the e-Assessment Association

Meet The Board

Below you will find pen portraits of the eAA Board Members, all of whom are happy to speak on e-Assessment and their given areas of expertise.

Please contact the eAA at marketing@e-assessment.com for more information and full speaker profiles.

Matt Wingfield
Matt Wingfield

eAA Chairman

Chief Business Development Officer, Digital Assess

With over twenty-two years experience within the UK education market including seven years as a primary school teacher and ICT Coordinator and more recently over fifteen years experience working in a variety of roles for TAG Assessment, a leading provider of e-Portfolio/evidence based e-assessment solutions for schools, F.E., H.E. and work-place training, and as the Chairman and Membership Secretary for the eAssessment Association, Matt has built-up significant understanding of the issues relating to assessment within education.

Matt is dedicated to building close and highly productive partnerships with key stakeholders within the wider education market, so that through promoting greater awareness of the innovative technology enhanced assessment solutions available, he continues helping educators and learners to gain the most out of using effective e-assessment as an integral part of teaching and learning.

Skills: E-Learning, Strategy, Management, Evidence-based Assessment

Patrick Craven
Patrick Craven

eAA Vice Chair

Head of Learning and Assessment Design, City & Guilds.

He has over 25 years experience in the field of educational technology. From the design of educational resources with the Microelectronics Support Unit, National Council for Educational Technology and BECTa to running of post-sales technology support departments for KRCS (Apple Computer reseller), his career has always addressed the fusion of education and new technologies.

For the last 15 years this work has focussed on the specific field of learning and assessment technology research and development for the RSA Examinations Board, OCR Examinations, Cambridge Assessment Group and now he leads on Product Research and Design for City & Guilds. This role considers the growing impact of Policy and new technologies on the learning and assessment industry. It also identifies initiatives to enable City & Guilds to develop and extend the range and quality of learning and assessment products and services they offer.

Throughout this period he has remained committed to the notion of ‘fit for purpose’ assessment based on evidence-based research. Patrick currently sits on the Board of the e-Assessment Association and the UK eAssessment Advisory Group and is a member of the planning committee for the Computer-Assisted Assessment Conference and European ATP Conference.

Skills: E-Learning, Educational Technology, Instructional Design.

Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud
Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud

eAA Treasurer

Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy

I have worked as a consultant in the assessment industry since 2004, becoming a Director of AlphaPlus Consultancy in 2006. Previously I was an engineer in the satellite communications industry focussing on using IT to support the engineering design process. I brought these skills to the assessment field and from the outset had a particular interest in eassessment for both formative and summative purposes.

I have hands on experience of test development, deployment and statistical analysis from projects such as the NCTL Skills Tests for Qualified Teachers, on-screen deployment of functional skills and the diagnostic skills tests for LearnDirect.

These projects have brought experience of the challenge of bringing stakeholders along with the e-assessment advocates! I also have international experience, most recently working on the redevelopment of the Saudi vocational qualifications system, which includes extensive use of e-assessment technology for college and short course qualifications. I am currently a co-opted member of the eAA Board, acting as treasurer.

Skills: E-Learning, Online Testing, Project Management.

Tim Burnett
Tim Burnett

eAA Executive Committee

Head of Marketing, BTL Learning & Assessment

Since his graduation from Loughborough University in 2000 with a BSc in Industrial Design and a teaching qualification, Tim has kept educational technology at the core of his career and personal activities. Over the years Tim has worked on a variety of learning and assessment projects with organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4, EON Productions, National Museum of Science & Industry, City & Guilds, Government Education Agencies and other educational providers. Throughout this time, best practices in the implementation of edtech have been a key point of interest and engagement.

Working at BTL and being on the board with the e-Assessment Association has enabled Tim to develop a strong insight into the considerations and opportunities facing the future of education and its ongoing relationship with technology.

Skills: Project Management, Program Management, E-Learning, E-Assessment and Marketing.

Helen Claydon
Helen Claydon

eAA Awards Committee

Senior Test Development Researcher, Standards and Testing Agency.

Helen is an experienced assessment content development manager. She has worked in assessment for 20 years, with much of the past 10 years working on e-assessment projects.

She has developed summative and formative assessments for ages from 6 years-old to adult. Her experience covers all aspects of the assessment development process, including assessment design, item writing and review, trialling, test construction and standard setting. She has also participated in the procurement and implementation of e-assessment solutions.

She currently works at the Standards and Testing Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Education, where she is manages development of the national curriculum mathematics tests. She was previously responsible for content development and ongoing quality assurance for the e-assessed Professional Skills Tests for Prospective Teachers. She has previously worked at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Edexcel, QCA and NFER.

Skills: Test Development, Assessment Design, Programme Management.

Patrick Coates
Patrick Coates

eAA Awards Committee

International Skills UK, Director

Patrick has worked in e-assessment since the late 90’s having worked on a number of e-assessment programmes with UK awarding bodies e-assessment which included working with QCA and other Government bodies on promoting the adoption of e-assessment. It was working with Promissor (subsequently acquired by Pearson) and then Prometric that led to the choice of MBA dissertations – ‘Barriers to adoption of e-assessment by UK Awarding Bodies.’  Patrick was involved with the creation of BS7988:2007 – The code of practice for the use of IT in the delivery of assessments and subsequently was international editor for the standard to become adopted as ISO 23988:2007. It was this experience that led Patrick to join the team working with the four organisations which regulate qualifications in the UK – the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), DELLS (Wales), CCEA (Northern Ireland) and SQA and their collaboration to develop a publication, E-assessment: Guide to Effective Practice.

Patrick is now working as an independent consultant in the field of e-assessment supporting UK & US companies with their international strategy and business development activities and providing consultancy to Governments in the Middle East and South Africa.

Skills: E-Learning, e-Assessment Strategy, Business Development, Account Management.

Graham Hudson
Graham Hudson

eAA Awards Committee

GA Partnership Ltd – Independent Consultancy

Graham is a long-standing member of the educational assessment community, having worked in the sector for over 30 years. He has been involved in many of the significant developments in general qualifications, including the introduction of GCSEs, Curriculum 2000 and National Curriculum at Key Stage 4.

Whilst at QCA he was responsible for the marking and collecting data for the Key Stage tests and after a move to DRS Data Services Limited was part of the team responsible for the first implementation for the live marking of UK examinations using scanned scripts. His interest in eAssessment started whilst at QCA where he led a development change programme involving all the regulatory bodies in the UK looking at the uses of new technologies in assessment, having won several £m of funding from the Treasury.

Latterly he has owned a franchise helping business to be successful at selling their products and services and now runs his own consultancy businesses supporting organisations in the assessment sector.

His great passion is to harness technology of all kinds to improve the examination experience that candidates face, the reliability of the assessments and marking accuracy.

Graham is happy to be called upon to speak, with key interests in implementation of development programmes, the approach to procuring e-Assessment and other systems, getting the best from your teams, strategic planning and business development.

Linda Steedman
Linda Steedman

CEO/ Chair eCOM Scotland

Linda originated eCom in 1996 as part of an EU funded project – the business was spun out in 1999 and purchased via a management buy-out in 2001. eCom provides eLearning and eAssessment delivery and management to commercial organisations, government departments and awarding bodies. Linda is currently responsible for development of eCom’s product development. Her professional life combined teaching, lecturing and educational research, in ICT, engineering technology, science and mathematics. Linda experience includes FE College Management, Instructional design for curriculum and course development, leadership, business planning, marketing and corporate sales, mainly in the education & web development sector. eCom provides a range of workforce ready products and eLearning management services designed specifically to enable the remote learner to gain knowledge, skills and certification.

eCom Scotland enables on-line learning and assessment management, control and monitoring of the complete learning processes through a range of communications products which are delivered in a secure hosted environment with access to support web dashboards. Delivering just-in-time learning is the norm, where eCom strive to deliver Just-for-me learning, via personalisation and mobile devices and currently provides these services throughout Europe. Similar services are offered worldwide through a global channel partner network. eCom has more than 18 years of experience in building international learning applications.

For further information please visit: www.ecomscotland.com

Skills: E-Learning, Learning Management, SCORM.

Chris Peat
Chris Peat

Customer Services Director, Axia Interactive Media.

Chris has had an active involvement in Education and Assessment for the past twenty years. He managed the East Leeds Family Learning Centre from its creation in 1995. The centre achieved national prominence for its work in encouraging non-traditional adult learners back into learning and employment. In recognition of this work in 2002 he was awarded an OBE for services to Adult Learning.

Since 2004 he has worked at Axia Interactive Media on developing online systems that reflect and then enhance existing assessment methodology. The company has specialised in the development of sites that support the capture and assessment of professional and vocational skills. Chris therefore has extensive experience of working with professional bodies and training organisations. Latterly he has started to work with Universities on applying online assessment to courses where vocational skills are assessed.

Throughout this time he has been a school governor and has just resigned as Chair of Governors of a large High School in Leeds, having been in that role for the last 15 years. He has also been an internal moderator for NOCN courses.

Skills: Business Development, Educational Technology.

Dr Bill Foster
Dr Bill Foster

Newcastle University.

I have been involved in the research, design, development, and implementation and reporting of e-assessment and e-learning systems for mathematical sciences and STEM disciplines since 1991. Recently I lead the Newcastle University team that created the open-access, open-source system Numbas which is widely used in the UK and increasingly used internationally. My current interests include the promotion of the use of such open-access and source systems for all forms of online-learning in any discipline and at all levels of education. Of particular interest, and an essential part of this work, is the creation of online communities of authors and users, freely sharing material, experiences and possible developments.

I  bring to the eAA a wealth of experience, an understanding of the state of e-assessment both in pedagogic and technical developments and seek to influence the eAA in the promotion of freely available high quality online systems.

Skills: Modelling and implementing  e-assessment in maths, stats and numeracy for FE and HE;  Creating e-assessment tools; Managing e-assessment projects; Decision Making; Open source and open-access models; Community models in -assessment implementation.

Tim Downie
Tim Downie

Business Development Director, RM Results.

Tim has 20 years’ experience in the local government, education and public sector markets at director of business development and bid director levels. His career to date has included senior roles at several leading information technology organisations including BT, Agilisys and Enterprise plc.

Tim has worked for RM for just under ten years: prior to his appointment in July 2012 as Business Development Director of RM Results, Tim was Head of Business Development for RM’s Educational Technologies division. His current role centres around defining and driving business development strategy for RM’s internationally-renowned exam e-marking solution, RM Assessor.

Skills: Development and execution of sales and marketing strategy, high value bidding (especially in the edtech and public sector markets), team leadership and development and global business development.

​​Amanda MacGregor
​​Amanda MacGregor

Business Development Director, learndirect

Amanda has been involved in eAssessment with learndirect for over 11 years, both within operations and business development. She led the bid to secure the UK Government’s single supplier framework for computer based testing and has overseen the successful implementation of a number of contracts, both large and small. This experience from all angles helps her to build long-term strategic relationships with clients, stakeholders and partners alike.

Recently, Amanda spent 6 months getting to understand the apprenticeship sector, particularly in light of the imminent introduction of the levy, and is utilising this knowledge to find routes to market for e-Assessment.

Amanda believes in a partnership approach; the market is certainly big enough for a number of players. By working together, we can make sure that the client gets the best outcome, that the reputation of e-Assessment is strong and that the market continues to grow and prosper.

Michelle Boardman
Michelle Boardman

Head of Virtual Campus, University of Derby Online Learning

Michelle has been involved in education and the use of technology as an enabler for over 20 years, working in the media, FE, community learning, work based learning, HE and online learning.

Michelle is particularly passionate about how, through technology, barriers to assessment can be reduced. This stems from early days in FE taking laptops out to learners in the workplace so they could take a test to gain a qualification; and Michelle explored this approach further through working at the BBC, using narrative and gamification to entice users into taking assessments – making it fun! Now, with a focus on online learning within the HE sector, Michelle is leading on the use of e-assessments to reduce barriers adult learners continue to face when wanting to engage in learning – time and place. Through the use of e-assessment these barriers can be removed; asynchronous assessments and also synchronous assessments through online proctoring.

Gareth Hopkins
Gareth Hopkins

e-volve Specialist, City & Guilds

Gareth has worked in e-assessment since joining City & Guilds in 2005, where he is currently the specialist on e-volve, the organisation’s summative e-assessment platform. When Gareth started most of his time was spent building and delivering banks of Multiple Choice questions, but for the past few years he’s been primarily involved in supporting the use of Advanced Question Types to broaden the methods of assessment used. The most prominent examples of this are their Functional Skills tests, which use written-response, bespoke Mathematics question types, and ‘in-app’ tools. Gareth has also built a reputation for taking off-the-shelf tools in the system and using them in ways they weren’t originally intended to be used (in a good way).

Gareth is most proficient at the practical side of developing e-assessment content, taking the requirements of item writers and examiners and delivering them in the most appropriate way possible. This has meant that he has developed a keen instinct for, and interest in, what makes assessment valid – which has in turn fuelled a desire to make e-assessment accessible to all users wherever possible.

Skills: e-Assessment, Assessment Design, Test Development