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4872 Adam Matthews photo Adam Matthews Lecturer in Technology and Learning Environments University of Birmingham

Adam is Lecturer in Technology and Learning Environments at the University of Birmingham and Programme Lead on a new online postgraduate course – Design for Learning Environments. Adam has worked in the field of learning and technology since 2006. As a learning and instructional designer, he has worked in a diverse range of sectors including travel, retail, sports coaching, policing, media communications, banking and higher education. This has included design and leadership roles.

Adam’s Research interests include the intersection of society, technology and education. Adam is a social scientist by academic background but has an interest in interdisciplinary collaborations with other academic disciplines and industry. Adam himself, studied part-time whilst working for his undergraduate degree with the Open University in the UK and is a keen advocate of part-time, flexible, lifelong learning.
4939 Amy Hollier photo Amy Hollier Director of Blended & Online Learning Heart of Worcestershire College
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
4874 Dan Pearson photo Dan Pearson Principal and CEO USP College
4915 Dave Leonard photo Dave Leonard Strategic IT Director Watergrove Trust
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.
4875 Debbie Clinton photo Debbie Clinton Chief Executive Officer Academy Transformation Trust

Debbie is CEO of the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) – a large 3 to 19 multi-academy trust of special, primary and secondary academies along with an FE arm in Nottinghamshire. ATT is an approved DfE sponsor operating in the West Midlands, East Midlands and East and South East England. Debbie joined ATT in September 2018. Prior to this, she was the Deputy and Acting CEO at the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership (DALP) based in the East Midlands.

Debbie is a former HMI and was, before that, the Principal of Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough – a high performing 11-19 converter academy judged outstanding by Ofsted in all S5 aspects. Nunthorpe received much ministerial accolade and Debbie was invited to a Downing Street reception for ‘Inspirational Women Leaders’ in 2014 as a result of her work at Nunthorpe.

She has been a qualified teacher for 33 years, working in a range of schools and organisations across a number of local authorities. She has wide regional and national experience in leadership development and school to school improvement, and has supported national projects, conferences and working parties/groups for the DfE, the Institute of Education (London) and Roehampton.

Debbie sits on Gov net’s Education Advisory Board.
4870 Deborah Kellsey Millar photo Deborah Kellsey Millar Executive Group Director of Digital Learning Technologies Grimsby Institute of Higher and Further Education

Deborah has over thirty years of experience working in further and higher education. Since Feb 2018, she has been Executive Group Director for Digital Learning Technologies at the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ and multi-award-winning Grimsby Institute. Passionate about educational excellence, she is responsible for providing staff and students with an outstanding teaching and learning experience enriched through the creative use of edtech. With a background in creative communication, Deborah has practised as a design professional. She has led courses in graphic design, advertising and visual communication at both FE and HE levels. Further, she has been a course consultant and external verifier for design schools in Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

Her specialist interests lie in encouraging collaborative practice, personal development and creative thinking. Throughout her career, Deborah has forged successful collaborations with internal, external and international stakeholders. Her internationally recognised model of digital pedagogy, the LearningWheel, demonstrates her proven track record for partnership working, sharing best practices and knowledge exchange via crowdsourcing.
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.
4898 Dr Anthea Rose photo Dr Anthea Rose Research Fellow, Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute University of Lincoln
4991 Dr Janet Lord photo Dr Janet Lord Head of Education – Faculty of Health and Education Manchester Metropolitan University
4894 Dr Klaus-Dieter Rossade photo Dr Klaus-Dieter Rossade Director of Assessment Programme The Open University
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

Pauldy is Lecturer (Education) in Psychology at Brunel University London and currently the Deputy Divisional Lead in the Division of Psychology. She is the Psychology FHEQ Level 4 Coordinator, a Recognised Programme Developer, and Fellow of the Brunel Academy for the Transformation of Teaching. She is the founder of Otermans Institute and her curriculum is being taught in 9 countries globally. Otermans Institute is currently also working with governments in India and Afghanistan and in UN camps in Iraq. Her work has been recently awarded by the UK Prime Minister and supported by Innovate UK. She was also listed as one of 100 pioneering women through the years who have helped shape Brunel University London. Apart from her work as an academic and educationist, she is also a UK school governor and is a trustee of Cambridge Student Union – a multimillion-pound student-facing charity that represents all of the students of the University of Cambridge. She is a regular speaker on innovative curriculum design, lockdown learning solutions and new teaching and learning methodologies.
4940 Dr Sue Pember CBE photo Dr Sue Pember CBE Policy Director HOLEX
4944 Fiona Chalk photo Fiona Chalk National Head of Governance Development Education and Training Foundation

As an award-winning alumnus of the Governance Leadership Program through The Chartered Governance Institute and a certified trainer, Fiona works as a dynamic influencer and supporter of educational governance. She is the founder of Governance4fe, a published author for the Further Education Trust for Leadership, a member of the Institute of Directors, and the British Educational Leadership, Management, and Administration Society. Having spent 20 years working with Boards in corporate settings, in local government, and the third sector (with the last 15 years primarily working on governance in education), Fiona has a considerable understanding of what effective governance looks like, as well as excellent strategic leadership skills to deliver such. She is National Head of Governance Development at the Education and Training Foundation, providing thought leadership on governance, designing training and executive level development and support, for all who operate in the governance arena.
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
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.
4914 Ismail Dhan photo Ismail Dhan Ed Tech & Distance Learning Consultant
4885 James Brown photo James Brown SCITT Partnership Director & Deputy CEO Inspiring Leaders & Discovery Trust
4867 James Browning photo James Browning Chief Digital & Information Officer Academies Enterprise Trust
4882 James Hodgkin photo James Hodgkin Associate Director of LTI and University Librarian University of Gloucestershire
4942 Janet Clark photo Janet Clark National Head of Leadership Education and Training Foundation
4890 Javed Khan photo Javed Khan Chief Executive Barnardo’s
4916 Jay Ashcroft photo Jay Ashcroft Cofounder & Chief Operating Officer EdTech Impact
4884 Jenni Houston photo Jenni Houston Head of Digital Skills and Training University of Edinburgh
4883 Jim Grant photo Jim Grant Principal Cirencester College
4889 Jim McDonald photo Jim McDonald Principal and Vice-Chancellor University of Strathclyde
4918 Jonathan Butler photo Jonathan Butler Assistant Principal Wilberforce Sixth Form College
4921 Juan Villamil photo Juan Villamil Chief Information Officer Imperial College London
4903 Jules Daulby photo Jules Daulby Head of KS3 and English Dorset Special School
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
4907 Lauren Thorpe photo Lauren Thorpe Director of Strategy Ark
5039 Liam Earney photo Liam Earney Managing Director- Higher Education and Research Jisc
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
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 Forshaw is the CEO and founder of Innovate My School and Edtech Impact. He’s been working in education for the last 13 years – initially as IT manager within a large secondary school, and then building Innovate My School and Edtech Impact from the ground up.
4871 Michael Webb photo Michael Webb Director of Technology and Analytics Jisc
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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.
4906 Piers Wilkinson photo Piers Wilkinson Higher Education Policy and Partnerships Lead Diversity & Ability
4911 Prof David Jones photo Prof David Jones Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students Queen’s University Belfast
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 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.

Professor 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).
5083 Ralph Blunden photo Ralph Blunden Relationship Manager LinkedIn Learning
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.
4920 Rob Lamont photo Rob Lamont Director of IT Oasis Community Learning
4902 Shafina Vohra photo Shafina Vohra Research Postgraduate, Dyson School of Design Engineering Imperial College London
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.
4873 Sonia Magan photo Sonia Magan Headteacher & Digital Lead Woodlands Academy
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.
4917 Claire Heywood photo Claire Heywood Deputy Principal Heart of Worcesteshire
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
4879 Vicky Merrick photo Vicky Merrick MAT Data Strategy and Impact Archway Learning Trust
4904 Vijita Patel photo Vijita Patel Principal & National Leader Swiss Cottage School Development & Research Centre
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.