Who are Learning Cog?

Learning Cog is a highly successful independent consultancy, specialising in the design and delivery of open programme and bespoke in-company Business Development Programmes that deliver a positive and sustainable impact on the growth of organisations. We approach people development from relationship status followed by technical ability.

The strength of Learning Cog lies in the wealth of development and training expertise that comes from the ‘hands on’ background of Ric and every associate in the team.

We can offer expertise in Management & Leadership Development, Sales Development, Business Performance, Coaching and Team Building.

We work with our clients to deliver measurable and profitable improvement. This is achieved by focusing on the key issues and challenges facing the business. These are then translated into bespoke programmes that develop the talent within the organisation. We run open programmes to develop the talent you have in your organisation so that Managers, Leaders and Sales people can inspire business growth.


Ric Hayden

Facilitator, Trainer, Coach, Consultant

Learning Cog was founded by Ric Hayden, a Learning and Development Specialist with many years experience working in global corporations. Working as Head of Learning and Development planning strategic and operational organisational development. Ric’s experience spans business management, logistics, customer operations, sales and service. He has been involved with global mature businesses worked with small to medium size businesses and has significant experience in turnaround and change management.

Ric’s Specialties:

Emotional Intelligence Sales Skills Development
Leadership Development Management Development
Performance Management Capability Frameworks
Discovery Insights Profiling Situational Leadership
Talent Planning NLP Master Trainer
Team Development Culture and Change

Emma Newman

Certified Trainer, Facilitator and Researcher

Emma has designed and delivered bespoke training workshops and programmes to a variety of businesses, from larger corporate offices to universities and smaller consultancies. Emma is also a highly experienced market researcher and many of her training programmes are tailored towards researchers – primarily those working in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries. As well as providing training, Emma has also recently started working more closely with Learning Cog to provide an independent evaluation of some of the courses and workshops that they run and create case studies that we publish on our site.

Emma’s Specialties:

Market Research Development Centres
Leadership Development Assessment Centres
Project Management Presentation Skills
Conference Speaking Training Evaluation
Talent Planning NLP Practitioner
Team Development Research Training

Louise Gillespie-Smith

Facilitator, Trainer, Coach, Consultant

Louise is a freelance trainer and coach. She has designed, implemented and delivered training modules to large and small groups in large corporates. Several years of experience working in customer focused organisations has built an excellent career.

She is also an image consultant and runs workshops on personal branding at work. Louise is passionate about developing people’s mindset, self confidence and skills for success.

Louise’s Specialties:

Emotional Intelliegnce Sales Skills Development
Leadership Development Management Development
Life Coaching Talent Development
Personal Branding Customer Service Training

Stephen Reilly

Facilitator, Trainer, Coach, Consultant

Stephen is a career coach who inspires managers to take action within the work place to ensure they have the necessary skills to lead, motivate and inspire their teams to produce best practice results.

He has worked for over 25 years as a senior manager within various transport and logistics organisations, gaining valuable experience in domestic and international transport as well as logistics and warehousing.

Stephen’s career coaching covers leadership development, communication skills, coaching techniques as well as interview training and preparation.

Stephen’s Specialties:

Emotional Intelligence Coaching
Leadership Development Management Development
Life Coaching Talent Development
Personal Branding Business Coaching
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