About us

Our vision is to

‘Put smiles on people’s faces by creating a meaningful understanding of their global potential.’

Our mission

Is to create a future-proofed positive radical shift in society, business, economics, and individuals by;

  • Increasing self-worth and sense of purpose in the individual’s contributions to society by providing a lifelong free pathway to their aspirations
  • Facilitating understanding in businesses of the fast-changing nature of people and thus to profitably and sustainably, recruit, train and manage them
  • Supporting education to record and manage all forms of learning, formal, informal and incidental to satisfy the learner’s demands and ambitions by providing individual learning paths
  • Adding value to published resources by using our tools and network to better support individual and corporate learning.
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What does Vivagogy mean?

The word Vivagogy is composed of Viva meaning life and long, and Gogy meaning leading, guiding promoting and stimulating

Our story

By pure coincidence, three people who would be deemed to have failed at school, Wim Froon, Chris Heron and Steve Cushing met in France. In fact, like many talented people they only ‘achieved’ once they had left the school environment, ironically two of them becoming teachers!

They had a shared belief that the world would benefit from a new education model which would promote life-long learning. But changing the education model in multiple countries was not a viable project and would take too long. After two years of research and testing, they have arrived at an innovative and disruptive solution.

Wim, Chris and Steve believe the answer is to change peoples’ access to and perception of learning by making it personal where individuals create their own goals and objectives. This acts as the motivator to foster not only life-long learning but continual, self-directed, non-linear learning.

By producing a complex and intelligent way of measuring and tracking informal learning and skills acquisition Vivagogy can offer the data as a new measurement of learning and employment competencies.  The new process disrupts the current recruitment industry’s approach to hiring staff and offers a unique solution to The Skills Gap described by McKinsey in their report ‘Education to Employment’. 

With a socially beneficial business model linking to NGOs working on the ground in third world economies, like The Turing Trust, Vivagogy is committed to spreading the benefits of the business model by providing free resources and learning materials to the disenfranchised worldwide.

Our team

Wim Froon

Wim Froon

Chairman - 'Mover & shaker' Co Founder

At the age of 6 years, Wim wanted to create a knowledge exchange process, from seniors to juniors. He has had to wait until retirement to achieve this. Leaving school at 16 he was completely self-taught when he went alone to the US in 1978 to discover the world. By the age of 28, he was managing six hundred staff. Then as CEO of INTERVAL INTERNATIONAL from 1988-2002, he managed global development in 65 countries with more than 1,600 employees. Now he’s using his global management experience, knowledge of finance and his passion for creating communities for learning and social development, to improve the world.

Chris Heron

Chris Heron

CEO - 'Catalyst' Founder

Chris is a passionate educational reformer and teacher of 12 years. School lost interest for him at 16 and due to a rugby career he was lucky to find an understanding company that employed him! 13 years ago he wanted to become involved in e-learning and to understand learning better he qualified as a teacher, eventually lecturing in business studies and economics at a business school in Cambridge, UK.
The mix of his entrepreneurship business and divergent thinking skills, knowledge of e-learning and technology, and his education background make him the ideal disrupter in the ed-tech sector!

Steve Cushing

Steve Cushing

'Learning guru' Co Founder

Steve is an addicted lifelong learner, author, teacher, education consultant, and DJ. With over 800 education books published, Steve has been involved in writing curriculum, assessment programs and educational TV programs around the world and has more recently been designing and developing cross-platform educational Apps and assessment materials. He is also an acknowledged expert in test psychometrics and test validity, currently working as a consultant to regulatory authorities and formerly a Chief Examiner and Chair of Examiners.  He has worked on large-scale projects on assessment, skills development, and curriculum development in the UK, USA, Malaysia, Chile, Bermuda, Romania and Gibraltar.

Nomiun Ganzorig

Nomiun Ganzorig

'Youth guru'

Nomiun is the youngest member of our team and is an ex-student of Chris’s. She is studying for her PHD and has chosen “The diversion from traditional education system into education 3.0: Towards an innovative higher education in the UK” as her subject. Inspired by Vivagogy and its potential to change the world, education, and learning, Nomiun is keeping us ‘real’ and ‘on trend’. Her role encompasses project manager and marketing. She brings an interesting life experience of many different cultures, a BSc (Hons) in Business Economics, an MSc in International Finance and several languages that put us all to shame!

Ken Yeadon

Ken Yeadon

'Software and free fall guru'

Ken is a keen skydiver and can often be seen throwing himself out of perfectly good aeroplanes. He is CEO of our software development partner Thematic Networks Ltd, who provide a framework for the development of bespoke online collaborative business community platforms. Ken graduated in Economics from Nottingham and has a Finance MBA from Cass Business School. Formerly, Ken was with HSBC in a number of senior trading management roles, most recently as Head of E-Trading, and Head of Trading and Sales for the Asia-Pacific region, before starting Thematic Capital Partners, where he has incubated several successful software start-ups.

Leonie McIlvenny

Leonie McIlvenny

'Research Queen'

Leonie has been an educator for over 30 years. Initially, a primary school teacher, then teacher librarian Leonie has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary education systems. As a library advisor and a curriculum consultant, Leonie travelled throughout Western Australian providing guidance to schools in library management, information literacy, and curriculum development. She was a research assistant at Curtin University as part of the Teaching Teachers for the Future national project and lectured in Learning Technologies and Scientific Inquiry. She was awarded the 2015 WA Teacher Librarian of the Year and was named in the Educator Magazine’s 2015 Hot List of top educators.

Jeff Howson

Jeff Howson

'Ed Tech expert'

Jeff is a creative education leader who believes in opportunities for all and the power of education technology to transform education ecosystems. After 35 years in education as a teacher, senior leader, senior examiner, advisor and consultant, Jeff has worked in the public and commercial sectors on regional, national and international initiatives. This includes the Building Schools for the Future Programme, creating Academies and Free Schools, University Technology Colleges and Studio Schools. He has been central in the development of many national and international programmes involving ICT, including content development, curriculum development, change management and the use of data analytics.

Dan Sandhu

Dan Sandhu

'Global View'

Dan has been very active in the Education and Technology sectors in the UK and internationally over many years. He has founded and led education and skills business as well as being a venture investor, mentor and advisor. Dan was recently voted one of Education Technology’s top 100 most influential global leaders. He advises international education businesses on strategy, growth and product development. He has also advised private equity in the sector. He is a regular speaker at education and technology forums and has authored numerous articles on education technology. Based out of the UK, he has worked in education in North America, Europe and Asia.

Randy Vermaas

Randy Vermaas

'EduTech Guru'

Randy is one of the leading experts and developers in the field of E-Learning. He started off as a school teacher, where his passion for bringing together technological innovation, educational design and business implementation was born. During his 14 years long career he has worked on many major projects for large organisations such as Shell, ESOT, KNGF and the Dutch judiciary continuously creating the best and most sustainable E-Learning solutions possible. In spare time his curious mind enjoys wandering through scientific books and researching new cutting-edge technologies. Like all our members he is a Millennial at heart and true advocate of lifelong learning.

Roberta Kirklyte

Roberta Kirklyte

'Numbers Wizard'

Roberta is a strategic accountant with over ten years experience across industry and practice. During this time she helped businesses to transform their finance and operation systems to increase profitability. Outside of her professional career, Roberta enjoys personal development, travel, culture and sports adventures. With a number of different projects in mind, she organized a charity fundraiser for a school in Togo, Africa in 2013. She also took four months to explore and travel across Mexico, the US, and Canada, all whilst doing continuous studies at Stanford University, California.

Holly Davidson

Holly Davidson

'People Coach'

Holly has worked in international human resources for more than 25 years, holding positions both as a consultant (Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young) and as an in-house practitioner (Fidelity Investments, Seagate Technologies). A Chicago native, she holds BA and MSM degrees in International Business & Economics. After relocating nine times in fifteen years (including to Germany and France), she settled in the UK in 2007.
Holly has a particular affinity for start-up/merger & acquisition projects with experience across Europe and northern Africa. She is passionate about coaching and team development, perhaps harkening back to her days as a football referee. On weekends, she can be found either supporting her favourite Premier League team or exhibiting her work at a local artisan market.

Daniela Höche

Daniela Höche

'Management Change Guru'

Daniela is well known and respected for her ongoing passion to learn, understand, and discover. She doesn’t just “think outside the box;” she shapes completely new approaches. Her creative side is always at hand, which she has also demonstrated as a published author of poetry books. She has worked with corporations for over 20 years on projects including expansion, restructuring and corporate sales. As she sought to expand her expertise in change management, she built her own coaching system in 2014. Now she joins Vivagogy with the desire to continue to expand her own learning, but also to share her expertise and knowledge through this innovative education model!

Lucy Rimmington

Lucy Rimmington

'Learning Connector'

Lucy has been a teacher for nearly 15 years, including several years in leadership and school improvement, and has advised government and shaped policy around qualifications. She led STEM learning in the post-16 and adult learning sectors and is passionate about engaging learners on their own path towards success, which always includes learning throughout life. She is studying for a Masters at The University of Oxford and has a firm grasp of assessment theory and the bigger picture of the purpose of education. Lucy works with us to identify problems and design solutions in and around education for both young people and professionals.

Our culture

We are a modern, innovative, even disruptive company.

As Steve Jobs said we ‘think differently’ and we admire others who do because ‘you are the ones who change the world.’

So that’s what we are about – making the world a better and fairer place, putting smiles on people’s faces and empowering our team to contribute.

We understand that we are only effective if our team takes on the challenge of owning and developing the idea which the founders have created.

Our structure is flat and informal, creative and different. It demands a lot but gives each person the complete power to innovate and create. To this end, we work on a project basis and as a virtual company, we have people working for us all over the world on full or part-time contracts.

We value your motivation, skills, and passion more than your academic qualifications. We have no ideal person but we value the following qualities:

  • Diversity
  • Creativity
  • Humour
  • Motivation
  • Compassion
  • Global awareness

……and most importantly the desire to continually learn, improve, do your best and enjoy overcoming problems.

If you like the sound of this culture, contact us and we will be very happy to hear why you would like to help us.

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