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Advance 360°

Creating connections & opportunities


All of our training staff have a proven track record in education having  taught at top-ranked universities and colleges.

But what makes them particularly special is that thay are also successful businessmen and women who have run profitable companies themselves.  This means they can talk from their own professional experience and they have a wealth of real business examples they can draw on.

For example, we have top bankers giving financial and accounting advice and leading advertising and PR people explaining how to promote and market a company and its products, so particpants can be sure they are getting the best information.

Meet some of our people

Gloria Austin
Gloria is an experienced management consultant and corporate trainer. Much of her business career was in the City, firstly in credit analysis, then   in international corporate finance and later in legal compliance and treasury and capital markets.  She pioneered and implemented the first self-access, interactive business centre in Europe for Sanpaolo Bank and was also the founding partner and director of a successful business consultancy specialising in company turnarounds and strategy.  Gloria has an honours degree in business law and she is an experienced and qualified teacher who has previously lectured at the University of West London, leading business schools in London and Turin and at Threshold Training.  She is the author of three books on communication published by Oxford University Press and speaks Italian, Spanish and French.


Kieran Knights 
Kieran is a trainer specialising in public relations and communications skills.  In a career stretching back more than 30 years he has worked for a number of leading public relations consultancies and is a former Planning Director of Weber Shandwick Worldwide and Editorial Director of Bryant Jackson & Associates.  His clients have included many of the world’s top companies – including Coca-Cola, Whitbread, ICI, Unilever, McDonalds and P&O – and many of his campaigns have won UK and international awards.  Before moving into PR Kieran worked as a journalist for five years, having studied at the London College of Communications.  He is author of the book Strategic Planning in Public Relations published by Thorogood and has taught at several institutions including the University of West London as well as being a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars organised by the likes of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Hawksmere and the Media Trust.

Hylton Barnes
Hylton is a highly experienced corporate CEO, consultant and entrepreneur.  He is the former Managing Director of a Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency and Chief Operating Officer for the New York public relations and investor relations firm Makovsky & Company.  More recently, as the former Chief Executive of his own communications company, with operations in London, Stockholm, Malmo and San Francisco, he has had first-hand experience of the commercial operating realities of taking a business from start-up through to international presence and profitability. Hylton has a Masters Degree in Business Administration in which he specialized in International Enterprise, and is an accredited associate of the Institute of Independent Business (IIB).  Hylton teaches various aspects of business, finance and marketing and has taught at a leading London business college. He also devised a financial planning course for MBA students for the IIB.