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This week’s guests are Jo Cook.Through her company Lightbulb Moment, Jo has specialised in training learning professionals about virtual classroom and webinar design and delivery since 2013. Jo is a speaker, instructional designer and classroom facilitator. Jo’s passion is in helping and supporting teams, professionals and organisations embrace the benefits of the live online learning technology and her background includes: further and higher education; the charity sector; small and large organisations, including CNN News and Bupa International.

Find out more about Jo and her work on her website: and follow @LightbulbJo on Twitter

 Debbie Carter has been writing about and covering the field of workplace learning and development for over 20 years. As the editor of TJ magazine (formerly Training Journal) she led the publication through a number of mergers and acquisitions, and the many challenges faced by print-based products as digital transformation radically changed how we deliver all products and services.

Debbie has cerebral palsy and is a permanent wheelchair user. She has a deeply personal view of the importance of belonging for those who face the difficulties of being different. While not an expert in the field of diversity, equality and inclusion – she has her own view of what it is like to be a disabled woman in a world largely dominated by able people.

Married to David for 36 years, Debbie has two children and two grandchildren. She lives in rural Cambridgeshire and enjoys reading, particularly history and thrillers, cooking (a book of recipes is planned for retirement!) and theatre.

Contact Debbie via LinkedIn or at [email protected]


Helen Todd, Founder and Director of Impact People Consulting.

Known for her people-centric approach, Helen has comprehensive experience across talent

acquisition and development, employee engagement and performance management. This

experience has been gained in a range of industries from Technology through to Global Financial


Helen’s YouTube Channel and website


Susan Strang started her career as a teacher in Northern Ireland in the late 1980s and early 90's,  teaching in both primary and secondary schools throughout Northern Ireland and in Berkshire, England.  She had a burning desire to travel and left her teaching job in England to explore the world! 


After her travel hiatus, she returned to Northern Ireland where she worked as a researcher and newsroom journalist for a local radio station before returning to work in community education where she has worked for over two decades, coordinating and delivering education programs.


She currently works as a training officer, tutor and mentor for a charitable organisation in Belfast.  Over the past 5 years I have delivered programs in Essential Skills literacy, employability and personal development to adults and young people who have a disability and / or health condition.


Cathy Doherty is The People Navigator® known for seeing what others don’t and business owners can’t. With a rich background in guiding leaders through the intricacies of people, culture, and HR, Cathy's journey began at 8, witnessing her Dad build a thriving financial services firm from their home. Now, she collaborates with business owners caught in the challenge of breaking free from parental management habits, injecting fresh perspectives and fostering thriving workplace dynamics. Cathy doesn't just navigate; she transforms, turning challenges into opportunities for growth.

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