Our Team

With a growing team of e-learning consultants covering specific industries and specialist areas of online training, Learning Light is led by industry experts, David Patterson and Gill Broadhead.

eLearning Expert David Patterson

David Patterson has worked for Learning Light for over 10 years, and in that time has become an influential commentator and valued consultant in the world of e-learning and learning technologies.

David is joint author of several research papers including the highly acclaimed 2009 and 2010 Learning Light reports on the UK e-learning market. He has recently worked closely with IBIS Capital on producing a comprehensive view of the e-learning market for investors.  His in depth experience has contributed to Learning Light being regarded as one of the UK’s leading research and consultancy organisations in the field of e-learning.

David was lead author of Learning Lights 2014 Review of the e-learning markets of the UK, EU and China which is available for purchase.

His strong business background both in the public and private sector gives him a leading edge when working with a wide range of clients to provide independent and impartial advice on the use of e-learning and learning technologies to improve business performance. David has advised many leading companies in the UK and internationally on e-learning strategies, procuring e-learning content and Learning Management systems.

David is a highly experienced manager with a strong background in ICT as well as e-learning and learning technologies. David has many years of experience in organisational change using well developed negotiation and influencing skills, along with project management skills and financial management skills.

David successfully studied for a MSc in Information Systems at the University of Sheffield in 1999-2000, and achieved a distinction. Here David developed his interest in e-learning, and indeed became a part-time distance learning tutor using e-learning and learning technologies for the University of Sheffield.


Blended Learning Expert Gill Broadhead

Gill Broadhead has specialised in developing blended learning programmes that utilise the effectiveness and efficiencies of e-learning and learning technology for more than 20 years.

Gill has worked for Learning Light for over 5 years and is co-author of the Learning Light, UK e-Learning Market Report, which provides a wealth of commercially valued information about the sector.

As a Consultant, she works with key stakeholders to understand strategic training needs and advise on the development and delivery of blended learning programmes that optimise budget, improve employee performance and drive business goals.

Her knowledge and expertise of the e-learning and learning technologies industry is current and commercially focused. Her advice is impartial and totally independent, factors that are instrumental in her delivering valued consultancy for many clients across the UK.

Gill is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and is named in the 2015 UK e-learning industry top 10 list of ‘movers & shakers’ in recognition of her expertise and knowledge of the sector.

Gill firmly believes e-delivery of learning using today’s technologies is key to organisations achieving cost effective solutions that effectively address business needs.


For further details of our consultancy offer, please contact David Patterson / Gill Broadhead on
+44 (0)114 307 2357
or email david.patterson@learninglight.com or gillian.broadhead@learninglight.com