CPL Online, the digital learning and team engagement tools experts, has announced the appointment of Martin Hilton as Director of Learning and Education in August 2019. Hilton will work internally with an expanded learning and development team to further develop CPL’s suite of content, courses and tools.

Having spent the whole of his career to date in the hospitality industry, Martin has extensive experience that will help CPL continue to develop its leading industry solutions. With experience in executive pub retailing, co-founding Pure Craft Bars and more latterly working in the world of academia as Educator at Leeds Beckett University; it felt inevitable that he would end up working with one the leading companies in the world of hospitality training and development.

As CPL continues to further progress their blended learning opportunities, having someone with skills within various fields of education will allow them to continue to exceed their client’s expectations.

Martin Hilton said: “I am excited to be a part of our challenge to provide blended opportunities on learning and training to our clients and to think of blended training as not just being a blend of digital and face to face training but indeed an opportunity to blend different medias. I look forward to using blends such as video conferences, podcasts, webinars, online references, gamification, simulation and even artificial intelligence with traditional e-learning and to do so in a way that best solves both our clients’ objectives and maximises learning for our learners. I am looking forward to putting these into practise with my new team at CPL.”

The appointment of Martin comes at a time of change at CPL Online, after CGA, the global food and drink data and research consultancy, acquired CPL Training Group in June 2019.

Jon Collins Executive Chairman at CPL said, “CPL is a proud part of the hospitality industry, not just a supplier to it. Thus, when we identified an opportunity to invest further in our content, our priority was to find someone as passionate about our industry as we are. We are hugely excited at the new capabilities Martin brings to CPL – leading a talented team as we push ahead with industry-leading content in new topic areas and delivery methods.”