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 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.

Alan Betts

Chief Learning Officer | Chairman Of The Board

After careers in Financial Services and Academia Alan brings business acumen and a deep understanding of the learning process but most of all he cares about people and works hard to understand the needs of both customers and staff.

Outside of the work environment he is passionate about all sports but particularly cricket with a carefully curated collection of Wisdens dating all the way back to the 1880s.

Dr Ben Betts

Chief Executive Officer | Board Member

Ben leads the passionate team at HT2 Labs 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.