Speakers 2017-11-24T11:28:29+00:00

Conference Speakers

Ian Phillips
Ian PhillipsAssistant Headteacher, Director of Computing and ICT, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School
Ian is an Intel Visionary, on the Microsoft independent schools’ Steering group, a member of CAS and says he is the original board member of the Independent schools Council’s Digital Strategy Group. He has enjoyed 30 years’ experience, overseeing the school’s technical development as well as the use of technology for the whole school community. He is currently working with academics and tech companies Microsoft and Intel to help support student learning and has recently had great success with the micro:bit initiative.
Vaughan Connolly
Vaughan ConnollyESRC scholar, University of Cambridge
Vaughan is an ESRC scholar at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge where his research areas include school effectiveness and improvement, and staff workload. He also has a part-time role as Director of Digital Development at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School. He has previously held leadership roles in ICT, e-Learning and Computing.
Donna Teuber
Donna TeuberInnovation Program Designer in Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC
Donna is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She leads the R2 Innovates innovation incubator which provides teams of teachers with the training and resources that they need to implement innovative practices, is an Intel Education Visionary, Google for Education Certified Innovator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Her work has been highlighted in Forbes.com, T.H.E. Journal, District Administration magazine, Project Red, Tech & Learning magazine, EdWeek, and Center for Digital Education
Mark Steed
Mark SteedDirector, JESS, Dubai
Mark S. Steed spent his career working in top independent schools before moving to Dubai in September 2015 to take up the reins as the Director of JESS. In the UK he worked as a Teacher, Head of Department, and Boarding Housemaster prior to his two senior leadership roles as Headmaster of Kelly College in Devon; and then as Principal of the Berkhamsted Schools Group. He has degrees from Cambridge and Nottingham Universities and has recently completed an Executive Masters in Management with Ashridge Business School, during which he researched ‘Alternative Business Models for Secondary Schooling’.
Mark has a particular interest in how new technologies can be used in education and chaired the UK Independent Schools Council IT Strategy Group from 2007 to 2015.
Mark writes extensively on IT issues on his blog, http://independentheadblogspot.ae/ and is active on twitter @JESS_Director and @independenthead.
Dr Andrew Storey
Dr Andrew StoreyDirector of IT, Dulwich College
Dr Andrew Storey attended Blackpool Grammar school and read Mathematics and Music at University. After 5 years teaching music he returned to academic life and gained a PhD in Computational Science. He has been the Director of IT at Dulwich College for the past 19 years where he has witnessed the ever changing world of IT and the impact it has had both in and out of the classroom. In 2006 he won a BECTA Award for leadership in ICT. Andrew is passionate about ensuring that his pupils’ have the relevant set of digital skills which will support them when they move on to tertiary education or the workplace.
Mark Reynolds
Mark ReynoldsFounder, Hable
Mark is the Founder of Hable, a specialist Education consultancy practice which launched in January 2015. Education IT has been his specialism and passion for over 10 years, during which time he’s worked with customers, partners and government organisations to drive change and help people learn in new ways. His previous role was leading the Education team at Microsoft UK. Mark left Microsoft to build a start-up that inspires people to do great things, then empowers them with useful technology. Hable offer expert consultancy and learning experiences, to help you dream big and deploy fast. Mark studied English and Sociology at the University of Manchester. He is also a parent governor at Rush Common Primary School in Oxfordshire, UK
Miles Berry
Miles BerryPrincipal Lecturer, Computing Education, University of Roehampton
Miles is principal lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. Prior to joining Roehampton, he spent 18 years in four schools, much of the time as an ICT coordinator and most recently as a head teacher. He is a board member of Computing At School, the BCS Academy of Computing and the CSTA. He is a fellow of the BCS, RSA and HEA, and a member of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Over the years he has contributed to a number of computing related projects including the national curriculum computing programmes of study, Switched on Computing, Barefoot Computing, QuickStart Computing, CAS TV, Project Quantum and Hello World
He gives regular keynotes and CPD workshops on computing and education technology in the UK and abroad and has worked on a number of international consultancy projects involving curriculum development and CPD.
Cat Scutt
Cat ScuttDirector of Education and Research, Chartered College of Teaching
A former English teacher, Cat has since worked in learning and development in both the corporate and education sector, most recently leading on digital learning and teacher collaboration at the Girls’ Day School Trust. Her roles have included commissioning and leading research, designing and supporting online communities and collaboration programmes, running education conferences, developing online and face-to-face teacher CPD and managing large-scale IT projects. In addition, Cat is Chair of Governors of a rural secondary school and is a PhD student at the UCL Institute of Education, investigating the use of simulation in education leadership development.
Matt Woodruff
Matt WoodruffFounder & Chief Data Scientist, Coscole Ltd
Matt helps schools and Trusts in all phases and sectors turn data into meaningful information to make more informed decisions and help to improve outcomes.

Matt has a prior background with Microsoft and other global technology companies and has led public sector Business Intelligence projects in the UK. As a Microsoft partner he has led workshops focussing on data strategy and technology enhanced learning at MOE level internationally.

A technologist at heart, Matt has been a school governor for 10 years, is married to a teacher, has three children, holds a Master’s degree in Online Learning and leads a Microsoft Partner recognised for competence in Data Analytics. Passionate about the opportunities to apply data science, and in particular machine learning and artificial intelligence, to the challenges faced by the education sector.

James Manion
James ManionPhD Student, University of Cambridge
James qualified as a Teacher of Science in 2006 and has extensive leadership experience including Learning to Learn, teacher research and behaviour for learning. James’s PhD is a 5-year longitudinal evaluation of Learning Skills, a new approach to Learning to Learn. James is a passionate advocate of practitioner research as a basis for professional development, and he regularly presents at educational conferences on this topic. He is the founder of Praxis Teacher Research, a peer-reviewed platform for sharing professional knowledge. James is also an Associate of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the UCL Institute of Education, working with schools throughout the southeast of England to promote professional development through research inquiry.
Stuart Abrahams
Stuart AbrahamsDirector, thinkIT
Stuart has over 25 years’ experience of technology in the education sector.
With a wealth of experience in education including eight years as head of schools at Viglen, over five years as sales and marketing director at Pearson Education and most recently, almost 10 years as commercial director at Groupcall.
He joined Think-It in October 2017 as Sales & Marketing Director, with a particular focus on making the procurement process more intelligent and efficient for Schools, Local Authorities, Multi-Academy Trusts and partners,
Stuart’s expertise includes, Procurement, SaaS (Software as a Service), cloud computing, data systems, GDPR, communication & parental engagement technologies, education management systems, systems integration, technology infrastructure and management, managed services, Internet security and connectivity.

He is also a Director of BESA (British Education Suppliers Association) and was elected to the Executive Council in 2012 again in 2014 & 2016.
He also sits on the BESA management committee

David Horton
David HortonHead of Digital Strategy, Orwell Park School
David has been involved in technology in schools since the late 1990s and has worked in a variety of roles in a range of different establishments. Since 2000, he has been based in independent prep schools and in 2007 was appointed as one of three Subject Leaders for the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools). In 2011 he became the overall Subject Adviser for ICT within the IAPS, to be called upon for support by over 600 schools worldwide. In his role as IAPS Subject Adviser, David has visited many schools, delivered a wide range of training courses and CPD and organised and presented at a number of different events. He also attends to a large, well-established network of Heads of ICT in prep schools, working hard at increasing collaboration in an area of schools which can often be very isolated. Alongside his IAPS and consultancy work, David was formally the ICT Systems Manager at Ballard School and is now Head of Digital Strategy at Orwell Park.
Leslie McBeth
Leslie McBethDirector of Professional Development, Future Design School
Leslie empowers teachers around the world to develop future-ready skills in students.
Leslie has been working at the intersection of design and education for nearly 15 years. She started her career at the Design Trust for Public Space, where she worked with the world’s top architects and designers to improve the public built environment. After working on a project that asked students to solve big, messy problems in their community, she moved to Canada to pursue a teaching career. For the next 6 years, Leslie was a classroom teacher, where she developed an approach to using design as a framework for project-based, place-based learning that engaged students in real world problems.
In addition to her work at Future Design School, Leslie is a Facilitator in the Cohort 21 professional development program, and the Design Coach for the Google for Education Certified Innovators Program.

Simon Noakes
Simon NoakesFounder & CEO, Interactive Schools
Global Speaker on the #FutureSchool, Social Media, Schools Marketing & Founder of
Interactive Schools. Simon’s global experience and passion for strategic marketing, thought
leadership, brand values, new technology and innovative thinking is transforming schools
around the world.
Change is the only constant, and schools should stop just talking about ‘being outstanding’,
and focus on being STAND-OUT.
Simon does not follow benchmarks. Success can only be delivered through creating new
benchmarks and #InspiringSchools. Simon believes that every school is unique, and wants to
help tell their #SchoolStories.
Simon challenges the traditional methods of communication, and embraces new ways of
thinking that align to changes in user behaviour and technological advances.
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