Learning Seat is delighted to announce the appointment of Philip Tutty as its new CEO.
For the last few years, Phil has been a key member of Learning Seat’s executive team, leading its product strategy and encouraging innovation and creative energy wherever he goes. In his new role, Phil brings that same passion and enthusiasm, a great vision, and an abundance of experience in the learning and development and elearning industry.
‘I’m excited to have been selected to lead this wonderful company,’ says Phil. ‘We’re creating some truly innovative products, we have a magnificent workplace culture, and I’m committed to continuing to offer and deliver excellent products to our clients.’
So, let’s get to know a little bit more about Phil.
What did your early career involve?
‘In my undergraduate years, I studied psychology and sociology. After graduation, I found myself employed in the Victorian government. I held several HR, learning and development and change management roles, before taking on a senior executive position in what was then the TAFE sector.’
What initially caught your interest in online learning and development?
‘Well, towards the end of my time in government, I witnessed the implementation of a massive digital education project, which converted “bricks and mortar” education into online delivery. This was the catalyst that sparked my interest in online learning, and its capacity to transform how we deliver education.’
So, after your time in government, how did you pursue and nurture this interest?
‘After leaving the government, I took up a position in a publicly listed digital content company as product manager. I later became its head of marketing. This was early days in digital delivery – at the time, it was known as the “dot com” boom. Unfortunately, for such an exciting venture, the company ultimately failed, existing as it did in a market that wasn’t quite ready for what it could offer.’
Did you continue to develop your passion of digital education?
‘Absolutely. My passion for digital education lead me to create my own e-learning company in the mid-2000s, C-Learning. I grew this company from nothing, to a well-known digital education deliverance provider, which developed some of the best learning technologies in the Australian market. After 10 years in my ownership, I saw a perfect fit between C-Learning and Learning Seat, so I sold and merged the two businesses almost three years ago.’
What will you bring to the table when you take up the reigns as Learning Seat’s CEO?
‘For the last few years, I have been driving Learning Seat’s product strategy. That level of involvement won’t stop when I take up the position of CEO.
I believe that throughout my career, I’ve been very fortunate to work for some of the country’s brightest minds. I’ve also undertaken some amazing professional development programs, including the Melbourne Business School’s executive development program, and an IT Entrepreneurship program with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
I remain passionate about organisational culture, leadership, digital education, business transformation and entrepreneurship. I’m looking forward to connecting with Learning Seat’s clients and forging a stronger engagement with them as they progress through their compliance training journey.’
What do you do when you’re not changing workplace behaviour for good?
‘I’m always on the go! But outside of work, I love to surf, seek out new live bands and of course, spend time with my immediate family.’