Hello, we're Sponge!

We're a team of around 110 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.

Louise Pasterfield - Founder and Managing Director

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Louise Pasterfield

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.

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Matt Whale - Chief Finance Officer

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Matt Whale

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?

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Kate Pasterfield - Chief Innovation Officer

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Kate Pasterfield

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.

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Alex Stewart - Chief of Staff

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Alex Stewart

Chief of Staff

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.

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Alan Bourne - VP of Operations

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Alan Bourne

VP of Operations

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.

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Liam O’Meara - Director of Global Sales

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Liam O’Meara

Director of Global Sales

My youth was consumed by football. I loved the game, the team spirit, and the glory of winning. So, when choosing my career, sales seemed a pretty good fit – I’d be part of a team working to a shared goal, but with the chance to independently shine! 

Learning technology was brand new when I started – fast-paced, exciting, constantly changing; we were experimenting and pushing boundaries with every client conversation. At Sponge, I still get that excitement every day. 

I’m now directing the team, but the pride and satisfaction is still there every time we win a new project. For us, it’s all about digging deep to understand the goals and knowing when to challenge. By doing that, we provide original and creative learning solutions that allow people to achieve their ambitions and move forwards into their future.

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Christina Gutsell - Director of Programmes

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Christina Gutsell

Director of Programmes

I’ve been inspired to delight an audience since my childhood days in musical theatre, always treating every interaction as a chance to make people smile. Whether putting on a glitzy show or helping a client achieve more than they thought possible, providing a memorable, quality experience is important to me. 

I’ve been in the learning industry for around 20 years now and am passionate about building client relationships that last a lifetime. Some of our clients’ learning transformations span years; being their trusted partner alongside that change, watching their people learn and grow, and seeing their businesses flourish really excites me. We’ll always have the brave conversation that transforms a good idea to a great one, or use creativity in new ways that delivers solutions that people love; and when you inspire people to achieve that lightbulb moment, that’s when you know you’ve really made a difference.

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Helena Belcher - Director of Marketing and Communications

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Helena Belcher

Director of Marketing and Communications

My first love was maths, not marketing, so my first career was of a technical nature. But although I enjoyed it, there was something missing: I had limited capacity to be truly creative. Thanks to a colleague I moved into marketing and immediately found it was the perfect mix of analysis and creativity.

For me, everything centres around the client: understand the desired outcome, then create the wow moment and emotional connection that makes people smile and want to have a deeper conversation with us. What’s really exciting about Sponge is that everyone’s so passionate about what we do, creating learning solutions that delight, surprise and consistently deliver success. It’s my mission to carry that passion forward in the way we communicate with the world; to ensure our clients start smiling and keep smiling all the way through their relationship with us.

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Our creative and talented teams - Sponge HQ

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Our creative and talented teams

Sponge HQ

But our senior team can’t do it alone. Every one of our people shares a passion for learning; for delivering solutions that not only inspire and engage but truly empower people to enhance business performance.

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"I’m surrounded by a talented team, we listen to each other and share ideas to produce incredible solutions for our clients"

"The culture here is truly inclusive,
with a feeling that anything is possible"

"We work hard to ensure our clients love us,
even before they love our solutions"

"If you see a new opportunity you’d like to try,
you’re encouraged to explore it"

"You don’t have to be a Director to input here,
everyone’s ideas are listened to and taken seriously"

"Some days I’m so enjoying working out a problem
I forget this is actually my job"

"I love learning from people who
inspire me to develop my potential"

"Getting to make world-leading
elearning here is a privilege"

"Everyone here is encouraged to
be brave and think differently"

"I love talking to our clients about the change they need to achieve and pushing the boundaries of what they believe is possible"