About us

Across the UK, Aptem is delighting training providers, employers, colleges, universities, tutors, assessors and, most importantly, learners.

About us

MWS Technology

Aptem is the latest product developed by MWS Technology, pioneers in developing technology solutions for the vocational training, further education and welfare to work sectors.


Awards & Accreditations

Our commitment to quality has been recognised time and again by our customers, award wins, ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and Cyber Essentials certifications.

Our mission is to create innovations that unleash new levels of efficiency, productivity and personal growth.

Our values







Our Team

Meet the team

MWS brings together an expert, approachable team who understand training providers, learners and industry wide trends.


Founder & Chief Executive

Richard Alberg

Richard founded and led the pioneering online assessment company Psychometric Services Ltd (PSL). PSL was purchased in November 2006 by Kenexa, a NASDAQ HR solutions provider that was in turn acquired by IBM. Richard is chair of Launchpad Recruits and until recently chaired the board of North Hertfordshire College, an international educational institution. Richard is also co-founder of Corndel, a fast growing apprenticeship training provider. He is the driving force behind Aptem’s growth.

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

John Brightwell

John’s career includes many years as owner/manager of an enterprise level bespoke software development company. During this time John developed systems for industries as diverse as online insurance, change management, medical device regulation and conveyancing management. John’s experience, technical knowledge and business analysis skills have been fundamental to Aptem’s development.

Finance Director

Sarah Owens

Sarah joined MWS in 2018. She is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience managing the finances of organisations in both educational and technology sectors, including VC-backed start-ups. Sarah heads our finance team and is also the company secretary. With a PhD in organisational psychology and previous HR management experience, Sarah is also responsible for HR issues.

Sales & Account Management Director

David Devine

David joined MWS in 2018, bringing with him a wealth of experience, leading business development teams in large corporates and startups selling HR technology. In addition, David has over 10 years working in professional bodies implementing Frameworks and Standards in large multinationals and central government.

Head of Research

Mark Abrahams

Mark joined MWS in 2010. He is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in talent assessment & development, psychometrics and analytics. Mark has designed many of the assessments within Aptem and undertaken our tracking studies statistical analysis. With a Post Graduate Certificate in Adult and Further Education, Mark has also supported the development of our Study Programmes curriculum.

Marketing Director

Talia Geberovich

Talia joined MWS in 2018. She has extensive experience marketing technology solutions, working for start-ups as well as large corporates. Talia heads our marketing department and is responsible for branding, marketing and communications. Talia has an Executive MBA from Cass Business School, City University London.

Board Members

Paul Mullins OBE

Paul joined our board in 2018 and is our non-executive chairman. Paul has been a mergers and acquisitions adviser for 25 years at Schroders, Citigroup, Bank of America and DC Advisory. In addition to MWS, Paul is chairman of The Unilink Group, supplying expert secure environment systems used in prisons and other justice facilities, and chairman of the Education and Training Foundation, the national professional development body for Further Education and Training supported by the Department for Education. Paul received an OBE in 2017 for services to business and industry.

David Gagie

David joined our board in 2009. He has extensive corporate governance experience, and a strong understanding of the challenges faced by entrepreneurial businesses. David was a Senior Advisor on regulatory conduct issues at the Financial Conduct Authority and the Payments Systems Regulator. He is currently chairman of ClearBank and a non-executive director at Small World Financial, and Lowell Group. Formerly he held board-level appointments for Shawbrook Bank, Payzone Group, Mastercard UK, LINK, and Visa UK.

Shane Gallwey

Shane joined our board in 2018. Shane set up the EIS funds at Guinness Asset Management in 2010. Since then the team has invested over £120 million into EIS businesses. He was previously a director at Northland Capital Partners, where his focus was on advising growth companies. Prior to that, Shane worked in corporate finance at HSBC Investment Bank. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Michael Jackson (MA CFA)

Michael joined our board in 2018. Michael founded Elderstreet Investments Limited in 1990 and is its executive chairman and director of several companies Elderstreet has invested in. For the past 24 years, he has specialised in raising finance and investing in the smaller companies quoted and unquoted sector. Michael has also been chairman of two FTSE 100 companies.

Julian Pickstone

Julian joined our board in 2018. Julian has developed the social impact investment business at Triple Point over the last three years. He established the first Social Investment funding provided by a mainstream fund manager that qualified for Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) and has led Triple Point’s work on social impact evaluation and the Social Impact Bond market. He worked for 17 years with UBS Investment Bank, latterly as a Managing Director and Head of Research for Asia.

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