Treat Yourself to the World of Learning Conference 2015

by | Jul 2, 2015 | Articles

Here’s our take on the World of Learning Conference 2015, on 29-30 September at the NEC, Birmingham. 

This autumn, join your peers to discuss the current issues affecting L&D professionals and look ahead to the future of workplace learning.

Hear from internationally renowned organisations including Capital One International, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Diageo, American Express, LinkedIn and Santander.

Here are just some of the sessions that caught our eye from the main conference programme – it’s great to see a number of Towards Maturity’s Benchmarkers, Ambassadors and Supporters in the mix:

Day 1 – Tuesday 29 September

    • 09:10 – 10:05, P1 (Platinum Delegates only)
      Learning to Support the Agile Business
      Cathy Hoy, Senior L&D Manager, Commercial, Europe at Coca Cola Enterprises


    • 14:30 – 15:20, A6
      Video Learning to Improve Learning Effectiveness
      Jenny Beltran, Commercial Capability Specialist, Diageo Academy
      Dan Jones, Senior Project Manager, Brightwave


  • 16:00 – 16:45, A8
    Latest Developments in Learning Technologies
    Robert Todd, Head of Learning Technologies, LinkedIn
    (check out our thoughts on LinkedIn’s aquisition of


Day 2 – Wednesday 30 September

    • 11:30 – 12:15, B4
      Developing an effective learning strategy with a limited budget and limited resources
      Hesketh Emden, Head of Training, Development and Leadership, NHS Property Services


    • 14:15 – 14:55, B5
      Embedding social learning into your learning strategy
      Polly Barnes, Group Operations and People Director, Start JudgeGill
      Perry Timms, Founder and Director, PTHR


  • 14:20 – 15:00, B6
    Effective strategies for L&D in a geographically dispersed/multi-site environment
    Melanie Lepine, Director, Global Learning and Development Delivery, American Express

  • 15:10 – 15:40, B8
    The top 10 challenges the learning professional will face in the next 10 years
    Nigel Paine, Owner & Managing Director,


Make sure you visit our Ambassadors and Supporters who are exhibiting at the show:

  • Acteon Communication and Learning C170/TTD
  • Redware C80
  • Training Journal DL

(You can also book an appointment with them)


Fringe Seminars

It’s worth keeping an eye on these free seminars! They focus on a variety of specialist topics around the main conference themes. They are free-to-attend, just make sure you book a place. Here’s our take on the unmissables:

Day 1 – 29 September

  • 10:30 – 11:00, F1
    Keynote: Do you have the right skills for 2016 and beyond? Closing the digital learning skills gap
    Clive Shepherd, Consultant, Onlignment
    Margaretha Mazura, Secretary General, European Multimedia Forum (EMF)

Day 2 – 30 September

    • 10:30 – 11:00, F4
      Keynote: How to engage your team and deliver optimal performance
      Rob Jones, Head of Organisational Effectiveness, Crossrail


  • 13:20 – 14:05, F6
    Panel Discussion: Future of Learning Forum
    Robin Hoyle, Author of Learning Expert
    Andy Lancaster, Head of Learning & Development, CIPD
    Perry Timms, Founder & Director, PHTR
    Kristofor Swanson, VP Learning Technologies, J.P Morgan


Special discount for Towards Maturity Benchmark Participants:

If you register as a platinum delegate, you can choose one of two free gifts which are an iPad mini 3 or a Sonos PLAY:1. For every two-day delegate, the free gifts available are a NutriBullet or an Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet.

Book today and save up to 30% before the 28th of August with the exclusive code for Towards Maturity readers ‘TM1’.


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