Chair of Judges - Patrick Hayes
Director, British Educational Suppliers Association
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.
Computing cordinator, Chingford C of E Primary School
Founder, The Edtech Podcast
Business Programme Coordinator, UCL EDUCATE
Principle Lecturer, University of Roehampton
Over the years he has contributed to a number of computing related projects including: CAS’s computer science curriculum, the national curriculum computing programmes of study, the CAS / Naace guide to the computing curriculum for primary teachers, training of CAS Master Teachers, the BETT and ERA Award winning Rising Stars Switched on Computing, Barefoot Computing, Code Club Pro’s training materials, QuickStart Computing and resources for the BBC and Microsoft. Current projects include Hello World, a free magazine for computing teachers, and Project Quantum – a national item bank of computing questions.
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.
Mandarin Primary Specialist Teacher, Specialist Leader of Education Harris Federation
Director, Civitas Schools
Justine believes in education and grappling with big ideas – and practised what she preaches by completing a degree in Classical Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, as a mature student. She loves good food and hates food snobbery, and learned to cook at WestminsterCollege. Her greatest media claim to fame was being on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on the issue of ‘frugal food’, which made her Mum extremely proud.
Lewis Bronze MBE
Bronze remained with Espresso after its acquisition by Discovery Education, becoming Vice President for Content.
Espresso won its first BETT Award in 2000, and eleven BETT awards in total. Bronze has been awarded both the ERA Outstanding Achievement Award and the BETT Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the MBE for services to Education in 2013.
Specialist Leader in Education – Technology and Creativity, Computing at School
Director, Consultant Publisher, Frattempo Ltd.
Director of Innovation, Telegraph Group
Trustee and Director, Langley Park Academies Trust and Causeway Education
Andrea was BESA chairman from 2010-2013 during which time she oversaw the introduction of the BESA Launchpad service for fledgling edtech companies. She continues to supports a range of education technology businesses with their strategy and business planning. She has recently become chairman of Sumdog, an educational gaming platform and is now trustee of educational charity Causeway Education that supports more able disadvantaged young people. In her spare time she produced a new music festival in south London this summer.
Andrea was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the BETT Awards in 2017.
Head Teacher, 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.
Consultant, Self Employed
Education Writer and Researcher
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.
CEO, Innovate My School
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.
Advisor for ICT and Inclusion
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 Griffiths MBE
Head Teacher, Lindens Primary School
Academy Governor, Farnham Heath End School
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.
Learning Resource Consultant, London Grid for Learning
Chair of Governors/Ufi Trustee, Ufi
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.
Lecturer, University of Derby
Head of Education Strategy, PwC
Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL
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 mental health issues.
Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler
Programme Leader for Education Studies
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.
Digital Publishing Director and Editor, TES Global
Commercial Director, Whizz Education
Director, Edtech Mark
From KS1 to higher ed, Natalie gets excited about bringing the best in education technologies to the end users: students and staff. QTS and QTLS qualified, her career started at the German Ministry of Education and includes a subject leader position at an east London college. More recently, Natalie was awarded the 2017 Learning Partnership Award for ‘Most Successful Technology Project’. This involved the development of an ambitious BYOD project within a department with limited computer access.
With a long-time interest in education technology, Natalie is a keen contributor to Education Technology Magazine, University Business Magazine, Huffington Post and TES. She has worked with educational companies of all sizes across all sectors, including NetSupport School, Kortext, Unio By Harness, Turnitin, RefME (now Cite This For Me), YourTutor and Firefly Learning.
Group Director of Technology, United Learning
Computing and E-safety Lead for Children’s Services, Islington Council
Katy specialises in Online Safety and sits on the LGFL Safeguarding and Editorial Board, has been an ICT Mark assessor and facilitated the NCSL Strategic Leadership ICT courses. Katy sits on the UK Safer Internet Centre Advisory Board.
As part of the Bett Awards she has spearheaded the introduction of the “Kids Judge Bett” event. 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 helps run the TeachMeet event at the SEN (Special Educational Needs) TES show each year at Islington Design Centre #tmsen16 #tesSENshow
Professor of Education Innovation, MirandaNet Fellowship
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.
AVP / Curriculum Director of Science
Senior Inspector, Havering Education Services
Deputy Headteacher, Fulston Manor School
Benjamin is also CEO and co-founder of the EdTechXGlobalconference series (edtechXEurope, edtechXAsia) for thought leaders, innovators and investors. He also the founding chair of the London Edtech Week in 2017 and serves as advisor for SXSW Edu, world’s largest conference on Innovation in Education.
Benjamin is non-executive Chairman of Primo Toys, an early year education technology company backed by Arduino founder and the Zuckerberg family.
Benjamin also serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees at French International School in London, College Francais Bilingue.
Formerly Europe’s Head of Strategy, Business Development and New Ventures for Time Warner, Benjamin directly managed the expansion of a portfolio of News, Entertainment and Kids, (CNN, Cartoon Network) medias properties spanning across 25 countries and totaling 650 M euros in revenues.
He is a graduate from Babson, ESCP Europe and The University of Texas at Austin.
Retired teacher / Author, Freelance
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.
Chair, Impero Software
Owner, Henry B. Warren ltd
Over the last year Henry has spent much of his time working (via his company) for His Highness The Aga Khan, rethinking the technology strategy for his 200+ schools in Asia and Africa.
Prior to this, Henry led Innovation for the Core markets of Pearson plc. Where he pioneered amongst other things; Virtual Reality Based Training, mobile learning in emerging markets and Flipped Vocational Learning. Before that, he was Head of Innovation at GEMS, the UAE based schools group. He started his career at 18 years old running the social enterprise Gemin-i which in turn created one of the world’s largest online communities of schools; Rafiki.
Henry also is an advisor & board member to a number of companies/charities. He’s a dad of three and is the alter ego of Barry T Tooth Fairy. Henry holds one of the more stupid Guinness world records and has also rafted the Nile holding a london traffic cone.
Head of Education Technology, Department of Education
Alex has been truly impressed by the great practice and products out there, but Government should now be playing a greater role alongside the sector in supporting realisation of the opportunities for technology more widely.
EdTech Consultant UK & International
Steve was a member of the BESA Executive council from 2013-18 and vice chair of the Export Special Interest Group.
AVP / Curriculum Director of Science
As part of her commitment to increase diverse leadership within education, Bukky uses social media to participate with a number of initiatives including WomenEd and BAMEed. She is a London Regional Leader for WomenEd and is registered as a leadership coach in programme run by the Department for Education.
She presents at regional and national conferences to support the development of educators at all levels. She also champions grass root projects that help colleagues maintain their well-being. Bukky is a prolific member of the Twitter community (@rondelle10_b) and regularly blogs.