WHO WE ARE
CHRIS SWEETMAN, DIRECTOR
Chris is a solicitor and Chartered Manager, with over 10 years’ experience in the field of people development.
He began his career in the Competition Directorate of the European Commission before training and qualifying as a commercial lawyer with Blake Morgan. Whilst there, he was seconded to the legal departments of RAC Motoring Services, the Welsh Government and the UK Department of Health, as well as to a business development role at PHS Group - identifying new targets for acquisition as part of the Group's growth strategy.
Whilst in practice, Chris discovered his passion for learning & development. He went on to combine a role training lawyers at major law firms with a senior management position at national legal professional development provider, altior. After its acquisition by US private education business, Kaplan, Chris was promoted to Managing Director and was later awarded Chartered Manager status in recognition of his achievements in this role. Following two years as Director of Learning & Development at Capital Law and sister consultancy business, Capital People, he fulfilled a long-standing ambition to set up Sweetmans and Partners.
ROSIE SWEETMAN, DIRECTOR
Rosie is an experienced business development professional and qualified coach, with a strong track record in leadership, strategic planning, responsible business practice and complex relationship management.
As Director of Business in the Community Cymru, she significantly grew turnover, surplus and membership - working with hundreds of businesses to embed purpose and values into wider business strategy. She successfully repositioned the organisation as a business-led charity, with over 80% private-sector income. Under her leadership, BITC Cymru was also appointed as partner to Barclays Lifeskills, and by Welsh Government to roll out its 'Business Class' programme across Wales through a unique licence model.
In recognition of her achievements, Rosie was awarded the highest accolade for leadership in The Times Top 100 charities to work for over two consecutive years, and won the IOD Wales Award for Director of Leadership in Corporate Responsibility. She is also a Fellow of the RSA.
Previously, Rosie headed up Grant Thornton’s Business Development function for Cardiff, Bristol and Cheltenham. Before that, she ran the Professional Development programmes at Arts & Business, partnering senior business and arts professionals for mutual benefit through board placements, skills projects and mentoring.
TANYA GASS, ASSOCIATE
Tanya is a non-practising solicitor who specialises in negotiation and presentation skills training for professionals.
She trained and qualified at Clifford Chance as a corporate finance solicitor, focusing on floats and placings on the Main Market. She has also worked at Collins Stewart Stockbrokers, Gouldens (now Jones Day) and as Deputy General Counsel at Hanson plc.
Tanya has been working in the field of learning and development since 2003. She initially spent 8 years at BPP delivering sessions on Equity Finance and Business Law, whilst playing a key role in shaping the business’s technology and e-Learning strategy, as well as the development of its team of trainers across the UK.
She now specialises in designing and delivering impactful communication sessions for accountants, lawyers, company directors and secretaries, compliance heads and other professionals. Using accelerated learning techniques to maximise delegates' benefit from the sessions, she is known for her visual and practical approach, and her engaging style.
Martin Richardson, associate
Martin Richardson specialises in leadership and management development training for the professional services sector.
Originally a commercial lawyer, he moved into a series of management and leadership roles after completing an MBA. Initially he became the first Director of Education and Training at a major City law firm, before joining a Luxembourg clearing bank as a Senior Manager - developing its training strategy and setting up its global training and development function. More recently, he was CEO of a support services company owned by, and run for the benefit of, a group of medium sized law firms.
Martin has extensive experience of designing and delivering leadership and management development programmes for delegates from across the professional services sector in both the UK and Europe. In doing so, he draws on his practical experience of working at senior level positions in the industry.