Executive Education

Learning Alliance Announces Two Senior Appointments

Liz-Ann GayleLondon (UK) / Madrid (E), September 2017 - Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance has appointed two experienced learning professionals in roles designed to strengthen its offering in executive education and leadership development. FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance was established in December 2015 to provide a new, unique approach to customised executive education, involving Financial Times content and journalists allied to established business school faculty and global educator expertise.

Liz-Ann Gayle will head a team at FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance responsible for identifying, creating, and integrating innovative learning methods, technologies, and impact-measurement tools into customised learning programmes. She has significant experience in designing executive education programmes, strategic planning, operational improvement, and project management.

Liz-Ann is also an executive coach and professional leadership facilitator and has both academic and commercial experience. She was formerly Design Director at London Business School, where, over two-and-a-half years, she led the design and delivery of the largest-value and most complex client engagements. Liz-Ann also served as Chief Operating Officer of the global telecom, media, and technology investment-banking team at ABN AMRO Bank.

As part of her ongoing professional development, Liz-Ann Gayle recently attended Harvard University. She holds an MA from Yale University and an international MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She will join FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance in early October.

Paul Hughes joins FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance as Client Programme Director. He will work with a fast-growing international eighteen-strong delivery team designing and managing customised executive-learning programmes. He will play an important leadership role by contributing to the development of FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance’s approach to executive learning in ways that meet its clients’ strategic aims.

Paul joins from Cranfield School of Management, where he was Head of the Praxis Centre for Leadership Development, and previously a Director in the Centre for Customised Executive Development. His wide-ranging experience in corporate learning encompasses the use of global blended, networked, and eLearning approaches, as well consulting experience in performance, talent management, and change.

Paul was awarded his doctorate for research into the ways leadership influences employee performance. He also holds a degree in law from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA in strategic leadership from the University of Ulster.

VanDyck Silveira, CEO of FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance, says of the new appointments, "Liz-Ann and Paul will bring their considerable experience in business education and the commercial sector to our team. As a company, we have grown significantly in staff numbers and revenue since we were formed under three years ago. Their appointments will help take us to the next stage in our development, offering a unique style of customised programmes to clients anywhere in the world."