Martin, MSc, FRSB, FIAT, FIScT, RAnTech, PTLLS

Managing Director

Martin’s entire career has been devoted to animal welfare within science. In 1978, he began as a veterinary nurse in Kent, and progressed into medical research in pharmaceuticals. Martin’s first role was at Burroughs Wellcome, before it merged to become GlaxoWellcome, and then GlaxoSmithKline. He also has experience in academia spending three productive years at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket.

Animal welfare has been, and always will be Martin’s main career objective. And now through The Learning Curve, he can pass on his enthusiasm and know-how to your institution. Martin’s experience in the pharmaceutical industry and academia give The Learning Curve a cutting edge when it comes to customer service and satisfaction. With Martin’s leadership The Learning Curve has an impressive client list and a reputation second to none.

Previous roles

  • Past Chairman of GlaxoWellcome Ethical Review Process (ERP) Training Group
  • Past Chairman and member of GlaxoWellcome Named Animal Care & Welfare Officers
  • Past member of GlaxoWellcome Medicines Safety Evaluation (MSE) Training Co-ordinators group
  • Past member of Council for the Institute of Animal Technology
  • Past member of Institute of Animal Technology Certificate Examination Board.


  • Fellow of the Institute of Animal Technology (FIAT)
  • Registered Animal Technician (RAnTech)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Science Technology (FIScT)
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)
  • Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FSB)

Awards and recognition

  • Anderson Prize – LASA 1989 special commendation for laboratory animal welfare
  • Bill Hiddleston Award – Furthering the welfare of laboratory animals
  • Registered Animal Technologist
  • Fellowship of the Institute of Animal Technology (FIAT)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Technology
  • Institute of Animal Technology Journal Article Prize 1989
  • Master of Science in Laboratory Animal Technology (MSc)
  • Named Animal Care & Welfare Officer (NACWO) Certificate
  • American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Certificate for Guest Speaker
  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
  • 2012 Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International Technician Fellowship Award

Ian, FRSB, CBiol, MBPharmacolS, PTLLS

CPD and Training Manager

Ian has extensive experience working within academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Regulatory compliance is one of Ian’s specialities, and education, training and personal development is Ian’s other area of expertise.

A significant proportion of Ian’s expertise includes the construction, provision and execution of the Home Office Modular courses. He is a member of the Royal Society of Biology Accreditation Board and this makes him the ideal person to ensure the course content is first class and up-to-date.

Ian also works with schools and with Understanding Animal Research (UAR), informing children and the public about animal care and welfare in medical science. Having previously managed the Pfizer school speaker programme, this makes Ian an important link between science and the people who use medication for health reasons. Ian is committed to developing and extending current and new training courses, workshops and seminars offered by The Learning Curve. This contribution to the team is a valuable asset to our organisation and to our customers.

Previous employers

  • Fourteen years at Pfizer – responsibilities included overseeing training programmes in the department of Comparative Medicine
  • Beecham Pharmaceuticals
  • St Barts Hospital Medical College London.


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Understanding Animal Research (UAR)
  • The British Pharmacological Society Education and Training Committee
  • The Institute of Animal Technology
  • Laboratory Animal Science Association
  • Institute of Biomedical Sciences
  • The British Pharmacological Society
  • Laboratory Animal Welfare and Training Exchange (LAWTE)

Awards and recognition

  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) status
  • Chartered Biologist (CBiol)
  • William Upjohn Prize for recognition of Special Accomplishment (2005)

Kate, FIAT, RAnTech, AET

Technical Competency Manager

Kate’s experience in regulatory toxicology spans four decades and includes extensive experience in GLP environments. Having worked the majority of her career at GlaxoSmithKline, this has given her the training and experience much valued in our industry.

Training and competency have been, and still are, essential for animal welfare, science and staff progression, all of which utilise her practical hands-on approach. Setting and maintaining high standards underpin her ethical approach to laboratory animal science.

During her forty years as an Animal Technologist, she has qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Animal Technology and is also a Registered Animal Technologist.

Kate is very experienced on both a practical level and a managerial level, however, her forte’ is training and assessing practical competence. Kate’s ability to perform regulatory techniques with a very high ethical standard, make her an ideal trainer for The Learning Curve.

Previous roles

  • Chaired ERP working group to identify standard wording for severity limits across GSK sites


  • Fellow of The Institute of Animal Technology (FIAT)
  • Registered Animal Technologist (RAnTech)

Awards and recognition

  • 2015 City & Guilds Award in Education and Training
  • 2006 Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International Technician Fellowship Award
  • STEM Science Ambassador performing talks and arranging visits to a range of schools on the use of animals in medical research
  • 2013 Presented at Congress Workshop on ‘Culture of Care – reducing severity

David, BA (Hons), MSc, DipSM, Tech IOSH, MIRSM, MISTR, PTLLS

Health and Safety Consultant

David has extensive knowledge in the field of laboratory animal science as well as in safety management. He has a MSc in Laboratory Animal Science many other qualifications in health and safety and teaching.

With over thirty year experience, many of them in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily at Merck, Sharp & Dohme, David is now a director of his own health and safety company, Wellbury Health & Safety. David’s specialist skills include occupational hygiene, machinery, manual handling, construction, DSE assessment and bio-auditing.

The Learning Curve is extremely appreciative of David’s input and delivery into the courses and workshops particularly in health and safety, although David also puts his experience to good use lecturing on IAT and NACWO courses.

Lorrayne, VN, MIAT, RAnTech


Lorrayne brings over 25 years’ experience to the team, as a Veterinary Nurse.

A head veterinary nurse, managing six nurses in both a small animal and mixed practice. After moving to Pfizer, Lorrayne studied Animal Technology winning the Harold Ling Memorial Prize for her Membership exam and became a RAnTech. Animal welfare is Lorraynes first priority, triaging animals, responsibility for anaesthesia equipment and using these practical skills to teach others.

Lorrayne brings her practical skills to our PIL C course, Aseptic Techniques workshop and IAT Diplomas.


Training Coordinator

Gill has worked within the GLP environments for 24 years at GlaxoSmithKline, working in regulatory toxicology and her latter years within Antibody Therapies. Providing technical, husbandry and welfare support for in-vivo studies. Gill has a depth of knowledge working to high standards, she has a great ability to plan multiple projects & tasks keeping within timelines whilst maximising resource.

Gill ensured continuous development of staff with training and assessment of competencies whilst managing facilities and equipment to comply with Home Office legislation ensuring a high standard expected for AAALAC accreditation. She performed audits with strong attention to detail, and sharing best practises with the wider community.

Gill is a great advocate for the provision of high standard of animal care & welfare ensuring standards met Home Office and regulatory bodies. Whilst fully supportive of improvement projects.

Previous roles

  • Science Laboratory Technician for ‘A’ level students
  • Genetic and Microbiology Technician at Liverpool Universoty
  • Global Business Objects at GSK


  • The Institute of Animal Technology

Awards and recognition

  • City and Guilds Science Laboratory Technician
  • Institute of Animal Technology Intermediate Certificate
  • BTEC in Animal Technology 1st Certificate
  • BTEC in Science National Certifcate
  • GSK Excellence Award – Safety Assessment
  • GSK Exceptional Science Award – Safety Assessment

Fiona, MIAT, RAnTech, MRSB

IT Manager

Having spend her formative years on the family farm and being at Pfizer for over 21 years, Fiona’s experience is wide ranging. Having achieved her MIAT and become a RAnTech, Fiona gained experience snagging, organising occupation and running a new dog facility. She went on to manage vendor relationships, budgets, sourcing, importing and procurement of biological materials and laboratory consumables.

Fiona has worked to GLP for a number of years, written SOPs, COSHH assessments and was involved with writing an AAALAC Program.

As a subject matter expert at Pfizer, Fiona became a key team member developing a web based application to manage animal facilities in the UK and US, to meet Regulatory demands, reduce waste and provide accurate resource planning and customer support. She contributed to training materials, reviewed System Test Scripts and wrote User Acceptance Tests.

Fiona brings her skills, experience and keen eye for detail to The Learning Curve team.


  • Member of The Institute of Animal Technology (MIAT)
  • Registered Animal Technologist (RAnTech)
  • Laboratory Animal Science Association
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology

Awards and recognition

  • Intermediate Certificate of the Institute of Animal Technology
  • Membership of the Institute of Animal Technology
  • BTEC National Certificate in Science (Animal Technology)

Carol, FIAT, RAnTech, PTLLS


Carol has extensive experience working within academia and the pharmaceutical industry. She is well known and respected throughout the medical research industry for her experience with training, regulatory compliance, facility auditing and animal welfare.

With vast experience in Continued Professional Development (CPD), organising, running and accrediting internal and external training courses, Carol has spent many years on the Institute of Animal Technology Board of Education. She is an excellent coordinator and project manager, never leaving anything to chance or assumption.

One of Carol’s specialised skills is her experience with Good Laboratory Practice and her Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International accreditation. Carol has managed, organised and hosted internal and external regulatory audits both in the UK and USA. Her skills in this area are well suited for possible future Home Office audits at research facilities in the UK and Europe.

Carol is a highly enthusiastic and experienced training manager, possessing a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all areas of CPD. Her excellent communication skills and passion make her a superb trainer and very much admired by both her students and peers.

Previous employers

  • Sixteen years at Pfizer
  • Thirteen years at Burroughs Wellcome
  • Experience at Kings College Hospital Medical School, London.


  • The Institute of Animal Technology

Awards and recognition

  • Won the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AAALAC) Technician Award
  • Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) accredited

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