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Meet the team



Terry Hodgetts

Terry Hodgetts CED

Director, Centre for Executive Development

Terry’s a former participant in and purchaser of executive development programmes. He’s therefore well placed to understand clients’ needs when programmes are being conceived and designed.

Terry’s experience ensures that when consulting with clients and liaising with faculty members and the CED team, every programme delivers the maximum benefit and impact.

His interests lie in bridging the gap between strategy and people, helping organisations find ways to engage their workforce to achieve strategic goals.

While his background is as a practitioner, Terry underpins his practical experience with extensive qualifications and knowledge in the areas of business and strategy, and organisational and social psychology.

As such, he’s able to bring both an academically rigorous and a practical ‘real world’ perspective to his design, teaching and consulting work 

Email t.hodgetts@aston.ac.uk Telephone +44 (0) 121 204 3729


Paul Butler

Paul Butler CED

Executive Development Director

Paul joined Aston Business School at the end of 2010 after working as the professional programmes manager at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick since 2006.

Whilst at WMG, Paul managed the open programmes up to and including Masters level. He also worked with clients to develop bespoke education interventions, ranging from individual modules to full programmes.

Paul’s always focused on developing the capability of individuals, both during his career in the engineering and manufacturing industry, as well as in education.

He works closely with clients to ensure academic learning is transferred back into the business to deliver measurable added value.

A proven communicator, Paul’s able to see the big picture while also paying attention to the small details to deliver bottom line improvements.

Email p.butler@aston.ac.uk Telephone +44 (0) 121 204 3071 


Richard Terry

Richard Terry CED

Networked Learning Director

Richard has over twenty five years' experience of designing and delivering learning programmes and e-learning solutions, both as an educator and in the field of educational software development. 

This experience has given him both an understanding of the technology, and an appreciation of how it can best be used in a learning context.

Drawing on this expertise and experience, Richard brings a belief in user-centred design and an enthusiasm for developing creative and well-crafted technological solutions.

In this way, he aims to meet the learning requirements of participants in a user friendly way, appropriate for the programme context.

Email r.s.j.terry@aston.ac.uk Telephone +44 (0) 121 204 3204



Tanya Lomas

Tanya Lomas CED

Senior Events Manager

CED events managers are involved from the very first stages of programme preparation.

They work to coordinate client companies and facilitators to carefully schedule programmes, then hosting delegates at the school.

Tanya, who has been in this role for more than five years, leads the events and administration team and prides herself on the smooth running of our programmes.

She says: "We aim to take care of all the practicalities so the delegates only have to concentrate on learning."

Email t.lomas@aston.ac.uk Telephone +44 (0) 121 204 3160



Sarah Worton

Sarah Worton

Client Director

Sarah is the CED’s client director, responsible for managing relationships with the public sector and other organisations.

She has more than 17 years’ experience of working with clients and senior stakeholders in the public and private sector.

Sarah’s skilled at understanding clients’ requirements, shaping and delivering immersive solutions, and facilitating organisational change and development.

Her more recent focus has been on developing and implementing leadership and management development programmes in the workplace, ensuring learning is applied to create business impact.  

Sarah’s managed significant contracts including the delivery of a two-year blended leadership programme for up to 2,000 financial services managers, and the provision of a leadership capability programme for 150 managers in the UK automotive sector.  

She has programme-managed various project teams to deliver a wide range of services with clients including the AA, West Midlands Fire Service, Severn Trent and Wessex Water, Caterpillar UK and various NHS Trusts.

Sarah brings drive and enthusiasm for working with clients to deliver a range of business solutions and innovative development programmes.

Email s.worton@aston.ac.uk Telephone +44 (0) 121 204 5244



Jenny Holt

Jenny Holt CED

Events and Projects Manager

Jenny is a qualified PRINCE2 project manager.  She has worked in a variety of administrative roles at Aston University for sixteen years, including eight years managing the Business School post graduate exams office, a wealth of expertise that directly benefits our client relationships.


She brings her project management, quality assurance and regulatory experience to bear on our accredited programmes, to ensure that they are robust, flexible and in line with University procedures and ordinances.

Jenny also liaises with Aston University’s quality assurance committees to ensure that the accredited programmes we offer meet the QAA national quality requirements.  She also works with Aston exam boards to ensure ratification of marks and external examiner approvals are in place.

Jenny looks after several of our major clients, on both bespoke and accredited programmes.   She has recently pioneered an approach to using our online community of practice tool to help make internal CED management processes more efficient.  

Email j.e.holt@aston.ac.uk Telephone +44 (0) 121 204 3129


Gemma George

Gemma George CED

Events Manager

Gemma has worked at Aston University for over seven years, including two years as a member of the CED team.  Her event management activities range from organising on-site logistics and facilitation of programmes, to off-site administration and participant support.  


Focusing mainly on our accredited offerings, Gemma has looked after the needs of over 200 CED participants in the various cohorts of our MSc and Diploma programmes, which we have delivered to both public and private sector organisations.  

In the context of these programmes Gemma has also moderated online virtual classrooms, and has contributed to developing our online communities of practice.

Gemma’s day to day tasks involve handling participants’ queries and questions, solving logistical or technical problems and the management of each course module. She gets particular satisfaction from seeing participants successfully completing their programmes.

Email g.george@aston.ac.uk Telephone +44 (0) 121 204 3083

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