Biography & Publications

Martyn Sloman spent his early career as an economist and business strategist in the coal industry and was awarded national and international prizes for a publication in system science. He 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 leading 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 ground-breaking 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 an author, lecturer and conference speaker he has made a significant contribution to the development of modern human resource concepts and practice, writing a number of important books. His early publications include: A Handbook for Training Strategy (Gower, 1994), which has been also been published in India, China and Poland; 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.

His 2007 book The Changing World of the Trainer, (Butterworth Heinemann), considered the global aspects of learning, training and development; it contained case studies from nineteen countries. In September 2010 his ebook L&D2020: A Guide for the Next Decade was published as a free download by Training Journal (see link in publications section).

Martyn has been a Visiting Professor at Heriot Watt and Glasgow Caledonian Universities in Scotland and at Kingston Business School, Kingston University, London – a position he held for nine years. For twenty years he was a Teaching Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London and earlier held a similar post at Cardiff Business School, Wales.

He 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 Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2011-4 he was an Extraordinary Professor at the North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, where he contributed to the development of their Bachelors of Training and Development Programme.

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. In November 2013 Martyn gave oral evidence, by invitation, to the Select Committee of the House of Lords inquiry into EU (European Union) action to tackle youth unemployment. The session can be viewed here.

Martyn joined the Labour Party as a schoolboy. He fought four Parliamentary Elections: Leominster (1970), Bosworth (February and October 1974) and Nottingham East (1983) and served as a London Borough Councillor. He served as Party Treasurer and was Parliamentary Agent for the North Norfolk Constituency in the 2015 General Election.


Ebook L&D2020: A Guide for the Next Decade (2010)

In this ebook Martyn argued that modern learning and development is about intervening to enhance workforce skills that deliver higher value products or services. This requires a move away from traditional trainer-centered approaches and demands a new mind-set and skill-set from the learning, training and development professional. The ebook was based on a number of research reports and on work that Martyn undertook for the Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore. The ebook L&D2020: A Guide for the Next Decade was published by Training Journal and can be downloaded here.


  • The Changing World of the Trainer, Butterworth Heinemann/CIPD, (2007).
  • Training in the Age of the Learner, CIPD, (2003).
  • The E-learning revolution – how technology is driving a new training
paradigm, Amacom, (2002).
  • The E-learning revolution – from propositions to action, CIPD, (2001).
  • A Handbook for Training Strategy, Gower, (Second Edition, 1999).
  • A Handbook for Training Strategy, Gower, (First Edition, 1994). Translated 
into Polish and Chinese, and published as a special edition in India.

Chapters in books and articles in refereed publications

  • A long journey to a cul-de-sac: a reflection on UK Skills Policy, Human Resource Development International, 17(2), (2014)
  • What’s keeping you awake at night? Challenges facing trainers in South Africa (with Helen Meyer), Human Resource Development International, 17(1), (2014)

Both these Human Resource Development International articles were included in a Taylor and Francis online article collection focusing on International Business and Management.

  • Apprenticeships: silver bullet or hard slog? Industrial and Commercial Training, 46(3),  (2014)
  • Training the trainer: lessons from the new South Africa (with John Van der Merwe) Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 4(1), pp. 17-30. (2014). Chosen as the ‘Outstanding Paper of 2014′ by the journal’s editorial team.
  • A missing link: national economic aspirations and training and learning in firms. Industrial and Commercial Training, 43(6), (2011)
  • Time for a change: highlighting the partnership model, (with Russell Wordsworth and Sanna Malinen), Development and Learning in Organisations, 26, 5, (2012) pp.14-17.
  • One size doesn’t fit all: The skills debate and the New Zealand economy (with
 Sanna Malinen), New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management
(NZJHRM), 10, (2), (2010).
  • E-learning: a Positive Skeptic’s Journey into the Night, (in Michael Allen’s
 2011 E-learning Annual, New York: Pfeffer).
  • Learning and technology – what have we learned? Impact: Journal of Applied
 Research in Workplace E-learning, (Inaugral edition), 1, (1), (2009).
  • Training in the workplace, State of Science Review: SR-C9; Foresight Project, Mental capital and Wellbeing, The Government Office for Science, London,
  • Going Forward with E-HR: What have learned and what must we become?,
 (in Technology Outsourcing and HR, Martin, G and Reddington, M,
Butterworth Heinemann), (2008).
  • E-learning and corporate training: a UK perspective, International Journal of
 Learning Technology 2, (4), (2006).
  • Training and learning in the knowledge and service economy, (with John
Philpott), Journal of European and Industrial Training, 30, (3), (2006).
  • Customised E-Learning at B & Q (in Jacobs, R. L., & Osman-Gani,
A.A. (eds.) Workplace training and learning: cases from cross-cultural
perspectives), Singapore: Pearson Prentice Hall, (2005).
  • Developing the E-learning Community, (with Jake Reynolds), Human 
Resource Development International, 6, (2), (2003).

Training Journal Online Papers

Two publications on skills and youth unemployment were published by Training Journal and can be downloaded without charge using the links below: