edigogy hub projects

edigogy hubs in the UK

What are we doing?

We are building a technological, pedagogical and physical system to solve the skills gap and balance the fast-changing needs of the labour market with the supply of the labour pool. We call these learning communities edigogy hubs.

We have a solution to the skills gap which is based on an existing exemplar of more than ten years.

It has produced the following results

  • 2,000 students per year in skills courses
  • 10-year track record
  • 97 % employment record
  • self-funded development of 200m euros
  • 3% dropout rate
  • preferred local source of employee recruitment
  • unique pedagogical model
  • property investment and development
  • successful public-private partnership

We are in discussions with groups in many countries but  John Beer and his team share a vision and ideals and will partner us to build our UK model.

What is the first project?

We want to join the individual and separate actions of many talented and perceptive groups to facilitate a successful solution to the problems. To do this we are looking for our first site in the UK to act as a model for others. It will solve the following problems:

  • The skills gap by balancing the supply of education to the demands of the labour market
  • Making that relationship productive, responsive and efficient with technology and new methods
  • Make the course and programmes interesting and productive for learners and employers
  • Allow teachers to operate better
  • Produce a micro assessment of skills and a measurement of the whole person which makes recruitment efficient
  • Guarantee a job for each learner who successfully completes a course
  • Encouraging local employment and economic and business models
  • Improve local economies, infrastructure, social well-being and employment
  • To integrate new pedagogies and learning and assessment systems which, make learning scalable and efficient and better for teacher and learner

How are we going to do it?

We will

  1. Find a site and partners to develop our first edigogy hub
  2. Find partners and interested parties to watch the development of our model
  3. Spread the knowledge and models we develop with partners who have our aspirations and goals
  4. Connect many initiatives to make better solutions

How is what we are doing differently?

We know we have the complete solution and we have the example of a physical working model to refer to.

We have refined and developed that model over three years into:

  • A new way of learning
  • A new way of assessing learning
  • A new process for learning, and assessing the whole person
  • A new process to connect employers and learners (existing employees included)
  • A new business model to fund learning
  • A way for business to integrate their needs and IP into skills training
  • A way to map assessments and outcomes to any existing qualifications frameworks in real time or retrospectively


Why do we think it will work?

We don’t think it will work – we know it works and we know how.


What sort of partners are we looking for?

The primary requirement for partners is to find people who accept there is a problem.

We are not interested in the debate about whether there is a problem – the time for that is finished.

We will not get tied up in red tape and we will create business models which self-fund so that we are independent.

There is a problem and nobody has produced a successful solution except the one model we have found.

We want to partner and support people who are looking for solutions to the above problems.







Key edigogy UK project team members

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 thanks 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.
Roberta Kirklyte

Roberta Kirklyte

'Numbers Wizard'

Roberta is another of Chris’s ex students, 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.
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.
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). She holds BA and MSM degrees in International Business & Economics. After relocating nine times in fifteen years, 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. On weekends, she can be found either supporting her favourite Premier League team or exhibiting her work at a local artisan market.
John Beer

John Beer

Consultant edigogy hubs UK

After ignoring the pressures to continue formal education John started as an Apprentice Telecommunications Engineer with the GPO.  John now has over 40 years’ experience and has held various management positions with Xerox Corporation, Fujitsu Europe Ltd and Canon Europe Ltd and currently is an advisor to the European Commission for ICT projects and business models. John’s passion is ‘business disruption’ and has co-founded a Machine Learning / AI company. His real passion is to develop a model to regenerate the economic and the social landscape of Rural and Coastal regions through a framework delivering aspirational demand based skills of the future and self-sustaining.
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!