Our team

Managing Director

grant_kennedyI set up Optimum Training in 2015 as Managing Director and Company Secretary. I have a wealth of experience from a wide range of senior management roles, including human resources, travel industry management, public relations, business development, charity management and business start-ups.

I am also Chief Executive Officer of Learning Links (Southern) Limited, and Managing Director or Edu Care Recycling UK, a community interest company.

Training is a valuable tool to move people from where they are to where they want to be, which benefits both the individual and the employer. Training is the foundation at the core of any business and has limitless benefits to empower the individual to achieve, both for themselves and for the organisation.

Head of Delivery & Compliance

Lissa is an experienced quality and project manager and has worked in the Adult Employment and Training sector for over 25 years developing and managing a diverse range of government funded and corporate training programmes. As Head of Compliance Lissa works as part of the Executive Team to build and continuously improve the effective frameworks for quality, evaluation and auditing procedures. She is responsible for preparing quality strategies and plans that result the development of the organization.

Tutor and Training Administrator

I am a confident and experienced teacher who feels passionately about inspiring learners to realise their talent and potential.

Ongoing training and development is beneficial to both the individual and the organisations. It allows people to continue to expand their skills and flourish in their chosen career, while promoting a culture of progression and expansion within the organisation.

I have a first class degree in English Literature, a PGCE, and am also studying for a Masters at the University of Portsmouth. I taught A Level English, GCSE and Functional Skills at Further Education level, and have worked extensively with adult learners, students with learning disabilities, and students from a variety of backgrounds. I have experience running my own breast and testicular cancer awareness charity, which has provided me with a wealth of valuable transferable skills.

I love working in the adult learning sector and seeing people progress and continue to learn and develop. As a teacher it is imperative that I also maintain a high level of learning in my professional life, and this is something I love inspiring others to do.



I have lived and worked in Portsmouth for the past sixteen years. Having gained an honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering Management from the University of Bath, I started working in the telecommunications industry in 1997, and am currently working as the project manager for a major US telecommunications corporation.

I joined the board of Portsmouth Arts and Community Education (PACE) in 2006, and following the merger of PACE with Learning Links in 2007, I remained as the sole PACE board member to be a trustee at Learning Links UK Limited.

I originally joined PACE to help support the then management team and board and board to provide community arts projects and arts/new media based education within Portsmouth.

Apart from work and my role at Learning Links, I spend my time with my partner and family, as well as enjoying photography, digital media and website development, alongside local arts/music events.


I have worked in the lifelong learning and employability sectors for 30 years, particularly for the local authority on employability projects. Learning new skills and gaining knowledge is key to new opportunities and increasing an individual’s network.  I strongly believe everyone should take every opportunity for training in the workplace or leisure time – you never know how your life could change as a result. It will help you become the best person you can be, help a business to be sustainable and prosper, and increase the economic prosperity of our region.

Learning and personal development has been powerful for the progression of my own career and was life-changing. I gained an MSc in Combined Studies at the University of Portsmouth Partnership Programme in my mid 50s, and now support charities and not for profit enterprises that open up opportunities for individuals. I hold a Teaching Diploma and an RSA Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning, Assessor Award. I am a volunteer trustee for Learning Links (Southern) Ltd and am a director of two community interest companies.

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