Karen Gray

I am the Managing Director of Simply-Training since the company started in 2010.
I started my learning and development career in 1999, after leaving a career in retail. I have worked in a number of further education colleges designing and delivering programmes in the fields of assessment, quality assurance, teacher training, leadership and management. This was followed in 2008 with a period of time working as a self-employed training consultant, where in addition to deliver the subject areas listed above, personal development, coaching and mentoring programmes were added to the subjects offered. This led on to setting up Simply-Training in 2010 and expanding the business opportunities available. Alongside this business development, I have gone on to gain my Masters in Education, level 7 strategic leadership and executive management and also external quality assurance qualification.

Since setting up the company I have also secured large contracts with large private organisations with regards to be the nominated external auditor for clients, where compliance with strict regulatory requirements in relation to training, assessment and quality assurance is a requirement.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, running, holidays and am a commissioned officer in the Air Cadet Organisation.


Marina Willis

I am an Academic Course Leader with 25 years in depth practical experience of Teacher Education and Business Management at higher and further education level. I have had responsibility for developing new strategic partnerships, and aligning new curriculum within the workplace adapting and differentiating to meet the needs of the student and clients alike. I have regularly achieved grade 1 by Ofsted, and nominated on more than one occasion for tutor of the year awards.

I am approachable, friendly and committed to providing a safe, interesting and motivational learning environment. My approach is interactive and most importantly I facilitate a fun learning environment.

I have relevant industrial experience within the business world having recruited, trained and managed 50 staff in the south east and southern central area. I am able to transfer my personal experiences into the learning place using credible examples where necessary.