Who we are

All buildings delivering outcomes for everyone

As a forward-thinking partner for your buildings, we’re helping to shape a more sustainable future.

About learnd

Who we are

Disrupting the way buildings operate

Our purpose is to create a world where all buildings deliver outcomes for everyone, from making energy savings and reducing your carbon emissions, to flexing your spaces to meet changing needs.

We do this by combining technology with vast engineering capabilities, a comprehensive service offering and field resource, and market-leading partners.

We’re already looking after one in 20 large, non-residential buildings in the UK from hospitals and schools, to workplaces, data centres and shopping centres.

Our purpose

To create a world where all buildings deliver outcomes for everyone

What does this mean?

Put simply, everything we do should make buildings better. More sustainable, efficient, comfortable, cost-effective, resilient, connected and healthier for everyone.

Our technology and services are making a positive impact on the planet. At learnd, we’re helping to lead the energy transition in buildings and decarbonise with technology.

We believe that all buildings should be securely connected to unlock the untapped potential for outcomes such as demand response.

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Co-Founders Vision

Buildings are not going to reach Net Zero without help

From our first jobs in the industry, we’ve always wanted to find a way to help people get more from their buildings. This is even more pressing when we consider the climate and energy crises.

We realised that if we wanted to challenge the status quo and help buildings become smarter, greener and better connected, we would need to do it from the inside.

Our vision is simple: to help our customers make energy savings and reduce their carbon emissions by optimising their legacy building technology or installing new ones.

As a forward-thinking partner for your buildings, we’re helping to shape a more sustainable future.

our history

Disrupting the building industry from the inside

Since our launch in 2020, we have acquired two highly respected leaders in the industry, Aimteq and Comfort Controls. These acquisitions meant that we had the engineers and delivery capability from day one.

We are proud to call market-leading building technology companies Schneider Electric, Siemens, Tridium and Trend our partners. And we have formed strategic relationships with other like-minded organisations.

Leadership

John Clifford

John Clifford

Co-Founder & CEO

With an engineering background and a Masters degree in Systems Engineering, John’s career has spanned both the buildings and IT/IoT industries.

John is responsible for bringing these two worlds together, nurturing partnerships and new propositions that allow learnd to deliver for their customers.

Simon Wood

Simon Wood

Co-Founder & COO

Simon has spent his career with the leading players in building technology, delivering safe, secure and energy efficient buildings and critical infrastructure.

With an MBA in Sustainability and a background in the industry, Simon has built a career achieving operational excellence and solving customer problems.

Aimee McGovern

Aimee McGovern

Talent & Culture Director

Aimee is a dynamic and forward-thinking Talent and Culture leader with a Masters degree in strategic HR management.

Aimee is responsible for ensuring our people have the skills, knowledge and confidence in their abilities to meet our customers’ needs. She champions diversity and inclusion.

Michael Bironneau

Michael Bironneau

Chief Technology Officer

Michael is an experienced CTO, published author and conference speaker. He has a PhD in Mathematics as well as accreditations in various software and BMS-related certifications.

Michael has overall responsibility for our Technology Roadmap and Development, Product Management and IT.

Vernon Hatton

Vernon Hatton

Finance Director

Vernon is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants with experience in BMS, Fire and Security, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Construction and Banking on an international level, and is fluent in German.

Vernon joined learnd in 2023 to take on leadership and development of the finance team and their goals

Jen Johnson

Jen Johnson

Managing Director – learnd UK

With a 15 year career in the energy industry focused on breaking down barriers between clients and their technology, Jen is well positioned to drive learnd UK’s growth in alignment with company and net-zero goals.

Jen joined learnd as Managing Director for the UK business in April 2024.

Richard Oakley

Richard Oakley

Strategic Accounts Director

Richard is one of the best known names within the BMS industry for complex sales and strategic account management.

Richard joined learnd earlier in 2020 from E.ON Control Solutions – the largest BMS systems integrator in the UK, where he led their complex sales team, with a quota of over £35m.

David Thomas

David Thomas

Service Director

Dave is a well-respected and established professional in the BMS Systems industry. He has over 25 years of experience working for product manufactures and systems integrators.

Dave leads all of learnd’s service business, which includes the delivery of long-term contracts and remedial works.

Darren Baggs

Darren Baggs

Sales Director – Projects

Darren has spent the entirety of his career within the BMS industry, starting with a Satchwell apprenticeship in 1995. Having worked for both BMS manufacturers and systems integrators, Darren has a wealth of experience in all facets of the industry.

Darren leads learnd’s project sales team within the UK business

Mike Wood

Mike Wood

Operations Director – Projects

Mike’s background in installation, commissioning, design, and project management have given him the experience to empower learnd’s project operations team to achieve excellence.

His ability to foster a collaborative environment enables his teams to provide full turnkey solutions, setting new industry benchmarks.

David Jenkins

David Jenkins

Director – Complete Energy Controls

David’s expertise in delivering large scale remote managing systems projects has saved energy and money for over 10,000 sites across the UK. His expertise lies in multi-site technological innovation and remote monitoring.

David joined learnd as part of the CEC acquisition in May 2023.

Environment & Social

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

We believe it’s our responsibility to act now

Most of the energy expended in buildings is used to heat or cool and provide ventilation, and it is controlled by your building technology.

At learnd, we’re offering customers the insights they need and the control they want over their buildings. Everything from making energy savings and reducing their carbon emissions, to flexing their buildings to meet changing needs from hybrid working to better patient outcomes.

We’re helping to lead the energy transition in buildings.

Sustainable learnd

Our journey to Net Zero

Sustainability is an important part of our business strategy and it drives everything we do. After all, we want to help our customers decarbonise their real estate and meet their ESG goals.

As a business, we try to consider how each decision will impact both the environment and the community. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our operations and reduce our carbon footprint. We also share this knowledge with our customers and community.

Sport for change

Social responsibility in our communities

learnd is a supporter of a number of sports teams and clubs in and around the Greater Manchester area. We’re honoured to provide sponsorship to clubs and organisations that not only make us healthier, but contribute to our wellbeing, self-esteem and inclusion.

Case Study   |  Wales Millennium Centre

BMS system upgrade at iconic Welsh venue

learnd complete a successful BMS system upgrade at the Wales Millennium Centre.  A building used by over one million people a year The…

moving together

Reducing our footprint

As a business with UK-wide reach, we’re aiming to reduce our emissions in fuel driven cars by 25% across our company car fleet by 2023.

We’ve already made a good start, offering employees eligible for a company car the option of a Tesla Model 3 Long-Range and installing Schneider Electric vehicle charging stations at our offices across the UK.

We also encourage car sharing and Cycle to Work schemes, and challenge our employees to find low carbon routes to visit our sites and customers.

Awards & Accreditations

BCIA MEMBERS

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BCIA MEMBERS

The BCIA is a single voice, representing a growing and dynamic building controls and BEMS sector in the UK. The BCIA has a number of key functions that support its members including, lobbying, providing training, providing market insights and providing a platform for shared interests.

ISO9001

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ISO9001

ISO9001 is a certified quality management system (QMS) for organisations who want to prove their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet the needs of their customers and other relevant stakeholders.

ISO14001

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ISO14001

ISO14001 is the principal management system standard which specifies the requirements for the formulation and maintenance of an EMS. This helps to control your environmental aspects, reduce impacts and ensure legal compliance.

SMAS SSIP

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SMAS SSIP

SMAS is the main health and safety assessment scheme used by UK construction companies, and is a member of the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) Forum – a network of assessment bodies dedicated to ensuring accredited bodies hold themselves to the highest standards of health and safety.

SAFE CONTRACTOR

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SAFE CONTRACTOR

Safecontractor is a leading accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors.

NICEIC

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NICEIC

NICEIC’s Approved Contractor Scheme is designed to maintain and publish a register of electrical contractors that have been assessed against a specific set of competency requirements, in particular the national electrical safety standard BS 7671 (the IET Wiring Regulations).

CONSTRUCTIONLINE

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CONSTRUCTIONLINE

Constructionline is the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service that collects, assesses and monitors standard company information through a question set that is aligned to PAS 91, the standardised pre-qualification questionnaire developed by BSI to reduce duplication within the construction industry.

EU COC FOR DATA CENTRES

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EU COC FOR DATA CENTRES

The European Code of Conduct for Data Centres programme is a voluntary initiative managed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s in-house science service. The CoC exists to inform and stimulate operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner without hampering the critical function of data centres.

CDM EUROSAFE

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CDM EUROSAFE

The Eurosafe UK CDM Competent Scheme is a health and safety assessment exercise based on the requirements of the CDM Regulations 2015 and other workplace related legislation.

MOD SECURITY CLEARED

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MOD SECURITY CLEARED

We have members of staff that have been Security Checked by the UKSV to work within MOD sites. Security Clearance is needed to protect against threats from hostile intelligence services, cyber security threats, terrorists and other pressure groups and is a prerequisite for working on MOD sites.

DISCLOSURE & BARRING SERVICE

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DISCLOSURE & BARRING SERVICE

Our engineers are checked by the DBS using their Standard check. These checks identify any criminal convictions, both spent and unspent, cautions, warnings and reprimands. These checks are vital for working in schools, hospitals and other sensitive areas.

SKILL CARD

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SKILL CARD

All our engineers carry SKILL cards, the industry-recognised card scheme for people working in the mechanical sector of the building services engineering industry throughout the UK.

CMVP

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CMVP

The Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO) is the exclusive global training body for the Certified Measurement & Verification Professional® (CMVP). EVO developed and owns the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol® (IPMVP) and training material used with the CMVP examination.

Partners

TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

Finding the right technology for your business

It should be made to measure, not one size fits all.

We work hard to understand your business, your needs and pain points, and the building outcomes that matter most. We won’t recommend technology that isn’t right for you, before you’re ready.

And when it comes to the technology, our engineers are experts in different systems so we can work with your legacy tech or find the right solution for you – because no two customers are the same.

Some of our marketing-leading partners

Siemens

An open building management platform, developed to create comfortable, safe and efficient facilities.

Siemens contemporary Desigo CC BMS system covers the complete scope from simple single-discipline systems to fully integrated buildings. It’s easy to engineer and operate, and provides state of the art technology and functionality.

Schneider Electric

Ideal for use in large commercial office buildings, hospitals, schools, data centres and more.

Schneider Electric are specialists in energy management and automation, developing connected technologies and solutions to manage energy and processes in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

Trend

Trend BEMS systems control thousands of buildings throughout the UK and provide massive energy savings to their huge portfolio.

Trend is one of the world’s leading Building Energy Management Systems manufacturers, with a worldwide distribution and support network covering over 50 countries. Its fully integrated control solutions are able to meet the most complex requirements of modern buildings

Tridium

Ideal for mixing different technologies from different vendors across multiple applications.

Tridium’s Niagara 4 Framework has the power to connect and control any system or device so that end users can manage those systems in real time from one location. The framework allows integrators to specify products from any vendor, using whatever tools make sense for the project at hand.

HSB Engineering Insurance

Insurance Partner

HSB, part of the Munich RE Group (€50bn+ revenue) is one of the world’s leading speciality insurance providers.

HSB partner with learnd to provide insurance-backed guarantees for the services learnd provide to customers – something fundamental to our unique Building Performance as a Service offering.