Executive Team

Alpha was founded and continues to be run by banking professionals who know what it takes to succeed in the financial markets. The role of the management team is to manage and oversee all operations of the Alpha global business and ensure that clients are well served by the products and services provided by the firm. The Management team is also accountable for delivering organisational performance against plans and identifying and managing risks.

Ian Dawson


“Ian enjoys all aspects of his role as Chair at Alpha and, since founding the company in 2003, has done nearly every role! Ian worked for over a decade in global investment banking before focussing on the opportunity to build a business totally focused on executing impactful, highly customised development programmes for the leading global financial services firms.

As Chairman and Founder of Alpha, Ian works closely with our CEO and Board to shape the future of our company and ensure our continued focus on delivering high-quality solutions aligned to our clients’ learning and development strategies.

Professional Qualifications:
ASIA, BA Hons (Oxon)

Paul Monk, CEO, Alpha Development

Paul Monk


Paul began his career in the City of London, working on top-tier graduate programmes with a focus on Global Markets. He then moved role, to lead several high-profile eLearning projects across financial services – including specialist CPD programmes as part of the new UK RDR regulations. Since joining Alpha in 2012, Paul has been responsible for extending our client coverage from our London headquarters – including launching our US franchise in 2013 & our Singapore office in 2015. Today, as CEO of the firm, Paul is responsible for the global operations & strategy of the firm, chairing the Management Team committee and reporting directly to our Chairman.

Hector Payne

Chief Learning Officer, and Executive Director

Hector brings over 20 years of experience in the higher and corporate education industry with a specialism in learning data analytics and blended learning technologies. He has been credited with the design and development of learning and development initiatives ranging from professional development programmes to large scale corporate university projects for several FTSE 100 firms. To date, the programmes he has managed and developed have served the learning needs of over 150,000 individuals primarily in the financial services industry across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific

In his current role, Hector is accountable for the Alpha Development product roadmap and ensuring that the quality of the provisions meets with the expectations of our clients. His background in learning design, product development and serving as an account director for large global organisations helps our teams translate industry best practice and cutting edge innovations into scalable solutions that meets the needs of learners, the managers of learners and ultimately the organisations’ strategies.

Phillip Adey

Finance Director

Phillip graduated from the University of Birmingham (BSc Physics) and is a member of the ICAEW with over 25 years post qualification experience. Since qualifying he has had over 20 years experience as a Finance Director of various fast growth, award winning SME businesses. Phillip has sector experience in property, recruitment, retail and now training. He has worked within private equity backed businesses and has extensive experience in both the acquisition and the sale of businesses.

Robert White

Global Commercial Director

Robert is Alpha’s Global Commercial Director and member of the Executive Team.

With over 10 years of L&D experience, Rob understands the challenges financial service firms face within their fast-paced, changing environments. Through his experience and interest in developing people and businesses, Rob is responsible for leading Alpha’s regional Commercial Directors for the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia to support Alpha’s global client base.

Katie Verdicchio

Chief Operating Director

Katie has been working in the L&D industry since 2011. In previous years’ she has been immersed in managing training Programmes to the L&D industry which has proved vital in understanding the critical needs of business.

In her role as the Operations Director, Katie oversees ongoing business operations within the company and is responsible for effective execution of the firm’s long-term strategies. The role includes implementing tactical projects and ensuring continuous improvement and efficiency of the day to day operations.

Essia Harding

HR Director

Essia brings 25 years’ of previous generalist HR experience covering the private, public and voluntary sectors; most recently in mergers and acquisitions and prior to that as Head of HR at the Museum of London where she oversaw a strategic change programme gaining both Investors in People and Investing in Volunteers.

Essia is a chartered member of the CIPD. With an interest in strategic HR, organisational transformation and culture Essia will develop and implement HR initiatives to support Alpha Development achieve its growth plans.

David Ascott

Non-Executive Director

David joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in August 2020 following a long career in professional services and private equity. With over 20 years’ as a Corporate Finance Partner at a market leading firm David has vast experience in building and developing the specialism within the business services sector. His career started as a Chartered Accountant in the UK and Australia before he spent 13 years in private equity where he completed numerous successful investments.

David uses his significant experience of working with dynamic growth companies to provide an independent strategic perspective to the Board as Alpha looks to build on its ambitious plans to scale the business globally.

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