Meet the team

Meet the Team!

Certitec uses an Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor for each and every course

This helps to keep our standards high, so you can be safe in the knowledge that both the training and the answers you receive are first class. If required we can send you an authenticated email from Adobe that confirms the credentials of the trainer for your event, to give you peace of mind. Certitec has a breadth of knowledge and uses only Adobe Certified Instructors (as below) covering all the Adobe creative suite in publishing, print, web, mobile and video.

 

Mike Abbott  

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Mike Abbott

  • After Effects
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Premiere Pro

Mike is a highly experienced designer, visual creative and has been a software trainer for over 20 years. He also runs his own studio focused on stills and moving imagery, serving high quality clients across the UK, Europe and USA. He has a broad and deep skill set across design, illustration, photography, 3D CGI and motion graphics. 

Favourite film? The General - Buston Keaton
Favourite food? Traditional roast dinner
Person you most admire? Leonardo Da Vinci
Person you would like to be? Someone who could play jazz really well :)
Favourite biscuit? Anything my daughter bakes!

 

Steve Bell  

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Mike Abbott

  • Photoshop

Steve has been a professional photographer for over 32 years now and a user of Photoshop since 2008.  Steve says "Education has always been in my blood and there is nothing better than doing the job you love and sharing your knowledge with others.  My photographic workshops over the last 5 years have seen over 2000 people through the door with over 150 of them going from beginners to owning their own businesses.  Working with Certitec is my dream job as I came to them for my first Adobe certification and now i'm back as an instructor."

Favourite film? The General - Cockneys vs Zombies
Favourite food? Cockles
Person you most admire? Mawgan Daniels (kid on Child Genius 2016, real down to earth lad, had the pleasure of working with him last year)
Person you would like to be? I'm happy in my own skin
Favourite biscuit? Jaffa Cake (you just can't eat one, you have to eat the whole packet)


Jon Bessant  

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Jon Bessant

  • Acrobat
  • InCopy
  • InDesign
  • Digital Publishing Suite

Jon is our training director and has been utilising Adobe software since 1987 in the quick-print, newspaper and magazine markets. He has been Adobe certified (first accreditation was Acrobat) since 1999. Jon has presented at European Seybold Seminars and various UK events including Adobe Live, Digital Solutions, PIRA, Pre-Press Strategies and the Publishing Expo to name a few. Jon is a featured Expert and Presenter within Adobe's Acrobat Usergroup and a Senior Adobe Presenter within the official UK Consultancy Project.

Favourite film? Interstella
Favourite food? Vietnamese Pho, Wagamama and for those who know me .. Nando's!
Person you most admire? My wife
Person you would like to be? Me but with future wisdom
Favourite biscuit? Rice cake - can I include that?

 

Richard Bird

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Richard Bird

  • Illustrator
  • InCopy
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop

Richard Bird is an Associate of the Learning and Performance Institute (TAP accredited) and is an Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator and InCopy. Richard has gained his 30+ years experience in the design industry, starting at the London College of Printing followed by a long career as a magazine designer and art editor of many well-known titles. Later on switching to the advertising industry, he made a name as a freelance typographer and studio manager with several of the larger agencies. A trainer for 10 years, he enjoys bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to others with patience and understanding.

Favourite film? Good Will Hunting
Favourite food? Seafood
Person you most admire? Lao Tsu
Person you would like to be? Dalai Lama
Favourite biscuit? Anything with chocolate

 

Jason Cox

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Jason Cox

  • After Effects
  • Premiere Pro

Jason has spent much of his life in and around Washington, D.C., but has recently made a new home in the UK. He has authored many online courses on Adobe video products such as Premiere Pro across in the United States for global distribution. In person, Jason has trained at conferences such as NAB, and helped train editors at Greenpeace, National Geographic, ABC News, Discovery Channel, Voice of America, and The Washington Post to name a few.

Favourite film? American Beauty
Favourite food? Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies
Person you most admire? Tom Hanks
Person you would like to be? Wolverine
Favourite biscuit? Soft Buttery Biscuits (I'm American .. don't hold it against me!)

  

Alistair Dabbs

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Alistair Dabbs

  • Digital Publishing Suite
  • InDesign

Alistair was a magazine production editor before launching a freelance career in technical writing within the fields of digital imaging and publishing production. For many years, he was the contributing editor for publishing tech at MacUser and went on to co-author a series of how-to books including 'InDesign Essentials' and the best-selling 'Digital Designer's Bible'. Adobe-certified since 2002, he specialises in digital and print production workflows, and was twice a finalist at the Digital Magazine Awards.

Favourite film? Bladerunner, of course
Favourite food? Breakfast
Person you most admire? Still looking
Person you would like to be? Major Motoko Kusanagi
Favourite biscuit? Dutch caramel wafers

 

Nick Dale

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Nick Dale

  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects

Nick is an accomplished and experienced industry practitioner and trainer in a wide range of video editing, motion graphics, web development and multimedia software packages. As a trainer he creates a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment that is responsive to clients with different learning needs and skills. Nick was brought up and educated in Australia where he studied theatre arts, partnered in setting up a graphic design business in the early 1990s and coordinated the first QaNTM Diploma of Multimedia course at Cairns Institute of TAFE before returning to the UK in 2001.

Favourite film? Matrix
Favourite food? Thai
Person you most admire? Nelson Mandella
Person you would like to be? Santa Claus
Favourite biscuit? Tim Tams

 

Mark Gatter

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Mark Gatter

  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop

Mark Gatter has been working as a trainer for the last 15 years prior to which he was a graphic designer on both sides of the Atlantic. While living in the USA he worked extensively in commercial printing including a stint as production manager for one of the largest print shops in north California. When not delivering a course his idea of fun is digging up treasure (he found a hoard of medieval silver coins in 2008), gardening and writing (five books published and more on the way).

Favourite film? Kundun
Favourite food? Globe artichokes
Person you most admire? Dalai Lama
Person you would like to be? Me
Favourite biscuit? Choccie digestive

 
Terry Kendrick

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop

A graphic and web designer ... and Adobe trainer, Terry has worked in the design industry for over 35 years. Building up a wide variety of design skills, his areas of expertise include: visualising, art direction, catalogues, database publishing in InDesign, and technical Illustration. He has specialised in digital graphics since 1991. Within six months he started to share his skills and soon found himself training others, alongside being a designer, and has done so ever since. Terry has since formalised his training qualifications and is a CompTIA CTT+ technical trainer alongside his Adobe Certified Instructor status. 

Favourite film? Blade Runner (the original film noir cut) and Star Wars
Favourite food? Chinese and Italian
Person you most admire? Gill - my wife
Person you would like to be? The best version of ME I can be
Favourite biscuit? Dark chocolate coated ones

 

Matteo Masciotti

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Matteo Masciotti

  • MUSE
  • Photoshop

Matteo worked as a digital imaging specialist for several fashion companies in his home country, Italy prior to becoming an Adobe Certified Instructor. He is passionate about photography and he is one of the organizers of "UmbriaWorldFest", an Italian three-day festival of photography with a variety of exhibitions, portfolio readings and contests. Although he grew up in Italy he was culturally immersed in the American community living in his home town, and ended up speaking with a southern drawl.

Favourite film? American Beauty, Gattaca
Favourite food? Pasta!
Person you most admire? Q.Sakamaki
Person you would like to be? I'm still trying to figure this out 
Favourite biscuit? Danish Biscuits

 

Sean Mitchell

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Sean Mitchell

  • Acrobat
  • InDesign

Sean Mitchell comes from a design and print background and has more than 10 years' experience working within the industry. Sean is an Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor in Acrobat 8, 9 and 10 (X) and InDesign CS2, CS3, CS4 and CS5. He also leads print production training using InDesign, Acrobat and Photoshop. Sean loves mastering new programs and learning new techniques so he can share his knowledge with others to improve their working lives. Sean is also rapidly developing his skill-set in the digital market with Adobe's Digital Publishing Solutions (DPS), Dreamweaver and Flash.

Favourite film? 50 First Dates
Favourite food? Indian
Person you most admire? Kelly Spicer (fianceê)
Person you would like to be? Mark Zuckerberg
Favourite biscuit? Chocolate hobnobs

 

Marek Mularczyk

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Marek Mularczyk

  • Dreamweaver
  • Flash
  • Lightroom
  • Photoshop

Marek Mularczyk is an Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Contribute, Flash and Lightroom. Established as a professional photographer for over 13 years, Marek enjoys using all aspects of the Adobe Creative Suite to enhance his photography. Winner of numerous awards in his native Poland, Marek travels Europe in search of that perfect picture. With a very gentle disposition Marek is the newest addition to the Certitec team and has already acquired many emails of commendation.

Favourite film? Up in the Air, City of Angels, I am Sam, Click, Planet Earth
Favourite food? Pad Thai Chai
Person you most admire? Anthony Robbins
Person you would like to be? Anthony Robbins
Favourite biscuit? A biscuit of happiness

 

Martin Perhiniak

Martin Prehiniak

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator

Martin Perhiniak is a Certified Adobe Design Master and Instructor. Martin has worked as a designer with companies like Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Sony Pictures, Mattel, Nickelodeon and DC Comics. He is currently working in London as a designer and instructor as well as providing a range of professional services to companies and individuals worldwide.
Martin’s Motto - Do not compare yourself to your role models. Work hard and wait for the moment when others will compare them to you.

Favourite film? The Revenant
Favourite food? Spaghetti aglio oglio
Person you most admire? Leonardo da Vinci
Person you would like to be? Someone who regularly gives speeches on TED
Favourite biscuit? The oat biscuit we give out at Certitec!

 

Mark Waterfield

Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

Mark Waterfield

  • Captivate

Mark Waterfield is our eLearning and Adobe Captivate Certified Instructor who started designing and developing web sites in the mid 90s. He initially started working as a (then) Macromedia Flash designer/developer for a variety of blue-chip clients and Mark added to his multimedia skills in 2005 by becoming Adobe certified in Adobe Dreamweaver. Mark now focuses exclusively on the Adobe eLearning suite and travels throughout the UK and Europe providing certified training and consultancy services to companies large and small. His projects have included Lloyds of London, BSkyB, Pepsico, GCHQ, the Royal Air Force, VW and Thames Valley Police. He has also recently developed eLearning content for Cambridge Diets and recently completed two content creation projects for the Open University.

Favourite film? Volver
Favourite food? Chorizo
Person you most admire? Brian Wilson
Person you would like to be? A person with more time and without a back problem
Favourite biscuit? Rich Tea/HobNob/Ginger Nut

 

Samantha Harris

Customer Development Manager

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris is the Customer Development Manager at Certitec and the longest serving member of the support team. After many years experience in the newspaper and magazine publishing section, Samantha now fronts customer development interacting with clients from the UK and Europe. Samantha mentions the best part of her role is enabling clients to fully understand the different learning and development packages we offer under the Adobe branding and seeing how this can affect people in business. You might have already met Samantha at various seminars and events such as Adobe Live, Publishing Expo and MAX!

Favourite film? Inglorious Basterds
Favourite food? Anything with chicken
Person you most admire? My Dad
Person you would like to be? Happy as me!
Favourite biscuit? Do crisps count?

 

Vanessa Pearce

Training Consultant

Vanessa Pearce

Vanessa Pearce is our Training Consultant here at Certitec. After many years of controlling large web and print accounts across the UK, Vanessa finds her role as Training Consultant very rewarding, speaking to both new and existing clients. Fully conversant with many publishing applications on both platforms, Vanessa enjoys meeting and discussing courses with our many clients, which she states is extremely rewarding.

Favourite film? Legends of the Fall
Favourite food? Scallops - Sweet Potato - Feta Salad
Person you most admire? My grandparents
Person you would like to be? I like being me!
Favourite biscuit? Dark chocolate digestive or shortbread

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