Head of Learning and Development at Merlin, Val Brown is a training specialist and business-woman with 25 years' experience in people development, specialising in Leadership and Management. Working in SMEs across the Logistics, Manufacturing and Service sectors, Val has also worked with Public, Corporate and Charity sector clients.

Val is passionate about people and inspires delegates to be more confident and skilled Management Team players, better able to lead and manage their own teams. A strategic thinker, Val has an extraordinary ability to understand and connect with people to help them build on strengths and overcome leadership and management challenges.

Val is also passionate about people processes and is very hands on in ensuring that the content and group facilitation used by Merlin Leaders, supports learning and commitment to value-adding action when training is put into practice.


Head of HR Leadership at Merlin, Nick Bithell has many years of hands-on experience dealing with real people issues at the sharp end on a daily basis.

Nick’s has in-depth, up to date knowledge of employment law as well as the practicalities of applying it in a commercial environment.His ability to make employment law clear, understandable and accessible from Team Leader to Business Leader is key to the success of Merlin Leader training.

Nick is an expert in Employee Engagement and TUPE. He is passionate about the positive impact Leaders and Managers should have on their people and inspires delegates with his advice on how to harness employee engagement to create improved employee performance.

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