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Professor Martyn Sloman

Visiting Professor

Kingston Business School
Kingston University
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston upon Thames


Martyn Sloman is a research academic who specialises in learning training and development.  He has extensive practical experience as a training manager.

Martyn is a Visiting Professor at Kingston Business School, Kingston University and a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London. In 2011 he was appointed an Extraordinary Professor at the North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, where he contributes to the development of their Bachelors of Training and Development Programme.

He is Principal Consultant to the TJ (Training Journal) L&D2020 project and serves on the Academic Board of Reed Learning.


Martyn spent his early career as economist and business strategist and was awarded national and international prizes for his publication in system science.  He then taught at a Management College before joining the management consultancy arm of the accountants Deloitte Haskins and Sells.  Shortly after Big Bang he moved to the City and became Head of Human Resource Development at NatWest Markets - leading the largest training and development team in the UK Securities Industry.  In 1995 he formed The Carlton Sloman Group, a human resource consultancy.  From 1997-2000 he worked as Director of Management Education and Training for Ernst & Young, one of the largest business advisory firms in the world.

Between 2001 and 2008 he was Adviser, Learning, Training and Development at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) where he produced groundbreaking work on the shift from training to learning.  At the CIPD he was responsible for research into the role and contribution of learning and training in organisations, for e-learning and for the links between people management and technology.  In 2004 he was invited to give evidence to the House of Commons, Education and Skills Committee on National Skills Strategy.

As author, lecturer and conference speaker he has made a significant contribution to the development of modern human resource concepts and practice, including writing a number of important books. His early publications include: A Handbook for Training Strategy (Gower, 1994), which has been translated into Polish and published in India and China; The E-Learning Revolution - from propositions to action (CIPD, 2001), which was subsequently published in a US edition by AMACOM; Training in the Age of the Learner, (CIPD 2003), which outlined the implications of the shift from training as an intervention to learning as an activity;

More recently he wrote The Changing World of the Trainer, (Butterworth Heinemann), which was published in April 2007 and considered the global aspects of learning, training and development; it contained case studies from nineteen countries; and an ebook L&D2020: A Guide for the Next Decade was published as a free download by Training Journal in September 2010.


Martyn has lectured and presented to Conferences and Colleges in twenty countries across five continents.  In February 2004 he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Iowa Institute for International Business. From February to May 2009 he was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he introduced and taught a new module on Training and Learning at Work. In Autumn 2009, he was a Visiting Fellow, Adult Learning and Research, at the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore. In October 2010 he was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa

He has been the keynote speaker at the European Commission Training Day in Brussels and spoken by invitation to the Central Training Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

At Kingston Business School Martyn teaches learning, training and development at both undergraduate and masters level.

One of his hobbies is composing crosswords (as ‘William Seal’) - these often have a Human Resource theme. He and his wife live in Norfolk and London.

Recent Publications

Number of items: 29.


Sloman, Martyn (2014) Apprenticeships: silver bullet or hard slog? Industrial and Commercial Training, 46(3), pp. 117-123. ISSN (print) 0019-7858

Van der Merwe, John and Sloman, Martyn (2014) Training the trainer: lessons from the new South Africa. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 4(1), pp. 17-30. ISSN (print) 2042-3896

Meyer, Helen and Sloman, Martyn (2014) What's keeping you awake at night? Challenges facing trainers in South Africa. Human Resource Development International, 17(1), pp. 98-109. ISSN (print) 1367-8868

Sloman, Martyn (2014) A long journey to a cul-de-sac: a reflection on UK Skills Policy. Human Resource Development International, 17(2), pp. 222-230. ISSN (print) 1367-8868

Sloman, Martyn (2011) A missing link: national economic aspirations and training and learning in firms. Industrial and Commercial Training, 43(6), pp. 343-348. ISSN (print) 0019-7858

Sloman, Martyn and Malinen, Sanna (2010) One size doesn't fit all: the skills debate and the New Zealand economy. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management (NZJHRM), 10((2) Wint), pp. 83-98. ISSN (online) 1175-5407

Sloman, Martyn (2010) Policy and implementation vastly different animals. People and Performance, 18(4), pp. 12-15.

Sloman, Martyn (2009) Learning and technology - what have we learnt? Impact: Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning, 1(1), pp. 12-26.

Sloman, Martyn (2009) Preparing people for working in Antarctica: resourcing, learning and training at Antarctica New Zealand. Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) Knowledge Base,

Sloman, Martyn (2009) Training, skills and the recession. Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) Knowledge Base,

Sloman, Martyn and Borsattino, Toni (2007) Barriers to progress in learning - a global convergence of concern? Development and Learning in Organizations, 21(2), pp. 14-16. ISSN (print) 1477-7282

Sloman, Martyn (2007) Chinese puzzle. People Management, 13(1), pp. 40-43. ISSN (print) 1358-6297

Sloman, Martyn (2007) Context, not culture - how trainers work round learner differences. Worldlink: magazine of the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, 17(2), pp. 3-4.

Sloman, Martyn (2007) E-learning is still way off the pace. Training and Coaching Today, p. 22. ISSN (print) 1751-0805

Sloman, Martyn (2007) Making sense of blended learning. Industrial and Commercial Training, 39(6), pp. 315-318. ISSN (print) 0019-7858

Sloman, Martyn (2007) World standard. People Management, 13(6), pp. 38-40. ISSN (print) 1358-6297

Sloman, Martyn (2007) A new vocabulary for a new role. Training Journal(March), pp. 38-41. ISSN (print) 1465-6523

Sloman, Martyn (2006) E-learning and corporate training: a UK perspective. International Journal of Learning Technology, 2(4), pp. 329-341. ISSN (print) 1477-8386

Sloman, Martyn (2006) Just your cup of tea? People Management, 12(24), pp. 34-36. ISSN (print) 1358-6297

Sloman, M. and Philpott, J. (2006) Training and learning in the knowledge and service economy. Journal of European Industrial Training, 30(3), pp. 240-250. ISSN (print) 0309-0590


Sloman, Martyn (2010) L&D 2020: a guide for the next decade. Training Journal. 34p.

Sloman, Martyn (2007) The changing world of the trainer: emerging good practice. Oxford, U.K. : Butterworth-Heinemann. 290p. ISBN 0750680539

Sloman, Martyn (2003) Training in the age of the learner. London, UK : Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 125p. ISBN 0852929919

Sloman, Martyn (2001) The e-learning revolution: from propositions to action. London, U.K. : Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 202p. ISBN 0852928734

Sloman, Martyn (1999) A handbook for training strategy. 2nd ed. Aldershot, U.K. : Gower. 287p. ISBN 0566081288

Book Section

Sloman, Martyn (2011) E-learning: a positive skeptic’s journey into night? In: Allen, Michael, (ed.) Michael Allen's 2012 e-learning annual. San Francisco, U.S. : Pfeiffer. pp. 235-244. ISBN 9780470913826

Sloman, Martyn (2008) Going forward with e-HR: what have we learned and what must we become? In: Martin, Graeme , Reddington, Martin and Alexander, Heather, (eds.) Technology, outsourcing and transforming HR. Oxford : Butterworth-Heinemann. pp. 289-308. (The advanced HR practitioner series) ISBN 9780750686457

Sloman, Martyn (2005) Customised e-learning at B&Q. In: Jacobs, Ronald L. and Osman-Gani, AAhad M., (eds.) Workplace training and learning: cases from cross-cultural perspectives. Singapore : Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN 9810675577


Sloman, Martyn (2008) Training and its significance in the workplace. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Government Office for Science.

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