Management Team

Richard Wyles

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Richard played an instrumental role in founding Totara Learning Solutions in 2010 and has led the company since start-up. Prior to Totara, Richard played a leading role in the dramatic rise of Moodle as the e-learning technology of choice in his home country New Zealand and internationally. He has led large government funded Moodle projects including the very first enterprise scale deployment of Moodle in 2004. In 2006 he co-founded the Mahara project, the popular open source eportfolio system. That year Richard also co-founded Flexible Learning Network, now part of the City & Guilds Kineo group of companies.

I strongly believe in open source as a key driver of innovation and achieving greater access to good technology. Quality training is the key to productivity in every sector so combining open source and learning technologies is the best job I can imagine. It's a great combination to deliver positive change.

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Lars Hyland

General Manager, EMEA

Lars leads the Brighton office and is responsible for planning and implementing the company’s overall business strategy in EMEA with the primary goal of growing top-line revenues through generation of scalable, repeatable, subscription based revenue via productive partner relationships. 

Lars has been an early pioneer of learning technology since 1992 and has since successfully supported the growth of e-learning solutions industry holding senior management positions with Epic, Brightwave, LEO and CogBooks in the United Kingdom. He also gained valuable start up experience designing and launching a SaaS-based learning transfer platform, Retenda. A well-known figure in the learning technology community, Lars has championed the adoption of innovative blended learning design to reap not just greater cost efficiency but real changes in learning effectiveness and engagement.

Lars is based in Brighton in the United Kingdom.

Totara is a disruptive force within the learning technology sector. Being an open, flexible and highly innovative platform it has the capacity to evolve at a pace that will match the accelerating demands of the modern workplace.

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Simon Coggins

Chief Technology Officer

Simon is responsible for directing Totara Learning’s product strategy. This role encompasses being the Lead Software Architect for all Totara products, oversight of our research & development units, quality assurance and technology collaborations with our network of Totara Partners and customers.

It’s fantastic to be working with such a talented team of Team Leads, solution architects and software engineers. Plus, our collaborative model with partners ensure we’re harnessing a lot more ideas, being innovative and putting customers at the forefront.

Simon has worked on Moodle since 2009 and was part of the establishment of Totara starting in 2010. He is a regular contributor to Moodle and other open source projects. Before moving to New Zealand Simon completed a PhD in Astrophysics, and also spent 2.5 years on a remote Antarctic research station as a data scientist and winter station commander. He then worked in Cambridge, UK and Antarctica as a deputy project manager on a project to build a new Antarctic research station. Simon is currently based in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 

Andy Kirk

Vice President - EMEA Partner Solutions

Andy works closely with Totara Partners, providing on-boarding services and ongoing support with sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Previously Andy has worked in New Zealand on the Mahara ePortfolio project and has been closely involved in LMS implementations in both the academic and corporate sectors. Andy is a qualified trainer with broad experience in both classroom and online environments. Andy is based in Whitstable, Kent in the United Kingdom.

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Sue Dark

Vice President - APAC Partner Solutions

Sue supports our Partner network across Asia Pacific.  Sue was involved in the establishment of Totara Learning Solutions as a Director of one of the founding companies, Flexible Learning International. She has been in the learning and development industry for 23 years, as a Learning Designer and Learning and Development consultant working with Business, NGOs, Public Sector and Education clients.  Originally from the UK where she gained an MSc in online learning, Sue is now based in New Zealand and it is there that she started to work with open source learning technologies. Now her passion is to support Totara Partners in the region to effectively deliver Totara services to their clients and build successful businesses in the process. 

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Daniel Vecchi

Vice President - Channel Operations, Americas

Daniel Vecchi joined the Totara Learning team as the VP of Channel Operations, Americas. In his previous work at Rosetta Stone and Edmodo, Daniel successfully led his teams into new and competitive education and learning markets across the Americas. He worked developing complex projects with multiple stakeholders in the private sector, local and federal government, and educational institutions. Daniel speaks English and Spanish and holds an MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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Jonathan Newman

Vice President - Totara Cloud

As Vice President of Totara Cloud, Jonathan leads our Open SaaS strategy including the design, development and delivery of the service, content partnerships and marketing strategy. Jonathan is also central to product and service delivery innovation across Totara’s range of products (Totara Learn, Totara Social, Totara Mobile and Totara Cloud).

His experience delivering Totara services includes three years as Director of Totara Solutions for Kineo US, where he led the establishment of the company’s Totara division as well as the sales and delivery of Totara solutions to key enterprise clients including Kohl’s, Nike, and Philips. Prior to that, Jonathan served for four years as a Senior Developer and Project Manager at Catalyst IT where was influential in the widespread adoption of Totara Learn by the public sector in New Zealand.

His prior technology leadership experience includes serving three years as Technology and Brand Director at Corebrand Communications in New York City (clients included ACE Group, AT&T, Cisco, Citrix, and MasterCard), and as Director of Technology and Production at Digital Club Network (an internet start-up company founded to stream and aggregate live music recordings, later acquired by eMusic), also in New York City. Jonathan currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, in USA.

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