We help you create inspiring learning journeys

Our mission is to build the go-to platform for coaches and trainers who want to create premium experiences for their learners

We help you create inspiring learning journeys

Our mission is to build the go-to platform for coaches and trainers who want to create premium experiences for their learners

Our mission

Our focus is on addressing and resolving the core challenges faced by training providers:

To save time and streamline the admin of running events

To significantly improve learner engagement

To help trainers and coaches stand out in a crowded market

Our values

At GiraffePad, we're seeking to do two things.

The first is obvious - build the go-to product for training providers.

The second is to create a digital learning environment that aligns with our values of freedom, integrity, and positivity.

Our background

We come from the same background as that of our typical customers.

We've experienced first-hand the realities and numerous challenges of providing effective training and coaching services.

Mark Williams

Co-founder

Mark spent his early years travelling the world, so when it was time to get a job - you guessed it - he joined a travel firm.

Somehow he fell into a training role, progressed to running an L&D team, and then spent 18 years running his own training and coaching consultancy.

This experience gave Mark the idea for GiraffePad. In tandem with Iain, he is determined to build the go-to solution that makes life easier for trainers and coaches, and makes learning more engaging.

On the rare occasion that Mark isn't working on GiraffePad (or taxiing his children around) you can find him running along the seafront, kidding himself that he’s still 21.

Mark Williams - Software for coaches and trainers
Mark Williams

Co-founder

Mark spent his early years travelling the world, so when it was time to get a job - you guessed it - he joined a travel firm.

Somehow he fell into a training role, progressed to running an L&D team, and then spent 18 years running his own training and coaching consultancy.

This experience gave Mark the idea for GiraffePad. In tandem with Iain, he is determined to build the go-to solution that makes life easier for trainers and coaches, and makes learning more engaging.

On the rare occasion that Mark isn't working on GiraffePad (or taxiing his children around) you can find him running along the seafront, kidding himself that he’s still 21.

Iain Harris

Co-founder

Iain is the tech wizard behind GiraffePad. He has been writing software since he was 12 years old (which he thinks is a regrettably long time ago).

With a degree in Computer Science, he worked for many years wrangling code for investment banks in London’s financial district.

After travelling the world by motorcycle, Iain settled in Auckland with his wife, and joined forces with Mark to bring the GiraffePad vision to life.

When he's not taking care of product design and development, Iain is likely to be found training enthusiastically for his next weightlifting competition, or exploring the beauty of New Zealand on his motorcycle.

Iain Harris

Co-founder

Iain is the tech wizard behind GiraffePad. He has been writing software since he was 12 years old (which he thinks is a regrettably long time ago).

With a degree in Computer Science, he worked for many years wrangling code for investment banks in London’s financial district.

After travelling the world by motorcycle, Iain settled in Auckland with his wife, and joined forces with Mark to bring the GiraffePad vision to life.

When he's not taking care of product design and development, Iain is likely to be found training enthusiastically for his next weightlifting competition, or exploring the beauty of New Zealand on his motorcycle.

Iain Harris - Software for coaches and trainers
Jo Schofield - JMS Solutions Ltd
Mark and Iain have been amazing. Every time I've gone to them with a query or a problem, they’ve sorted it out within 24 hours - which is a real bonus.
Jo Schofield - JMS Solutions Ltd
The story behind the logo

People always ask if there's a story behind our name. Mark had the idea for the product for a number of years, but being non-techy he was unsure how to bring it to life.

All he knew was that he was getting increasingly disillusioned with the pain points of lack of contact with learners before and after events. We'll let Mark take it from here:

"I was in Nairobi at Giraffe Manor to deliver some training with a long-term client. Having a day of leisure, I kicked my arse into gear and mapped out the functionality for the platform.

When it came to thinking up a name, I spent hours googling different (boring!) names such as TrainerTool and so on, but they were either already used or too narrow in scope…and did I mention - BORING.

Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel that is also a giraffe sanctuary. The older giraffe were stretching up to the upper floors to be hand-fed by guests, and I noticed a mother giraffe wrapping her neck around her 6-week old baby giraffe.

The two key principles of our product are “stretching out the learning journey" and "wrapping" it around a learning event. So it felt like a perfect name in terms of context.

And so “GiraffePad” was named. Plus, giraffes are such a beautiful and graceful animal - who doesn’t love them!"

The story behind the logo

People always ask if there's a story behind our name. Mark had the idea for the product for a number of years, but being non-techy he was unsure how to bring it to life.

All he knew was that he was getting increasingly disillusioned with the pain points of lack of contact with learners before and after events. We'll let Mark take it from here:

"I was in Nairobi at Giraffe Manor to deliver some training with a long-term client. Having a day of leisure, I kicked my arse into gear and mapped out the functionality for the platform.

When it came to thinking up a name, I spent hours googling different (boring!) names such as TrainerTool and so on, but they were either already used or too narrow in scope…and did I mention - BORING.

Giraffe Manor is a boutique hotel that is also a giraffe sanctuary. The older giraffe were stretching up to the upper floors to be hand-fed by guests, and I noticed a mother giraffe wrapping her neck around her 6-week old baby giraffe.

The two key principles of our product are “stretching out the learning journey" and "wrapping" it around a learning event. So it felt like a perfect name in terms of context.

And so “GiraffePad” was named. Plus, giraffes are such a beautiful and graceful animal - who doesn’t love them!"

Giraffe Manor - Nairobi

We're all about getting results

We're building a product that transforms the training process and empowers learners to make lasting, positive changes in their work and lives.

We value every one of our users. We're always on hand to offer guidance and support to help you get the most out of GiraffePad.

We're constantly developing, improving, and testing new features to give you and your learners an exceptional experience.

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