Who we are…

Cascade Learning is made up of an experienced and highly skilled team of engaging trainers and coaches, who are hugely knowledgeable in their respective specialities. We work closely with our clients to identify their specific learning and development needs, and then design bespoke training and development programmes that meet organisational objectives.

Founder of Cascade, and Managing Director, Jules MacMillan has been working in learning & development since 2001. With a previous background in sales & marketing, she specialises in leadership & behavioural change.

Known for her energetic and enthusiastic approach to training and coaching, Jules is passionate about making learning fun, memorable and easy to apply. To support this, Jules developed the LEARN Model – a methodology designed to introduce a level of accountability for learning and a way to measure its impact on the individual learner and the organisation.

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Our core values…

Engagement

At Cascade Learning we aim to create an environment that is fun, interactive & encourages learning. We provide a safe space to ask questions, express views & share ideas.

Inspiration

Cascade’s trainers and coaches act as a role models, encouraging others to develop & grow & share success strategies. We empower & motivate learners to be fully engaged and maximise their potential.

Inclusion

We believe in treating everyone fairly and respecting individual views & opinions. We appreciate the importance of being flexible when communicating, and tailoring messages to suit the audience. We take the time to understand and learn from others; allowing everyone to have a voice & be involved.

Openness

We know that honesty and integrity are vital to effective communication, helping to demonstrate and build trust by developing strong working relationships.

Claire Townsend

Claire is a business psychologist who has worked in the field of learning and development for over 20 years.

Claire Townsend

Claire is a business psychologist who has worked in the field of learning and development for over 20 years.

She has a Degree in Psychology and an MSc in Occupational Psychology as well as qualifications in coaching and psychometric testing.

She has experience across a wide range of industries, focussing on developing employee, manager and leadership capability through away days, development programmes and coaching.

Claire’s background in psychology as well as her wide ranging organisational experience ensures that she is able to design and deliver programmes that meet the needs of the delegates as well as the needs of the wider organisation.

She works across a wide range of areas including government agencies, local government, commercial organisations and not for profit.

She has experience of working in the Middle East and has recently delivered a range of management, team and individual development programmes in Oman for organisations including HSBC, Oman Oil, SAP and Oman Shipping.

Scott Hunter

Scott has a passion for reading and self-development and brings experiences and theories from a wide range of disciplines.

Scott Hunter

Scott has a passion for reading and self-development and brings experiences and theories from a wide range of disciplines into his class.

He has a highly engaging and a facilitative approach, encouraging learners to question assumptions and their thinking to develop personal insights and lightbulb moments. Scotts mantra is 'it’s about learning to think, not learning what to think.'

Scott has brought this unique approach to learners within the UK and the Middle East, delivering soft skills, leadership and HR qualifications to a wide range of students from extensive and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Scott also has been involved in organisation wide coaching programmes to develop skills for leaders at various levels within an operationally demanding environment.



Kevin Haslam

Kevin has over 25 years’ experience as a practitioner, facilitator, lecturer and counsellor.

Kevin Haslam

CPCAB, PGCE, Dip L&D, Academic MCIPD, MCMI

Kevin has over 25 years’ experience as a practitioner, facilitator, lecturer and counsellor working in the private, public and charity sectors in the UK and internationally within a range of organisations, (Telecoms, Aviation, Health, Logistics and Technology).

Kevin delivers a range of tailored HR, Leadership development programmes and projects in the UK and international locations, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Areas of expertise include HR, L&D, organisational behaviour, organisational design and development, employee engagement, coaching and leadership development and national and international employment law. With over 20 years teaching experience in a range of settings learners can be confident of a challenging, engaging and interactive session with Kevin.

Drawing on his own and broader experience in the field of HR/L&D, Kevin has also been Vice Chair for the CIPD’s West London branch committee for several years, an active member of the CIPD’s Steps Ahead Mentoring programme and Inspiring the Future and enjoys travelling, meditation, cycling, swimming, rugby along with a broad variety of music, and technology focused activities.

Kevin holds Certificate in Education (Diploma in Education and Training) and Professional Graduate Certificate of Education from University of Westminster, UK as well as Diploma in Human Resource Learning & Development/Human Resources Development and Diploma in Human Resource Management from BPP University, UK.

Jo Ainsley

Jo Ainsley is a fully qualified Chartered MCIPD professional with +25 years of management and training experience.

Jo Ainsley

Jo Ainsley is a fully qualified Chartered MCIPD professional with +25 years of management and training experience.

Jo uses her experience from the grass roots through to a strategic level to meet the requirements of the audience’s needs.

Her passion for people and to connect with them in order for them to benefit from the training in a practical and down to earth way is evident by her personal and enthusiastic approach.

Testimonials

We chose Cascade Learning to deliver our Practical Managers course because they are able to adapt and deliver according to the needs of the business. We have held several other courses in the last few years with Cascade and have not only had great feedback from the staff but seen results and actions from the team directly from attending their courses.

Duncan Anderson CEO, South Downs Leisure

Excellent interactive course with plenty of practical tips.

Mark Allen, Associate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Pension Protection Fund

Really interesting, really engaging, lots of details and good mixture of teaching and practice. Gave me the confidence to manage upwards

Jemma Hughes, Marketing Manager, Dennis Publishing

We have had a relationship with Jules at Cascade now for a number of years and her courses are among the best we have ever run. Our employees love the interactive and participative courses that Jules delivers and she creates a real energy in her training.

Jane Beasley, HR Business Partner, Simplyhealth Professionals