7 September 2022 – Delft, The Netherlands; Farnborough, England and Edinburgh, Scotland:

LearnPro Group, the global leader in virtual reality and e-learning solutions for the health, fire, police and other emergency services is pleased to announce the appointment of Costi Karayannis as CEO, effective 3 October 2022.

Karayannis joins from Capita PLC, where he led Capita Learning and he has held leadership roles in the learning and training divisions of V-Ships and Babcock International, bringing extensive experience in learning and training solutions for private and public sector organisations.

As part of a planned transition, Christine Blaydon and Stewart Walters, co-founders of learnPro LMS and pdrPro, will be retiring from their current roles. Joost Beerthuis will move from CEO to become Senior Advisor, supporting Karayannis with strategic initiatives.

Commenting on his appointment, Karayannis highlighted “With over 400 customers in 50 countries and more than 400,000 emergency service and health care staff using our software, our solution is critical to the safety and training of healthcare and emergency service staff who make a real difference to the communities they work in.”

Beerthuis added “The combination of XVR, learnPro LMS and pdrPro to form LearnPro Group created an exciting platform to provide a range of critical solutions to first responders and incident commanders across the globe. Costi’s background and experience will help deliver our growth plans.”

LearnPro Group was formed in 2021 through the combination of XVR, learnPro LMS and pdrPro, supported with investment from Apiary Capital.

Karayannis at the Northern Ireland Schools ICT Excellence Awards 2022


About LearnPro Group
LearnPro Group is the global leader in virtual reality and e-learning solutions for the health, fire, police and other emergency services. The combined software suite made up of learnPro, pdrPro and XVR provides a platform for learning management, authoring, competency reporting and training, including an immersive virtual reality simulation training platform. The suite of products is used by leading public sector institutions to train and manage over 400,000 emergency service and health care staff each year.

With offices in England, Scotland and the Netherlands, LearnPro Group has 400+ clients across 50 countries.

About Apiary Capital LLP
Apiary Capital is a UK private equity firm investing in the education, healthcare, financial, business and technology services sectors. The firm seeks to back platform companies in attractive market segments and supports management teams to accelerate growth through roll-ups, roll-outs, and strategic acquisitions. Apiary Capital closed its first fund at £200 million in June 2018 and typically invests in businesses valued between £10 million and £75 million.