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How Synergy Learning’s Roy Kerley builds winning teams

  • Roy Kerley talks to Sync NI about preparing the Synergy Learning team to lead the way in the new era of hybrid learning.

    Pandemic driven closures of schools, universities and businesses have caused widespread adoption of digital-first learning strategies.

    Speaking as founder and CEO of Synergy Learning, the provider of world-class learning technology to a global customer base, Roy Kerley tells Sync NI how he builds winning teams to help customers thrive.

    “Synergy Learning is built on foundational values that prioritise the individual in our collective effort to be one innovative, passionate, committed, fun team,” says Roy. “These values are central to how I work, as I want my team to thrive, both personally and professionally.

    “I’m a huge advocate for trust and openness in the workplace, and I admire when people have interests outside of their careers. My strength as a team builder stems from these facts, as they’re so deeply ingrained in our company culture that our team expects to see these qualities modelled from the top down.

    “Culture isn’t just a buzzword we shout about during recruitment, it’s something we’ve been committed to since Synergy Learning’s conception. By prioritising the needs of our team for the sixteen years we’ve been in business, I believe that Synergy Learning provides an ideal environment for productivity and development. Our People strategy is driven by the fact that individuals do their best work when they have harmony across all areas of their lives, so we have support networks in place for everything from finance management to healthy eating or mental wellbeing.

    “Our most recent strategic development saw Synergy Learning transition to a remote-first business model, which allows each individual team member to tailor their work around their personal life. Thanks to the versatility of the technology we build, it was incredibly easy for us to make this change, and this efficiency allowed us to focus our attention more fully on building excellent learning technology solutions for our customers, all whilst keeping our team happy and healthy.

    Our goal at Synergy Learning is to continue to build winning teams that accelerate growth for both us, and our customers. We have always tailored our offering to the increasingly sophisticated needs of our partners, but as online learning continues to boom with a forecasted revenue in the education technology industry of £7 trillion by 2025, we plan to continue our model of scaling and adapting alongside these businesses by equipping our team with each and every tool they need to succeed.”

    This article first appeared in the Summer 2021 edition of the Sync NI magazine. You can download your FREE copy and sign up to receive future digital editions here.

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