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Meet our team

David Ringsell

David Ringsell leads TALKITs technical training for programmers

David founded TalkIT to provide the best technical training for programmers. TalkIT provides a wide range of technical programming courses to a global audience. He heads an experienced team of IT trainers, each contributing specialist skills.

David himself has extensive experience in the IT industry. Starting his career working on mainframe computers for ICL – including working for the European Union in a project team based in Luxembourg – he went on to lecture in computer science at Middlesex University and North London University.

Founder, Trainer and Course Designer

For 13 years now, David has worked as a founder, trainer, and course designer. Before this he worked as a senior developer for full stack web and database applications, and he now applies his real-world experiences to training others. David has passed 14 Microsoft exams in the last 12 years.

His qualifications include:

  • BSc Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) specialising in web development
  • Azure Developer Associate
Interests: David has been a student of Ki Aikido for 15 years and is now a 4th Dan black belt. He is particularly interested in how we learn new things, especially new technology. He delivers talks to IT professionals on using Accelerated Learning methods.

Andy Olsen

Andy is a freelance instructor and consultant based in Swansea, South Wales. He began his programming career as a C developer back in the mid-80s and transitioned into C++, Java, and .NET as the years passed by. Today, Andy is very active in web development including Azure, Angular, ASP.NET Core and Java EE. As well as delivering TALKIT’s technical training for programmers, he is also currently engaged in various Big Data technologies including Hadoop, Apache Spark, and Spring Cloud Dataflow.

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physics, University of Southampton
Interests: Andy enjoys running (with frequent coffee stops) and skiing. He also follows the Swans (Swansea’s football team) and is actively involved in his local church in Mumbles.

Phil Isham

Phil is a highly experienced consultant and delivers our technical training for programmers. He specialises in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming, and also works with databases, including coding in Oracle SQL.

Career summary

After university Phil spent a few years in Insurance and Market Research working with statistics and business information. During the early eighties he moved into computing and worked in the areas of project management and customer support. Since 1990 he has worked as a freelance contractor and consultant covering programming, system design, training, business analysis and documentation, mainly with database and management information systems.

Qualifications:

  • BSc Physics
  • Certificate in Further Education Teaching
  • Qualified Microsoft Office Specialist Master

Trisha Cochrane

Trisha Cochrane steers the strategic direction of our technical training for programmersTrisha is a Business Psychologist and professional coach and has been working alongside TalkIT for a couple of years, assisting David Ringsell with the strategic direction of TalkIT’s programme of technical training for programmers.

She spends part of her professional life helping organisations to select the right people for the job, and the other part helping people to develop their management, leadership and strategic skills. With over 25 years’ experience in the field, she has worked in many industries, across the private and public sectors.
Through her coaching practice, Trisha allows her clients space to think and to make sense of the world around them and within them.  She describes coaching as a dialogue – a process of both exploration and discovery that enables new insights and perspectives to be gained, resulting in lasting change.

Qualifications:

  • BSc Psychology, University of York
  • MSc Occupational Psychology, University of Hertfordshire
  • ILM qualified executive coach
  • Principal Practitioner, Association for Business Psychology
  • Registered user of a wide variety of psychometric tests

 

TalkIT is also supported by SETsquared ,TechSpark and Learning Light

SETsquared Bath Innovation Centre [University of Bath]

TechSPARK.co
eLearning and Training Consultancy

David Ringsell is an associate trainer with Verhoef Training, Global Knowledge and The Knowledge Academy

Verhoef Training
Global Knowledge
The Knowledge Academy
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