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Ed-Tech roundtable - are you equipped for engagement?

03 February 2021
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Cavendish Ed-Tech roundtable2020 has challenged us all, especially the training sector. Overnight the sector has had to seek new ways of delivering content, some were already prepared and looking for a catalyst to go digital, others less so. We’ve teamed up with Cavendish for a must-watch round table discussion with some of the players in the training and Ed-Tech sectors.

Building on Cavendish’s recent report ‘Are we all Ed-Tech now?’, we look at the immediate impacts of the changes to delivery in training, the standout stars and also to the likely long-term benefits from digitisation. The event’s discussion will also focus on how businesses have adapted their product, delivery and measurability to provide learning platforms that their clients cannot live without, how that has benefited valuations and what are the future opportunities.


Oli Barrett MBE
Oli, described by Wired magazine as “the most connected man in Britain”, is a serial founder who enjoys making useful connections between people and ideas. He created numerous ventures such as Tenner, the UK’s largest schools enterprise challenge, TOTS (Turn on the Subtitles), and co-founded Volunteer It Yourself, Start-up Britain, The Rainmakers, and many more.


Karri Vuori: Partner at Cavendish
Karri recently joined Cavendish bringing with him extensive experience across a broad range of sectors and deal types including public and private, buy and sell-side as well as domestic and cross-border transactions bringing particular specialism in deals involving UK mid-market private equity firms.

Mike Dinsdale: Associate Director at Cavendish
Mike joined Cavendish from Deloitte in 2016, where he previously spent three years. Mike is passionate about working with ambitious owner-managed and private equity-backed businesses to deliver successful transactions, primarily focussing in the business services and technology sectors.

Brenda McLeish: CEO, Learning Curve
Brenda is the CEO of one of the UK’s largest training providers, Learning Curve Group, which delivers a broad range of educational services and training programmes across diverse industry sectors to over 200,000 learners each year. With more than 20 years’ experience in the education sector, Brenda has helped drive significant growth in the business and continues to adapt the business to succeed in the ever-changing education landscape.

Hector Payne: Chief Learning Officer, Alpha Development
Hector is the Chief Learning Officer at Alpha Development and has over 20 years’ experience in the higher and corporate education industry. To date, he has developed solutions that have served the learning needs of over 150,000 individuals primarily in the financial services industry across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Sean Cosgrove: CCO, Lifetime Training Group
Sean is the Chief Commercial Officer for Lifetime Training Group, the UK’s largest provider of apprenticeship training and assessment. Lifetime supports many of the UK’s largest employers to deliver maximum impact from their investment in the apprenticeship levy by delivering programmes that achieve measurable results. Sean joined Lifetime in 2016 during the implementation of the apprenticeship levy, and has delivered significant growth for the business during this time.

Ian Rowe: Senior Leadership Team, GCSEPod
Ian joined GCSEPod in 2017 as the Sales & Business Development Director and today is a core member of the Company’s Senior Leadership Team. In his role, Ian shares responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business and has a particular focus on all elements of business development, sales and the longer-term growth of the business.

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