Judges

Chair of Judges - Patrick Hayes

Chair of Judges - Patrick Hayes

Director, British Educational Suppliers Association

Bio

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.

Pippa Adams

Pippa Adams

Computing cordinator, Chingford C of E Primary School

Bio

After qualifying as a teacher, I worked in East London schools teaching across the foundation and primary age ranges. After ten years, and having gained experience as an ICT coordinator, I joined a London LEA service as ICT curriculum adviser. After a break to look after my children, I returned to working in schools as a class teacher and also as coach/mentor to newly qualified teachers. I am currently the computing lead in a London primary school.
Gary Alexander

Gary Alexander

Deputy Head, Battle & Langton CE Primary

Bio

 

Gary has been working in education in the UK and abroad for 18 years.  He is currently a Deputy Head teacher at a large, successful Primary school in East Sussex, where he leads on teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment.  He is interested in all things educational, but has a particular interest in making use of technology to reduce teacher workload and allow them to spend more time thinking about and improving their practice.   He tweets at @MrLearnwell.  

Carol Allen

Carol Allen

Education Advisor and ICT and Inclusion

Bio

Carol Allen is an education advisor for ICT and Inclusion in particular supporting LGFL and Hartlepool LA.  Carol was named as one of the top ten educators for 2018 in the field of educational technology for her inclusion work, see #EdTech2018. 

She has taught since 1980 in both mainstream schools – primary and high, and schools for students with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties.  Recognising, as an English specialist, that communication lies at the heart of all effective teaching, the majority of her work has centred on creative and engaging use of technology to support communication in its widest sense. 

Carol works in partnership with many companies in the educational technology field as she holds a strong belief in sharing and collaboration across all participants in order to maximise the potential opportunities for her students.  In particular, she has designed products specifically for the Early Years market which are now in use in many schools world-wide.

Workshop/keynote presentations include FETC and  ATIA Florida, Illinois District educators summer conference; Denmark , BETT, Birmingham, Manchester, Geneva, Cologne, London and most recently, a five city road trip round Australia. 

Carol is list owner for sld-forum, an international mailing list for practitioners and educators interested in the effective teaching and learning for those with complex barriers to learning. 

All work centres on easy to replicate practice which is fun, achievable and creates communication enhancement opportunities.  Twin vices of caffeine and chocolate keep the energy sparky and the ideas flowing!

 

Jon Audain

Jon Audain

Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Technology, Pedagogy & Education Association (TPEA), University of Winchester

Bio

For the last 20 years Jon has worked in education as a primary teacher, Head of Year, Senior Teacher, Learning Platform/VLE Consultant and peripatetic music teacher in two different LEAs. In 2006, he was appointed as a county-based Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) specialising in Primary ICT within the third largest local authority in the UK. He has advised and worked with schools, teachers and companies as well as award-winning children’s author Judy Waite.  Jon is the author and collaborator of over 20 books, chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and papers, is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and a member of the Promethean Advisory Council/ActivAdvocate. He is the Chair of the Technology, Pedagogy & Education Association (TPEA), a national subject association for evidence-informed research and education technology as well as an executive board member for the Education Futures Collaboration (www.meshguides.org). He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching; a Fellow of the College of Teachers and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
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.
Kriss Baird

Kriss Baird

Business Programme Coordinator, UCL EDUCATE

Bio

Kriss is the Business Programme Coordinator at UCL EDUCATE, the UK’s first research-driven Edtech accelerator where he mentors London-based Edtech companies. He also works with Ufi Trust helping to manage the VocTech Seed programme, which funds Edtech innovation projects that cater to adult education and developing workforce skills. Prior to these roles he worked as the lead Edtech specialist at Innovate UK delivering the “Learning Technologies: Design for Impact” SBRI funding programme and IC tomorrow, Innovate UK’s successful cross-sector digital innovation programme which identified industrial innovation opportunities and funded over 150 digital startups to pilot novel solutions in partnership with blue chip corporations, government, and other public sector bodies.
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.

Cara Bleiman

Cara Bleiman

Mandarin Primary Specialist Teacher, Specialist Leader of Education Harris Federation

Bio

Justine Brian

Justine Brian

Director, Civitas 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.

Lewis Bronze MBE

Lewis Bronze MBE

Independent

Bio

Lewis co-founded Espresso Education in 1996, the first digital curriculum subscription service.  By 2009, 50% of the UK’s primaries were subscribers to Espresso, which had retention rates of 95%.  The company also launched Clipbank online for secondary schools, with 1000 subscribing schools.

 

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.

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.
Andrea Carr

Andrea Carr

Trustee and Director, Langley Park Academies Trust and Causeway Education

Bio

Andrea has worked in the education and publishing industries for over 30 years. In 2002 she founded educational publishing company Rising Stars specialising in the creation of books, digital content and online services for schools.  It grew to become one of the largest education publishing businesses in England and it was acquired by Hachette UK in 2015.

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.

Mark Chambers

Mark Chambers

Consultant, Self Employed

Bio

Mark is currently a portfolio worker and divides his time between supporting schools and trusts with leadership challenges, start up companies looking to engage with the education market and education charities. Mark is a former CEO of Naace, a Local Authority Service leader, and a holder of numerous leadership positions in schools. Mark has consulted with and provided advice to the DFE EdTech, IT and Computing teams over a number of years and has supported the DFE and InnovateUK with bid assessment and evaluation. Mark is a passionate advocate for the appropriate use of Tech in Education and having coined the term #EdTechWorks has been setting about demonstrating this to be the case as a Director of TheETA and in as many settings as possible!
Beverly Clarke

Beverly Clarke

National Community Manager, The Chartered Institute of IT

Bio

Beverly Clarke works for BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, as the National Community Manager responsible for the management and delivery of the Computing at Schools (CAS) community of practice programme which is a part of the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) programme. The NCCE supports teachers in England with resources, training and guidance to teach computing with confidence.  Beverly is also an author, education consultant, CAS Board member and a member of the BETT Advisory Group.  She was formerly a teacher and Director of Computing at a secondary school, and has also managed the CAS South West region, delivering CPD and supporting teachers across the South West region.

Some of her recent achievements have been giving evidence to the House of Lords – All Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence and being the BCS nominee for the Women in Engineering Society – Karen Burt Award (2018). She has also been the subject matter expert for a series of BBC Bitesize videos on Computational Thinking and has written for publications such as Hello World Magazine and TES.

With a keen interest in education and being a self-starter she set up the Artificial Intelligence in Schools programme aimed at providing free teaching resources on AI for key stage 3 teachers. Additionally, she is the author of the American Exploring Computer Science (ECS) – Artificial Intelligence Alternate Unit (2019)

Her book “Computer Science Teacher” – Insight Into The Computing Classroom is aimed at trainee teachers of Computing, attracting new entrants into the field of teaching computing and is also useful for anyone who wishes to know what it is like to teach Computing in a secondary school environment.

Beverly also regularly speaks at conferences promoting Computing education.

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.

Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans

Director of Digital Learning & Innovation, Wimbledon High School

Bio

I lead on digital technology for teaching and learning at Wimbledon High School, a Microsoft Showcase School. I am particularly interested in working with teachers to evaluate the use of technology for teaching and learning, implementing evidence-based practices. We are developing a culture of innovation and I work closely with STEAM colleagues, in particular on the design of our forthcoming new building, the STEAM Tower. I collaborate on digital strategy with my peers across the Girls’ Day School Trust, most recently contributing to the Futurelearn MOOC, Digital Skills for Teachers. I am also a member of the ISC Digital Strategy Group.

 

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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.
Ysanne Heald

Ysanne Heald

Director, Teem Education

Bio

Ysanne works with schools, academies, local authorities and education suppliers helping to shape how technology can make a positive difference in the quality of children’s learning and the professionalism of teachers. Recent work has included evaluating new technologies and apps, teacher training, delivering professional development and creating peer-peer online collaboration opportunities using IT.

 Ysanne is an experienced judge of EdTech awards including recent WorldDidac Awards and previously Becta and  Bafta Education TV Awards. She often speaks at education conferences sharing experiences from classroom research and observation. She is a Director of Teem Education where she set up TEEM software evaluation service and is now a consultant delivering a range of EdTech projects in early years and beyond. She is a qualified maths teacher, governor of two schools and a Fellow of the RSA.

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.

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.

Nicholas Joseph

Nicholas Joseph

Lecturer, University of Derby

Bio

Nick Joseph is a qualified secondary teacher, with a PhD in medieval European history. Before moving into secondary education, he taught in the HE and FE sectors, and mentored disadvantaged learners across the age range from eleven to post-retirement. He has also worked in an IT company specialising in software for schools.
Ian Koxvold

Ian Koxvold

Head of Education Strategy, PwC

Bio

Ian Koxvold leads the PwC Education Strategy team, who focus on commercial challenges for educational institutions and for those that sell them goods and services. He has been a strategy consultant for about 20 years and has been focussed on the education space since 2008 – and has delivered about 175 projects in the sector since then; typically relating to growth strategy, entering new markets, coping with extreme change, or mergers & acquisitions.

Mark Martin

Computer Scientist Lead, South Bank Engineering UTC

Bio

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Sal McKeown

Sal McKeown

Freelance Journalist

Bio

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

Sal is editor of the ATEC newsletter, a specialist publication about assistive technology in colleges and universities, and visits outstanding special schools on behalf of The Good Schools Guide.

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler

Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler

Programme Leader for Education Studies

Bio

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.

Phil Neal

Phil Neal

Commercial Director, Whizz Education

Bio

Phil taught Maths & Physics for 12 years – first at Luton Sixth Form College and then at Lea Manor High School.  It was in 1983/4 whilst he was working at Lea Manor that he started to create what became SIMS, the information management system that is currently in use in 80% of English, Welsh & NI schools.  In 1994 SIMS was acquired by Capita and Phil continued to steer SIMS until 2017.  He is now a non-executive at SIMS and the commercial director for Whizz Education which is particularly active in improving education in emerging countries.
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.

Josh O'Neill

Josh O'Neill

Editor, Education Investor Global

Bio

Josh O’Neill is the Editor of Education Investor Global, a business-to-business trade magazine and online newswire geared at professionals operating, advising and investing in education markets across the world. As an experienced business and financial journalist with an acute sectoral focus, Josh tracks and analyses market-moving dynamics such a regulation and policy change, cross-jurisdictional investment trends, and mergers and acquisitions. He also regularly profiles nascent education companies, market incumbents and everything in between, gaining – and subsequently dispersing to his readership – in-depth insights into their business models, strategies and offerings.

Dr. Neelam Parmar

Dr. Neelam Parmar

Director of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation at Ashford School, United Learning

Bio

Dr. Neelam Parmar currently works as Director of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation at Ashford School, United Learning. Neelam draws on her research and practical experiences of working with technology and believes that through effective use of it, there is great potential in creating AI centric virtual learning systems to close the widening educational gap.

Neelam presents as a keynote speaker around the UK and internationally on the role of EdTech in education and has published books on Digital Literacy in the Primary curriculum and Digital Parenting. She is an award-winning professional, international researcher, author, thought leader and speaker on effective technology, pedagogic, and content integration and supports the South East Regional Lead for @WomenEdTech.

Twitter Handle – @neelamaparmar1Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/neelamparmar

Katy Potts

Katy Potts

Computing and E-safety Lead for Children’s Services, Islington Council

Bio

Katy has worked for Islington Council since 1999, developing digital education services to schools and families. Before this she was a primary school teacher for 7 years.

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

Christina Preston

Christina Preston

Professor of Education Innovation, MirandaNet Fellowship

Bio

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.

Cat Scutt

Cat Scutt

AVP / Curriculum Director of Science

Bio

A former English teacher, Cat’s roles have since focused on supporting teacher development both online and through face-to-face activities, with a particular focus on development through collaboration and through engagement with research and evidence. She has worked as a teacher and advisor in the state and independent sector, as well as in corporate learning and development. Cat leads on the Chartered College Of Teaching’s work around teacher CPD, including the Chartered Teacher programme, and their research activities and publications, including their termly peer reviewed journal, Impact. In addition, Cat is a studying for her doctorate at the UCL Institute of Education.
Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Senior Inspector, Havering Education Services

Bio

Dave Smith is a local authority senior inspector, providing school improvement support for schools in London and beyond, as well as leading on Traded Services for the Havering Education Services School Improvement team.  He has spent the past 18 years specialising in computing, education technology and online safety support for schools and is a CEOP Online Safety Ambassador.  Dave is part of the Havering team who have worked with Rising Stars to develop the Bett Award winning ‘Switched on Computing’ series (in over 6500 schools in the UK and internationally).  He recently worked on the education technology aspect of the U.K. Government’s Department for Education’s Workload Reduction Toolkit.  He is the former Chair of the Board of Management of Naace – the UK’s Education Technology Association.  He is also a judge for the Bett Awards and Education Resources Awards.  Dave enjoys exploring education technology internationally – addressing Japan’s New Education Expo conference on two occasions, participating in the USA’s ISTEconference, as well as 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 ICT Training for Teachers.
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.

Henry Warren

Henry Warren

Owner, Henry B. Warren ltd

Bio

Henry is a multi-award winning innovation expert and entrepreneur specialising in Education Technology. Through his company, Henry works with a wide range of companies, charities and philanthropists to launch new education-based businesses around the globe – he has now run projects on all seven continents.

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. 

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.

Steve Whitley

Steve Whitley

EdTech Consultant UK & International

Bio

Having worked in the EdTech sector for over 36 years, Steve has a wealth of experience implementing and using technology in the classroom. The last 18 years have seen Steve spend a large proportion of his time travelling outside the UK, learning about the education systems of many countries in the Middle East, Asia the Americas and Europe. As a result he can offer insight into how the issues facing today’s educators are being addressed all over the world.

Steve was a member of the BESA Executive council from 2013-18 and vice chair of the Export Special Interest Group.

Bruce Wilson

Bruce Wilson

Secondary Educational Technologist, Central Office

Bio

Bruce has many years’ teaching and managing experience in schools in the UK and New Zealand.  In his current role he provides strategic support to United Learning schools to assist them in making outstanding use of technology to support all aspects of their work. He is a member of the Educational Technologist team who facilitate vision and strategy workshops, advise on procurement, lead staff training, run e-Safety sessions and issue best practice guidance.  His current notable projects include transitioning United Learning Schools from traditional IT across to cloud systems such as Office 365 and cloud-based MIS systems.  He has also advised many of our schools in their journey to provide all students with their own personal mobile device.  For over 20 years, Bruce has worked both in schools, including as a senior leader, in the educational technology industry and more recently in our MAT. He is the Chair of Governors at his sons’ primary school in Hertfordshire and spends much of his spare time enjoying endurance sports.

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.