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Trainer Profiles

Bridgett Thornton, Director of Learning and Development

Bridgett has an extensive background in the service industry and education sector operating at various levels of leadership and management. Bridgett provided senior level leadership for a number of years within a large North East educational setting delivering and overseeing a wide range of business and professional programmes, including ILM and CIPD courses.

More recently Bridgett worked in the development of the 14-19 Diploma Programme with LSN, improving teaching and learning through the Subject Learning Coach Programme across the FE sector before joining the Growth Academy. Her personable style and professional commitment to course delegates is second to none with a consistent history of their high levels of achievement and qualification.





Syd Niven, Managing Director

Syd Niven, the founder of Northern Growth Academy, has over 30 years experience of leadership, training, coaching and mentoring with individuals and organisations across the UK and Europe. His work has taken him into the private, public and voluntary sectors. Communicating with passion and purpose he excels at helping people to grow and to reach their potential, often making life changing decisions in the process. With a strong commitment to individual growth and organisational development he has a particular gift of motivating and mobilising people toward their goals. Clients often speak of gaining new insights and ideas leading to real and lasting change as a result of their involvement in his coaching or training sessions.

Numerous organisations have been able to make significant progress and develop through Syd's involvement. A visionary with a real grasp of strategic development he is aware of how to help people work together to fulfil their goals. He is also a Certified Master Practitioner in NLP, Time Line Therapy™ and Hypnosis which supplement a diverse background of nursing, social work, leadership development, community based projects, teaching and training.