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Ambitious leadership and managing training company In Professional Development has recruited a Sandhurst-trained former British Army officer to a new senior role.

Alex Firmin has been appointed associate director of programmes to grow INPD’s national presence and its network of trainers.

He is a qualified leadership coach and organisational psychologist with extensive experience of developing high-value bespoke training and learning programmes for clients in the public and private sectors.

During a 12-year army career, he rose to the rank of captain. Alex served in the Royal Anglian Regiment and then the Education Corps, holding a number of senior training and learning roles.

INPD, which is based in Wigan, provides leadership and management training to executives across the country.

The company, which began trading in March 2018, has so far delivered more than 70 courses nationwide, training more than 1,500 delegates.

Its courses cater for managers, directors, chief executives, board members and other senior leaders in the public, private and third sectors to help them improve their skills to enhance their own performance and that of their organisations.

INPD runs accredited courses in conjunction with academic and professional partners including the University of Chester, the University of York, the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Alex has worked with INPD as a trainer since its launch in 2018 and has facilitated a number of courses, including the company’s Executive Mini-MBA Accelerator, Senior Leadership, Advanced Management and Director Development programmes.

INPD co-founder and director Dave Hall said: “Alex’s appointment comes at an important time for the business as we develop our presence and brand at a national level.

“He brings a wealth of experience to this new position and will play a crucial role in helping us to scale up by expanding our programmes and working with our growing team of trainers to ensure they continue to deliver to the very highest standards.”

Dave added: “Alex will be pivotal as we build and improve our product portfolio with innovative, market-led training and development programmes and work with customers to meet their specific needs through bespoke offerings.

“We’re constantly developing new programmes and more engaging ways of delivering them. We are focusing on and embracing interactive, experiential applied learning, and we aim to set the benchmark for senior level executive education in the UK.

“As part of this approach, we are looking to engage and partner with more expert trainers over the next few months and having someone of Alex’s drive, reputation and experience on board to spearhead this growth is a great boost for the business.”

Alex said: “I am extremely excited about my new role at INPD. I believe that training should be exciting, genuinely transformational and have a lifelong impact on all our delegates.

“I am therefore very privileged to have a role which will enable me to build on INPD’s existing approach to providing first-rate educational experiences by drawing on the most up-to-date research, industry thought-leadership and the exceptional skills of our talented team of trainers.”