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Training Manager

I manage the Growth Support Programme for Cosmic; my colleagues and I provide digital support, advice and guidance to a wide range of businesses in Devon and Somerset.

I like to help people and I get to do that every day working for Cosmic by mentoring and coaching small businesses in the use of digital technology and digital strategies.

I studied International Relations and Politics at University, then joined Somerset County Council (SCC) as a Graduate Management Trainee. Whilst a trainee, I worked in a variety of departments, completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and finally joined the Economic Development Team, where I was responsible for delivering several rural workspace projects, digital business support and rural superfast broadband infrastructure.

I study Krav Maga, which means "contact combat" in Hebrew. Krav Maga is a fighting style that was originally developed for the Israeli Defence Force and is derived from a combination of techniques sourced from aikido, boxing, wrestling, judo, and karate. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extreme efficiency.