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Professional Development People are a group of experienced learning specialists with a wide range of skills and expertise. We pride ourselves on being customer service focused and are driven to engage organisations and individuals in meaningful learning.

Our aim is to enhance you, your business and the people in it. We do this by challenging and supporting colleagues to behave in effective, efficient productive ways. Learning through the stretch zone.


Allow our fresh pair of eyes to help you focus and set your direction.

Programme Design

We will design flexible events with resourcing to suit your needs and budgets.

Training Delivery

Engaging, stimulating, challenging, informative… that’s what the last 22,500 said.

Team Events

Bringing teams together. Stimulating events to suit your need and move your culture forward.


Stuck in a rut? We can help you navigate your journey.

Train the Trainer

Enabling your colleagues to deliver quality training in the workplace.

Executive Coaching

Let us help you to lift the mist! See the world more clearly and set your direction.

Personal Coaching

The real you is great, inspiring and valuable. Let us help bring that person into the light.

Assessment Centres

Find the next piece to fit your jigsaw.

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About PDP

Located in Surrey and Hampshire, PDP is an established training and coaching business with a wide range of local and national clients.

Paula Ashby

Paula Ashby

MA, BA (Hons), QTS

Initially a teacher and an LA Advisor, Paula worked in an holistic way with a range of organisations within education before expanding into business. Her varied career has seen her successfully manage and deliver high profile projects, such as devising, leading and managing the training for the 8000 London Ambassadors during the Olympic and Paralympic games in the United Kingdom.

Paula also specialises in supporting individuals in their personal and professional development.

Richard Jones

BED (Hons)

Richard has been involved with learning and development since 1983. Rapidly rising through the teaching profession and then working in industry. Richard specialises in emotional intelligence and communication skills. His work is in highly respected within several FTSE 100 companies, particularly in relation to management workshops.

Richard successfully designed and delivered key aspects of the military training for the 2012 Olympic Games.


I  got the car park bus with some of the others on the course and they all said that you were great at delivering the session – we all found it particularly interesting and helpful to hear about your own experiences, so thanks for that.

RG Border Force

Outstanding trainer, best I have had in many years and many course at the Home Office


Excellent Trainer with very good presentation skills. Excellent speaker

CD Border Force
I never got round to saying thank you for all your help and commitment with our cohort. Although time demanding on occasions I enjoyed doing the certificate and was very pleased with my result. I feel it has helped me step back and look at my job and the role I play within the school, a very useful exercise after some 12 years in school administration.
Liz Wood, Certificate in Educational Business and Administration Delegate

I have been in the Civil Service for 16 years and this is probably the best training session I have attended, thanks Richard

JB Immigration Litigation Case Officer

Very good presentation, thanks

Immigration Enforcement Officer Portsmouth

Fantastic course, thanks Paula

Immigration Officer Gatwick Airport

Richard was very passionate and engaging

MD Home Office Caseworker

Paula was a very interesting Trainer with a vast knowledge of the subject

Immigration Officer Gatwick Airport

Excellent trainer who uses his vast experience to place all of this learning into a context I identify with and can understand. I can now identify children at risk and do the right thing. Thanks Richard

Karl, Immigration Officer

Excellent trainer would love another course with Paula

E.R., Immigration Officer

Paula is an excellent trainer who was very aware of the subject discussed. Gave us all “time out” if we required it. Thank you.

L.R., Custody Officer

Just to let you know Richard, the trainer who delivered “Keeping Children Safe” on Tues 21st Oct 2014, was brilliant and the team we’re really impressed with how he delivered the course.

Louise, Training Manager
The Obvious passion and knowledge that Paula has made an at sometimes disturbing course very enjoyable
S.H., Enforcement Officer

I received some life coaching sessions through Paula. Not only is she extremely personable but she has given me a greater understanding and awareness of both my personal and professional needs and goals. I am more fulfilled and hopeful than I had been previously. Thank you Paula!

Mena, Private Personal Development Client

If you could have offered me the behaviour changes that we have seen across the organisation as a result of Richard’s work (both training and mentoring) 20 months ago, I would have found it hard to believe……If you asked me would I do this again, the answer is definitely YES

Nick, Chief Executive, Halton Housing Trust
Paula is passionate about what she delivers and strives to ensure her delegates achieve and reach their full potential. Paula is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and ensuring she produces engaging and dynamic sessions
Sharon, Private Sector Organisation

With regard to your session, I found it challenging, stimulating, fun and highly informed. I feel really confident with Richard working with any of the managers in my business.

Kevin, Managing Director, Division of a FTSE 100 Company

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