Our Team

Steve

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 Executive Officer

At heart, Courtenay is a computer technologist, systems analyst / architect and project manager with extensive hands-on expertise. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the current Diploma-MSc office-photos/software. After graduating with a first class honors degree in Business Information Management, Courtenay established a web-application development company, MAWR Ltd, specialising in risk assessment management software. Courtenay then went on to work as the CTO of OnExamination and later onto the CIO of Pharmatelligence. In addition to his work at Learna Ltd, Courtenay directs his own technology based e-learning company iPassExam.

Courtenay currently lives in West Wales, with his heart firmly back in the motherland of the South Wales Valleys. He enjoys trying to cook Jamie Oliver 30 minute meals under 45 minutes! and plays a variety of musical instruments from guitar, saxophone to the double bass.


Sarah

Sarah Wiley
Project Manager

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 set up the University of South Wales Diabetes diploma in 2010, the first of many of our Postgraduate diploma and MSc subjects.

Sarah now heads up the StudyPRN (CPD and SCE revision) platform and is currently developing new educational programmes such as the Foundation Course in Diabetes (watch this space for more subjects to follow).

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.


Yasmin

Yasmin Akbari
Courses Administrator

Yasmin is part of the Student Support Team and has been with the team since June 2015. She supports the Lead Course Administrator and Diploma MSc Manager in day-to-day tasks such as helping students with any queries they have.

Yasmin enjoys knowing that assisting students’ career through their development throughout the course will ultimately help the many patients they see. Her career highlight so far would definitely be winning the “Best Online Distance Learning Programme” award in 2015.

Now that Yasmin has completed her degree in English Literature, she enjoys reading for fun and socialising with her friends.


Catherine

Catherine Hughes
Lead Course Administrator

Catherine is the Lead Course Administrator for the Diploma MSc Student Support Team and she has worked for the company since December 2014. An important part of Catherine's role is processing applications and helping students on all of our courses. The majority of our students are international which keeps her job very interesting as she speaks to people from all over the world on a daily basis from various backgrounds. Student Support’s main priority is our students and we want to ensure that we give the best quality support that we can.

A highlight of Catherine's career was the company winning the ‘Best Online Distance-Learning Programme’ award in 2015 and being promoted to Lead Course Administrator recently.

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


Catherine

Catherine Southgate
Editorial Assistant

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


Steve

Steve Gumm
Marketing Manager

Steve has been responsible for the marketing function here at Diploma MSc since August 2015. He thoroughly enjoys the daily challenge of marketing our online courses to all corners of the globe.

Steve thinks it's great to be part of a successful organisation that makes a worthwhile contribution to healthcare education on a global scale. This success was recognised during the highlight of his role here to date; Diploma MSc being declared “Best Distance-Learning Programme” at the 2015 E-learning awards.

Away from the office, Steve likes to keep active. He is the player-manager of a local five-a-side football team, regularly attends his local gym and has recently taken up squash. He has to keep busy to take his mind off the trials of being a Newcastle United supporter!


Colleen

Colleen Bowen
Finance Administrator

Colleen has been the Finance Administrator here at Diploma MSc since December 2015. Colleen has a number of responsibilities that include invoicing students, dealing with student payments and accounts. Colleen 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. She very much enjoys the contact she has with the students and really likes the fact that she gets to speak with people from all over the world on a daily basis.

Since joining Diploma MSc Colleen's main highlight has been to become part of such a well-functioning, friendly and not to mention award-winning team.

In her spare time, Colleen is keen on running after taking up the hobby a few years ago. She is a member of a running club and ran her first half marathon last year. Colleen is looking forward to more races over the coming months and can safely say she now has the running bug!


Lynsey Liscombe

Lynsey Liscombe
Courses Administrator

Lynsey is part of the Student Support Team and has been with the team since December 2015. Lynsey supports the Lead Course Administrator and Diploma MSc Manager in day-to-day tasks and is the first point of contact for students enquiring about one of our courses. She enjoys the contact that she has with our students and likes the fact that she gets to speak with students from all over the world on a daily basis.

Lynsey is proud to be part of such a wonderful, caring and award-winning team.

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


Darren

Darren Freebury-Jones
Editorial Assistant

Darren is an Editorial Assistant for Diploma MSc and has worked at Learna Limited since 2016. His responsibilities include: providing editorial and administrative support, proof-reading documents, assisting with the renewal of course content, and maintaining the student platform, Moodle. Darren is driven by the prospect of delivering high-quality medical education and course content.

In his personal life, Darren is an ‘authorship attribution scholar’, specializing in the authorship of Early Modern play texts. He successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled ‘Kyd and Shakespeare: Authorship, Influence, and Collaboration’, in April 2016.


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