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7 Questions with Sylvain Lolley

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7 Questions with Sylvain Lolley

Name: Sylvain Lolley

Current title: Director

Current organisation: Catch-up Education

In 2016, Sylvain Lolley founded Catch-Up Education: a company born out of a genuine desire to engage with all those who choose an innovative education that creates opportunities. Since then, Catch-Up Education and its founder have kept this commitment, offering many possibilities to people of all ages, backgrounds and origins.
Within this structure, he realizes the immense advantage that the experience of teaching internationally represents over the traditional educational landscape. Thus, the desire to help future students from the Pacific area prompted him to become Marketing Director for the internationally renowned International House of Sydney, established in 160 countries around the world, which provides English courses. of all levels, This experience in primary school allows him to understand the vision of students within an institution, their needs and projects. He worked with a lot of agents during this period, and developed his skills in coaching and advising students in much more varied markets. In addition to allowing him to better understand and analyze student services, this experience also gives him the opportunity to become a visible player in the community, and to create a network of professionals with whom he works in perfect coordination and in a dynamic always for the benefit of each student.
His numerous trips and presence in various fairs, promoting studies abroad, in Europe, in Asia, in the United States and in Canada will strengthen his already solid base of a network of schools and universities, essential to the development of his own education agency. Thus, when he created Catch-Up Education in 2016, Sylvain was already a privileged interlocutor. It benefits from a solid foundation built over several years. His professionalism is recognized and his credibility within local institutions has already been proven. Catch-Up Education will rank among quality agencies from its creation thanks to the involvement of Sylvain. In 2019, Catch-up Education is joining ICEF as an education agency (internal link?) And will actively participate in all meetings and fairs around the world, helping to increase its network of schools and universities throughout the world.
In 2020, Catch-up education received the KISS Rock Award from ILAC Canada (internal link) for the quality of its student services and its involvement during the Covid 19 period. The same year, Sylvain received the NEAS Quality Agent accreditation (internal link?) highlighting its willingness to respect and organize the service delivered to the student according to the required criteria. This distinction is a guarantee of seriousness and quality for any support agency.
It was also in 2020 that Sylvain created the first international trade fair in Tahiti bringing together multiple major players in the education community from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, France and Canada. Building on the success and impact of this fair, Sylvain realizes the importance of providing the information and resources necessary for young future students for a study abroad project. An office will therefore open in Tahiti and New Caledonia by 2021 so that all young people can come and discuss their projects and find the necessary personal support.
With increasing international mobility, Catch-Up Education aims to expand further. Today, with a network of over 100 partner schools, universities, Catch-Up Education has the ability to send students to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, USA and Europe.

7 Questions with Sylvain Lolley


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

Definitely staff management

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

20 years ago when a communication group was created where I was the CEO of this group of 6 companies in New Caledonia

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

by customer priorities, customer responses and finance in the morning and development and marketing in the afternoons

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

A good leader is someone who knows how to listen

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

“Your Leadership Diamond it is about How to transform the way you live your life, lead your people and leave a legacy” this teaches you to find a balance between your leadership obligations and your life

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

through the trust we place and the ability to grow our employees into true leaders

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

One of my secretaries had an accident one day with one of our biggest clients.The two were going to the office, one to work and the client to sign our contract, when they spent an hour establishing a report in my office of their car accidents, they are now husband and wife for more than ten years.

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