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In some cases, we are finding that a lack of strategically aligned planning and investment in both the technology support teams and the systems that they run... >>
Much has changed in the educational landscape five years on but some of the key drivers to address online safety remain the same; namely, ensuring learners... >>
I enjoy shaping technology systems in order to achieve organisational goals whilst keeping a keen eye on the impact such systems have on the way people work. Ultimately I ensure network technologies and infrastructure support the teaching and learning that takes place in our supported organisations.
I have 15 years’ experience of supporting technology in the education sector. I have an IT, assistive technology and education management background, and am a qualified teacher.
I was previously employed at Scope’s Beaumont College (a Natspec independent specialist college) as assistant principal and formerly as the head of technology.
I led the development of the integrated ‘technology team’ at the college which consists of both mainstream IT staff and assistive technologists who work with students and other specialist staff to deploy assistive technology/IT hardware and software solutions.
I have worked on organisational strategy, general management and led a number of national scale projects. I have undertaken consultancy work for large general further education colleges, higher education institutions, specialist colleges and schools in the areas of assistive technology, IT and technology and the integration of such with the curriculum.
In 2014 I completed an MSc by research in computing and communication systems at Lancaster University that focused on how home automation / internet of things technology can be made accessible to disabled people.
I was chair of the Jisc / Natspec technology advisory group until July 2015 and am a current member of the Karten Network board.
During my time at Beaumont College I was engaged in a number of national education sector projects such as InBook and most recently I was the project manager of the Jisc funded DART2.1 project.