Laura Overton, UK
Managing Director, Towards Maturity
Laura Overton – Ranked #1 in the Top Ten’ most influential people in the corporate e-learning in the UK. Widely respected author of numerous L&D benchmark studies.
Laura Overton is the founder and Managing Director the Towards Maturity – a not for profit benchmark practice that provides independent research to help organisations deliver improved performance through learning innovation. Her work is based on 25+ years of practical experience in implementing technology enabled learning strategies for business advantage and is backed by her independent research.
Laura established the “Towards Maturity Benchmark” to provide organisations with independent evidence to influence positive change. Since 2003, 3,600 organisations have used the benchmark to help them establish an effective e-enabled learning culture in the workplace. Passionate about influencing change, the core research base is provided free of charge for all L&D professionals looking for independent evidence on which to base their decisions. She was also one of the first to research directly with learners in the workplace and runs the “Towards Maturity Learning Landscape” to help L&D understand how staff learn what they need for their jobs. To date over 17,000 learners have been involved in this research.
Laura is the author of ‘Linking Learning to Business’ – one of the first industry benchmark studies with both organisations and learners investigating good practices (Jan 04). This seminal work placed business results and alignment at the core of the L&D agenda and this has been at the heart of the research programme ever since. Since then she has authored over 35 independent reports and hundreds of articles sharing benchmarks and effective practices to drive L&D performance which are referenced around the globe. Laura is a respected industry expert and speaker, conducting workshops and stimulating debate around the globe.
Laura is an Academic Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute. She is on the steering board of Online Educa Berlin, the LPI and the L&D advisory board of the CIPD. In February 2010, she was the first woman to be awarded the LPI’s prestigious Colin Corder Award for services to training and was the recipient of the inaugural elearning age Special Achievement award at the 2012 elearning awards. In 2014 she was voted number 1 in the Top Ten’ most influential people in the corporate e-learning in the UK and in 2015 she retained the top position in the UK and was also voted 5 in the Global List and 6th in the European list.