Our mission is to update and refresh management training, and to cut to the bottom line... to offer stuff that works!

SMT Training was formed by Lee Gosling, an experienced senior manager and development trainer with extensive experience of the voluntary, public and private sectors.

Lee has set up and run charities and social enterprises, raised many million pounds worth of funding for various organisations and is an expert on business strategy and government commissioning.

He is a leadership specialist who has trained staff, managers and boards to excel in settings ranging from small charities to 'blue-chip' corporations. 

The aim of SMT is, at its heart, to challenge the inertia and 'sameness' of management consultancy and training and to make sure that what we deliver is fresh, relevant and backed up by evidence and research that proves that it works.

MBA, CIM Level 7 Diploma In Strategic Management, DMS,  PTLLS L4,  MLA(S), SPA

Hi, I'm Lee, and I'm the Managing Director of and Lead Consultant for SMT Training. I thought it might be good for you to get a feel for who I am and what I can bring to your organisation.

Firstly, I hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and the Chartered Institute of Management level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management. So you know that I am basing what I do on solid, evidence-based research into what works.

Secondly, for over 20 years I have been a successful practising senior manager in both the private and voluntary sectors, I have operated at Executive level in statutory partnerships and have designed and delivered management and personal development training programmes at all levels and across all sectors. 

Just a few of the organisations I have helped:
  • KPMG
  • GEC
  • the Japan Railways Group
  • The LSC
  • Victim Support. 
In 2008, I spent 6 months as 'consultant in residence' for Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO), providing a range of senior level training courses in strategic management, governance, new developments in the statutory commissioning agenda and successful tendering. 

I also was contracted to support the LSC in its transition to the Skills Funding Agency, using social media to inform organisations of changes and developments. I organised a number of conferences with the TSNLA, SFA & YPNLA and produced regular bulletins and podcasts.

I am currently an Associate Trainer and Consultant for the Directory of Social Change, with topics including  fundraising, strategy, finance, projects, partnerships and commissioning, and health and safety management.

I have also advised and supported organisations through merger and due diligence processes. 

As a practising manager and Chief Executive, I have managed a number of high-profile crime and drug reduction programmes for the Youth Justice Board and the Home Office 
gaining very positive national media attention due to their effectiveness, including significant features in the Guardian, Independent and on Newsnight. In 2004 I was invited to a closed meeting with members of government to advise them on approaches to youth crime and disaffection.

I recently set up a Social Enterprise for homeless people in East Lancashire, and have previously set up outdoor education centres for disaffected young people in a number of inner-city areas. 

For seven years I was an active member of a Lake District Mountain Rescue Team and remain a keen outdoor enthusiast (and a qualified outdoor instructor, running courses in the outdoors as well). I probably rate my ascent of the Old Man of Hoy in the Orkneys as my favourite 'epic'... although there have been a few!
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