Chair 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 Bailey, Founder, The Edtech Podcast
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, Principle Lecturer, 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. 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, Director, Cvitas Schools
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, Managing Director, Frattempo Ltd
Gill is the director of Frattempo Ltd which is a consultancy business specialising in educational and publishing services within the industry. She has over 10 years’ experience of industry research, content creation, content curation and training events both in the UK and internationally.
Before establishing Frattempo, Gill was an in-house educational publisher for 8 years, and before that, an early years and primary teacher plus adviser, specialising in English language development. She has developed, written and published many outstanding and award-winning print and digital resources with industry partners.
In her spare time Gill is a secondary school governor of a large academy currently converting to lead a MAT, a supporter of education APPG issues and keen attendee of the best research conferences in the field. 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, 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 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 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, Educationalist / PhD Student, Independant / Queen Mary University of London
Mark has a first-class computing degree and is a primary-trained teacher with many years of both primary and secondary teaching, lecturing (teacher training), commercial educational training and industry experience. He has taught in both all ability and selective schools. Mark has earned a reputation for being at the cutting edge of Computing education and is a former founding Board Member of the Computing At School group and later went to work for them as National CPD Coordinator where he led various national initiatives funded by the Department for Education and other partner organisations.
He played a leading role in developing the 2014 National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study. In 2015, he was involved in the Department for Education consultation on ‘Assessment without levels’. He also contributed to the Department for Education and BESA working groups for both education text book guidence and EdTech.
Mark also architected, co-authored and co-edited the best-selling Hodder Education Compute-IT series for Key Stage 3 but is probably best known for founding the and internationally recognised Digital Schoolhouse project, now delivered by UKIE and powered by Sony Play Station.
More recently, Mark has turned ‘teacherpreneur’ and ‘student’. With his business partner, Somesh Selvachandran, a former programmer from the city, together they founded the online platform ‘Innovate My Curriculum’ which they successfully sold to investors in June 2017. He is currently pursuing a PhD
Gavin Dykes, Programme Director, Education World Forum and the Asian Summit on Education and Skills
Gavin has worked in schools, colleges and universities, with governments, international agencies and commercial companies. Throughout his focus has been and is on innovation in policy and practice and development of the use of technology to support learning.
He holds long term roles including Programme Director for the Education World Forum and the Asian Summit on Education and Skills. In this role he is responsible for setting the agenda, securing speakers, organising the flow of the programme. He has played this role since 2004 for the EWF, and since 2014 for ASES.
The Education World Forum brings senior education leaders together to debate policy challenges, practice and to learn from each other. In January, 76 ministers participated and 95 countries were represented at the Education World Forum2017.
In addition, Gavin supports teaching, learning and innovation in education through a range of consulting roles. He has worked with the OECD, the World Bank, UNESCO, governments and commercial corporations conducting research, moderating discussion, writing reports and advising on practice, strategy and policy.
Gavin is co-author of “Aspire High – Imagining tomorrow’s school today” published by Corwin (2017) and co-author of Building and Sustaining National Educational Technology Agencies : Lessons, Models and Case Studies from Around the World published by the World Bank (2017).
Michael 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, 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 Griffiths MBE, 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.
Dawn Hallybone, Learning resource consultant, London Grid for learning
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 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 Holl, Learning Resource Centre Manager, Farnham Heath End School
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.
Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL Knowledge Lab
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.
Sal McKeown, Freelance 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 mental health issues.
Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, Programme Leader for Education Studies, University of Derby
Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, Programme Leader for Education Studies, University of Derby Ruth is Programme Leader for Education Studies in the College of Education at the University of Derby. She also 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. Her book ‘The Minoritisation of Higher Education Students: An Examination of Contemporary Policies and Practice’, was published by Routledge in 2017.
As an Executive Committee Member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA) she promotes the development of Education Studies as a field of knowledge.
Ann 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 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.
Christina Preston, Professor of Education, The Institute for 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.
Dr Alka Sehgal Cuthbert, Freelance Academic writer/researcher
Dr 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.
Dave 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 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, Deputy Head Teacher, Fulston Manor School
An experienced teacher of many years his recent responsibilities have included project managing two multi-million pound building projects for new learning environments.
David Waller, Author / Retired Teacher, Freelance
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.
Avi Warshavsky, Chief Executive, MindCET
Founder and CEO of the MindCET Ed Tech Innovation Center and a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Educational Technology in Israel.
Took part in founding and developing innovative initiatives in the field of digital books, and is the creator of new technology-driven educational environments. Among other roles, he founded Mikranet and Kotar platforms. Worked in instruction, development and management in the field of educational technology for leading organizations in Israel, and served as director of CET’s Humanities and Social Studies Department.
Founder of Global Edtech start up awards, and co-founder of “shaping the future ” Edtech conference. Avi holds MA in Philosophy and Talmud.
Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, Partner, IBIS CAPITAL (London)
Benjamin is a Partner at IBIS CAPITAL (London), leading European investment and advisory firm specialized in Media and Education Technology.
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.
Joanna Williams, Author, Freelance
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.