the e-Assessment Association

Meet The Team

The e-Assessment Association's Executive Team works to deliver the day-to-day activities of the association, and to generate increasing revenue streams to be ploughed back into the eAA services.

The e-Assessment Association Board has the overall responsibility for the governance of the association, as well as shaping the overall strategy and trajectory of the association.

The eAA Board is made up of both individual members and corporate members, as per our constitution, who each agree to serve a three year term to support the aims and objectives of the Association.

Please contact the eAA at [email protected] for more information and full speaker profiles.

The Executive Team

Matt Wingfield

Matt Wingfield

eAA Chief Executive

Matt Wingfield eAA Chief Executive

With 30+ years experience within the education market as a teacher, working for awarding organisations and technology suppliers, Matt has built-up significant understanding of the issues relating to the use of e-assessment within all phases of education.

Until recently, Matt served as Chair of the e-Assessment Association, a position he held for nearly 10 years. He is now Chief Executive for the association, a not-for-profit organisation with a remit to support and inform policy-makers, awarding organisations, institutions and educators in the effective use of technology enabled assessment.

Matt also works as an independent consultant supporting technology suppliers, exam awarding organisations and educational institutions in maximising the positive impact of technology on formative and summative assessment delivery.

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Karen Pernyes

Marketing & Events Manager

Karen Pernyes Marketing & Events Manager

Karen joined the e-Assessment Association in 2015 to support, promote and grow the e-Assessment Association, it's sponsors and members. At the time, this involved managing one website, curating the quarterly newsletter and running social media channels. The role rapidly evolved to include coordinating the annual Awards programme and Gala Dinner, supporting multiple sub-committees, and supporting the Board to deliver presentations and workshops at international conferences.

In 2019, as the e-Assessment Association took over the well established e-Assessment Question Conference & Exhibition and started to organise other smaller events, Karen's new role evolved to include all operational event management, leading on marketing and strategy, including budgetary responsibility, and managing all third-party contractors brought in to support the Association.

Karen had built a successful freelance career in Marketing, PR and Event Management, mainly in the Education Technology sector; but prior to that Karen had an extensive career in community outreach and Neighbourhood Management in North London, UK, and she often reflects that building and supporting an online community, such as the eAA, has many parallels to the communities she was employed to support, and the capacity building work she undertook in her earlier career.

Karen can be contacted at [email protected]

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Anna Cavadias

Marketing & Administration Coordinator

Anna Cavadias Marketing & Administration Coordinator

Anna joined the e-Assessment Association in February 2020. A versatile marketing professional with a career spanning arts marketing, events, market research, publishing and media promotions.

Working 8 hours a week for the eAA, Anna leads on all of the core membership communications, including maintaining the website e-assessment.com and curating the quarterly newsletters. Anna also provides administrative support to both her colleagues in the Executive Team and the eAA Board.

Anna brings extensive experience to the team including

  • Event marketing - from inception to implementation. Including Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Wandsworth Artists’ Open House, travel exhibitions, launch events, parties and networking events.
  • Brand identity and evolution. Development and roll out of new and existing cross platform brands.
  • Market Research and analysis.  Recruiting and moderating focus groups, preparing and presenting reports, formulating and analysing surveys, working with teams to implement findings.
  • Working with internal stakeholders to align strategic aims and maximize success of marketing communications

Anna can be contacted at [email protected]

The Board

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Tim Burnett

eAA Chair

Tim Burnett eAA Chair

Chair of the e-Assessment Association and Independent Assessment Marketing Consultant.

Tim is a highly experienced and active member of the global educational technology community. Over the last 15 years, Tim has demonstrated his keen desire to advance the use of technology in assessment, ensuring testing is fair, and improving the value of testing.

Tim’s mission is to build thriving communities within the educational technology sector. Tim has been a leader in award-winning work which has brought together diverse global communities during challenging times. As an independent member of the community, Tim is keen to continue as an active member of the assessment thought leadership community and lead the e-Assessment Association through one of the most pivotal periods in its history.

Since becoming Chair to the eAA Board in 2021, Tim has kick-started several initiatives that will support the community and raise awareness of the associations work and goals. These include introducing an enhanced calendar of activities, introducing innovative learning tools for members, supporting the delivery of the associations highly successful virtual conference and awards, and reaching out to members of the community to understand the challenges they face to inform the association's priorities going forward.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tburnett 

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Sarah Rogerson

eAA Vice Chair

Sarah Rogerson eAA Vice Chair

Sarah has been working in English language teaching and assessment for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Assessment at Oxford University Press. Getting digital assessment right is incredibly important to Sarah and ‘right’ means more than just the content, it means the overall user experience of assessment platforms and the service that is provided to end-users.

Sarah has very frequent contact with end-users of assessment platforms and is very aware of their frustrations and the barriers they face when trying to adopt digital assessment technologies. Sarah wants to be a part of making digital assessment better so that it is truly a better alternative to paper and that the power of digital is harnessed in its use to support teaching and learning.

Sarah joined the board to be a part of determining the future of the association because she thinks there’s a need for a much more influential e-assessment community that can guide best practice in online assessment and provide learning organisations with support in choosing the right technology for their purposes… knowing personally how difficult this is!

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Graham Hudson

eAA Secretary

Graham Hudson eAA Secretary

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.
Graham’s interest in e-Assessment 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 Graham 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.
Graham’s 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.

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Gavin Busuttil-Reynaud

eAA Treasurer

Gavin Busuttil-Reynaudd eAA Treasurer

Director, AlphaPlus Consultancy

I am an educational assessment specialist with a successful track record working in the UK and internationally on assessment development and consultancy projects. I joined AlphaPlus Consultancy as a Director in 2006, bringing to the team experience in extracting business value from major IT investments through process redesign, system integration, innovation and training.
I have experience in using continuous process improvement techniques applied in a range of demanding quality assurance arenas ranging from high stakes assessments to secure satellite communications.

I have worked on projects for a wide range of UK and overseas public and private organisations, including Ofqual, UK Department of Education, Welsh Assembly Government, Singapore Ministry of Education, Government of Anguilla, City & Guilds, SQA, NCFE, VTCT, Takamol (Saudi Arabia) and Saudi Skills Standards (SSS).  I am currently the system design authority for the Welsh National Assessments platform which delivers on-screen adaptive assessments in reading and numeracy to every school learner in Wales aged between 7 and 14. I am currently a co-opted member of the eAA Board, acting as treasurer.

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Martha Gibson

eAA Sponsorship Secretary

Martha Gibson eAA Sponsorship Secretary

Martha has been the e-Assessment Manager at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University since 2015. In that time, she transitioned the traditional pen and paper exams for the distance global MBA programme to e-assessment. She now also develops content for the new online MBA programme.

With 27 years’ experience in teaching, learning and assessment, Martha has worked in several countries worldwide. She is currently studying for an MSc in Digital Education with specialism in e-assessment to support her work at Heriot Watt University. She is particularly interested in the theme of global digital divides and bringing online assessment to those who previously could not access it.

In 2017, in the first year of the E-Assessment Association Awards, Martha won in the Export category for Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University and was Highly Commended in the Best Institution Category.

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Patrick Coates

Patrick Coates

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.

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Viral Shah

Viral Shah

Viral Shah heads International Business and Solution Engineering for the education focused unit of Tata Consultancy Services – TCS iON. With more than 18+ years of experience, he has been the innovator of more than 100+ solutions. Under his leadership, TCS iON has been able to open up 8 new international geographies within a very short span of time, as well as, ventured into hardware design which led to breakthrough innovation of transmitting digital content without any form of network.

With the dream to put India on the world map for building great products for Education, he started the journey by transforming one of India’s largest university/ college entrance online in 2011 and then many more by conducting 210 million+ assessments till date. He believes in the power of AI/ ML and has setup research teams focused on NLP, auto marking, voice/ video/ text/ image processing.

Viral has filed more than 25 patents on security of assessments, scanning, question authoring, distribution etc which has helped organisations achieve zero question paper leakage. He has been awarded “Serial Innovator” award by TATA group recognising his contribution towards innovation which has been given to only 3 people in entire TATA group till date.

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Fiona Harvey

Fiona Harvey

Fiona is the Faculty Lead Learning Technologist for Social and Historical Sciences, UCL.

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) and was recently President and Chair for the Association for Learning Technology (2014-2017).
Fiona is actively involved in the online community and is Co-Chair of the ALT South members group and acts as External Examiner for the University of West London’s PGCert Online.  She is studying for her Ph.D. with Lancaster University in e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning. Fiona has always been interested in the development of digital literacies. skills for students and staff and enjoys exploring new technologies to enhance the student experience. She is working with her team to support their Assessment First approach in the design of their programmes and has taken an active role in Students as Partners initiatives across the sector.

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Teresa Jacobs

Teresa Jacobs

Teresa found her true passion when she exchanged teaching and management for an internationally focussed role with a leading UK awarding body. She found genuine satisfaction achieving the vital but complex task of ensuring every learner received the result they deserved.

Teresa has held several assessment related roles, with professional and OFQUAL regulated awarding organisations and regulators.  Teresa has achieved transformational change in the construction of assessments and supporting processes through IT enablement. For example, Teresa drove a transformation from paper-based examinations to 100% e-assessment, facilitated by remote invigilation, making that organisation an early adopter of assessment technology, while improving overall take up and quality of assessments.

Teresa is currently Executive Director – Learning with International Skills Development Corporation, a company which promotes access to UK qualifications powered by IT and e-assessment in India. In this capacity Teresa supports and creates partnerships with UK universities, awarding and professional bodies to support the ambitions of the Indian Government to radically transform education.

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Emma Hall

Emma Hall

Business Development Manager, BTL Learning & Assessment Emma has worked in e-assessment since joining BTL in 2011, supporting many UK and international awarding organisations with their assessment programmes. Emma was responsible for leading the BTL Documentation and Training Team until 2016, where she oversaw the production of help and support guidance for e-assessment software.
Emma also worked with organisations to plan and deliver training programs designed to show users how to make best use of the technology. Working with new e-assessment users provided a great understanding of the challenges and demands of moving to a new assessment system, which Emma now applies to helping organisations through the process of selecting and implementing new solutions.

Her work with new e-assessment adopters has given Emma a keen interest in how we can better support people facing this change, to ensure the least stressful experience for every e-assessment user and candidate.

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Richard Little

Richard Little

Propositions Director, Technology. RM

Richard is responsible for managing RM’s existing customer propositions and developing new ones in the fields of e-assessment, school MIS, safeguarding and managed IT services.  Working closely with schools, government ministries, examination boards and professional awarding bodies, Richard is seeking to stay one step ahead of what they may need.

With over 20 years’ experience in delivering large scale hardware and software programmes, Richard started his career as a software developer, and then built on this technical background in a range of management roles spanning telecoms, business systems software development and information security. For the past 7 years, Richard has led the e-assessment proposition strategy for RM.

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Rajeev Menon

Rajeev Menon

An accomplished sales and product innovation specialist in the assessments space, Rajeev has over 16 years of experience with multiple global assessment providers. He has played important roles in the development of the assessments space in India as part of the leadership team at MeritTrac, one of India’s foremost assessment services company with a global footprint now.

He was involved in creating and introducing some pathbreaking assessment and delivery products including automated spoken English assessments, candidate authentication service for high stake exams, digital marking in India and behavioral assessments for front line sales and leadership positions. He was responsible for establishing an offshore marking practice in India for exams in Europe. He has also worked extensively with experts in the field of IRT as well as item analysis and equating of large volume data in high stakes exams. At Talview, he has been instrumental in some of the key assessment product and services such as Talview Behavioral Insights and Proview – Talview’s remote proctoring solution. 

He also currently provides strategic advice to Recruitment Tech and Ed Tech companies on assessment products.

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Paul Muir

Paul Muir

Paul Muir is Head of Technology Enabled Assessment at the British Council and responsible for the British Council’s technology enabled assessment strategy and delivery of technology led assessment solutions in over 140 countries around the world and to over 4.5 million students a year. Joining the British Council in 2015, Paul has worked in the assessment industry for over 20 years, in roles delivering education and curriculum reform projects across the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to transformational roles at Awarding Bodies and Regulators in the UK. 

Currently serving as the Chair of E-ATP (Association of Test Publishers - Europe), Paul has a passion for enhancing access to education globally using technology, especially in parts of the world where this is not always the ‘easy’ path and where innovative and more unique ways of working can be rewarded. 

Delivering equity in an unequal world of assessment, a gap that has been further widened by the Covid pandemic, is where Paul strives to make a significant difference in the coming years. 

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Tim Downie

Tim Downie

Founder of Adactia Consulting Ltd. which provides business and market strategy advice to Assessment and Ed-Tech organisations around the world.

I have worked in the Assessment and Ed-Tech industries for 30 years. This includes 10 years as Sales & Marketing Director for RM Results developing the UK and international e-marking and e-assessment business and senior roles with technology providers to Education and the Public Sector. More recently I worked with organisations, including some E-AA sponsors, from the USA, India, Australia and the UK to help with strategy development and execution.  

I believe in strengthening the foundations of the E-AA so that we have the influence and revenues we need to serve our members and to promote best practice and innovation across the global assessment community.

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Romana Moss

Romana Moss

I have worked in education for over 20 years. I have worked in Universities, a Royal Medical College, a Membership Body, a Conservative and now I work in an Award Organisation. I have vast experience of working in CBT, process enhancement, LMS systems, implementing RI and core system digital transformation. I specialise in innovating education with technology whilst enhancing the value of technology in the workplace across operations.

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Gareth Hopkins

Gareth Hopkins eAA Technical Lead Officer

eAA Technical Lead Officer

Assessment Solutions Specialist, BTL.

Gareth has over 16 years’ experience within the e-Assessment field, predominantly in the creation of screen-based assessments, with a particular focus on the innovation of new item types and methods of testing.
He’s currently part of BTL’s Solutions Team, assisting with the development of new item types and the improvement of existing ones. Previously he’s been involved with the design and build processes of two iterations of Functional Skills online exams, the creation of onscreen bilingual delivery solutions, the implementation of In-Application Testing for ICT and the embedding of Remote Invigilation solutions.
For his work on the bilingual solution at City & Guilds, in 2017 he was awarded an Ampersand Award for Imagination, in turn being named ‘a great example of how imagination can deliver commercial benefit’.

As an eAA board member, Gareth was on the team that delivered the e-Assessment Conferences in 2020 and 2021, presented and recorded the Covid-Response series of podcasts, as well as leading the judging panels for three years of the e-Assessment Awards.