ABOUT FILTERED

Filtered is an award-winning online training platform which personalizes learning material for each user. By asking users questions about their role, aspiration and proficiency, the platform’s machine learning algorithm is able to pinpoint skills gaps and filter out material that the user doesn’t need or already knows. This minimises time spent training, maximises the impact of learning and increases productivity.

Filtered’s online courses have been designed for the modern knowledge worker. Filtered offers training in essential subjects and programmes used daily by today’s workforce - from Microsoft applications to project management, business writing and business analysis. Users are professionals from all roles and sectors. Clients include Asda, EE, New Look, EY, Regus and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

In 2015 Filtered was an EdTech 20 finalist; hosted Personalized training: if not now, when?, a conference on learning personalization; and launched the Filtered Foundation. Filtered won two awards at the Learning Awards 2016 (in the Learning Technologies and Innovation in Learning categories), and with the ICAEW was shortlisted for Best Training Initiative in the Association Excellence Awards 2016.

OUR TEAM

We're always on the lookout for brilliant people. If you think you'd bring something new or different to our team, we'd love to hear from you.

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Adam Lacey (Head of Consumer & Operations)

Adam Lacey (Head of Sales) graduated from Nottingham University in 2009 with a First Class degree in European Politics. He started his career at London car club Streetcar (now Zipcar) on their graduate scheme where he led on the sales effort into property developments and later moved into B2B partnerships. In 2012 Adam moved to Filtered in the company's first formal sales role.

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Paolo Lenotti (Head of Marketing & PR)

Paolo has spent almost a decade in London but originally hails from Verona, Italy. He joined us in June 2013 as Head of Marketing & PR, after working at Guardian News & Media, LSBF and Informa. He's a marketing maestro with a knack for numbers, and dreams of becoming the next Jack Donaghy. He also loves football and splits his allegiances between his local team Hellas Verona and AC Milan.

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Alex Trica (Developer)

Alex has a degree in Computer Science and graduated as a Software Engineer. Since then he's worked for telecommunications and web advertising companies in Bucharest, whilst in his free time developing mobile apps. His specialisms lie in algorithms, data structures and networking - basically ‘talking to the machine’. Alex reads a lot, mainly fantasy/SCI-FI and tech mags. He’s also a bit of a gamer.

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Ben Laycock (Key Account Manager)

Ben worked with Adam at Zipcar, a fast moving car hire company, before joining him in the Commercial team at Filtered in March 2013. Now putting his Geography degree and A* in GCSE Food Technology to use, Ben manages a number of partnerships worldwide and makes the best cup of tea outside of Yorkshire!

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Chandan Vagdia (Finance)

Chandan was a Local Taxation Assistant for 13 years! She came to Filtered with little to no experience of Excel but of course, she came to the right place, quickly carving out her place as an integral part of the finance team. Other than becoming an excel wizard her enjoyments include badminton, swimming and listening to Indian/English music.

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Dr Chris Littlewood (Head of Content & Science)

Chris worked as a consultant at strategy boutique Mars & Co after completing degrees in physics and maths at Oxford and Cambridge and conducting research in particle physics at CERN. He has ten years experience in analysis and strategy development, across industries at Mars & Co and then in the rail sector. He leads on the science behind the product, particularly the filtering algorithm.


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Courtney Barnard (Sales)

Courtney’s role is sales support - she previously worked in a spa at the gatwick business lounge where she gained great customer service experience. She came to filtered for a change in career, to learn more about online training business and also for a chance to engage with clients face-to-face and over the phone.

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Daniel Trinidad (Developer)

Daniel joined us as our e-Learning Technical Developer. When he’s not refining content, improving engagement or coding with the dev team, he’s coding his own ideas in the form of video games. He graduated university in 2012 in Computer Science with Games Technology and has an affinity for a wide range of things including algorithms, software development and good steak.

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Deborah Ashby (IT Trainer / Subject Expert)

Deborah is Filtered's in-house IT Trainer and Subject Expert. She has worked within IT training for the past eight years and a further 11 within operations analysis. She's a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Master, TAP trainer and COLF online learning facilitator and has been involved in high profile software migration projects in a number of her previous roles.

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Inga Brown (Instructional Designer)

Inga is part of our Content team she designs, edits, builds courses and all that sizzle. Inga was born and raised in Germany and studied Art & Design in the mountainous region of Northern Italy. Previously she worked as a Junior Packing Designer going back to her roots working for a German agency in South London designing some meaty sausage packets."

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Juan D'Achiardi (Product Manager)

Juan joined us from... well, all over the place. He's lived in five countries over the past seven years and not only did try all of the local dishes, he also learned the respective languages. He brings over six years of customer service experience to the company along with a healthy mix of energy and wit. In his free time Juan likes learning new songs on the guitar and pondering the next language to conquer.

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Kata Szkopkowska (Content Administrator)

Kata joined the Content Team in May 2016. She has a degree in English and German Studies and has previously worked as a teacher in a nursery and a primary school. She has decided to change her careers and start the adventure of editing and designing. She loves traveling and riding her peach-coloured bike across London.

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Marc Zao-Sanders (CEO)

Marc started his career in strategy. He then applied the skills learnt there to a number of small businesses including Pure Potential and accessprofessions.com. Over the course of this period he began to realise the shortage of basic business skills in the work place and wanted to do something about it. And so the idea for Filtered was born in 2007.

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Matilde Castanheira (Business Analyst)

Matilde’s role is to analyse all of our data to improve the algorithm that selects which modules each user might need. She has a PhD in particle physics and enjoys travelling, dancing the Argentinian tango, coordinating pink stuff and most of all, travelling to dance tango in pink shoes!

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Meesh Nah (Content Manager)

Meesh is the Course Manager, she joined Filtered at the end of 2012 having decided to venture into pastures new outside of the dance music industry. Outside of work hours, Meesh can usually be located somewhere in East London, sometimes with a camera in one hand.

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Natalia D'achiardi (Customer Services)

Natalia joined the company in July 2015, having previously worked in the Perfume shop part-time, while studying for a degree in Digital Media at the University of Westminster, and at Hispanic radio station Aculco Radio. She moved to the UK from her native Colombia 12 years ago and is fluent in both Spanish and English. In her spare time she enjoys cracking rubiks cubes and loves the cinema.

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Sam Hennessy (Head of Development)

Sam heads up our Technical Team. He has been building websites professionally since 2000 and leading teams since 2010. Sam has also had the opportunity to be a programming trainer, spoken at national conferences, written articles for print, and author a book. Born and raised in the UK he returns to England after living in the USA for 10 years. A father of 3, Sam’s happiest when spending time with his family as they explore the UK and Europe.

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Toby Harris (Solution Architect)

Toby graduated in 2009 and has worked in the online learning space ever since. He previously worked at Saffron Interactive devising and delivering high-end content and platform projects (helping one client win two major industry awards in the process). He joined Filtered to help with business development and product development. In his spare time he's studying for a PhD on Irish writer Flann O'Brien and regularly humiliates himself with his bad pronunciation at Irish language classes.

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Punit Shah (Finance Manager)

Punit joined Filtered at an exciting time of expansion in 2012 with responsibility for finance and operations. Like Ben, he has a degree in mathematics and they frequently argue about which of them loves Pi more. With a ACCA professional qualification, Punit brings a variety of experiences from working at an accountancy practice in London where he initially started his career. He enjoys playing sports, reading books, and of course, creating spreadsheets.

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Vinit Patel (Co-founder)

Vinit joined Marc and Chris to help found and grow the business in 2009 having previously worked for Marc in 2005. He leads on product development and operations, working with our talented team of software engineers, designers and finance colleagues. He has a background in management consulting and is a seed investor in two UK-based tech startups.