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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.