City & Guilds Kineo Welcomes New Managing Director

The City & Guilds Group, the global leader in skills education, has appointed Matthew Johnson as the Managing Director of City & Guilds Kineo. Matthew will lead the Group’s global services for employers, helping more than 200 businesses develop skilled workforces across the world.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive, City & Guilds Group said:

‘Over the last 15 years, Matthew has been at the forefront of digital change – from identifying shifting customer patterns and understanding applications of technology to developing award-winning online products. He will bring experience, insight and leadership to help us continue to grow the range of products and services for our employer customers.’

Speaking about his appointment, Matthew said:

‘I am delighted to join City & Guilds Kineo at such an important point in its development. I’m looking forward to working with the team which has a strong reputation for its commitment to excellence and passion for customer service. Indeed, the team has an enviable track-record of winning awards across the whole spectrum of elearning. But the real thrill is that City & Guilds Kineo has been chosen time and again to help clients achieve their business objectives.’

He continued:

‘On a personal note, I am honoured to be joining the City & Guilds Group; it’s an organisation that I have long admired, with a strong purpose that inspires millions of people throughout the world every day.’

Prior to this appointment, Matthew managed his own consultancy business, eMAJ Associates, and also held several senior strategy and commercial development roles at Reed Elsevier. He has lived and worked in six countries within North America, Europe and Asia.

Steve Rayson, a founder of Kineo and outgoing Managing Director, is taking on a new role within the City & Guilds Group.

Steve commented:

‘It has been a privilege to work with such a talented team for the past nine years. The company’s growth and success is due to their passion, creativity and enthusiasm. I am very proud of what the team has achieved and I am very confident that under Matthew’s leadership that City & Guilds Kineo will achieve even greater success in the coming years.’

Notes To Editors

Matthew Johnson will be available for interviews from September 2014; to arrange, contact

About the City & Guilds Group

The City & Guilds Group is a global leader in skills development. Its purpose is to enable people and organisations to develop their skills for personal and economic growth.

The Group acquired Kineo in 2012. The company rebranded to City & Guilds Kineo in 2013 to reflect a broader offer to employer customers, which combines Kineo’s world-renowned e-learning offer with City & Guilds trusted qualifications and accreditations.

Backed by a Royal Charter, the City & Guilds Group has 135 years’ experience in making sure that people are prepared to contribute to successful businesses and thriving economies.

The City & Guilds Group is made up of City & Guilds, City & Guilds Kineo, and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM):

  • City & Guilds develops programmes of learning, learning technology, certification and assessment, to support colleges, training providers and governments.
  • City & Guilds Kineo is a global workplace learning company. It offers a fresh approach to e-earning management systems, apprenticeships and managed learning services.
  • ILM helps individuals, education providers and businesses improve the standards of leadership and management through qualifications, accredited training and specialist member services. ILM awards qualifications to over 95,000 managers across the world every year.

Combined, the City & Guilds Group operates in over 80 countries, through 10,000 training centres, delivering qualifications in 26 different industries and working with over 200 employers.