Our Team

Steve

Prof Steve Davies
Founding Director

Dr Davies is a Consultant Endocrinologist at the University Hospital Wales. He has an established reputation in medical education particularly online learning, having been the founder of OnExamination.com and having set up other diploma courses. He has also been involved in establishing training courses for weight management in community pharmacy.

His clinical interests include hypogonadism, growth hormone deficiency and obesity. He has published over 100 peer reviewed publications and his research interests include the application of novel technologies in delivering medical education.


Courtenay

Courtenay Probert
Chief Operating Officer

Courtenay is a company founder, technologist, business analyst, systems architect and project manager with extensive hands-on expertise. After graduating with a first-class honours degree in Business Information Management, Courtenay established a web-application development company, MAWR Ltd, specializing in risk assessment management software.

After disposing of his concern in MAWR Ltd, he was appointed as C.T.O. at 'OnExamination'. As the key decision maker for the planning, design, development of OnExamination's technical infrastructure Courtenay was instrumental in revitalising their failing computer infrastructure. These factors allowed OnExamination to evolve from a small speculative business to a larger one that was then integrated within the BMJ Group when it was acquired in 2007. Quickly promoted within the BMJ Group to the role of CIO/Deputy Managing Director, Courtenay was directly responsible for delivering 60% growth in sales while maintaining a 40% margin.

Today Courtenay is the C.O.O. of Learna Ltd. He is responsible for the organisational operations/staffing, sales and marketing, technical infrastructure, and business strategy.


Sarah

Sarah Wiley
Project Manager and Editor in Chief

Sarah has much experience working in business, after completing her Maths degree she established a career in Investment Banking and Management Consultancy before moving to Medical Education. With On-Examination, she project managed the launch of the Cardiff University Diabetes Diploma then launched the University of South Wales Postgraduate diplomas and MScs in 2010.

Sarah now heads up the Editorial department for the business. As well as overseeing the quality of course material for the diploma and MSc courses, she also manages the StudyPRN (CPD and Exam revision) platform and is currently developing new educational programmes such as the Mastercourses in Diabetes, ECG Stress Testing & Postgraduate Study.

Sarah thrives in establishing and developing new projects and is always looking for the next educational opportunity to develop Healthcare professionals knowledge and skills. In her spare time she enjoys dancing Ceroc and Salsa.


Katie

Katie Lowe
Diploma MSc Manager / Partner Link Officer

Katie is the Diploma MSc manager and has worked at Learna Limited (Diploma MSc) since 2013. Her responsibilities include managing the Diploma MSc team, ensuring the smooth running of all Diploma MSc courses and tutor training. She is also the University of South Wales Partner Link officer. This responsibility includes working closely with our USW link officers and course leads, processing of all student results and all operational tasks.

Katie is proud of our great student support service which has been developed since her role began as Diploma MSc manager and she loves to see students grow and succeed throughout the course. Katie's career highlight so far was winning the “Best Online Distance Learning Programme” award in December 2015.

In her personal life, Katie enjoys going to the gym, socialising with her friends and being a Mum to her wonderful son, Harry.


Catherine

Catherine Hughes
Lead Course Administrator

Catherine is the manager of the Student Support Team and has worked for Learna Limited (Diploma MSc) since 2014. Catherine is responsible for managing her team, working closely with the University of South Wales, supporting tutors, course directors and students.

She is proud of leading such a dedicated team and providing high-level support to all students.

In her spare time, Catherine enjoys music, reading, and socialising with her friends and family.


Catherine

Catherine Southgate
Senior Editor

Catherine began working at Learna in January 2015 as part of the Editorial Team with her main responsibilities including co-ordinating the authoring of our online courses.

Catherine really enjoys working in a busy friendly team and relishes the challenge of helping to bring our courses to life and feels it's a fulfilling role to be part of a company that aims to improve the knowledge of medical professionals worldwide. Like most of the team, her highlight to date has been winning 'Best Online Distance Learning Programme' at the e-learning awards.

Catherine's day to day work is very varied and she loves the opportunity of working alongside authors from a range of medical specialties and backgrounds.

In her spare time Catherine loves to go running and to spend time with her family and friends.


Jack

Kim Williams
Marketing Executive

Bio to follow


Chris

Chris Challenger
Finance Administrator

Chris is the Finance Administrator here at Diploma MSc and has a number of responsibilities that include dealing with student payments, accounts and invoices. Chris is the first point of contact for any questions students may have about how to make a payment or general queries about their course fees.

Since joining the Diploma MSc team, Chris's main highlights have been to become part of such a well-functioning, friendly (and not to mention) award-winning team.

In his spare time Chris enjoys travelling to Old Trafford to watch Man United play, going to the gym and he is also a qualified Personal Trainer.


Lynsey

Lynsey Liscombe
Applications Manager

Lynsey has been working at Learna since December 2015 and is the Applications Manager, part of her role is ensuring the smooth running of the applications team who are the first point of contact for all queries regarding the courses and they provide assistance with the application process to ensure the stress is take away for potential students.

The majority of our students are international which keeps her job very interesting as she gets to speak with people from all over the world on a daily basis and from various backgrounds. Lynsey is proud to be part of such a wonderful and caring team.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and is kept very busy by her children.


Leila

Leila Buffery
Commissioning Editor

Bio coming soon.


Chloe

Chloe Quinton
Student Support

Chloe has been working as Student Support Administrator at Diploma MSc since May 2017. Chloe supports the lead course administrator and Diploma MSc Manager in day-to-day tasks and is the first point of contact for students requiring support and assistance with their studies.

As a Cardiff University politics graduate Chloe has a keen interest in her local party’s constituency. She is an avid Marvel film enthusiast with her personal favourite being “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is particularly fond of cats.


Sarah

Sarah Hosking
Editorial Assistant

Sarah joined Learna Ltd. as an Editorial Assistant in September 2017. Her responsibilities include coordinating the authoring of our online courses and ensuring that course materials are produced to the highest standards.

Sarah feels it is a privilege to be able to work alongside medical professionals from all over the world, and is pleased to be able to use her French language skills to assist with the development of the Cours Professionnel en Prise en Charge Clinical du Diabete.

In her spare time, Sarah studies English Literature, loves to spend time with her young family, and if there’s any time left over she enjoys cooking and drawing.


Zoe

Zoe Ward
Course Administrator

Zoe became a member of the Diploma MSc Student Support Team in September 2017 after relocating to Wales from California. As a Course Administrator, Zoe focuses on ensuring the utmost in customer care for our students. She strives to facilitate each student’s learning experience while they enjoy the flexibility of online education. In addition, Zoe provides support to all of our educators and acts as an intermediary to the University of South Wales’ Teams.

Zoe loves working in a role which contributes to global healthcare by offering further knowledge and skills to healthcare professionals internationally.

In her spare time, Zoe is learning the art of bell-ringing. She also enjoys relaxing with a good book and spending time with family and friends.


Sarah

Immaculée Biyimi Fouanamio
Editorial Assistant

Immaculée joined Learna in August 2017 as an intern. She project managed the translation of the mastercourse in Clinical Management of Diabetes into French, liaising with GPs, medics and translation services to allow French speaking HCP’s in Africa to further their knowledge in Diabetes.

On completion of her internship, she obtained her MSc in Industrial engineering from ENIT in February 2018. She continues to provide support to the French speaking students undertaking the mastercourse. She is also developing her skills within the company in finance and other departments.

Immaculée has great interest in Asian cultures - especially Japanese and Korean. In her spare time, she is learning both languages (self taught). She has also recently taken up softball.


Desi

Desislava Sekulova
Student Support

Originally from Bulgaria, Desislava relocated to the UK 5 years ago and joined the Student Support team at Diploma MSc in April 2018. She provides support to our PGDip and MSc students who are studying across a wide range of subjects. Dessi holds a valuable role within the team and has a keen knowledge of the support functions required to provide the highest of her ability. Having been an international student herself, Dessi is excited to be helping students from around the world.

As a former dance choreographer and full-time Zumba Fitness instructor, she still devotes some of her free time to her passion for dance by attending various classes and workshops, and performing at dance events.

Last but not least, Dessi's passion for photography shines through an impressive portfolio.



Nat

Natalie Cottingham
Student Support

Bio to follow


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