Suk Gill has over a 12 years’ experience in sales, people management and training within the Financial Services industry. He brings a wealth of real-life sales experience having created and led strong sales teams in the past. He now dedicates his time to putting all of his experience, passion and enthusiasm into training others. More recently Suk has been running various Sales training programmes, both in the UK and Internationally.
Outside of work Suk has a strong passion for Tennis, having played to a National level in the UK. Suk is a qualified Tennis coach and spends his spare time coaching groups and individuals. Suk is also a keen traveller, he’s been to 35 different countries and doesn’t plan to stop there.
Shane Ivers, after receiving his MMus at the University of Liverpool in 2014, Shane set up a small home studio, and a website to market his compositions. He also worked in a local secondary school as a data manager, running their website, and teaching music technology. This together with his University experience solidified his learning background. Shane honed his web design, development, and SEO skills while creating his website before joining the team at Bigrock in early 2017. Shane contributes to the digital aspects within Bigrock including web design, app development, production of learning material, sound engineering, and graphics.
Away from work, Shane enjoys eating food, composing music, playing guitar & piano, singing, and spending time with friends & family.
Lily Sanders After graduating with a BA in History the University of Exeter in 2012, Lily gained experience in marketing and administration before joining Bigrock in July 2013. Initially, her role focused on optimising Bigrock’s social media, marketing and supporting proposals. As she has gained experience with Bigrock, Lily’s role has grown to encompass managing sales pipeline, business development, marketing and our full proposal process, as well as researching and writing white papers.
Away from work, Lily loves playing her French horn in local bands and spending time with her family on their narrowboats.
Mark Dix, after leaving university Mark spent 5 years working for Landpac Ground Engineering Ltd as a Project Manager. Mark then decided to move into the IT industry where he worked as a Support Executive for EnlightKS. Whilst working in various roles, Mark studied towards an MCSE certification. After gaining some invaluable experience, Mark went onto work with Red Technology as a Systems Administrator and then went onto become a Web Project Manager, before joining Bigrock in early 2011.
Away from work, Mark loves sport (watching and playing), fishing, web development and anything involving computers. Mark enjoys travelling to interesting places and learning about different cultures.
Sally Sharpe has worked in financial services all of her working life with over 20 years experience within training and development. Sally holds a CIPD Certificate in Training Practice and a Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice. Sally joined Bigrock in 2012 as Training Project Manager and is point of contact on all training projects and events. Sally is also involved in designing and producing training material.
Away from work, Sally loves spending time with her family and friends which usually involves food, drink, getting out in the fresh air and holidays in the sunshine.
Jon Luckett is a highly experienced financial services professional, with over 25 years gained in the sector since graduating. Diploma qualified, he has extensive business development, sales management and strategic account management experience, growing sales revenues in a variety of distribution channels. Jon believes that training and coaching are pivotal in helping both people and businesses reach their full potential, and this was a key factor in leading him to join the Bigrock team.
Away from work, Jon is keen on a variety of sports and enjoys spending time with his family and walking their mischievous labradoodle, Monty.
Chris Larkin founded Bigrock in 2004. As a highly respected Trainer, Consultant and Executive Coach with deep experience in Sales, Management and Leadership, Chris led Bigrock to great success. Whilst continuing to guide Bigrock’s future as a Non-Executive Director, Chris is also currently the Chief Transformation and Development Officer in CBRE (the global real estate business – one of Bigrock’s most prestigious clients). Chris is an architect of strategic organisational change and a business coach. Prior to founding Bigrock, Chris had a successful career in major Blue Chip organisations as an Adviser, Sales Trainer, Training Manager and Department Head. He has created and grown Bigrock into one of the foremost providers of lasting and embedded operational excellence.
Away from work, Chris loves rugby, skiing, being in the mountains or on a boat and of course his family; wife Becki, three children Emily, Henry and Imogen plus their mad labradoodle Heston.
Kathryn Baxter joined Bigrock in 2014 as Content Designer, after completing her BA Hons Degree in Surface Design in London. Kathryn contributes to a wide range of design projects within Bigrock, including the design and production of training material and learning aids. Her role also includes business development activity as well as administrative duties.
Away from work Kathryn enjoys long walks in the countryside, singing, exhibiting her father’s engines at Steam Engine Rally’s as well as camping, caravanning and boating holidays.
Jon Curry has worked as a professional rugby coach for the last 25 years. In that time, Jon coached individuals and teams to excellence, with a focus on understanding, identification and development of talent. He has helped both players and coaches realise their potential and become world class. Jon now shares his insights into coaching, talent development and team dynamics with our business clients at both leadership events, change programmes, skills workshops and through 1-2-1 executive coaching. Our business clients really value the unique and highly transferable insights Jon brings from the world of elite sport, his pragmatic yet hugely impactful style and his ability to laser in on the critical need area. Jon is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Coaching. Jon has worked most notably with Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints in England and Ciencias Sevilla and the Spanish national side in Spain. Understanding and creating strong cultures are a passion for him.
Away from work, Jon likes watching live rugby in the winter, swimming and diving in the summer. Throughout the year he enjoys reading actual paper books, golf and the gym.
Alison Wilkinson has spent 34 years in Financial Services holding many positions predominantly in the High Net Worth arena. Over the past 15 years Alison has been advising and tailoring financial solutions to meet client’s needs, most recently specialising in Occupational Pension Schemes. Alison also applies this expertise in the training room, where she is an expert facilitator.
Away from work Alison loves spending time with her husband Gary, family and friends. Alison spends most weekends outdoors as she is a keen cyclist and runner. One of her favourite places is the Yorkshire Dales where she has completed the Yorkshire 3 peaks. Skiing is also a passion. The Morzine area of France is a particular favourite place as it not only has a wide range of runs to suit all abilities but plenty of après ski!!!.
Paul Morgan joined the financial services industry in 2000, joining the UK’s most productive sales force. Since then, he has gone on to work for some of the most well-known UK financial services providers as both an IFA and a tied advisor, in a variety of sales, line management and training roles – attaining Chartered Financial Planner Status in 2007. More recently Paul has joined Bigrock to work as a consultant, work he combines with running his own financial planning practice.
Away from work, Paul loves spending time with his wife, young family and trying to capture those moments with his recently acquired interest in photography.
Neil Reid has over 25 years’ experience in sales & sales management, project management, training needs analysis, training, consultancy and people development.
Life for Neil outside of work is just as busy as Neil is pioneering a new church and community venture in his hometown of Blackpool. Blackpool, although famous for its family holiday resort status is nonetheless, in the top 10% of the countries most deprived areas, with many social needs. Neil’s motto is “We can’t do everything but we can do something!”
Sarah Curtis has enjoyed a wonderfully unstructured career rambling through retail management, horticulture, financial advice, training & training management, coaching, child care, garden design & restoration, management development and more. The consistent threads have been people and growth. Along the way Sarah has studied and gained qualifications in many different aspects of people development.
Away from work, Sarah can usually be found: ‘in the garden’, or out walking, or reading a book, or cooking, or travelling…..lots and lots of travelling.
Colin Milne has past the last 25 years working in Financial Services, Sales and Sales Management, working for product providers and as an Independent. Since 2008, Colin has focussed on training consultancy, design and delivery for a wide range of organisations.
Away from work, Colin is an enthusiastic gastronome which fortunately is a passion shared by his wife and family. Keeping fit and battling various golf courses in West Sussex helps him offset the negative effects of his dining excesses.
Paul Irvine has 24 years experience in Financial Services, Sales, Sales Management and Training. Working at all levels and across different distribution channels has meant being involved in many of Bigrock’s most high profile and successful development initiatives. In 2010, Paul led a Bigrock team that was awarded a Partnership and Collaboration National Training Award in conjunction with one of our key client partners.
Away from work, Paul loves spending time with his wife and three children. Paul enjoys all sports and has a particular interest in rugby, cricket and golf. Paul is a season ticket holder at Ulster Rugby which is a big passion of his. In golf he closely follows Rory McIlroy, a relative of his wife.