Posted on 9th October, 2017 by Ben Miller
As part of our ‘Getting To Know’ series of blog posts, we’ve been chatting to different members of the LEO Learning team for you to get to know them better. Today we’ve been speaking to Michael Gold, a Project Manager at LEO Learning.
Describe your role at LEO Learning.
I manage the day-to-day running of LEO Learning’s client programmes and initiate agreed projects, ensuring they are implemented according to our quality standards, deadlines and measurable objectives and are reviewed when required. I work with our Programme Managers and Client Services Directors to keep our clients regularly updated on progress, which means making regular phone contact and providing prompt and accurate reports to them. I’m also responsible for budget control, managing commissions and using experience from outside the organisation to enhance programme planning and implementation.
Which part of working at LEO Learning do you love most?
Being given relative autonomy – and fantastic management when needed. You’re given licence to roam, but get pulled in at the right times when in need of help and mentorship. The people here are all pretty fantastic.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
At LEO Learning, probably the recent Education and Training Foundation project that went out for Prevent, the UK government’s anti-terrorism campaign. It was a complicated project but it’s been a huge success. I also successfully set up and ran an events company for two or three years when I was 14 – I put on around five events per year with up to 500 people in attendance.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
Deciding to move permanently to Brighton without a job. And then getting a job that paid awfully and managing to just about survive while continuing to look for a job that would eventually propel my career.
What are the three things you can’t live without?
- My girlfriend
- Football – more specifically, Tottenham (and, to a lesser degree, the video game FIFA)
- My friends in general
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was desperate to be a footballer, although I was a lot better at rugby.