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Head-Line Communication has a long and distinguished track record in the fields of education, training and learning. It was pioneering forms of blended learning -- embracing printed, face-to-face and digital training for the corporate sector as early as the 1980s when the company was founded by Jim Gatten. Dr Maria Evans joined Head-Line in 2008. The company continues to specialise in training, research, coaching and consultancy across a range of sectors, which now includes education and the creative and cultural sectors. Together, Maria and Jim have co-led a wide range of highly successful projects, including training courses, conferences and evaluation programmes.


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Maria Evans has thirty years' experience in a range of contexts, including teacher, trainer, researcher, consultant and coach. She has a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. She has worked extensively in the creative, cultural and education sectors, whilst her skills, expertise and creativity have been valued by those in a diverse range of other sectors, including management accountants, IT specialists, lawyers and so forth. Her work is deeply rooted in a commitment to the learning and development of others within a fair and sustainable society. More about Maria can be found on her personal website.

Jim Gatten is a trained psychologist and information engineer. For many years he was chair of the Federation of Independent Trainers and has been an advisor to the Department for Education and Employment. His specialism is developing, delivering and evaluating training which is appropriate for its delivery context, and which brings about measurable, targetted changes in skills, knowledge, attitudes, confidence and behaviour. He was technical director of Reeltime College, a highly innovative online learning platform which used AI algorithms to develop complex technical skills with minimal or no human mediation. The platform was overwhelmingly successful, reaching over 450,000 learners.

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