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5257 Abdul Chohan photo Abdul Chohan VP of Learning Showbie
4872 Adam Matthews photo Adam Matthews Lecturer in Education, Technology and Society University of Birmingham

Adam Matthews is a Lecturer in Education, Technology and Society at the University of Birmingham. Adam works across both Engineering and Physical Sciences and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. This allows for interdisciplinary working in both teaching and research. Adam’s academic background and training is in the Social Sciences and research interests focus on the intersection of education, technology and society.

Adam leads the EPS online postgraduate distance learning programme – Design for Learning Environments. This involves collaboration with colleagues from engineering, computing and data science.
4939 Amy Hollier photo Amy Hollier Director of Blended & Online Learning Heart of Worcestershire College
5253 Andy Mellor photo Andy Mellor National Wellbeing Director Schools Advisory Service

Andy Mellor

Andy is the National Wellbeing Director for Schools Advisory Service and on 1st May 2021 took on an additional role as the Strategic Lead for the Centre of Excellence in Mental Health in Schools based at Leeds Beckett University.

He is a Past President of the NAHT and was until December 2019, headteacher of the outstanding rated St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Blackpool.

He was also a National Leader of Education, having worked in Blackpool schools for 22 years and also created the Blackpool Teaching School Alliance.

Andy is a member of the Blackpool Education Improvement Board, is a previous member of the Blackpool Opportunity Area Board and was also a member of the NAHT Accountability Commission.

He is currently the independent chair the Blackpool Multi Academy Trust CEO group.

Andy’s wife is a teacher and he also has two daughters aged 20 and 17 and a black lab called Willow!
4429 Bukky Yusuf photo Bukky Yusuf Senior Leader Edith Kay School
Bukky Yusuf

Bukky Yusuf

Senior Leader, Edith Kay School

Bukky Yusuf is a senior leader, science teacher and coach. She has undertaken a number of leadership roles within mainstream / special schools and is also an ambassador for Leadership Matters. Furthermore, Bukky is also a Network Leader for WomenEd and a coach BAMEEd.

Beyond the classroom, Bukky has a variety of Ed(ucation) Tech(nology) experiences that includes participating as a judge for The EdTech50 Schools and BETT Awards. She is a co-chair of the EdTech Leadership Group to support the Government’s EdTech strategy.
4908 Craig Clarke photo Craig Clarke Executive Head Teacher Lea Forest Primary Academy
5241 Dan Howard photo Dan Howard Operations Director of Learning for Work NCFE

Dan has worked in the employability and skills sector for over 12 years. Passionate about the life-changing power of education, Dan actively collaborates with key influencers in the skills and employability industry to ensure NCFE offers the best curriculum, products and services to promote and advance learning for all.

As Operations Director for Learning for Work at educational charity NCFE, Dan manages the delivery of the learning for work product portfolio, which supports individuals to progress and excel in their careers, as well as providing employers with a highly skilled and productive workforce.

Prior to its integration into NCFE in 2021, Dan was also Managing Director at Skills Forward. He led the repositioning of Skills Forward in the sector, shaping and growing the business to become an award winning market leader in educational assessment, and skills resources.

After graduating with a degree in business management and employment law, Dan went on to work within Welfare to Work, supporting long-term unemployed individuals back into work in some of the most socially deprived areas of the UK. He has since worked across the employability and skills sector, holding senior positions in FE colleges and independent training providers, implementing and successfully managing complex government-funded contracts. This has included navigation of Skills Reform and national roll-out of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Dan is a member of the Institute of Directors and has recently been awarded a fellowship of both the Institute of Employability Professionals, and Chartered Management Institute. He is currently a judge for the BAME Apprenticeship Awards and a Patron of the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance, and has sat on several LEP committees driving skills, inclusion, and social mobility. Dan is also chair of governors for a school in East Yorkshire, which was the primary school where his own education began.

Dan has a reputation for customer focus, delivering excellent quality, and driving high levels of performance. This professional reputation is reflected in his personal commitment to lifelong learning, and he has just completed his Level 7 in Strategic Leadership.

In addition, Dan is a champion of equality and diversity, and is Chair of NCFE’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.
5311 Daniel Cottle photo Daniel Cottle Director of Secondary Initial Teacher Education & Lecturer in Physics Education University of Birmingham
5249 Dave Leonard photo Dave Leonard Strategic IT Director & Ambassador Watergrove Trust & Association of Network Managers (ANME)

Dave has been an ICT Technician, Network Manager, ICT Manager and Strategic IT Director in Rochdale since 2003. After brief but meaningful dalliances with Microsoft and Apple certifications he now collects Google badges and is holder of Google Certified Educator, Trainer, Administrator and Innovator awards. He has been promoting the use of educational technology in schools around the UK for a number of years and supports other IT professionals through mentoring schemes as well as through his role as an ANME Ambassador. Dave is a CEOP Ambassador, a Duke of Edinburgh Assessor and was honoured to be named the EduFuturists Network Manager of the Year in 2019. He created and presents the LearningDust podcast which aims to improve relationships between teachers, technical staff and school leaders. Outside of work he can be found watching Accrington Stanley, enjoying the occasional tipple and travelling the world with his wife and kids when pandemics don’t get in the way.
4891 David Russell photo David Russell Chief Executive Officer Education and Training Foundation

David was appointed as the first permanent Chief Executive of the ETF in January 2014.

He has grown the ETF from start-up to become a trusted, effective improvement agency working with Government and the FE sector to support quality and standards.

He previously served in the Department for Education under Labour and then the Conservative/Lib-Dem Coalition Government, latterly as national policy director for Vocational Education.

Previous senior policy roles included leading the Open Academies programme, and managing the cross-government Skills Strategy. David was educated in Scotland at Crieff High School, St Andrews University and Moray House Institute of Education, Edinburgh. He is a member of the judging panel for the annual TES FE awards, and an assessor for the Queen’s Anniversary Trust Awards in Higher and Further Education. He is also an experienced school and College governor.
4877 Dr Ann Thanaraj photo Dr Ann Thanaraj Assistant Academic Registrar (Digital Transformation) Teesside University

Dr. Ann Thanaraj is Assistant Academic Registrar leading the digital transformation of learning and teaching at Teesside University. Ann has led a university-wide strategic and change transformation project in setting up Online Learning at Teesside University with academic leadership and accountability for the quality of OL courses. Ann is also founder and host of Lawyering in a Digital Age, an international initiative which brings together a global interdisciplinary audience to shape the direction of legal education fit for a digital age. Ann works nationally with various organisations and sector leaders to support the education sector to transform their online learning practices and in reimagining models of law degrees fit for the digital age. In a quest to digitally transform legal education, particularly in today’s rapidly changing legal landscape, where becoming a digital lawyer is vital to success within the legal profession, Ann and her co-authors have developed the first in the world textbook for law students on “Digital Lawyering” as a guide for law schools to reimagine the legal education curriculum. Ann is National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellowship of AdvanceHE UK.
4991 Dr Janet Lord photo Dr Janet Lord Head of Education – Faculty of Health and Education Manchester Metropolitan University

Janet Lord is Reader in Education and Head of Education for the Faculty of Health and Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She has a doctorate in education from the University of Manchester. She has experience in school governance and educational consultancy.  Janet’s research and writing concerns education technology, pedagogy, student experience, assessment, the nature of critical spaces in HE, and in initial teacher education.
4922 Dr Maria Aristeidou photo Dr Maria Aristeidou Lecturer - Technology Enhanced Learning The Open University

Maria is Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning at The Open University (OU) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently working with the Quality Enhancement and Innovation group at the Institute of Educational Technology (IET). The focus of her work is the design and evaluation of engaging learning technologies and the evaluation of the higher education (HE) experience.Maria is developing projects around the ‘changing learner’ to help the HE sector take useful actions and better support students’ learning experience during changes and disruptions. She is also leading and contributing to European and UK youth-focused projects, investigating the development of virtual museum visits for schools and the engagement of young people in technology-enhanced citizen science projects. Further to her research, Maria has contributed to the MA in Open and Distance Education and the evaluation of the OU FutureLearn courses. She is also the Academic Conduct Officer for IET and an active member of the European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning.

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4901 Dr Pauldy Otermans photo Dr Pauldy Otermans Chair and Principal Otermans Institute

Dr Pauldy Otermans is a global champion of bringing employability into education and transforming learning using innovative teaching methods and technology. She created a system though Otermans Institute (OI), which she co-founded, that upskilled thousands of learners across 10 countries in just one year showing the cross-border effectiveness of innovative teaching delivery and content. She has also co-founded OI AI which is a virtual AI-driven personalised teacher that can engage and teach learners on demand from any smart device. Apart from being Chair and Principal of Otermans Institute, she is an academic at Brunel University London, a fellow of Higher Education Academy, and has a background in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology and neuromarketing. She was awarded by the UK Prime Minister for her work as an educationist through Otermans Institute and previously was listed as one of the 100 women who helped shape Brunel University London. Her work in education also includes being a Trustee of Cambridge University SU and a Governor of Clifton Primary School.
5292 Dr. Tonya Riney photo Dr. Tonya Riney COO and Chief Intellivangelist IntelliBoard

Dr. Tonya Riney is the COO and Chief Intellivangelist for IntelliBoard, Inc., the premier reporting and analytics platform for learning management systems. Her PhD is in Training and Performance Improvement, with IntelliBoard being a clear passion for how it influences learning in a positive way. Dr. Riney taught in a university classroom for more than 10 years and worked within several eLearning departments. She hosts multiple eLearning webinars and academic article reviews to spread information about eLearning and inform the construct, delivery and methodology for global education initiatives.
5287 Emma Ball photo Emma Ball Head of Learning Technologies, Open Access and Library Services Solihull College & University Centre

Emma has worked in the education sector for 18 years working as a lecturer and manager. Her roles have included teaching and management of both curriculum delivery and cross-college departments. She has been a keen user of technology from the start of her teaching career, using a range of tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of activities inside and outside of the classroom.  She also led a team of teachers in setting up and delivering centralised remote A-Level provision for a national group of schools.  During her career, Emma has overseen the design, implementation and ongoing development of a range of systems designed to enhance teaching, learning and assessment and to improve organisational efficiency.  In her role as Head of Learning Technologies at Solihull College and University Centre, Emma and her team are committed to promoting effective use of technology and the development of digital skills for both staff and students.  During the Covid-19 pandemic Emma and her team have supported teachers across their organisation to adapt to remote and hybrid delivery.
4912 Gary Henderson photo Gary Henderson Director of IT Millfield School

Gary has worked in education for over 20 years, initially as a trained secondary school teacher in the UK before periods working in further and higher education, international schools in the Middle East and more recently in his current role as Director of IT in a large UK Independent School.
Gary is passionate about the potential of technology in teaching and learning, and has led various technology projects as a teacher, middle leader, senior leader and educational consultant. This has also led him to present at several conferences both in the UK and in the Middle East.
Leading the IT Services Team in Millfield in Somerset, his focus is on providing technology services which enable student learning, while cyber security, data privacy, online safety and ethics in relation to technology use are all subjects Gary is keenly interested in and issues he believes need to be more openly discussed with students in schools.
4910 Gavin McLachlan photo Gavin McLachlan Vice-Principal and Chief Information Officer The University of Edinburgh

Gavin was born in Toronto, Canada and attended Crescent School for his primary education.
Gavin is a Computer Science Graduate from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and he also holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California with a major in international business.
Mr McLachlan worked at University College London (UCL) for 6 years as the Deputy Chief Information Officer and the Director of Research IT Services.
Prior to working at UCL, he held a number of senior IT management positions at Computacenter and Capita Education Services (part of the Capita Group) and in a number of other private sector organisations spanning the IT management service, educational IT service, insurance and apparel industries.

In 2015 Gavin accepted a post as the Chief Information Officer and Librarian to the University of Edinburgh. At the University of Edinburgh he is responsible for the strategic development and efficient delivery of a wide range of IT, Library and Collections services, including University’s IT Strategy, IT services, Learning & Teaching technology services, Digital Research Services, Library services, EDINA, Digital Curation Centre, Museums, Galleries and Special Collections. In addition, he plays a crucial role in ensuring that the University remains at the forefront of technological innovations that promote a world-class user experience for staff and students. He is involved or leads a number of key University programmes and initiatives including digital transformation, digital strategy, hybrid working, digital strategy, the HR and Finance systems transformation and replacement, aspects of the City Deal programme and the online and distance learning programmes world-wide.

In 2016 Mr McLachlan was appointed by the University of Oxford General Council as the external member to the University Information Technology Committee.
Mr McLachlan is also active as an advisor to Scottish government as a member of the Scottish Digital Directorate’s Digital Public Services Sponsor group; and as the chair of the Scottish Government expert group on the Digital Identity Assurance programme.
In February 2019 Mr McLachlan was appointed as a Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh adding to his current role as the CIO and Librarian to the University.
4905 Geena Vabulas photo Geena Vabulas Policy Manager – Assistive Technology Policy Connect

Geena Vabulas is Policy Manager for Assistive Technology at the cross-party think tank Policy Connect, where she works across the fields of education and social care and employment. Prior to joining Policy Connect, Geena held several roles in the assistive technology sector including as a specialist teacher and AT Lead in a primary-Post 16 setting and as a technology and study skills trainer for neurodivergent university students. In addition to her policy work, Geena has worked as a research assistant for the iRead Project at UCL and as a technologist on the Nuvoic Project.
4909 Gemma Gwilliam photo Gemma Gwilliam Educational Technologist United Learning

Gemma is an experienced teacher and leader, having worked across all year groups in private and state schools, both in her hometown of Portsmouth and internationally. She is passionate about using technology to enhance teaching and learning, whilst reducing teacher workload and equipping all children with the necessary skills to learn and work in the 21st century. Gemma will often talk openly about some of the barriers she faces with her Dyslexia and uses these experiences to then advocate how technology can support both children and adults with additional needs.

Since joining the Educational Technologist team at United Learning in January 2021, Gemma has supported many schools across the trust as well as playing an active part in the Department of Education’s EdTech Demonstrator Programme. This has included: producing materials, offering webinars and training sessions, and working with senior leaders (both at school and trust level) to develop their digital strategy. More recently, Gemma has been working with the Portsmouth Education Partnership to develop a city-wide digital city project, where “No one school, child or family are left behind”. With her experience in coaching and mentoring, she has also been supporting ITEs and ECTs/NQTs across the South Coast and through the United Teaching Network as they begin their teaching careers so that they have the confidence and expertise to teach in the 21st century classroom.

As well as being a fully qualified Primary School Teacher and holding a Global Master of Business Administration, Gemma is a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, Apple Teacher and is currently working towards her Google for Education qualifications.
4888 Helen Milner OBE photo Helen Milner OBE Chief Executive Good Things Foundation

Helen Milner OBE is the Group Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation. Founded as a staff-led mutual charity in the UK in 2011, Helen led the establishment of a subsidiary charity, opening an office in Sydney in August 2017, and running the Be Connected Network for the Australian Government.

Helen has over 30 years experience of working in and leading organisations creating and delivering education over and about the internet. She was awarded an OBE for services to digital inclusion in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2017, she won the title of Digital Leader of the Year (UK) and was named by Computer Weekly as the 14th most influential person in UK IT in 2020. Working with British Parliament, Helen was a member of the Speaker’s Commission for Digital Democracy and an Advisor on Digital Engagement to the Public Accounts Committee. She is a Board Member of FutureDotNow, a member of the Minister’s Digital Skills Partnership Board, and is on the Adult Advisory Group for MaPS (the UK’s Money and Pension Service).
4425 Ian Myatt photo Ian Myatt Director of Insight, Channels and Educational Enterprise & Community Governor University of Birmingham & Bishop Vesey's Grammar School
Ian Myatt

Ian Myatt

Director of Insight, Channels & Educational Enterprise, University of Birmingham

In his current role as Director of Education Enterprise at the University of Birmingham he is leading the development of a portfolio of high-quality online courses including the world’s first fully online MBA to have received accreditation by the Association of MBA’s (AMBA).

Highlights of his career include launching the BBC’s first IP based television service (Hull Interactive), the introduction of regional programming to digital satellite, podcasting and the BBC iPlayer catch up television and radio service. He’s also Chair of the Teaching and Learning committee and Trustee of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield.
4867 James Browning photo James Browning Chief Digital & Information Officer Academies Enterprise Trust
5352 James Garnett photo James Garnett Programme Lead EdTech Demonstrator Programme

James Garnett is Director of IT at United Learning, a Multi-Academy Trust of over eighty academies and independent schools; currently he is the programme lead for the EdTech Demonstrator Delivery Partner managing the EdTech Demonstrator programme on behalf of the DfE. He began his career in education as a teacher of maths 25 years ago before moving on to lead on IT, EdTech and systems in schools and then for United Learning. He has led their Cloud First strategy and developed the Group Digital Strategy prior to his secondment. James has recently been appointed a Trustee of Sheffield Theatres Trust and the City of Sheffield Theatres Trust. He also volunteers as a school governor and Explorer Scout leader, underlying his belief in the importance of education and wider experience for young people.
4882 James Hodgkin photo James Hodgkin Associate Director of LTI and University Librarian University of Gloucestershire

James Hodgkin is the Associate Director of Library, Technology & Information and University Librarian at the University of Gloucestershire, having previously worked at Oxford University and The Natural History Museum. He has led key learning technology and data projects aimed at transforming the student experience. This has led James to speak at many conferences on the topic of learning analytics and library data, including ACRL in Cleveland and Jisc Digifest, plus contributing to articles in Times Higher Education. He is chair of the UK OCLC User Group and a member of the SCONUL Technology and Markets Steering Group. James’ current focus is collaborating on curriculum design and a new campus build in Gloucester integrated into a city-centre regeneration project.
4874 James Parker photo James Parker Director of Quality, Performance and Innovation USP College

James has spent the past decade working in the FE sector as a science teacher, Head of Department for STEM and more recently heading up the Quality and Teaching and Learning team. He has spent the past 4 years working closely with college curriculum and quality teams to reimagine the role of technology within education through promoting experimentation, innovation and the diffusion and sharing of best practice. James is key interests are in evolving from teacher centred, lecture based lessons to student centred, interactive learning environments through the use of technology.
4942 Janet Clark photo Janet Clark National Head of Leadership Development Education and Training Foundation
4918 Jonathan Butler photo Jonathan Butler Assistant Principal Wilberforce Sixth Form College
4902 Joysy John photo Joysy John Chief Executive Officer 01 Founders
5000 Julie Carson photo Julie Carson Director of Education Woodland Academy Trust

Julie has been in a Headship position since 2006, 11 years of which were in a local authority primary school in Salford, in the North West of England. Her work during this time included leading a group of schools on curriculum design, working across different local authorities; chairing the cluster of 7 schools to improve outcomes in their geographical area; and being the Primary Head Teacher representative on the LSCB. Whilst on the LSCB she set up and chaired the schools’ safeguarding sub-group, and was part of the private fostering sub-group. She was also successful with Erasmus bids for her school and staff, being the first primary school in Salford to do so. She led the opening of their children’s centre, working with many other agencies in order to provide the core offer. She was then seconded to the local authority for a day a week for two years, setting up a self-sustaining school improvement system, and supporting in other schools as needed.

She then re-located to the South East of England, starting as Head Teacher at a school in a multi-academy Trust in Bexley. After 12 months in that role she became Executive Head Teacher in the Woodland Academy Trust, and then in 2019 became the Director of Education.
4881 Karen Foster photo Karen Foster Executive Director Data Analytics Jisc
5344 Kath Moulds photo Kath Moulds Deputy Director Department for Education

Kath Moulds is a deputy director at the Department for Education, leading on the development of a new digital strategy for education, building on the government’s investment in devices, platforms, training and digital services during the pandemic. Kath joined the Department in 2009, after 10 years teaching in inner-London secondary schools and (briefly) in France and Malawi. She taught French and Spanish, occasionally branching out into Music, Maths and English, and ended her teaching career working as a head of department in North London. Since joining DfE she has worked in a number of areas including leading the teacher workload, wellbeing and impact on schools team. Kath has two children who keep her busy and happy, and in between parenting and working tries to spend as much time as possible in the sea.
4907 Lauren Thorpe photo Lauren Thorpe Director of Strategy Ark

Lauren is the Director of Strategy at Ark Schools. She leads on data and insights, assessment, digital strategy and the network’s approach to codifying practice and supporting school improvement. Prior to joining Ark, Lauren was the Principal of a secondary free school in South East London, leading the school to achieve its first GOOD rating from Ofsted. Lauren holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, a master’s degree in ICT in Education, sits on the DfE Ed Tech Advisory Board and is an Ofsted Inspector.
5247 Laurence Boulter photo Laurence Boulter Board Chair NAACE
4887 Louise Rowland photo Louise Rowland Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ufi VocTech Trust

Louise is Deputy CEO of Ufi responsible for grant funding activity, including partnerships, our communications work, and IT. As a small team Louise’s responsibilities span strategy and direction of travel as well as oversight of operations and delivery in these areas. Previous to this Louise was Ufi Programme Director, leading the development and delivery of Ufi’s grant funding programmes.
Prior to joining Ufi in 2016 Louise’s career has been in regeneration and economic development, working in a variety of public, private, and non-profit organisations.
4913 Lucy Preston photo Lucy Preston Programme Director Learning with Parents
5236 Mark Allday photo Mark Allday Assistant Headteacher Sandringham School

Mark Allday is Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School who has responsibility for the school’s one-to-one device programme and blended learning strategy. The school has embarked with the use of technology since 2012, with a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme implemented within the school from 2014. Mark has been involved in delivering training and guiding strategy within schools for a number of years and has supported projects on a national and international scale. Mark is a passionate advocate for pedagogical approaches underpinning the use of technology within school settings, often emphasising that the technology alone is not the answer. Mark is the Director of the Sandringham EdTech Demonstrator Programme and alongside his capable team has trained and advised hundreds of school leaders globally on Educational Technology.
5349 Matt Hambrook photo Matt Hambrook Assistant Principal Bishop Milner Catholic College
4432 Michael Forshaw photo Michael Forshaw Founder and CEO EdTech Impact & Innovate my School
Michael Forshaw

Michael Forshaw

Founder and CEO, EdTech Impact & Innovate my School

Michael is the Co-Founder and CEO of EdTech Impact, an independent review platform for 1600 EdTech vendors worldwide. Michael has traversed the education technology marketplace for over 16 years, having spent 5 years as IT manager in UK schools, as Founder of community platform Innovate My School, Executive Council member for the British Educational Suppliers’ Association, EdTech Leadership Group member for the Department for Education, and as co-founder of the EdTech Evidence Group.
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4878 Osi Ejiofor photo Osi Ejiofor Education Technology Consultant Osi's Tech Tips

Osi Ejiofor is an education technology consultant who has worked in education since 2005.
Within 14 year of experience in Primary education, he has taught and led in Computing and ICT for over 10 years across three London boroughs, developing the use of technology in each school. He has been an ICT co-ordinator in Newham, non-class based Lead of ICT- Computing in Redbridge and Assistant Head Teacher in charge of STEM in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He uses his experience in the use of technology in the classroom to provide professional training and is an event speaker, helping schools transform their use of the technology they already have.
5348 Peter Ashworth photo Peter Ashworth Chief Executive Officer Cidari Multi Academy Trust
5258 Phil Herd photo Phil Herd Specialist Leader of Maths Education Transform Trust
4906 Piers Wilkinson photo Piers Wilkinson Higher Education Policy and Partnerships Lead Diversity & Ability

Piers Wilkinson is the former NUS Disabled Students’ Officer before the role was defunded in 2020, and now supports D&A’s work as their Policy and Campaigns Lead. Piers has been deeply involved in disabled student inclusion at all levels for over 7 years, culminating in their election to national representative positions, and in March 2020 was appointed to the Disabled Students’ Commission as a Student Voice Commissioner.

Prior to the NUS, Piers studied an undergraduate MSci in Physical Oceanography at Bangor University and worked as an access consultant specialising in inclusive design within education, digital accessibility, user design learning, and inclusive campaigns.

Piers’ previous work includes the 2016 UNCRPD inquiry, as a commissioner for the Arriving at Thriving report on disabled student experiences, and providing expert advice on various liberation and social justice projects such as Student Minds’ Mental Health Charter and the 2019 Phase-out of Plastic Pollution Bill.
4886 Prof Winfried Hensinger photo Prof Winfried Hensinger Professor of Quantum Technologies (Physics and Astronomy) University of Sussex
4423 Professor Mark Simpson photo Professor Mark Simpson Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) Teesside University
Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), Teesside University

Professor Mark Simpson has a national reputation for teaching & learning and known for his work in educational digital transformation.  He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (FRSA).

Professor Simpson is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) at Teesside University.  He graduated from Teesside University with a degree in Politics and a PhD in Criminology.  He has written and researched in the fields of Youth Crime, Criminal Justice and Drug Use.  Professor Simpson was previously Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Business & Law at Teesside University, and for a period of 9 years was a Director of the British Society of Criminology.
5083 Ralph Blunden photo Ralph Blunden Relationship Manager LinkedIn Learning

Ralph Blunden is Relationship Manager for the Academic Sector in UK and Ireland at LinkedIn Learning (a division of LinkedIn). In his current role, he supports the development of partnerships between universities & colleges and LinkedIn’s solution for online development and learning of students and staff.

Prior to his current position, Ralph was responsible for account management and development at leading technology advisory firms – including Forrester and Gartner – and has also developed a career in strategic business development and marketing services across a range of sectors, with a particular emphasis on technology, management consulting and education sectors. He was trained and began his career in the field of applied chemistry, holding a DPhil in Organometallic Synthesis prior to joining a leading global analytical laboratory.
5288 Richard Angus photo Richard Angus Director of the Education Partnerships MyTutor
4899 Richard Caulfield photo Richard Caulfield National Lead for Mental Health Association of Colleges

Richard Caulfield became the NW Area Director of Association of Colleges covering the North West since 1 December 2014 and has subsequently took on the additional role of national lead for mental health within AoC.

In his mental health role, Richard has led on the AoC MH and Wellbeing Charter which has over 180 college signatories, developed the on-line self-evaluation tool for colleges, C-Met, with the Charlie Waller Trust and delivered a £1m programme of work focused on MH in FE with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. Richard also chairs the Charlie Waller Trust FE & HE Advisory Board.

Prior to taking up this role Richard was Chief Executive of Voluntary Sector North West for 7 years, a regional umbrella body for the voluntary sector. Richard has also held a number of senior roles in both the voluntary and private sectors, including time at the National Union of Students.
In addition to this Richard has several voluntary roles including being a Trustee of the anti-poverty charity Mustard Tree.
5363 Robert Rodney photo Robert Rodney Head of Digital Infrastructure and Standards Department for Education

Rob heads up the Digital Infrastructure and Standards Unit in the Digital Strategy for Education Division at DfE. He has worked on Education Technology policy in the Department for the last 4 years, including leading on the development of the 2019 EdTech Strategy Realising the potential of technology in education and managing the EdTech Leadership Group.
4883 Sarah Knight photo Sarah Knight Head of Teaching and Learning Transformation Jisc

Sarah is Head of learning and teaching transformation within the Higher Education directorate at Jisc. Sarah managed the development of the Digital experience insights service ( which is researching staff and students’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment and the team who developed the Jisc Building digital capability service ( to support the development of staff and student digital capabilities.

Sarah has established the Change agents’ network (, a national network to support staff-student partnership working on technology enhanced curriculum projects.

Sarah established and runs the Jisc Student Experience Experts Group, an active community of practice, which provides valuable consultation and dissemination opportunities for Jisc. Sarah has worked for Jisc for 17 years and during her time at Jisc has led large transformation projects on curriculum design, digital literacies and learners’ experiences of technology. Sarah has recently been appointed to the Association of Colleges Services board.
4427 Siân Cooke photo Siân Cooke Head of Digital Strategy and Research Unit Department for Education
Siân Cooke

Siân Cooke

Department for Education

Sian is the new head of the Digital Strategy and Research unit in the Department for Education. She has experience in central government policy and digital delivery, most recently on the Get Help With Technology programme which is delivering 1.3m

laptops and tablets to children and young people for remote learning and social care. As a former MFL teacher she’s passionate about using technology to improve educational outcomes for children and young people.
5346 Sir Kevan Collins photo Sir Kevan Collins Vice Chairman Of The Board, Committee Chair Learning by Questions, Youth Endowment Fund

Sir Kevan Collins is known to millions as the Government Education Recovery Consultant who resigned after ministers allocated just £1.4 billion to a catch-up plan for schools. Many will also know him as the former Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, the grant-making education charity dedicated to overcoming educational disadvantage. Others will recognise Sir Kevan as the former Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Council and before that as the National Director of Primary Strategy. Today, along with a range of UK based and wider global roles, he is the Executive Vice Chair of the classroom platform Learning by Questions. But those who really know Sir Kevan understand that he is, at heart, a teacher, someone who thinks and cares deeply about solving some of the critical issues in education.
4898 Sky Caves photo Sky Caves Senior Learning Technologists Basingstoke College of Technology
5364 Steve Beswick photo Steve Beswick Education Business Development Director - EMEA - Surface Microsoft
      • I work for the Microsoft WW education team based in the UK
      • My responsibility IS to develop the Surface business in EMEA through working with customers on digital transformation projects (schools, colleges and universities)
      • I work with channel partners to help them position Surface with the Microsoft cloud technologies to drive transformation projects
      • Previously I ran the UK Microsoft education business for 10 years
      • I have been working at Microsoft for over 28 years
4895 Steve Dew photo Steve Dew Headteacher Church Cowley St James
4388 Steven Hope photo Steven Hope Chief Executive Officer & Chair of Governors C-Learning & Elements Primary School

Steven Hope

Chief Executive Officer, C-Learning

Steven is a Google Trainer and Innovator.

He is the Chief Executive Officer of C-Learning, a Cloud Learning Services company which provides schools with a range of services and solutions to help teachers and students make the most of technology hosted in the cloud.

Prior to this Steven the Head of Independent Learning for Leeds City College and the FE colleges in the Luminate Education Group (including Harrogate and Keighley).

He is co-host of the Edufuturists podcast as well as a director for the company. With his work with the Edufuturists Steve has guests from around the world sharing and discussing their insights and what education is for them in their countries and how this could be developed for a better future.

In addition Steve has supported many other educational providers both in the UK and internationally. This saw Steve recently travel to Canada to present at the SEATCA conference in Alberta in February to deliver a keynote for the teachers of South East Alberta.

Steven is a chair of governors at a primary school and before this was a governor at a secondary school in Leeds. Steven has worked as a standards verifier for Awarding bodies (Pearson as well as others) for many years.
4893 Sue Attewell photo Sue Attewell Head of EdTech Jisc

I have a strong background in education and skills having worked in the sector for the 20+ years. I’m passionate about widening participation and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to learn, reskill and be fairly assessed. Much of my activity has focussed on skills and economic development with the emphasis was on building a skills pipeline responsive to future needs of employers and ensuring all individuals have the necessary skills and support to move into sustainable employment.

At Jisc as Head of Edtech I’m responsible for developing new products and services for the sector and overseeing the projects we are developing to achieve that vision. Managing our edtech activity, to help our members innovate and meet their long-term vision and the National centre for AI in tertiary education. Recent activity includes: Rethinking assessment and Assessment rebooted
4871 Tom Moule photo Tom Moule Product Lead - National Centre for AI in Tertiary Education Jisc

Tom Moule is Product Lead at Jisc’s National Centre for AI in Tertiary Education. Prior to joining Jisc, Tom was Executive Lead at The Institute for Ethical AI in Education. Tom began his career as a teacher, and he is also the author of Cracking Social Mobility: how AI and other innovations can help to level the playing field.
4880 Tony Sheppard photo Tony Sheppard Associate & Founder GDPRiS & My Data Protection World

Award-winning Educational Technologist with a history of collaboration with leading schools and educationalists.

Tony Sheppard has a broad range of experience from play leadership, sports coaching, EdTech, school leadership and information governance. He has been a long contributor of guidance to schools on data protection and information management, through Becta, Northamptonshire County Council, communities such as and PrivTech Nation, and as the former Head of Services at GDPR in Schools, Tony supported the creation of the DfE’s GDPR Toolkit for Schools and continues to drive school collaboration by the Data Protection Working Group’s website Education Data Matters (

Tony has recently joined NetSupport as a consultant, working with schools and organisation as they make decisions on how to implement the wide range of IT and Classroom Management tools.

Tony is also the founder and principal consultant for My Data Protection World, providing guidance to companies and their customers on suitable technology, and the privacy, data protection and security needs involved. Whether it is improving the communication between EdTech provider and the schools, helping design more child friendly solutions or reviewing approaches to AI and Machine Learning. Tony continues to contribute to Information Governance in schools as a contributor to the IRMS Records Management Toolkits for Schools and for Academies, via ICO workshops and through advocacy groups, and has just launched an Open Source project to support the creation of readable Data Processing Agreements between EdTech vendors and schools.
4879 Vicky Merrick photo Vicky Merrick MAT Data Strategy and Impact Archway Learning Trust
4904 Vijita Patel photo Vijita Patel Principal and National Leader of Education Swiss Cottage School Development & Research Centre

Vijita Patel is the Principal of Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre, a special school for 260 pupils in London.  Vijita is passionate about the role of education in developing an equal society, and its fundamental purpose in reducing the marginalisation of pupils with additional needs.

Vijita is an advocate of empowering educators as leaders of learning design, and the role of technology for inclusion and reflective enquiry. She works with school leaders, governors, and Local Authorities as a National Leader of Education. She equally enjoys training early career teachers on the neuroscience of learning.

Swiss Cottage School, DRC was designated as an Apple Distinguished School in September 2021 and has six consecutive Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Inspection outcomes.

Vijita is also a Trustee for Special Olympics Great Britain, Challenge Partners, and the Artists in Residence Charity.
4416 Vikki Liogier photo Vikki Liogier National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills Education and Training Foundation
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Vikki Liogier

National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills, Education and Training Foundation

Vikki Liogier is French and has been living in England since 1987. She initially worked as a freelance illustrator and taught graphic design and illustration at South Thames College. In 1993 Vikki acquired her first Apple Mac, Wacom tablet, colour printer, Adobe suite and scanner, as she could foresee the impact such technology would have on the creative industries and education.

From then on, she pursued her interest in the exploration and embedding of digital literacy and capability into her life and course delivery.

In 2008, as a keen technology early adopter, Vikki decided to refocus her career on change management and digital capability.
4884 Yusuf Ibrahim photo Yusuf Ibrahim Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning Excellence Cardiff and Vale College

Yusuf is an innovative senior leader in one of the largest colleges in the UK. He has worked as a teacher and leader in London, Bristol and Cardiff and is passionate about all things teaching and learning & effective leadership. Yusuf is a prominent digital transformer and has worked at national level to implement changes in response to the pandemic. An advocate of Nudge Theory, Growth Mindset and Values Based Leadership, Yusuf looks to build successful teams that can adapt and support one another to grow.

During this pandemic Yusuf focused on meeting the ‘remote needs’ of staff to enable them to meet the ‘remote needs’ of learners. He has led on digital delivery, assessment models, deep questioning, AI in teaching, BOT supported learning and leadership cascade structures.

Twitter: @teachernudge