About NTI

NTI & The Team

The New Technology Institute - nti Leeds - is part of Leeds Beckett University’s School of Computing and Creative Technologies. We started out in 2003, and moved to our Old Broadcasting House location in Leeds City Centre in September 2007.

We help people get the most from technology.  

We offer a range of training courses which help businesses increase productivity and competitiveness by developing the skills and expertise of their teams.

We support a range of grass roots groups and events, hosting meetups  here at Old Broadcasting House where people come together to network and learn from one another.   

We’re supporting the next generation of talent too. Students from Leeds Beckett get to work on live projects in our Development Studio, which has up to six paid posts for upcoming developers.





  • Dave Verwer

    Dave Verwer


    Dave has developed a number of successful iOS apps. He brings direct experience in designing, developing, shipping and marketing successful apps to his training courses


  • Jeremy Gledhill

    Jeremy Gledhill


    When he's not training and sharing his 15 years experience of using Macs with you, Jeremy is installing Mac networks, configuring servers and generally helping run the networks for major organisations across the North of England.

  • Marian  Watson

    Marian Watson


    Marian has over 20 years of project management experience working in both public and private sectors and for large and small companies. She’s a specialist in the PRINCE2 methodology and a highly experienced trainer.

  • Gary Bradley

    Gary Bradley


    Gary Bradley is an Adobe Certified Instructor and an award winning graphic designer with over 17 years commercial experience working as a designer and Creative Director in digital print, animation, CGI and illustration. Gary has led global projects in creative multimedia technology, art direction and management for prestigious brands such as Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Nike, and Sainsbury's. His courses are designed to nurture and enhance your talent; he'll take the knowledge that you have got and help you become more adept, more effective and more productive. He'll share with you proven best practice techniques and little known short cuts that can and will save you hours - all delivered in a style and language that you can relate to.

  • Patrick Ingham

    Patrick Ingham


    Patrick has been delivering Android courses both here at the NTI and to students at Leeds Beckett University since 2009. He works on real world Android applications through the Leeds Beckett App Studio which develops mobile based software to the commercial market. His non-mobile related interest is in VR, although the gap between the two gets less each year.

  • Nick McKenna

    Nick McKenna


    Nick is the founder and CEO of McKenna Consultants. Nick's passion for quality software is what drives his organisation forward, implementing Agile principles and practices throughout the entire business. Nick graduated from Hull University with a First Class Degree in Computer Sciences. Since then he has gained invaluable experience over 15 years in the software industry, from writing the worlds first electronic invoice system to controlling the computer drivers on racing computer games! Nicks is a SAFe Program Consultant and is one of only a few Certified Scrum Coaches in the UK. Nick also holds his Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional awards. You can often hear Nick speaking at Agile Software Development conferences.

  • John Moores

    John Moores


    Music is at the heart of all of John's work. An accomplished guitarist, he has written and produced music and sound design services for TV, radio, film, corporate and multimedia. John works for Apple as their Logic Trainer Mentor, he is the Technical Editor for the Apple Pro Training Series Logic Pro X book, and Subject Matter Expert for Apple Worldwide Training.


  • James Ward

    James Ward


    James works as a Digital Coach and is a Certified Google Partner who has been running AdWords campaigns and analysing Google Analytics for clients since 2005.

  • Richard England

    Richard England


    Richard is a twice BAFTA nominated creative coder, whose work includes visual installations, rich internet applications, social media and mobile apps, 3D interactive environments, and games. His client list includes BBC, Channel4, David Hockney Studio, and The National Media Museum.

  • Andrew Devis

    Andrew Devis


    Andrew is an independent media producer working in video and motion graphics and 2d & 3D animation. He's an Adobe Certified Expert and an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Première Pro, Encore and After Effects.

  • Sarah Allison

    Sarah Allison


    Sarah Allison is the founder and director of Social Yorkshire, a social media marketing company in Leeds. Operating as a social media trainer, consultant and strategist, she works with a wide range of organisations to help them gain confidence in using social media - to improve customer relationships and grow their brands online by engaging target audiences through social channels.


  • Duncan Colman

    Duncan Colman


    When Duncan's not training SEO, he's putting the knowledge into practice within a dedicated SEO team for a variety of Yorkshire and UK located ecommerce businesses. Duncan is the founder of Leeds based Spike Digital and has 9 years of specialist search engine marketing experience from local to multi-lingual, large scale SEO campaigns.

  • Anne Headen

    Anne Headen


    Operating as a WordPress website designer and trainer, Anne works with freelancers and small business owners to help them design and take ownership of their own website.


  • Dave Ellis

    Dave Ellis


    Dave has been designing websites for over 15 years for the likes of Disney, Nickelodeon, Guinness, BBC and many more. He’s appeared in numerous industry magazines along the way such as Net Magazine, Web Designer and has even appeared in publications in Japan

  • Carl Taylor

    Carl Taylor


    Carl Taylor is a professional iOS developer with 3 years experience on the platform. He created Direct Line's DrivePlus app and an e-commerce application certified by eBay.

  • Kiran Voderhobli

    Kiran Voderhobli


    Kiran Voderhobli is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University with over 5 years of teaching experience in Network Management and Network Security among other areas related to networking systems. He is the course leader for M.Eng. Computer Science and M.Sc. Networking Systems Engineering. Before joining as an academic, Kiran also worked in industry developing secure commercial VoIP solutions. He has led curriculum development and delivery for networking for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Leeds Beckett. His research areas include network security and sustainable computing.

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  • Mike Abbott

    Mike Abbott


    Mike is a highly experienced designer, visual creative and software trainer. In addition to his training work he runs his own studio (www.vantagegraphics.co.uk) focused on digital imagery for advertising and marketing communication, serving clients in the UK, Europe and USA. He has a broad and deep skill set across design, photographic based imagery, 3D CGI, video and motion graphics. Mike has over 15 years experience as a trainer and is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and After Effects. He is also an Adobe Video Specialist.

  • John Neve

    John Neve


    John is a long-standing friend and colleague of Marian. Many of you may know of Marian as she has trained at NTI for many years. John has 30 years of project management experience working in the private, public and third sectors, for large and small organisations. He's a specialist in the PRINCE2 method and a very experienced trainer.

  • Aaron  McKenna

    Aaron McKenna


    Aaron is an Agile coach, Certified Product Owner, ScrumMaster and Professional based in the UK. He is the Commercial Director of McKenna Consultants who provide Agile consultancy, coaching and training, bespoke software development and app development. Aaron was also nominated for a 2014 UK Agile Award!


  • Elaine  Taylor-Whilde

    Elaine Taylor-Whilde


    Ms Elaine Taylor-Whilde is the CEO of Nine Health Community Interest Company, a social enterprise specialising in clinical technology with level 3 information governance accreditation (part of the NHS family). Elaine is also a Director of two other Limited companies working in clinical technology development globally. Having led a major EC funded project flowing data across 20 partners and 8 countries for the past 4 years (The Virtual Physiological Human – Share) she was responsible as Senior Reporting Officer for ensuring that all legal and contractual obligations were met. She is a member of the national data access user requirements review group for the Health and Social Care Information Centre ( formelry National Clinical Research Lead) and has worked at the Department of Health for both the quality and finance teams for the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts and NHS Litigation Authority.