"In addition to a core team, Fistral also has a network of Associates across the UK, who bring a variety of complementary expertise to the Fistral family."

Fistral Team

The Fistral Team

In addition to a core team, Fistral also has a network of Associates across the UK, who bring a variety of complementary expertise to the Fistral family.

All Fistral instructors are active practitioners in their field to ensure that training is applicable, practical and focused on techniques and skills that are used in real life by experienced practitioners – they genuinely “practise what they preach”. This has the added benefit of ensuring that the consultancy, training content and pedagogical approach used is current and pertinent.

Fraser Robertson

Fraser Robertson 

Dr Fraser Robertson has been involved in large-scale projects for over 15 years. He has run project teams for organisations in such diverse locations as Zürich, New York, Shanghai, Johannesburg and Ljubljana. Fraser has used his project management experience to train and mentor in these cities as well as at HEIs in the UK and mainland Europe.  He completed his first degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Glasgow and subsequently a PgDip in IT at the University of Paisley. Fraser is certified at PMP (Project Management Professional) level with the Project Management Institute, an accredited PRINCE2 practitioner and was elected a Chartered IT Professional in 2005. Formerly training manager at SunGard's Glasgow research and development centre, Fraser developed a certification and mentoring programme for both internal and client staff based on the government's SFIA Framework.

Fraser graduated with a Doctorate of Business Administration in 2015. The title of his research is "Particpant perceptions of value: a qualitative framework for evaluating project management training". On a personal level, he loves most sports, enjoys music (either playing or listening) and is a FIFA-qualified football referee.

Dr Paul Lyden

Paul Lyden

Dr Paul Lyden has been managing projects and successfully delivering project management training courses in most European countries, USA and the Middle East for over 25 years. Paul has extensive experience in managing projects in the private and public sectors, including for many universities. He specialises in project risk management and the application of analytical techniques in project management. Paul is certified at PMP (Project Management Professional) level, the highest award offered by the Project Management Institute.

Paul completed his PhD in Natural Philosophy (Physics) from the University of Aberdeen and went on to spend 13 years in the computer industry before establishing Fistral Training and Consultancy in 1991. Paul has retained his life-long interest in science, particularly Physics and Geophysics and is an ambassador for STEMNET to help create "opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics". In addition to his work as a project manager and trainer, Paul is involved in theatre and enjoys an active interest in travel.

Pauline Donachy

Pauline Donachy

Pauline is a highly experienced project and programme manager who has run commercial, academic and European-funded projects in the UK and abroad. Having completed an MA (Hons) from the University of Glasgow, she then went on to achieve an M.Phil (distinction) from Stirling University before working for private and public sector organisations in the UK and internationally. In addition to her management experience, Pauline brings an indepth knowledge of the HEI sector, developing training programmes, experience in online, blended and distance-learning approaches, and experience running commercial and business units within various Scottish universities.

Pauline's role at Fistral is to ensure that all of our customers are well supported: from scheduling courses to marketing and developing Fistral provision. In addition, she has been responsible for many consultanty projects including delivering a post-project evaluation work package for a multi-national EU-funded research project and has driven the development of a plan for implementing a portfolio maturity model for a large public-sector organisation. As an active STEMNET ambassador Pauline promotes science, technology, mathematics and engineering; which complements her love of the arts, music, football and running.

Rosie Doyle

Rosie Doyle

Dr Rosemary Doyle has worked with organisations since 1993 devising and delivering training, research and consultancy. She specialises in Team Working, Communication, DiSC behavioural profiling, Personal Development, Positive Psychology, and Managing and Motivating staff.

With an MA (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and Lancaster University, Rosemary went on to complete her PhD in Organisational Studies in 2008 at the University of St Andrews. Since then, she has worked extensively in higher education alongside other professional contexts, and combines the rigour of academic research with the pragmatism demanded by managers. Rosemary’s experience and use of DiSC behavioural profiling has been ongoing since 2007 for group / individual training and coaching. Underpinned by her DiSC professional user certification from Inscape Publishing, Rosemary’s training interventions are based on sound theoretical foundations, and are delivered using highly participative active-learning methods to ensure maximum retention and engagement.

Carol Thomson

Carol has been the company bookkeeper for many years and is in charge of ensuring that invoices and payments are well prepared and issued correctly. She ensures that all purchases, sales, receipts, payments and invoices are aligned, and that company finance documents, records, reports and transactions follow legal and business requirements.

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