JUDGES

Pippa Adams

Pippa Adams

Computing cordinator, Chingford C of E Primary School

Bio

Sophie Bailey

Sophie Bailey

Founder, The Edtech Podcast

Bio

Sophie Bailey is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission statement of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ through storytelling, for better innovation. The main audience are global education leaders, with a secondary audience of start ups, bluechips, investors, Government and media. The Edtech Podcast is downloaded 1500>2000 times each week, from 109 countries. Sponsors of the podcast have included Microsoft, Kano computing, Primo Toys, ClearlySo, and Firefly Learning. Sophie has spoken for the Department of International Trade, recorded LIVE podcasts, chaired events in Denmark, Norway and Utah and recently announced an official media partnership with SXSWedu, ASU GSV Summit and Bett. In her capacity as a consultant, Sophie has advised startups on product launch strategy. She is the organiser for a UK edtech start up meet up group of 1000 education innovators and she is the founder of the UK chapter of Edtech Women.
Miles Berry

Miles Berry

Principle Lecturer, University of Roehampton

Bio

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. His research interests include the pedagogies of computer science education and informal learning. He is a former chair of Naace. He is a member the management boards of Computing At School and the Computer Science Teachers’ Association, and is a member of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the BCS Academy Board. He is a fellow of the BCS, RSA and HEA.

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.

Justine Brian

Justine Brian

Director, Cvitas Schools

Bio

Justine was formerly the director of the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters sixth-form debating competition, and this year took up the role of director of Civitas Schools – an outstanding network of after-school and Saturday supplementary schools across London. Civitas Schools provides very low cost English and maths lessons to children who will benefit from extra educational support, but otherwise wouldn’t have the means to access private tuition.

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.

Gill Budgell

Gill Budgell

Director, Consultant Publisher, Frattempo Ltd.

Bio

Gill is the director of Frattempo Ltd which is a consultancy business specialising in educational and publishing services within the industry. She has over 20 years’ experience of industry research, content creation and curation and delivering training both in the UK and internationally. Before establishing Frattempo, Gill was an in-house educational publisher for 14 years, and before that, an early years and primary teacher/adviser, specialising in English language development. She has developed, written and published many outstanding and award-winning print and digital resources with industry partners. She is a secondary school governor within a MAT and supports the EDUCATE programme. Gill contributes a unique blend of classroom practicality, an understanding of school leadership issues, commercial reality and business acumen to the judging team.
Dave Clark

Dave Clark

Head Teacher, Bacon Garth Primary School

Bio

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.

Mark Chambers

Mark Chambers

Consultant, Self Employed

Bio

James Clements

James Clements

Education Writer and Researcher

Bio

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 Cufflin

Sharon Cufflin

Consultant, Link2ICT

Bio

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.

Michael Forshaw

Michael Forshaw

CEO, Innovate My School

Bio

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

John Galloway

Advisor for ICT and Inclusion

Bio

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 Griffiths MBE

Simon Griffiths MBE

Head Teacher, Lindens Primary School

Bio

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.
Lesley Holl

Lesley Holl

Academy Governor, Farnham Heath End School

Bio

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.

Dawn Hallybone

Dawn Hallybone

Learning Resource Consultant, London Grid for Learning

Bio

Dawn is a Learning consultant for LGfL, helping schools maximise the benefits of online technologies to advance approaches to both teaching and learning. Prior to joining LGfL Dawn spent 21 years in Junior schools as a ICT and Computing co coordinator and most recently as a Deputy Head. Within these roles Dawn also worked with both NQTs and trainee teachers developing and supporting their use of technology across the curriculum. Dawn 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 as well as sharing her expertise at conferences across the country. Dawn is also a Secondary school governor.
Bob Harrison

Bob Harrison

Chair of Governors/Ufi Trustee, Ufi

Bio

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.

Rose Lucklin

Rose Lucklin

Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL

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Rose Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab in London. Her research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from Artificial Intelligence (AI). She has a particular interest in using AI to open up the ‘black box’ of learning to show teachers and students the detail of their progress intellectually, emotionally and socially. Rose is also Director of EDUCATE: a London hub for Educational Technology StartUps, researchers and educators to work together on the development of evidence-based Educational Technology. Rose is lead author of Nesta’s influential ‘Decoding Learning’ report published in 2012 and Pearson’s Unleashing Intelligence, published in 2016. She is a UFI charity trustee, a governor and trustee of St Paul’s school in London and a governor of the Self-Managed Learning College in Brighton. She has taught in the state secondary, Further Education and Higher Education sectors, and she was previously Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the University of Sussex.
Natalie Nezhati

Natalie Nezhati

Director, Edtech Mark

Bio

Working with some of the most exciting and high-growth companies in the education space, Natalie specialises in digital marketing, product development, and sales strategy through her company 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.

Dominic Norrish

Dominic Norrish

Group Director of Technology, United Learning

Bio

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.
Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Computing and Online Safety Adviser, Havering Education Services

Bio

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 Havering team who have worked with Rising Stars to develop the Bett Award winning ‘Switched on Computing’ series.

He is the former 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, participating in the USA’s ISTE and providing education technology consultancy in the Middle East and Europe. 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

Nigel Tiller

Nigel Tiller

Deputy Headteacher, Fulston Manor School

Bio

An experienced teacher of many years his recent responsibilities have included project managing two multi-million pound building projects for new learning environments.
Dave Waller

Dave Waller

Retired teacher / Author, Freelance

Bio

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. He has recently 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 has also authored 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.

Philip Walters

Philip Walters

Chair, Impero Software

Bio

Alex Waters

Alex Waters

Head of Education Technology, Department of Education

Bio

Alex has been a civil servant for the last 7 years since leaving a career as a synthetic chemist in 2009.  He currently leads the Education Technology team in the Department for Education, and has done so since its inception in 2016, joining the department from a role working in technology policy in the Cabinet Office.  The team covers all use of technology in through life education, but focusses much of its time on working to reduce the hurdles and barriers to adoption of technology in schools, as well as supporting the DfE to see opportunities for technology to help solve existing challenges.

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.

Bukky Yusuf

Bukky Yusuf

AVP / Curriculum Director of Science

Bio

Bukky Yusuf is a Secondary Science teacher, Science senior leader and consultant. She has spent over a decade in London schools, teaching Science, A level Chemistry and Level 3 BTEC. In her previous school leadership role, she led whole school Ed Tech programme to enhance teaching & learning.

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.

Also Confirmed

Kriss Baird, Business Programme Coordinator, UCL EDUCATE

Cara Bleiman, Mandarin Primary Specialist Teacher, Specialist Leader of Education Harris Federation

Lewis Bronze, Independent

Nicholas Joseph, Lecturer, University of Derby

Henry Warren, Owner, Henry B. Warren ltd