Meet the HT2 Labs Team

We are a vastly experienced, growing, global team, including a number of recognized thought-leaders, authors, and engineers amongst our ranks.

Dr Bryan Keating

Non-executive Chairman

Bryan Keating CBE, FIOD, FRSA, BsC is our non-executive Chair. He has been involved with high tech companies for over 35 years as well as serving on the Boards of several governments and academic bodies including Vice-Chair of InvestNI and Chair of the Apprenticeship and Youth Training Forum.

He was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise promotion in 2006, an OBE in 2013 and a CBE in 2019 for services to economic development in Northern Ireland. Bryan is also a Fellow of the IoD and Royal Society of Arts, as well as a visiting professor at the University of Ulster.

Donald Clark

Non-executive Director

Donald was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK online learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005

Donald has 30 years experience in online learning, games, simulations, social media and mobile learning projects and designed, delivered and advised on online learning for many global, public and private organisations. He is an evangelist for the use of technology in learning and has won many design awards, including the first ‘Outstanding Achievement in E-learning Award’

Dr Nigel Downing

Nigel is an established leader in experiential learning, and a regular speaker at HR events. His passion is for education, and how the use of business simulations can accelerate learning.

Brian Helweg-Larson

Board Member

Brian founded ProfitAbility and has designed more than a hundred simulation-based courses for worldwide clients in over 20 different industries.

With a team of simulation designers to continue his work, he now concentrates on new forms of learning, and new kinds of simulation using emerging technologies.

John Yates

Board Member

John joined the City & Guilds Group in 2010. He has held a number of roles during his time at the group, including CEO of the Group’s joint venture in India and Managing Director of ILM.

His current role sees him providing oversight and leadership to two of City & Guilds’ Corporate Learning businesses, Kineo and The Oxford Group.  John has vast experience across education, learning technologies and digital product development and, his skills lie within business leadership and development.

Dr Ben Betts

Chief Product Officer | Board Member

Ben leads the passionate product team at Learning Pool and is a globally-recognised thought-leader in Learning Technology with more than 15 years industry experience.

His doctorate research broke new ground studying the impact of gamification on adult social learning. He has authored and contributed chapters for four books in the last two years, published peer-reviewed academic papers and presented at TEDx. When he’s not in the office he can be found watching, and occasionally participating in, all forms of sport.

James Mullaney

Technical Director | Board Member

James leads our development teams and has more than 10 years of experience in learning tech.

Aside from day to day management of development, James is in charge of all infrastructure and ensures HT2 stays operational 24/7. With his loyal hound Manny at his side, he is also book keeper for all in-office sweepstake/wagering opportunities.