hons) 

Trainer Centre for Professional & Executive Development

Tony is highly motivated individual with considerable experience in the UK police service and Royal Marines. Tony has learnt from a range of complex police functionalities and his experiences as a Royal Marine Commando have given him first-hand Internal Security knowledge and combat experience.  He uses this to great effect for the delivery of bespoke training in communication, inspiration, motivation, leadership and management, conflict resolution and coaching skills.