The Bean Centre was founded in 2021 by Professor Martin Bean CBE with a single mission: To partner with visionary education experts, breakthrough technology companies and future thinking education providers to create a future that works.

The Bean Centre Focus

Micro-Credential Technology Solutions

"We empower life-long learners"

The Bean Centre enables organisations to create connected learning ecosystems that recognise achievement with skills-aligned digital micro-credentials, stackable learning pathways, and portable learner records.

Global Collaboration Hub

"We speed things up"

The Bean Centre connects education systems with breakthrough educational initiatives and thought leading organisations. Nurture a community of practice to accelerate adoption.

Strategic Advice

"We build education solutions"

The Bean Centre provides strategic advice for educational organisations of all types -private, public and community. Our expertise draws on our deep knowledge of the intersection of technology and education.



Professor Martin Bean CBE is a visionary leader shaping the future of education and work. As CEO of The Bean Centre, he drives partnerships with pioneering experts, cutting-edge technology companies, and forward-thinking executive leaders to create a future that works.

Co-author of the book “Toolkit for Turbulence,” Martin equips leaders with tools and strategies to navigate change, seize opportunities, and foster resilient teams.

Currently a Professor at the University of New South Wales, Martin’s expertise lies in exploring the evolving landscape of work and lifelong learning. He shares his knowledge as a mentor at Mentor List, connecting Australia’s brightest minds.

In 2012, Martin launched FutureLearn, the UK’s first provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), earning him the distinction of being named one of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Ambassadors in 2014.

Martin represented the Australian Government on the Commonwealth of Learning and was appointed one of three Business Champions to support the Australia-Vietnam Strategic Partnership in 2021.

Acknowledged for his contributions to education, Martin has received prestigious awards, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of London and appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to higher education.

The Bean Centre Pty Ltd Acknowledgement Of Country

The Bean Centre acknowledges the people of the
Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct our business.

We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.


Toolkit for Turbulence Master Class
On the 21 November 2023, co-authors Graham Winter and Professor Martin Bean CBE hosted a Master Class webinar to unleash your potential as an advantage leader using frameworks and tools from their book 'Toolkit for Turbulence'. Watch the recording!
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Toolkit for Turbulence Launch Webinar
On the 1 November 2023, co-authors Graham Winter and Professor Martin Bean CBE hosted a lunch and learn Launch Webinar for their book 'Toolkit for Turbulence'. Watch the recording!
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Toolkit for Turbulence
Come inside the mindset and practices of successful leaders who have taken a different path. Learn dozens of proven leadership tools and build your own toolkit for turbulence. Don’t just survive adversity, turn it to your advantage
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Skills Meet-Up Discussion Paper
Professor Martin Bean CBE was pleased to collaborate with leading EdTech company Edalex, to connect skills leaders and practitioners in a series of events to share their experiences, hear from policymakers and explore practical avenues to closing the skills gap in Australia. The thoughts and discussion points from the stakeholders involved are presented in this discussion paper, as are recommendations for key stakeholder groups.
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Micro-credentials in a Minute Podcast
Professor Martin Bean CBE was pleased to collaborate with Robert Bajor, Founder of Micro-credential Multiverse recently, featuring in the podcast series “Microcredentials in a Minute”. The podcasts aim to demystify the #microcredential space, one short conversation at a time.
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PwC Australia 2023 Future of Work Outlook
PwC Australia have released the 2023 Future of Work Outlook report, which Professor Martin Bean CBE was pleased to collaborate with them on as an advisor. The report details what they believe to be the main Future of Work trends and the topics and questions organisations and their leaders need to consider in 2023.
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