Tom played an integral part in starting Up 2 Speed, in October 2012, along with business associate, Nick Dorney. Both have had extensive experience working together and within the Learning & Development space across the Asia Pacific region, Tom based out of Singapore since 2003 (and Nick since 2007).
The Up 2 Speed goal was to create a learning organization that was fast paced, and flexible enough to bring best of breed learning solutions to match to our international client requirements.
Up 2 Speed is now seen as a market leader in providing sales, pre sales, and partner planning / partner development solutions within the IT & Telecommunications space. The company is also pushing the boundaries in on-line learning and smartphone/ tablet application design & development, with a particular focus on working with major IT&T organizations, Financial Institutions, and FMCG companies on key topics ranging from Induction, Product Releases, Compliance and Leadership Skills.
Outside of work, Tom enjoys spending time with his family (wife and 3 kids under the age of 6) watching sport (mainly Rugby & Cricket) and he maintains a keen interest in history. Tom is also in the process of writing a book about his experiences as a sales guy in Asia.
Both Tom and Nick are very proud of the rapid growth of Up 2 Speed, whilst at the same time retaining their work hard – play hard attitude that they have been known for over several years.Contact Tom
Director, Sales & Operations
Establishing the Up 2 Speed business has been the major highlight for Dorney in the last decade.
Having spent nearly all of his working life in the corporate Learning, Communications and Enablement space, along with long-time colleague, Tom King, he co-founded Up 2 Speed in October, 2012.
Headquartered out of Singapore, and now with other offices in India and Germany, Dorney and King have been proud of the Up 2 Speed business development across the globe.
This growth can largely be attributable to the carefully selected Up 2 Speed team – Facilitators, Coaches, Consultants and Digital Designers – where many of these experienced resources have worked with Dorney and King for upwards of 10 years, and previously have had roles within the types of leading multinational organizations that Up 2 Speed partners with as clients.
Outside of work, Dorney has had an interesting background, including being an actor on Australian TV whilst at university, a surf life guard at a dangerous* Sydney beach, a former employee of Giorgio Armani, and in more recent times being invited to trial for the Singapore National team in cricket.Contact Nick
EMEA Managing Director
Michael has been leading people development firms for the past 15 years. His focus is on the design of end to end people related solutions to deliver ongoing value to people and the businesses of major organizations. He specializes in solutions that take into consideration the target audience and countries of a given project so that practical business outcomes are delivered.
His career started in 1999 as a training coordinator for a well-known and leading global learning company. He was quickly promoted to a Business Development Manager role and shipped to Beijing to start and build their business in China. Within one year Michael established himself as the Country Manager for China having built a base of solid clients, a team of learning professionals and offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Since then he has led numerous long term consulting engagements for clients across multiple countries and domains including leadership, talent, sales and professional development.
Michael speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and has achieved first class honours in Chinese Studies at the University of New South Wales. He was also awarded a China Scholarship Council Award and completed this at Beijing Foreign Language University. Michael is currently a PhD candidate at Deakin University’s Business and Law Faculty where he’s undertaking a thesis on Leadership and Innovation.
He has recently moved to the UK to be closer to his wife’s family, and to develop the Up 2 Speed business within Europe.Contact Michael