Meet the Team

Walter Blackburn

Walter Blackburn

Founder - Presenting Success Ltd

Walter has trained thousands of business people to be better presenters over the last 35 years. He is also a passionate trainer of trainers. His early speaking experience was through the Dale Carnegie Course which he taught for 15 years. Simultaneously he ran his own training business working for many of the major corporates as well as much smaller businesses. Having struggled himself with presentations in his early career he understands how difficult it can be for some people. He has designed a world-leading presentation approach that allows people to grow in confidence as speakers sometimes in a matter of minutes.

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson

Tony’s enthusiasm for training is both boundless and legendary with his creativity coming a close second. Over the last 25 years he’s worked with people at all levels, and is a master at helping people create and deliver great presentations. He’s an excellent sales trainer and with his experience of presentation skills training this fits him ideally to train people in our Major Bid Presentation Programme. He is a highly requested speaker at sales conferences and has been engaged to speak at events across the UK, Europe, China, Russia and the USA.

Pippa Lee

Pippa Lee

Pippa has had an extraordinary 20 year career in sales and sales management culminating in a role with a global sales and marketing organisation in which she presented several times a week to audiences of up to 10,000 people. This led her to focus on presentation skills training which she has done in Europe, the Far East and North and South America. Her unique style, coming from a deep understanding of sales and presentation psychology coupled with her love of helping people ‘find their voice’, creates a warm and enthusiastic response from participants. As a life-coach she has developed her own brand of coaching – ‘Pipossibility’

Mike Kean

Mike Kean

Mike was a engineer, salesperson and sales manager before he turned to training 25 years ago. In his time he has run a foundry employing over 200 people and developed a successful franchise for control systems: he understands business as well as people. He believes his style of training is both creative and person-centred and having trained people in many countries including Africa, the Far East, the Middle East and Eastern Europe so he understands the effect that cultural differences can have on a presentation. He is a sought-after speaker on leadership, presentation and people skills and his listeners describe him as charismatic.

Alan Elston

Alan Elston

Alan is a powerful and experienced trainer and coach of presentation skills. He also loves creating and hosting events and is at his best under pressure. As well as working with Presenting Success he runs his own programme, “The Pitch Apprentice”, which we offer as an option for sales and account management teams who enjoy the strongly competitive environment. Al has 20 years experience working on pitches, presentations and events at senior level. He has worked with executives in Microsoft, Vodafone and Logica.

Bob Haywood

Bob Haywood

Bob is an experienced sales and business-person, having started and successfully run seven businesses. He is also an expert communicator as a presenter, as a negotiator, and as the author of the best-selling author of ‘Persuade’, his book about strategies to significantly increase people’s persuasiveness. He has a fascination about how people learn and how we can train and support people more effectively. Bob is an experienced trainer and coach, at all levels, and loves to use his experience and skills to make growth happen for others. He’s worked for some of the global giants including Unilever and BMW as well as many smaller organisations in many sectors.

Jeremy Crouch

Jeremy Crouch

Jeremy is an experienced trainer and coach in many business skills including presentation and sales. He has a significant experience in sales, marketing and operations. With a background in engineering and psychology he brings an unique mix of understanding of business process with the latest in personal development techniques. He believes in people creating effortless success through intention, beliefs and behaviours that are focussed, positive and aligned with their values, aspirations and goals.  And which are supported by confidence in themselves and in their abilities. Jeremy has designed and delivered training programmes for a variety of private and public sector organisations around the world. His clients include IBM, Nokia, Myeloma Patients Europe and Tesco.

Colette Ashby

Colette Ashby

Colette has trained thousands of people over the past 25 years in sales, leadership and presentation skills. She has a bright and friendly personality which quickly engages the group and creates a positive learning environment. With a background of sales, telesales, and management in high profile commercial organisations she makes sure that her training is based in reality and that participants translate the learning into real results for the business. Colette has designed and delivered training programmes in a variety of private and public sector organisations within the UK and throughout Europe. Clients include the NHS, Hitachi, Lloyd’s of London and Auto Trader.

David Pinnock

David Pinnock

David has 25 years experience of designing and delivering presentation skills training for leading training companies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Henley Management College. Having worked internationally in Europe, Asia and South America his personal mission is to significantly contribute to the business and personal success of everyone he works with. Currently he is developing a new presentations experience for College and University students in the belief that the earlier people overcome the fear of presenting the more successful they will be. Based in both the UK and Spain, he is ready to travel to train anywhere in the world.

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+44 (0)1332 585140

73 Merton Drive, Derby, DE22 4JL

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