2017 Judges

patrick-hayesChair of Judges – Patrick Hayes, Director, British Educational Suppliers Association

Patrick Hayes is the Director of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the trade association representing over 300 educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, EdTech, ICT hardware and digital-content related services to the education market.

Hayes was previously on the executive team at TES Global, publishers of TES and THE and host to the largest network of teachers in the world. He had overall responsibility for M&A activity, investor relations and the TES Global advisory board.

He is a columnist for Education Today and Huffington Post and writes widely for education publications. He is Chair of Judges for the prestigious Bett Awards and Education Resources Awards.

In a voluntary capacity, he is a trustee of the non-profit Young Journalists’ Academy and an active supporter of youth-education charity WORLDwrite. He also sits on the Innovate My School advisory board.

sophie-baileySophie Bailey, Founder, The Edtech Podcast

On April 29th 2016 she quit her job as Head of Content, Bett and launched three episodes of The Edtech Podcast, recognising the need to improve the dialogue between the ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ communities and the rise of the podcasting medium as a method through which to do so.

Since then, The Edtech Podcast has been downloaded over 17,500 times from 69 countries, with China at #5. iTunes new and noteworthy have featured The Edtech Podcast, which is also distributed across android platforms and via content partnerships including University Business and Education Technology, Innovate My School, UK Education Weekly, BESA, NAACE, Bett, EdtechX Europe and WomenEd. In 2016/17 The Edtech Podcast will be travelling to international education innovation communities, recording LIVE podcasts and featuring The Edtech Podcast Pop-Up events.

In her ‘spare time’ she also works as an independent advisor and consultant, connecting educators and industry and speaking at sector events, including WomenEd, The Department for International Trade and The University of Southampton. Sophie has 9 years experience in industry research, content curation, events and international launches.

miles-berryMiles Berry, Principle Lecturer in Computing Education, University of Roehampton

Miles is principal lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. Prior to joining Roehampton, he spent 18 years in four schools, much of the time as an ICT coordinator and most recently as a head teacher. He is a member the management boards of Computing At School and the CSTA, the UK Forum for Computing Education and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. He is a fellow of the BCS, RSA and HEA.

Over the years he has contributed to a number of computing related projects including the national curriculum computing programmes of study, Switched on Computing, Barefoot Computing, QuickStart Computing, CAS TV and Project Quantum.

He gives regular keynotes and CPD workshops on computing and education technology in the UK and abroad and has worked on a number of international consultancy projects involving curriculum development and CPD.

Gill-BudgellGill Budgell, Educational Consultant, Publisher and Writer

Gill Budgell has worked in education for over 30 years as an early years/primary teacher, EAL teacher, researcher, writer and publisher. She specialises in English and language development in early years and primary education and has developed, published and written many outstanding and award-winning print and interactive resources.

She works with colleagues in schools nationally and internationally, researching and developing new ideas as well as delivering CPD. She has appeared on Teacher’s TV Resource Review and in various online film-based CPD resources.

Gill contributes a unique blend of school-based understanding, classroom practicality, commercial reality and business acumen to the judging team.

She is the director of Frattempo Ltd which is a consultancy business specialising in educational and publishing services within the industry.

dave-clarkDave Clark, Head Teacher, Bacon Garth Primary School

I have been the Headteacher for 12 years at Bacon Garth Primary School.

I have also undertaken a PE Advisory Teacher Secondment for 18 months with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

My current school has recently (Dec 1012) been graded as Outstanding by OfSTED and Leadership and Management were graded as Outstanding. Management and Leadership of Educational ICT and ICT to support the effective running of the school is highly effective.

I am a designated National and Local Leader of Education and support schools in vulnerable and challenging circumstances.

In all my school roles, I have been the ICT Co-ordinator and responsible for the planning, standards and resourcing of ICT in school. This has included full ICT suite refurbishment and development, the writing of new ICT schemes, the development of ICT links with other curriculum areas etc. etc.  As the Headteacher, I am also responsible for the overall strategic direction and use of ICT in school, including educational and school management use of ICT and the financial implications of these decisions.

I have previously had experience of judging for the ICT awards, mainly in the primary and early years sections.

james-clementsJames Clements, Founder, ShakespeareandMore.com

For ten years, James was a teacher and senior leader at an outstanding school in London. He also worked as a local authority lead teacher. Now James is an education writer, researcher and school improvement adviser, working with local authorities and groups of schools across the country. He was also a member of the DfE’s English Subject Expert Group. In his spare time, James is the Chair of Governors at a primary school in London.



sharon-cufflinSharon Cufflin, E-Learning Adviser, Link2ICT

I celebrate my 20th year in education this year and currently I work as an e learning adviser for Link2ICT, in partnership with Birmingham Authority.  I am passionate about the use of technology to enhance learning.   I qualified as a primary school teacher and spent 14 years teaching in a large inner city primary school in Birmingham. The school became very successful at using technology to support learning and I had the opportunity to become involved in many projects both nationally and internationally.

I also taught the PGCE ICT programme at Birmingham City University from 2005-2010.  I support schools across the West Midlands to encourage them to use technology helping them make best use of technology in school.

Mark-Dorling-PictureMark Dorling, National CPD Coordinator, Computing at School

Mark Dorling is an internationally recognised and multi-award winning educator. He is a primary-trained teacher with many years of both primary and secondary teaching, teacher training, school improvement, commercial authoring and editing and industry experience. Previous Mark was the National CPD Coordinator for Computing At School funded by Department for Education where he led on various national initiatives, but he is probably best known for his work in the Digital Schoolhouse project which has this acddemic year been rolled out nationally.

His vision is to see all young people receive a high quality Computing education and he is working to achieve this through a variety of exciting projects with schools, education charities, commercial providers and international Governments.

michael-forshawMichael Forshaw, Managing Director, Innovate My School

Michael is the founder and managing director of Innovate My School, a multi-platform community-driven organisation showcasing the latest education innovation from teachers and industry experts around the world.

Michael has been working in education for over 11 years, from managing the IT systems at his Dad’s secondary school to entertaining clusters of headteachers through his innovation speed dating events programme. Michael’s unique position gives him unprecedented access to the latest tools and trends emerging from the sector, and how they can positively impact teaching and learning in schools.

john-galloway-2John Galloway, Advisory Teacher, Tower Hamlets

John Galloway is a specialist in the use of technology to improve educational inclusion, particularly for children and young people with special educational needs. He works  for Tower Hamlets as an Advisory Teacher, and as a freelance consultant, trainer and writer. He works with all phases of schools and with learners with the broadest range of SEN.

He has spoken about his work at conferences across the UK and internationally, and is widely published as a writer, including several books, most recently co-authoring ‘Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies’ – winner of Best Book in the 2015 Technology and Innovation Awards.

simon-griffithsSimon Griffiths, Head Teacher, Lindens Primary School

I began my career in 1989 at Hill View Primary School in Oxfordshire where I discovered the love and passion of Teaching.  Since then I have had the amazing opportunity of working in a variety of different Primary Schools in Staffordshire, Birmingham and Walsall. In 2000 I gained my first Headship of an Infant School in Staffordshire and 2003 became Head teacher of Lindens Primary School, Walsall.



rania-hafezRania Hafez, Programme Leader in MA Education, University of Greenwich

Rania Hafez is Programme Leader for the MA Education at the University of Greenwich and Visiting Fellow at Derby University. Rania has researched and published on Further Education and teacher professionalism, and acts as an external advisor for the Arab Open University on their MEd in Instructional Technology.

In 2008 Rania founded ‘Muslim Women in Education’ a professional network for educationalists and researchers. In addition to her academic work Rania is a regular political and cultural commentator whose media credits include the BBC, Levant TV, and the Islam Channel.

Dawn-HallyboneDawn Hallybone, Deputy Head Teacher, Oakdale Junior School

Dawn Hallybone has been a Junior School Teacher for 20 years, she is currently Deputy Head at Oakdale Junior School in the London Borough of Redbridge.  She is a firm believer that digital tools can both engage and enhance the curriculum for all learners, and has worked and consulted with a number of companies and authorities and regularly shares her expertise at conferences across the country.

She is also a committed user of Social Media and advocates the power of these especially Twitter to connect with Teachers across the globe to share ideas and resources. Dawn was is also a member of ETAG – the Educational Technology Action Group.

bob-harrisonBob Harrison, Education Adviser, Toshiba Information Systems Northern Europe

He has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher,lecturer senior manager, Principal and  Governor. He has worked with Head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College of Teaching and Leadership and advised DfES on the FE Principals Qualification.

Bob is also Chair of Governors at Northern College and Vice Chair of Governors a Trafford school.

He has been Toshiba’s Education Adviser for 16 years and is a writer, presenter and researcher on mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning.

Bob regularly visits the Palo Alto campus of Stanford University to research current developments and is a participant in the “education’s digital future” project and is a judge at the Stanford Graduate School of Education Learning Design with Technology Masters programme.. Bob is also a judge for the BIS/Innovate UK Learning Technology-Design for Impact fund,

He is a Board member of the UfI Trust, YMCA Training and Awards and is a Judge for the BETT Awards and TES FE Awards.

Bob has recently been invited to join the BIS FE and Skills Area based review advisory group trying to reshape the FE landscape towards a more digital future.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

lesley-hollLesley Holl, Learning Resource Centre Manager

I have been involved in education for over 30 years. I started in the education section of the Architects Department of the Greater London Council before becoming a Special Needs Assistant at a secondary school while raising my family.

Further roles included community and family learning, International School Links,  Education Business Partnership steering group membership and a founding member of our local confederation of schools.   I helped set up and manage the school’s Maths and Computing Specialist School programme.  I am currently Learning Resource Centre Manager and Careers Coordinator.   I am also a school Governor and Academy Director.

merlin-johnMerlin John, Freelance Journalist, Agent4Change

Merlin John is a London-based freelance journalist and consultant who runs his own website, Agent4change.net, which focuses on learning with technology. He also works with a number of organisations and publications.

With Maureen McTaggart and John Galloway he co-authored Learning with Mobile and Handheld Technologies which won the Book of the Year category in Teach Secondary’s Innovation and Technology Awards, 2016.He was given a BETT Outstanding Achievement for ICT in Education Award in 2012 for “exceptional journalism and recognition for the need for discussion”.

A journalist for 40 years, in his 18 years at The Times Educational Supplement he founded and edited TES Online magazine which became the leading UK publication covering learning and teaching with ICT.

He has also contributed to a number of news outlets including the BBC, Guardian, Financial Times, MEED (formerly the Middle East Economic Digest) and PC Pro magazine. He also helped set up and run a website for the UK’s National College For School Leadership to support school leaders facing the challenges of innovation and transformation as part of their roles in national capital projects like Building Schools for the Future and the Primary Capital Programme.

Merlin has served as a judge in numerous prestigious awards schemes including the UK’s BETT Awards and Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Innovative Teachers Awards.

jacob-kestnerJacob Kestner, Managing Director, Rise Academies

Jacob is an education entrepreneur currently opening two new colleges in Ireland.

Previously he led all Asia Pacific investment activity for Sir Michael Barber’s Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, including the fund’s largest deal and first greenfield project, a $3m investment in a Filipino low cost private school chain which grew to 22 schools and 4,500 students in 2 years.

He started his career teaching History and Politics in Enfield with Teach First and has been a founding director of two London Free Schools. One Degree Academy opened this September.

sal-mckeownSal McKeown, Writer and Journalist

A former teacher, Sal is now a freelance journalist writing about education, disabilities and technology.

Sal covers all aspects of special needs from dyslexia to physical disabilities, deafness to mental health issues, and the ways in which technology can level the playing field for young people who struggle to achieve in school, college of the workplace.

At present Sal is focusing on the early years’ sector helping nurseries become more inclusive.  She co-wrote the PACEY A4 guide Caring for children with SEND.

niel-mcleanNiel McLean, Director, Niel McLean Associates Ltd

After working as a teacher and a LA adviser, Niel took on increasingly senior roles in national curriculum, assessment and technology organisations. He developed the first UK National Curriculum and qualifications for IT and Computing, services for schools and teachers, and led the scheme providing technology to 250 000 low income families.

Niel was Business Development Director for TES’ digital products and led the Futurelab Research Centre at NFER and the e-skills UK education team, He set up a consultancy developing ICT strategy internationally and works with BCS on teacher CPD.  He is a trustee of a number of educational charities and a fellow of the RSA.

ruth-mieschbuehlerDr Ruth Mieschbuehler, Programme Leader for Education Studies, University of Derby

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler is Programme Leader for Education Studies in the College of Education at the University of Derby. She teaches several modules and supervises both postgraduate and doctoral students in education. Previously she taught for five years in the Swiss further education sector.

Ruth is the main author of World-Class Apprenticeship Standards: Report and Recommendations a research report, commissioned by Pearson Education. A book based on her PhD will be published next year, The Minoritisation of Higher Education Students.

As an Executive Committee Member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA) she promotes the development of the subject nationally.

ann-mrozAnn Mroz, Digital Publishing Director and Editor, TES Global

Ann Mroz is digital publishing director and editor of TES. She was previously editor of Times Higher Education.




dominic-norrishDominic Norrish, Group Director of Technology United Learning

Dominic Norrish (@domnorrish) is a former history teacher, school leader and educational technology consultant and is currently the Group Director of Technology at United Learning, a national group of over 50 maintained and independent schools. Prior to this he worked for an academy trust where he implemented a 1-to-1 strategy and is now involved in similar projects in several United Learning schools, utilising iPads, Chromebooks and Android tablets.



katy-pottsKaty Potts, Computing and E-Safety Lead for Children’s Services Islington Council Laycok PDC

Katy has managed the Primary ICT and Computing Service to schools in Islington LA for the past 14 years and before this was a primary school teacher for 7 years.

The Primary ICT and Computing service delivers a “computing Strategy in Schools” and includes a team of Lead Computing Teachers, Lead Schools for Computing and extensive sharing of good practice via training, curriculum resources and regional events. The service Katy leads has also forged important industry partnerships with BT, Blooomberg, Code Club and Maggie Philibin. Katy is passionate about computing and ICT resources achieving high impact for all learners and effective collaboration for the whole school community, where young people are “Creators not Consumers” and are equipped for 21 Century jobs.

She has supported educational projects in Romania, Nigeria, China, Portugal and Japan and every year acts as a guide for the Educational World Forum.

Katy also specialises in E-safety, has been an ICT Mark assessor and facilitated the NCSL strategic leadership ICT courses.

christina-prestonChristina Preston, Professor of Education, The Institute of Education Futures, De Montfort University

Dr Christina Preston has been active in the EdTech field since she founded the MirandaNet Fellowship (mirandanet.ac.uk) in 1992. The Fellowship is a global thought leader with over 1,000 members in 80 countries.

Members’ research into the impact of technology and learning and run action research CPD programmes developing communities of practice.

MirandaNet practice based research has been funded by the European Union, charities, government agencies and associate companies who are keen to working in partnership with practitioners.

alka-sehgalAlka Sehgal Cuthbert, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert is an educator who has worked in different levels of education for over 20 years, as a teacher and lecturer in the HE and FE sector.  She is a committee member of the Institute of Ideas Education Forum and has organised public events on educational issues, and is currently undertaking Doctoral research in the curriculum at Cambridge University.  She was a founding volunteer of the East London Science School, and is currently a school  governor there.  She also writes on education for public and academic publications.


david-smithDave Smith, Computing and Online Safety Adviser and Business Development Lead, Havering Education Services

Dave provides computing and online safety support for schools and is business development lead for Havering Education Services.  He is a CEOP Online Safety Ambassador and part of the Becta ICT Excellence Award winning Havering team working with Rising Stars to develop the Bett Award winning ‘Switched on Computing’ series.  He is currently Chair of the Board of Management of Naace – the Education Technology Association.

Dave enjoys exploring education technology internationally – addressing Japan’s ‘New Education Expo’ conference and participating in ISTE 2016 in Denver, USA. He was previously a teacher/senior leader in 3 schools, governor of 4 schools and Assistant Marketing Director/Senior Tutor at Anglia Ruskin University’s mPowerNet.

BETT-photo---Nigel-Tiller-Sept-2014Nigel Tiller, Deputy Head Teacher, Fulston Manor School

Nigel is Senior Deputy Headteacher of Fulston Manor School, Sittingbourne, Kent; a very successful, large mixed wide ability school which offers a comprehensive education for students between the ages of 11-19.  An experienced teacher of many years his current responsibilities include project managing two multi-million pound building projects for new learning environments.  With ICT being at the core of student learning he is involved in sourcing the latest technology and software resources for current and future students.  His hobbies include flying light aircraft and he enjoys using the recent developments in avionics and navigational aids.

David_WallerDavid Waller, Author

David Waller is an experienced computing teacher and author. A former ICT Director, David has taught at KS3, GCSE, A Level and vocational qualifications such as GNVQ and DiDA. He has authored 17 published computing titles including textbooks, teacher resources, revision materials, online publications and interactive activities. This year he has written two text books for Cambridge University Press based on examination board specifications for the new Computer Science GCSE and contributed to a third. He is currently working on revision guides and workbooks for the same specifications.

David has always believed computational thinking and programming are vital as they allow students to develop problem-solving skills and an ability to express solutions clearly and creatively – similar to writing a story, a poem or composing music.

David is a keen allotmenteer and Middlesbrough supporter.

joanna-williamsJoanna Williams, Education Editor, Writer and Lecturer

Joanna Williams has taught in schools, further and higher education for over twenty years. Most recently Joanna was Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Kent and Director of the University’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

She is the author of Consuming Higher Education, Why Learning Can’t Be Bought (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity, Confronting the Fear of Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Joanna is the education editor of Spiked and a frequent contributor to national and international education debates, most especially in the Times Higher Education, the Telegraph and Guardian.

Mark Anderson, Director, Education Evangelist






Jason Budge, Specialist Leader in Education – Technology and Creativity, Computing at School