Big picture - Why invest in Learning Technologies Group plc
Learning Technologies Group plc Snapshot
Learning Technologies Group (LTG) has been created with the purpose of building a market leading business of substance and scale within the exciting and fast-growing learning technologies sector. It is a dynamic and steadily growing group of specialist learning technology businesses at the vanguard of this exciting sector.
LTG’s businesses are at the forefront of innovation and best-practice in the learning technology sector, and have received numerous awards for their exceptional performance. Our portfolio of brands represents the best of breed and they are acknowledged throughout the industry as market leaders.
Our strategic plan
LTG is building on the success of its existing ventures, and plans to continue its growth through strategic acquisition and diversification, with the objective of providing a truly exceptional portfolio of services and products for our existing and new clients across the globe.
The learning technologies sector is enjoying unprecedented global growth and there is considerable investor interest, including private equity firms who are attempting a sector consolidation. LTG is the only AIM listed company that is focused on the learning technologies sector.
LEO is a learning technologies firm focused on working with international organisations to help them transform their approach to learning. Our extensive experience and expertise enables us to truly transform your learning and deliver measurable business results.
Formed from the merger of the two UK leaders in learning technologies, Epic and LINE, LEO benefits from more than 30 years of industry experience. LEO’s unique blend of creative thought processes and deep technical understanding allow it to create truly innovative solutions for corporate and public organisations across sectors, from custom content and platforms to strategy.
LEO is headquartered in the UK, with offices in London, Brighton and Sheffield, with further sites in New York, Rio de Janeiro and Zurich.
gomo is a Software as a Service (SaaS) that offers clients a flexible and cost-effective authoring tool on which to build, maintain and update their own multi-device learning content.
The multi-device authoring tool provides users with an unparalleled multi-device authoring experience, while the new hosting and analytics product allows users to distribute courses instantly and track their learning. gomo offers LTG a great opportunity to create a strong recurring revenue stream over the next few years.
Preloaded was founded in 2000 and has a leading reputation as a BAFTA winning applied games studio, designing games to utilise the power of gaming to engage, educate and communicate in the areas of Learning, Health, Engagement and Training. Preloaded works for organisations across the education, entertainment, publishing, advertising and broadcasting sectors with clients such as Amplify (a subsidiary of News Corp), Disney, Science Museum Group, Wellcome and the BBC.
Eukleia is a specialist Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) training consultancy. Founded in 2005, its capabilities cover all aspects of training analysis and design through to course delivery and assessment. Eukleia uses the full range of delivery methods, from classroom through to web and video.
Eukleia has a strong financial services heritage and is proud to help many of the world’s leading banks deliver their global compliance training programmes. It also helps non-financial services firms manage their reputational and compliance risk in sectors as diverse as energy, clothing and motorsport.
Established in 2002, Rustici Software is an expert in e-learning standards, providing the technology that drives and connects learning software for organizations and vendors everywhere.
When e-learning companies and products conform to e-learning standards like SCORM and the xAPI, then they can all work better together and in more markets.
Conforming to e-learning standards is difficult and time consuming, and Rustici Software’s products make it much faster and much more cost-effective.
Andrew Brode - Non-executive Chairman
Andrew is a chartered accountant and was a former chief executive of Wolters Kluwer (UK) Plc from 1978 to 1990. In 1990, he led the management buy-out of the Eclipse Group, which was sold to Reed Elsevier in 2000. In 1995, he led the management buy-in of RWS Group, Europe's largest technical translations group, in the Top 30 of AIM companies
He is also a non-executive director of a number of private equity-financed media companies. He acquired Epic together with Jonathan Satchell (Chief Executive) in 2008, and acts as its Non-Executive Chairman.
Andrew is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of LTG.
Harry Hill - Non-executive Deputy Chairman
Harry was Chief Executive Officer of Countrywide plc for 20 years until 2008. During his tenure at Countrywide, it founded and subsequently sold Chesnara plc and Rightmove plc. Harry was also responsible for forming Countrywide Property Lawyers, which was established to take advantage of conveyancing referrals from within the estate agency chain. His current directorships include Landwood Property Group and Hunters and Clarke Hillyer. He is also a trustee of Launch 22, a Shoreditch-based charity seeking to help young entrepreneurs.
Harry is on the Remuneration Committee of LTG.
Jonathan Satchell - Chief Executive
Jonathan is responsible for the overall strategic development of LTG with a particular focus on innovation and international opportunities. He has a strong sales and entrepreneurial background, having started his first business in 1992 selling subscriptions for Accountancy TV, a joint venture of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the BBC which created continued professional development content for training programmes. He has been involved in the education and training industry ever since, acquiring EBC in 1997, which he helped to transform from a provider of training videos to a bespoke e-learning company. The Company was sold to Futuremedia in 2006.
He became interim Managing Director of Epic in 2007 and the following year he purchased the Company with Andrew Brode. Jonathan has overseen the transformation of Epic from a custom content e-learning company to an international and growing learning technologies agency.
Piers Lea - Chief Strategy Officer
Piers founded LINE Communications Holdings Limited in 1989, which was acquired by LTG in April 2014. Piers has over 30 years' experience in distance learning and communications and is widely considered a thought leader in the field of e-learning. He will continue to aid clients in achieving results through the use of learning technologies.
Neil Elton - Group Finance Director
Neil was appointed as Group Finance Director of LTG in November 2014. An experienced listed company Finance Director, Neil has worked with and successfully built a number of fast growing companies. He joins from Sagentia Group plc, a technology research and development company, where he was Group Finance Director from 2010 to 2014. Prior to this, between 2007 and 2010, he was Finance Director at Concateno plc, Europe’s largest tester of drugs of abuse. Prior to Concateno he was Finance Director at Mecom Group plc, an acquisitive AIM listed European media group. During the earlier part of his career he worked at Yava group and Mirror Group plc and trained at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche.
Dale Solomon - Chief Operating Officer
Dale was appointed Commercial Director of Epic in 2010. Prior to this, he spent 12 years as a learning consultant working with global organisations to help them achieve measurable return on investment. Under his leadership, Epic enjoyed continued year-on-year improvement in operating profit margin and a sharp rise in customer satisfaction. Dale was instrumental in the successful opening of the company’s first international offices in Rio de Janeiro and New York in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
Dale became Chief Operating Officer of LTG following the creation of LEO in 2014. He is now responsible for overseeing all central support functions of the Group globally, including Sales, Marketing, Bid, IT & Facilities, Human Resources, Quality, Special Projects and International Operations.
Leslie-Ann Reed - Non-executive Director
Leslie-Ann was appointed Chief Financial Officer of GoIndustry Dovebid plc in 2010 until July 2012 when the business was sold to Liquidity Services Inc. Prior to this, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Metal Bulletin plc and as an adviser to Marwyn Investment Management. She has extensive international experience in the media industry having served as Chief Financial Officer of PolyGram Film Operations and also worked at Warner Communications and EMI. Leslie-Ann qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Cocke, Vellacot & Hill before moving to Arthur Andersen to continue to develop her financial management expertise.
Leslie-Ann is the Chair of the Audit Committee of LTG.
Peter Gordon - Non-executive Director
Peter was a successful investor in private equity and venture capital at 3i Group plc for over 18 years. He has also worked in Southampton, Birmingham and latterly as a Partner in the London based European Buy Out business until 2008. Prior to that, he spent 2 years (1998-2000) as M&A Director at GE Capital buying companies in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.
He is an active investor in a small number of private companies and most recently supported the acquisitions of Eukleia and Rustici for LTG.
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Learning Technologies Group plc
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