ISC Digital Strategy Group Members

Ian Phillips, Chair ISC Digital Strategy Group
Ian Phillips, Chair ISC Digital Strategy GroupAssistant Headteacher, Director of Computing ICT, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School
Named in 50 people, projects and products shaping UK’s edTech
Intel Visionary and Chair of the Independent Schools Council’s (ISC) Digital Strategy Group; supporting schools through the national conferences we have run for the last 10 years and in strategic planning through action research projects, regular bulletins, audits, workshops, training days and blue sky consultancy.
Microsoft independent school Steering group member. Enthusiast for using technology to help inspire students. I am an IT Director and teacher, overseeing IT support departments as well as the school’s technical development with 31 years of teaching experience in the classroom.

Responsible for assessment of pupil learning using technology and passionate about developing systems which simplify the way schools work whilst providing the valuable insights necessary to develop learning communities.
Currently harnessing the appetite of tech companies to enable our students to become the global problem solvers who will tackle the world’s current and future unsolvable issues.

Julie Robinson
Julie RobinsonGeneral Secretary, Independent Schools Council (ISC)
Julie Robinson was head of Ardingly College Junior School and then Vinehall Prep School in Sussex before becoming education and training director for the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS). At IAPS, she served on the Standing Group of Teachers Associations and the Independent Schools Examination Board. Julie also chaired the Independent Schools Council’s Cross Association Leadership Group.

In 2015, Julie became General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), representing schools across the independent education sector. She serves on the School Partnerships Oversight Board for the Department for Education promoting independent-state school partnership work. Julie liaises with influencers in education across schools, government and the media, serving the interests of ISC constituent associations and member schools.

The ISC provides authoritative sector-wide research and data collection through the annual ISC Census and other surveys. ISC is a coordinating body which brings together AGBIS, GSA, HMC, ISA, IAPS, ISBA and the Society of Heads along with affiliates BSA, COBIS, SCIS and WISC in order to promote the sector and protect joint interests.

Miles Berry, Principal Lecturer, Computing Education
Miles Berry, Principal Lecturer, Computing EducationUniversity 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.
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.
Jane Prescott
Jane PrescottHeadmistress, Portsmouth High School
Jane Prescott was appointed Headmistress in September 2011 and has spent much of her career in girls’ schools. She believes in educating the whole person and developing in children an intellectual curiosity that inspires a lifelong love of learning. As a classroom teacher of geography she is committed to encouraging children to become analytical thinkers and to face their own challenges. Jane sees that a teacher’s role should ensure that girls become confident, happy and well-equipped to take advantage of every opportunity.

Jane has been an independent school inspector for many years and she is a Regional Chair of the Girls’ School Association. She is a governor and trustee of a local maintained sector. Additionally she is a trustee of the Education Business Partnership for Hampshire and a member of the Independent Schools’ Council Digital committee. Jane is married with three grown-up children two of whom are teachers.

Ian Yorston
Ian YorstonDirector of Digital Strategy, Radley College
Ian Yorston has previously been Head of Science, Head of Physics and Head of Careers. The fact that Radley keeps giving him new jobs suggests that perhaps he’s not very good at any of them. Beyond Radley, he acts as an advisor to the Independent Schools Council, is a Governor of a Catholic day school and is an ISI Schools’ Inspector. Prior to Radley he spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force. This involved a lot of computers and a number of wars. He spent a great deal of time working alongside Americans. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. If he did have a youth then it was a long time ago. He spent some of it reading Economics and Engineering Science at Oxford University. He has a blog at If you type “unreasonable” into Google he is the worldwide number one hit. His wife intends to use this in any future divorce case.
Rachel Evans
Rachel EvansDirector of Digital Learning & Innovation Wimbledon High School
Rachel started her career in libraries and archives but quickly realised that a detailed knowledge of British fine press printing of the 1920s was too niche even for the library world. She now leads on digital technology for teaching and learning at Wimbledon High School in London. She is particularly interested in working with teachers to evaluate the use of technology for teaching and learning, implementing evidence-based practices. She is currently working closely with STEAM colleagues and in particular on the design of our new building, the STEAM Tower, to develop a culture of innovation in the school. Wimbledon High School was recognised in the Edtech50 2019 for their work with Microsoft as a Showcase School and for embedding digital technology in the life of the school. She also works on digital strategy with colleagues across the Girls’ Day School Trust, most recently contributing to their Futurelearn MOOC, Digital Skills for Teachers. She will be a BETT Awards judge for 2020.
Dr. Neelam Palmer
Dr. Neelam PalmerDirector of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation, Ashford School
Dr. Neelam Parmar currently works as Director of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation at Ashford School, United Learning. Neelam draws on her research and practical experiences of working with technology and believes that through effective technology, pedagogic, and content integration, there is great potential in creating virtual learning systems to close the widening educational gap.

Neelam presents as a keynote speaker around the UK and internationally on the role of EdTech in education and has published books on Digital Literacy in the Primary curriculum and Digital Parenting with United Learning. She is an award-winning professional, international researcher, author, thought leader and speaker on effective technology, pedagogic, and content integration within education and supports the South East Regional Lead for @WomenEdTech.

Sarah Williamson
Sarah WilliamsonDirector of Information Systems, Sevenoaks School
Sarah Williamson is Director of Information Systems at Sevenoaks School and takes the long view of digital planning. Drawing on management consultancy experience with the RAF, government departments and in the private sector, she manages change methodically and securely.

Distilled as ‘What is the Need?’ and ‘We Need a Plan’, her school’s digital strategies aim to deliver IT solutions that meet users’ needs and derive value from investment.

As Sevenoaks School develops its vision for Horizon 2032, the associated digital plan will make sure technology continues to meet the specific needs of its dynamic users when the school marks its 600th year in 2032.

Sarah hopes to demystify the dark art of digital strategy, balancing innovation, enthusiasm and change to provide continuity, flexibility and sustainability.

Claire Badger
Claire BadgerSenior Teacher, Teaching and Learning, The Godolphin and Latymer School
Claire has been teaching Chemistry in a variety of schools since obtaining her PhD in 2006. She started her current position in September 2015 where a large part of her role was overseeing and managing the introduction of iPads to all students. G&L is now a fully 1:1 iPad school and the West London Apple Regional Training Centre. Claire has a keen interest in how research can inform teaching practice and is currently undertaking a Masters in Learning and Teaching at the Institute of Education. She is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and represents the Chartered College on the ISC Digital Strategy Group.

Ronan McNicholl
Ronan McNichollHead of Digital Learning, Sevenoaks Preparatory School
Presently working as the Head of Digital Learning at Sevenoaks Preparatory School, Ronan has over 13 years’ experience implementing educational technology initiatives. An Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Fellow and computer science graduate, Ronan has a passion for making computing accessible and exciting for all students. He has a keen interest in immersive technologies, including virtual and augmented reality.