Meet The Team

Ro Hands
Ro Hands
MD & Legal Counsel

Ro Hands

Ro established her own marketing and PR firm over 15 years ago working directly with a range of private and public sector clients whilst in her second year at university before moving to The Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) where she progressed to Head of Business Development. From DMGT, Ro moved to Bowne Global Inc where she headed up Internet Sales for the digital arm of the business in Edinburgh. Ro is also a qualified corporate lawyer in practice after completing her training contract with Cobbetts LLP. She has over 15 years of  creative & PR experience and also heads up LearnPlay Foundation & Armadillo Marketing & PR, whilst keeping a watchful eye on the legal side of things.

Simon Gull

Simon Gull joined LearnPlay Foundation over 6 years ago where he started as an outreach worker for the business. Simon has learnt our business from the ground up and has had experience in every aspect of what we do & provide. Simon has worked his way up and heads up finance and administrations for the company and has since become the company’s Head of Finance whilst also managing premier accounts such as Talent Match.

Simon Gull
Simon Gull
Head of Finance & Administration
Justin Rutherford
Justin Rutherford
Head of Operations, Projects & Sales

Justin Rutherford

Justin has been with the business for over four & a half years and currently oversees all operations for LearnPlay. In addition, he is Project Lead and Head of New Business. Justin’s role is pan-European and he frequently represents the company all over Europe. Justin has designed and overseen some large & complex builds for clients and manages accounts in excess of £1m.

Rachel Kehoe

Rachel has been with LearnPlay Foundation since 2010 having commenced as a paid summer intern whilst at university. After graduating, she joined the company on a fulltime basis in a variety of roles before training and qualifying as an NVQ & BTEC Assessor in 2013. As a qualified IQA, Rachel now heads up the assessing & learning side of the business. She has an excellent track record in timely and successful apprenticeship completions.

Rachel Kehoe
Rachel Kehoe
Head of Learning & Assessing
Andrew Roberts
Andrew Roberts
Assessor

Andrew Roberts

Andy has been with the business for over 4 years and is now the main IT assessor for LearnPlay. Andy has a natural patience and nurturing personality that allows him to work closely with apprentices and help them realise their potential. He has undertaken most of the NVQ’s that he assesses allowing him a greater understanding of the journey apprentices embark on.

Linsie Butcher

Linsie joined the organisation in 2014 as an admin apprentice and over the last 3 years she has progressed to Head of HR & Assistant Finance Manager. In addition to overseeing our Human Resources department, Linsie is also a Key Account Manager for some of our biggest projects such as Black Country Talent Match. Linsie is often the first voice you will hear when you call the business and she will always do whatever possible to help.

Linsie Butcher
Linsie Butcher
Head of HR & Assistant Finance Manager
Shannon Hadlington
Shannon Hadlington
Head of HR and Head of Recruitment

Shannon Hadlington

Shannon has been with the organisation since 2014, having started as an apprentice. Shannon now oversees all aspects of recruitment and placements for the business. She has a cheery disposition and will go out of her way to ensure new recruits are looked after and assimilated into the business.

Sam Marshall

Sam has been with the business for over 2 years and has now advanced to lead copywriter  for LearnPlay Foundation. With an eye for detail, he has written copy for clients PR campaigns, websites, as well as internal publications. Sam also designs and leads campaigns in addition to managing key clients.

Sam Marshall
Sam Marshall
Copywriter & Account Executive
Ben Briscoe
Ben Briscoe
Head of Film

Ben Briscoe

Ben has been with the business since it started having come from a professional film background. His creative vision has helped a range of clients & campaigns. Ben gets involved from initial consultation right through to scripting and casting, shoot and post production to ensure your project is nurtured and produced to the highest quality.

Chris Whitehouse

Chris has been with the business for over 3 years and has overseen the development of games for a range of clients locally, nationally & European wide. His problem solving skills and expertise, coupled with his extensive knowledge of games and games development allows Chris and his team to produce exquisite game developments.

Chris Whitehouse
Chris Whitehouse
Head of Game Development
Michaela Young
Michaela Young
Design Lead

Michaela Young

Michaela has been with the business for over 2 years and in that time, this exceptional design talent has advanced to become the lead designer & Head of the Design Department. She has branded multimillion pound businesses and developed outstanding print & digital marketing collateral for a range of blue chip and locally based businesses. Michaela also heads up the new marketing and PR brand of the business; Armadillo.

Tyler Wall

Tyler has also been with the business for over 2 years and works closely with Michaela to head up & oversee the Design Department. Tyler is a truly gifted creative talent and has also branded and designed for blue chips and local businesses. Tyler heads up all digital aspects of the design work and has overseen large PR campaigns.

Tyler Wall
Tyler Wall
Design Lead