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About Us



The EwB team boasts a wide variety of business backgrounds including strategy consulting, finance, education and IT which enables us to deliver an unparalleled quality of service and focus for our customers and partners.

Our experiences led to a realisation that certain business-critical disciplines were both poorly understood and taught. Training and teaching is unfocussed and too comprehensive to be useful. Our family of sites therefore use stripped down syllabi and diagnostic tools to tailor learning to the individual.


The EwB Team

Adam Lacey

Adam joined EwB in October 2012 and has the easy job of selling EwB’s high quality courses. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in European Politics and joined London-based car club Streetcar shortly after where he worked for 3 years. Adam is a keen tennis player, enjoys bad puns – as do we, so he can breathe easily at Exhale with Business.

Marc Zao-Sanders

Marc started his career in strategy. He then applied the skills learnt there to a number of small businesses including Pure Potential and accessprofessions.com. Over the course of this period he began to realise the shortage of basic business skills in the work place and wanted to do something about it. And so the idea of Excel with Business was born in 2007. Marc is now EwB's managing director.

Adit Ruparel

Adit was first involved with EwB as an intern in July 2011 and has been involved in some respect ever since. He just couldn't get enough of us, even Adam's puns didn't put him off, and upon graduating Adit joined us full time as a sales exec.

Matt Gabriel

Matt comes from Spain and speaks English, Spanish and code. He uses the first and last of these in particular to develop the functional and aesthetic delight you see before you. Matt likes music and getting things done.

Ashika Pindolia

Ashi lives in Australia and works in EwB’s overseas office to help keep customer services ticking over 24/7. As a big fan of sun, sea and sand, Australia seems to have been a wise move for Ashi (from the UK). She is a qualified beauty therapist and gym junkie so she knows the importance of Exfoliating and Exercising with Business.

Meesh Nah

Meesh joined EwB at the end of 2012 as the office manager having decided to venture into pastures new outside of the dance music industry. Outside of work hours, Meesh can usually be located somewhere in East London, sometimes with a camera in one hand.

Benedict Laycock

Having worked with Ben at Zipcar, Adam couldn’t stand being apart from him any longer and asked him to help spread the Excel love with offers of coffee on demand. Ben joined the EwB sales team in March 2013 and hasn’t looked back since, although he has been somewhat surprised by the lack of coffee. Perhaps due to the heavy losses Adam suffers at his hands on the squash court?

Paolo Lenotti

Continuing the Mediterranean theme, Paolo hails from Verona, Italy. He joined us in June 2013 as Marketing Director, after working at Guardian News & Media. He’s a marketing maestro with a knack for numbers, and dreams of becoming the next Jack Donaghy.

Benjamin Brown

Graduating with a first-class Maths degree from Oxford, Ben helps Sam make all our sites look nice and work well. In his spare time, Ben plays the electric guitar like Mark Knopfler, gets his money for nothing, and his chicks for free. Actually he works hard for his money and we're glad to have him. Ben is over six feet tall, likes cats, and always chooses the largest slice of pizza for himself.

Punit Shah

Punit joined EwB at an exciting time of expansion in 2012 with responsibility for finance and operations. Like Ben, he has a degree in mathematics and they frequently argue about which of them loves Pi more. With a ACCA professional qualification, Punit brings a variety of experiences from working at an accountancy practice in London where he initially started his career. He enjoys playing sports, reading books, and of course, creating spreadsheets.

Chris Littlewood PhD

Chris's first experience of Microsoft applications was as a PhD student, conducting particle physics experiments in Geneva. Since then he's worked in strategy and rail industry financial planning. From corporates to the public sector, he's found the same simple skills to be key to the presentation of research and analysis. Chris is in charge of the on-going improvement of our courses.

Sam Relleen

Sam is our resident in-house IT expert with over 10 years' experience in the field of designing and managing websites. He currently manages our suite of sites that spans six courses and five languages. Most recently he has been responsible for our Web Design course and editing content from our writers, as well as contributing some outstanding stuff himself. Sam is by far the most careful speaker we ever have known.

Chris Paterson

With a long standing interest in technology, Chris, our other IT expert, has gone from building his own computers to large, complicated telephony networks. He read Economics & Management at Oxford, relishes the idea of constructing online learning systems and loves exploring the best methods of delivering our services to customers. Chris and Ben are about as tall as each other.

Simon Hurst

Simon Hurst is a Chartered Accountant and has been involved in computer software for 26 years during which he has provided a wide range of training services to professionals of all levels. His expertise lies in all the main Microsoft applications: Access, Word, PowerPoint and Excel, about which he speaks frequently at conferences. He is also a prolific writer and has had a hand in each of our Microsoft courses.

Jack Marshall

Having been at school with Ben Laycock, then following him to London, and often inviting himself around to Ben’s for a bacon sandwich and cup of tea, Jack jumped at the chance to join EwB. A move welcomed by the EwB team due to his quick wit, savvy selling and more importantly international links. Ben has a degree in Media, Marketing, and Management from Sheffield Hallam university and worked in content marketing sales roles.

Victoria Smith

Victoria is our newly appointed Office Manager who ensures that the place we spend most of our waking lives is happy, productive and nice-looking. Victoria makes the office laugh more than anyone else through intentional jokes, unintentional jokes and on rarer occasions, dance. Victoria also spends time working on and running the education charity accessprofessions.com, which matches non-privileged students with life-changing opportunities from universities, employers and the like.

Katie Sidell

Katie joined EwB as a Senior Account Manager in late 2013, when she walked over to London from her hometown of Chicago. She's very excited to be living in England and learning to speak English the way it's meant to be spoken... learn me good y'all! When she isn't managing relationships for EwB, she's doing yoga to manage her relationship with herself. Katie is coming to EwB after working for 3 years at a company that sold groupons on-line, but won't say which one.

Vinit Patel

Vinit joined Marc and Chris (Littlewood) shortly after EwB's inception and before he had even completed his Economics degree from UCL. Vin has had a massive impact on every aspect of the business, bringing a wealth of business experience from Bank of Scotland and Deloitte. Vinit is now in charge of finance and operations here. When he's not working Vin likes to run very long distances for charity.

Luke Revel-Burroughes

Luke joined EwB in April 2012 as Customer Services Manager and is no doubt the reason the company has grown so quickly since then. His personally-proclaimed people skills place him perfectly to serve our large customer base. Luke uses his Philosophy & Psychology degree to read minds and resolve the ontological conflict betwixt nihilist and existentialist thought, irrespectively.