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Gary Dearden


I am an MCIPD qualified professional with some 22 years of operational HR & Training experience, primarily gained in the hospitality/leisure and retail sectors through regional and national HR roles with Whitbread, Bass and Co-operative.

I have extensive experience of designing and delivering training and development programmes for an assortment of business applications and change management projects, ranging from discipline and grievance to customer service.

While living in southern Spain for 15 years, I co-owned and managed a small leisure/retail business in the shape of a golf driving range, which incorporated an academy, pro-shop, club repair centre and cafe-bar, not to mention some extremely discerning and equally demanding international clients!

During my time in Spain, I also studied full-time to gain a qualification as a TEFL teacher and taught English from beginner to advanced level in a local academy as well as to my own private students. Before returning to the UK in 2015, I had enjoyed several years as a full-time Copywriter, producing sales and marketing materials, blogs, web pages and staff recruitment & training materials for a worldwide holiday resorts organisation.

I have a genuine passion for people and business development and firmly believe that my number 1 asset is a proven ability to adapt for continued success, whether in my professional or personal life.

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