Company History

Role Plays for Training was started in 1988 when a Local Government housing officer turned actor, Andrew Baguley, was asked to help source actors for the purpose of training advisers to homeless families. Role Plays for Training is now one of the longest established role play companies in the UK. The company places an emphasis on offering excellent service and working ethically with actors, trainers and clients alike. Many of our clients have been using our services for over a decade. After more than 20 years as sole owner, Andrew handed over the running of the company to Fergus McLarnon and Adrian McLoughlin in the summer of 2010. As of 2016, Fergus, Adrian and Katerina Stearman now own and run the business.

Adrian McLoughlin (Director)

Adrian began his career in training and human resources in the civil service. He became a professional actor in his 30’s and continues to work successfully in this profession. He has been working in corporate role play for nearly 20 years. His particular interest is in seeking out and developing innovative new ways to use drama based training methods in the corporate and public service sectors.

Katerina Stearman (Director & Managing Partner)

Katerina worked as a Role Player, Actor/Facilitator and Project Manager before joining RPfT full time in 2014. Prior to this Katerina trained as a professional actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Acting), having read Philosophy at University College London.

Fergus Mclarnon (Director & Managing Partner)

Fergus has a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Leicester University – specialising in P.I.B. (Psychology of Interpersonal Behaviour). After drama school Fergus worked as an actor for over 15 years. Fergus has a particular interest in helping people improve their impact in work based situations, whether it be with clients or around internal management issues.

Becky Stoddard (Senior Associate)

Becky has a Diploma in Acting from Mountview Theatre school and worked as a professional actor for 13 years before buying a gym franchise and learning the art of business on a steep learning curve. She has worked as an actor in corporate role-plays for 25 years and joined the team at RPFT as a Senior Associate in 2017.