Chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute and veteran of the learning, skills and human capital industries, Don Taylor has been awarded an Honorary Degree by Middlesex University.
Taylor, from Chiswick, was presented with the award at the University’s graduation ceremony last Thursday (15 July), said he saw the Honorary Doctorate as a tremendous honour as his ambition is to transform both the standards of and standings of the learning and development profession.
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Taylor who writes a monthly column for Training Journal magazine said: “While I am delighted to receive this recognition for work I have done so far, I also regard this as something to work for transforming our profession which is likely to take many more years.”
A recognised commentator and organiser in the fields of workplace learning and learning technologies, Taylor is focused on skills development and technology, and in particular on making sure that people and businesses have the skills they need.
Chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute since 2010, his background ranges from training delivery to managing director and vice-president positions in software companies.
He took his own internet-based training business from concept to trade sale in 2001 and has been a company director during several other acquisitions. Based in London, he has spent, lived and travelled extensively outside the UK and now travels regularly to consult and to speak about workplace learning.
Commenting on Don’s Honorary Doctorate, Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, said: “It is a real privilege for Middlesex University to be able to recognise expertise, public duty and creativity by offering outstanding individuals one of our Honorary Degrees. I am delighted to be able to play a part in today’s ceremony and want to congratulate each recipient. Their achievement is very well deserved.”
He is focused on skills development and technology, and in particular on making sure that people and businesses have the skills they need. Don believes this is best supported by using technology effectively – that is by understanding business needs and concentrating on engaging both learners and managers rather than concentrating on technical details and new features.