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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and full speaker profiles.
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
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.
Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy
John is an experienced leader of projects in education. His work includes:
- Evaluation and Performance Management: He is currently leading quantitative evaluation work for Functional Skills, GCSEs and A levels, and is the nominated educational consultant for the Driving Standards Agency’s Theory Testing Programme
- Assessment: John has managed a wide range of formative and external summative assessments including developing and delivering on-screen tests for Government customers such as TDA, LLUK, QCDA, DFE, BIS and for a number of UK awarding organisations
- Technology: Prior to joining AlphaPlus, John had worked for many years as an e-learning and e-assessment business manager with a track record of business growth in new media learning technologies. He developed innovative systems for education and assessment, working with a range of public and private sector clients through the three companies he has helped to build: BTL Group Ltd, The Virtual College plc, 3Square Solutions Ltd. He managed consulting and development projects in e-learning, e-assessment and e-portfolios. As an example, he recently completed a 30 month assignment as expert consultant to the JISC e-learning programme. His work has involved developing and deploying innovative solutions for e-assessment and e-learning in schools, colleges and workplace learning.
John is a qualified engineer with a BSC and MEng in Electrical Engineering. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and a board member of the e-Assessment Association. He is Chair of Governors at Beckfoot school (a large secondary school in Bingley, West Yorkshire) and a governor of Hazelbeck School, a secondary specialist school located on the same site.
Skills: E-Learning, Blended Learning, Learning Management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Independent – Chief Examiner/ Chief Moderator.
After an earlier career in the engineering industry, I moved into education after returning to university and completing a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status. A 20 year career in FE has included teaching Business, Maths and ICT, curriculum management and quality assurance. My time in FE has led to me working with GNVQs, National Diplomas, A Levels, Key Skills and leading the cross-college transition to Functional Skills. Now working independently, I am becoming increasingly involved with projects to develop traditional assessments, e-assessments and e-learning resources. My work includes authoring and the review of materials, quality assurance processes and project management.
I also hold Chief Examiner and Chief Moderator roles with awarding organisations, supporting assessment and verification and helping me to keep up to date in the qualifications and assessment arena. Through visiting and supporting schools, colleges and training providers, I continue to be involved with the delivery and assessment of a range of qualifications. I recently completed an MSc in E-learning with the University of Edinburgh and this has supported my growing interest in the development e-assessment.
I hope to continue supporting the development of innovative e-learning and e-assessment in FE, vocational and workplace education.
Skills: Vocational, numeracy and literacy e-learning and e-assessment, technology-enhanced learning.
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.
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.
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.