Benchmarking guru wins gold at E-learning Awards
Benchmarking specialist Laura Overton has been recognised with the E-learning Age Special Achievement Award at this year's E-learning Awards.
Overton, managing director of benchmarking company Towards Maturity, was praised for her impact in helping to improve the use of learning technologies at work over the last 20 years.
In the judges' citation, it was recognised that she has helped employers to fulfil the potential for learning technologies at work, in addition to closing the gap between policy and employer needs and encouraging good effective practices worldwide.
On hearing about the award, Karen Price, CEO of the Sector Skills Council, said: "We are pleased that Laura has won this award, she has made an enormous contribution to e-learning over many years. Her skills, knowledge, passion and leadership have brought together a fragmented sector, which is now making a real difference to the lives and skills of so many people."
Nearly 500 people gathered to celebrate industry excellence at the E-Learning Awards gala evening on the 8th of November. A record 43 bronze, silver and gold awards were handed out. The winners included six Towards Maturity Ambassadors - QA, Epic, Redware, LINE, Brightwave and Kallidus.
Laura Overton set up the Towards Maturity's Ambassador Programme more than two years ago. Twenty-one learning specialist companies make up the programme, which work together as ambassadors for change, identifying and improving good practices, raising awareness and driving the whole learning technology industry forward.
Speaking about the award, Overton said: "I am so proud to receive this award. I am passionate that this industry learns from each other, especially when it comes to technology. That is why I started the Towards Maturity Benchmark Study nine years ago. My thanks to E-learning age for this prestigious award and the 2200 companies that have contributed to my benchmark."