Hello, we're Sponge!
We're a team of around 130 talented and creative people with a common goal: to provide truly engaging digital learning that inspires people to be the best they can be. We can't fit all of us on this page but enjoy reading the stories of our senior team below.
Founder and Managing Director
I’ve always had two big passions in my life – creativity and learning. So, back in 2004, I was excited to see businesses asking for creativity to be woven into their training materials. It sparked an idea… what if we could train people using digital technologies which focused on keeping creativity at their heart?
Sponge was born, and since then we’ve grown significantly to become one of Europe’s largest custom learning providers. Our vision remains true though: to use creativity to help people learn and grow. Our teams especially love to work with forward-thinking organisations, helping them apply innovative learning strategies that both the business and their people love.
Chief Finance Officer
I love numbers, the patterns you find in them, the way you can use them to navigate paths through obstacles and how, by watching and responding to trends, you can charter a financial path for growth. That’s what we’re doing at Sponge and it’s really exciting.
We’re focused on growing and expanding profitably in a way that both engages our people and invests in them, because it’s their passion and creativity that our clients really love. And in doing this we’re working with some of the globe’s most exciting brands, helping them guide their people to success through innovative and creative learning techniques. I’ve been with Sponge since we started in 2004 and I’m still excited to come to work every day to see where we go next. How many CFOs can say that?
Chief Innovation Officer
For me, every day needs to bring something new: a new idea, a new approach, a new moment of discovery. I thrive on change so am never happier than when I’m being truly challenged. Having won Learning Designer of the Year 2016/17 and Learning Professional of the Year 2017, I’m the critical eye that’s never happy with ‘good enough’, always pushing for outstanding.
I’m naturally curious and comfortable with ambiguity so I love pushing boundaries, looking at clients’ needs from a strategic viewpoint and working with our developers to continually experiment with new possibilities, shaping the future for learning.
I’ve worked at Sponge for 14 years and count myself as extremely lucky. We’re growing and developing every day and I know that whenever I exclaim my favourite catchphrase – I’ve got an idea! – there will never be a shortage of people who get excited to see what we can create next.
Director of Client Delivery
At the age of nine I achieved the impossible: I became the youngest black belt in Tae Kwando in the UK. That was the first time in my life that I truly realised anything was possible with determination and a willingness to learn.
Now, I get to support others to achieve their ‘impossible’ goals. For me, life at Sponge is all about the people. I get my buzz from seeing our teams achieve the unknown, exploring new opportunities and finding success along the way. Having started at Sponge leading the design team, I’m especially focused on keeping us loyal to our roots to use creativity in everything we do. As we grow it’s important that we keep what’s special alive, and that’s what I’m here for; to never forget that we’re a bunch of talented, creative people who ourselves need to learn and grow.
Director of Client Delivery
What makes me tick is identifying the critical paths; finding the most efficient and cost-effective way to the right solution.
Here at Sponge, every working day brings something different: a fresh challenge to solve, a new plan to action, a fantastic person to support. We’re growing at such a pace that change is constant and I love it.
I currently lead a team of talented learning specialists who use innovation and creativity to translate our clients’ visions into solutions that inspire and engage. We work hard to make sure the experience they receive is outstanding from end to end, so it makes a positive difference to both the learner and the business. And most importantly I make sure we keep our promises, in project, in delivery and in life, because good relationships shouldn’t have an end.
Director of People
I worked in FinTech and consumer goods, in a wide range of operational roles, before arriving at a career in HR and people development. The path began to diverge when I found myself taking on 'unofficial' HR duties and helping people talk through their workplace challenges. This was a turning point in my career. I discovered a love for working with people to ensure they get the very best out of being at work, so their passion can drive the success of the business. I’ve never looked back.
I’m fascinated by bringing operational discipline to HR processes. For me, this is vital to make sure HR delivers for our customers, Sponge employees, so they can deliver a fantastic client experience. The way I see it, if we do our job well, everyone wins!
At Sponge, we want to nurture an environment where the best talent can do the very best work of their lives. I’m excited to see what the future brings and getting everybody to that place.