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    Richard Wyles

    Chief Executive Officer, Totara Learning

    Before co-founding Totara, Richard played a leading role in the dramatic rise of Moodle as the e-learning technology of choice in his home country New Zealand and internationally. He has led large government-funded Moodle projects including the very first enterprise-scale deployment of Moodle in 2004. In 2006 he co-founded the Mahara project, the popular open source e-portfolio system.  That year Richard also co-founded Flexible Learning Network, now part of the City & Guilds Kineo group of companies. Richard manages the global operation of Totara Learning from the company's head office in Wellington, New Zealand. 

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    Abel Henry

    Learning & Technology Officer, UNICEF

    Abel is Learning and Technology Officer for UNICEF, the United Nations Children´s Fund. He is coordinating the development of content, implementation of systems and promotion of innovative practices. He is the architect and project lead of Agora, UNICEF´s Global Hub for Learning. Agora offers hundreds of learning opportunities to address learning needs of staff, consultants, volunteers, donors and partners of UNICEF. The platform is open to the general public so feel free to come have a look! https://agora.unicef.org

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    Lori Niles-Hofmann

    Senior Learning Strategist

    Lori Niles-Hofmann is a senior learning strategist with over 20 years of L&D experience across many industries, including international banking (Scotiabank, RBC Dexia, BMO), management consulting (KPMG), and marketing (Eloqua). Her specialization is large-scale digital learning transformations and helping companies use data to navigate through the ambiguity of change. She has completed numerous EdTech implementations and has developed the data-based frameworks to empower L&D teams to move from business support function to strategic business driver.

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    Ceri Davies

    Learning Design Manager, Mitchells & Butlers PLC

    Ceri is currently a Learning Design Manager at Mitchells & Butlers, a FTSE 250 company with over 45,000 learners. With a BSc in Psychology from The University of Warwick, Ceri’s interests lie in changing behaviour and increasing performance through effective content design. Ceri’s experience includes content authoring using a variety of tools, stakeholder management, ‘Serious Game’ development and social community engagement. Ceri is also passionate about enhancing the overall learning experience, specifically how an impactful communications campaign and tone of voice can heighten learner engagement, and help drive a cultural change in the way organisations view learning.

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    Mario Perilli

    Head of New Learning Solutions, Deutsche Bahn

    Mario has been at Deutsche Bahn Training since April 2017. He has been formally responsible for the similar topic at DB Schenker from 2012 to 2017  and has more than 10 years of operational experience of implementation and operating different learning platforms and content production as an e-learning specialist at the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe (German loan and savings bank group). Before that he was an eLearning consultant from 1999 to 2002.

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    Lindsay Barrie

    L&D Business Partner,
    AG Barr

    Lindsay has been leading the L&D and Talent agenda at AG Barr since November 2011 where she has successfully implemented the award-winning Totara Learn solution (internally named iLearn).  Before joining AG Barr, Lindsay spent 10 years building the L&D team at Student Loans Company where she specialised in employee onboarding and leadership development.  Lindsay has led a successful L&D career built on her energy, passion and drive to develop and grow people to reach their potential.

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    Lars Hyland

    Chief Learning Officer, Totara Learning

    Lars Hyland is a well-known figure in the learning technology community, Lars has championed the adoption of innovative blended learning design to reap not just greater cost efficiency but real changes in learning effectiveness and engagement. Lars has held senior management positions with a number of pioneering learning companies and now leads the drive for adoption of Totara's open source enterprise learning platforms, Totara Learn and Totara Social working in collaboration with a worldwide network of expert partners

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    Genevieve Schärer-Lim

    Education & Strategy Implementation Manager, EULAR

    The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) represents people with arthritis/rheumatism, health professionals (HPR) and scientific societies of rheumatology across all European nations. EULAR aims to reduce the burden of rheumatic diseases on the individual and society and to improve the treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal diseases. Geneviève Schärer-Lim supports all the educational activities of the EULAR Executive Committee and the School of Rheumatology.

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    Steve Thompson

    Director of Business Development, Raytheon

    Steve has 25 years of leadership experience with a primary focus on operations, business development, project management, and transition; he is a subject matter expert in L&D transformation. He is responsible for expanding Raytheon Professional Services’ business in Europe, in the commercial segment.

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    Mark Edmonds

    Account Director,
    Engage In Learning

    As Account Director, Mark Edmonds is one of Engage in Learning’s more experienced members of the sales and marketing team. He has 25 years’ experience in providing corporate training solutions, and has been with Engage in Learning for more than 5 years. Mark is a Totara Learn expert, heavily involved in both pre and post sales for EiL’s Totara Learn subscribers – advising them on best practice solution to meet requirements.

    A very hands-on Account Director, Mark is often found at customer sites training on Totara Learn or adding his support to their in-house administration teams. Also very experienced in customised as well as off the shelf content, Mark uses his knowledge of the products to create bespoke learning solutions for many of his customers.

    Mark lives in rural North Devon with a menagerie of small animals.

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    Thomas Wythe

    CIO & Advisor,

    Thomas Wythe is Chief Information Officer at GO1.com, the world’s largest onboarding, compliance and professional development platform. Thomas was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer at Temando and held a number of senior technology positions at Betfair.

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    Stewart Rogers

    VP Products,
    Lambda Solutions

    Stewart leads product development for next generation solutions in the learning and talent management space. Stewart and his team developed an LMS reporting solution to provide LMS users with a modern approach to reporting. His approach is to engage customers throughout the development process using instantaneous feedback to ensure solutions exceed expectations and make noticeable impact in your work. 

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    Steph Wild

    LMS Manager, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Steph’s background is in the NHS where she has worked for 35 years, the last 23 years’ being in learning and development. She has delivered training, developed training programmes for large groups of staff and managed organisation wide programmes of learning. She has also successfully managed the implementation of an organisation wide learning management system (Totara Learn) which has transformed how and where staff undertake learning as well as providing transparent compliancy monitoring. She has since expanded the use of this system to record appraisal completions and areas where staff can develop their skills to improve their career prospects.

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    Daniel Bond

    Education & Development Advisor, Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust

    Daniel Bond is an Education and Development Advisor for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. With a background in teaching and learning, he has worked for the NHS for nearly 10 years producing IT training and eLearning solutions and developing the use of Totara Learn across the organisation. He lives in Hull, which was UK City of Culture 2017 and is much nicer than people might think.

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    Richard Chambury

    Managing Director Chambury Learning

    Richard Chambury has over 18 years experience in learning and development experience spanning teaching, learning strategy, learning content design & delivery, HR & systems project management, system design & implementation, end user training, training management including core mandatory training and more. This included management of a training department in a large NHS Trust, lecturing in adult education (FE) and managing learning systems in the Public Sector including health, social care, county councils and more. Chambury Learning Solutions work with some of the largest healthcare providers in the UK, both in the public [NHS] and private sectors.


The EMEA Totara User Conference will take place in London  on 15 & 16 May 2019  at Glaziers Hall.

The event will bring together the Totara Community from a wide variety of organisations and sectors to collaborate and learn from each other's experiences. All learning professionals with an interest in Totara are invited to secure their spot today.

You'll learn from other organisations that are using Totara open technology products in fresh and engaging ways, sharing practice advice you can take home and action. It's also a chance to hear from the Totara Team about product innovations, and ways to make the most of your Totara Community membership. There will also be plenty of time for networking so you can get to know other learning professionals with a shared interests.

We look forward to seeing you in London!


"The content presented at the User Conference certainly helped to reinforce that our organisation is heading in the right direction in our use of Totara."

Attendee from the 2018 APAC Totara User Conference

The EMEA Totara User Conference already has some great user-speakers lined up to showcase the best-in-class Totara Learn implementations and best practice tips.


Day 1: User conference

  • Registration, tea & coffee

  • Welcome

  • Keynote: speaker Lori Niles-Hofmann

    The Learner Social Contract – The pressure on employees to learn, unlearn, and be agile in today's market is immense. Knowledge and skills are no longer just the tools of business outcomes and profitability. They can be the difference between employability or redundancy. As learning practitioners, we have a moral responsibility to contingent workers so they can stay relevant. This means examining the ways we impact our audiences and building new frameworks for content development and strategy. This session will address the top ten key barriers to workplace learners and provide practical guidance on the actions you can take to harness and adapt the tools, people and processes around you.

  • Product session

    Hear from our Product team. They'll be sharing product roadmaps, some best practice tips, showcasing some cool features and more. 

  • Networking tea & coffee break

  • Customer keynote: Mitchells & Butlers

    Getting social with Mable – The story of how Mitchells and Butlers used a personal trainer to build a social learning community.

  • Totara Community: your opportunity to learn and share

    Learn how you can make the most of your Totara Community membership including access to a wealth of learning resources in the Totara Academy.

  • Totara Perform

    Learn more about our new performance management product.

  • Networking lunch

  • Panel discussion

    Your opportunity to question our panel of experts and explore the future direction of learning technology.

  • Networking tea & coffee break

  • Breakout sessions: customer success stories

    We have great stories to share with you from our users, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, UNICEF, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, EULAR, Deutsche Bahn and AG Barr. Split into two streams, attendees can pick and mix from the sessions below.

    Session 1: The importance of flexibility: migrating from SAP to Totara to promote self-directed learning – Thermo Fisher 

    Thermo Fisher migrated from SAP to Totara in early 2018. Lessons were learned in the transition towards a "skills gap oriented" learning platform, which will enable Field Service Engineers to identify and close those gaps.


    Session 2: Using Totara Learn as a central platform in a decentralised organisation – Deutsche Bahn 

    New Learning Solutions is the in-house e-learning service provider and consultancy within DB Training that supports the whole Deutsche Bahn group, including international entities. New Learning Solutions design, develop and deliver digital content and supporting merchandising for “DB Lernwelt” (the central learning platform at DB based on Totara Learn). Mario will share his experiences of using Totara Learn as the central solution for the DB group. He will share quick wins and challenges in meeting the needs of the DB Training academy service, exploring how Totara Learn functionality has been used including working within limitations to meet the needs of wider group business structures. Also covered will be next steps and future expectations for using Totara Learn across DB Group, including increased use of mobile learning and managing platform performance.


  • Breakout sessions: customer success stories

    Session 3: You're in control – Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust 

    In a world which increasingly demands personalisation and individual control, how can Totara Learn help? Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust currently use Totara to host eLearning, Face-to- Face Seminars and Appraisals, and this talk will look at how users can be empowered to manage their own learning and the learning of staff they manage.


    Session 4: Creating a first class user experience – AG Barr 

    AG Barr struggled to engage users in their initial LMS implementation leaving employees somewhat resistant to digital learning. Lindsay will share how they responded to this challenge to successfully re-engage and win over employees with a first class user experience.


  • Breakout sessions: customer success stories

    Session 5: Agora: building UNICEF´s Global Hub for Learning with Totara Learn – UNICEF 

    The United Nations Children´s Fund (UNICEF) ambitions to provide a unique portal support a great diversity of learning needs, located all over the world and with a decentralised learning team. This project is a continuous improvement journey taking advantage of the strength of the Totara software and the possibilities offered by its open source nature. Three years, and more than 250,000 course completions after the launch of the platform, we will be sharing an overview of the project scope and history, before briefly presenting two original developments: a custom development plan interface building on Totara´s core features, and an original set of solutions to build learning paths (a.k.a programs). The platform can be publicly accessed at: https://agora.unicef.org


    Session 6: A seamless, responsive learning solution: EULAR's School of Rheumatology – EULAR 

    EULAR, the European League Against Rheumatism, wanted to create a motivating and intuitive digital learning experience for their academy, including over 40.000 users. Get insights on how EULAR approached the project, the solution design and the impact it had on learners.


  • Totara Awards

    Join us in recognising some of the outstanding Totara solutions of the year in use across key industry sectors.

  • Networking reception 

    Network with your peers and a chance for us to say thank you for being a valued member of our growing Totara Community.

"The format of one day of conferencing and the second day of workshops are a great way to keep people engaged."

Attendee from the 2018 APAC User Conference.

Get your tickets to the EMEA User Conference 

Early bird tickets are now available for the Totara User Conference - get yours before time runs out! 

Day 2: Partner-run sessions

We've selected highly relevant, interactive sessions for our Totara users, hosted by our expert Totara Partners. Split into two streams, attendees can pick and mix from the concurrent sessions available throughout the day.

"The workshop was a great opportunity to work in a small group and learn more about Totara. They are extremely beneficial." 

Attendee from the 2018 APAC Totara User Conference
  • Session 1 - Totara Content Marketplace: Connecting your Totara Learn users with the world’s best content (run by GO1)

    Hosted by our content partner, GO1, this is a hands-on session for Totara customers interested in enriching their Totara Learn instances with an extensive library of 180,000+ e-learning courses-created by the world’s best content providers.

  • Session 2 - Social Learning for Serious Results: Power to the Learner? (run by Kineo)

    We all know how critical it is to be able to show the value of our investment in learning. But is it always possible to measure, and would we even want to? When it comes to social learning – and the idea that we learn best collaboratively and by sharing – there are so many ways that organisations and individuals can benefit. In this session, Kineo explore the impact that social tools have on learning, how we can give control of learning back to employees, and whether the key to understanding its value lies in design.

  • Networking tea & coffee break

  • Session 3 - Getting the most for your Totara Learn LMS (run by Learning Pool)

    Hear from Learning Technologies Company of the Year and Totara Platinum Partner Learning Pool about their award winning LMS enhancements. At this session we'll take you through how to setup a beautiful yet effective end-to-end user experience for both learner and manager using our new easy-to-use tabs, hotspot and KPI blocks. We’ll show you how to surface key information such as learner and team compliance in a simple yet visually attractive dashboard. Finally we’ll demonstrate how to deliver and track a simple learning campaign to push users to your platform and keep them engaged!

  • Session 4 - Totara Learn: the best-fit Learning Management System for compliance and engagement in the UK Health and Care Sectors (run by Think Learning)

    In this interactive presentation, we’ll showcase Totara Learn as the best-fit Learning Management System for the Health & Care sector, demonstrating why the 2017 Totara award for ‘Best Use of Totara to Ensure Compliance’ was won with a healthcare-based case study. Totara Learn is gaining significant traction in the Health and Care sector because of its flexibility in areas including personalisation, integration (e-commerce, external content platforms, and HR/Payroll solutions), compliance targeting and reporting, blended learning delivery, and light-touch technical requirements. Building on our compliance credentials, Think Learning (co-presenting with customers) will also showcase innovative engagement and re-engagement techniques and approaches in Totara Learn, including a mix of core features and Think Learning customisations and enhancements. Compliance is at the heart of what we do, but we see learner re-engagement as a key ingredient in supporting organisations to maximise their LMS return-on-investment.

  • Lunch

  • Session 5 - Analysing Totara Data with Zoola Analytics (run by Lambda Solutions)

    Zoola Analytics is an award-winning, cloud-based reporting and analytics solution for Totara Learn that allows you to prove the impact of your Learning. Zoola gives complete and secure access to your data, stunning reports and dashboards, embedded reports, and automated delivery. During this session, we will give an overview of Zoola Analytics that shows you how create and embed your own interactive and insightful reports and dashboards. We will show how to use progress reports to make sure your Learners are completing Programs and Courses on-time. We will show you how to use Zoola to measure course engagement with Feedback, Log, and Time Spent data. We will show you how analysing Quiz and Quiz Questions data can improve course effectiveness. This engaging and interactive session will turn your dream of data-driven learning strategy into a reality.

  • Session 6 - Best practice for the implementation of Totara Learn in healthcare (run by Chambury Learning Solutions)

    A session on best practice implementation of Totara Learn in the NHS to support transparent compliancy monitoring to meet CQC audit standards, appraisal completions, staff development and full end user engagement (over 96%). Hear from healthcare learning professionals from York and Hull NHS trusts showcasing a real life 5-year scenario from initial deployment to established site with an engaged learner audience.

  • Networking tea & coffee break

  • Session 7 - Complete automation of your training programmes with Totara Learn (run by Engage in Learning)

    Whether it be compliance training, onboarding or management development, Engage in Learning will talk you through how to use core functionality of Totara Learn to achieve hands free automation of enrolling the right learners on the right courses at the right time.

  • Session 8 - Evolving Totara towards a Learning Experience Platform (LXP): Showcase Cyber Security Apprenticeship Programme (run by Raytheon Professional Services)

    Totara is known as a solid and fully featured Learning Management System, but is it ready to accommodate a fully learner centred system architecture? We have the answer for you! In the presentation, we will showcase how we have build our FlexLS around the Totara core for the use in our Cyber Apprenticeship Programmes. The modular and highly scalable approach allows for a seamless user experience, extending the individual learning modalities and fostering social learning, performance support rounding it up with detailed xAPI based learner and business analytics.

Early bird tickets are now available 

Get yours before time runs out! 


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London Bridge
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