The panel of judges for the new International e-Assessment Awards have been selected by the e-Assessment Association for their depth of experience and knowledge, as well as their contribution to, and passion for e-assessment.

Each category is allocated three judges, who are chosen on the basis of their expertise and experience. Together they score each entry based on your 1,000-word submission and the information therein that reflects the scope and criteria for each category, as well as on the 200 word summary or abstract about your entry.

At the final stage of judging, in February 2018, shortlisted entrants will be invited to present directly to the panel of judges in their category, which we expect to be arranged as virtual meetings.

Judges and organisers are bound by a clear agreement which prevents them from revealing the identity of winners until after the announcement of the award winners, which takes place during the gala evening on 18 April 2018.

Martin Mackain-Bremner
  • Martin Mackain-Bremner
  • Martin joined the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) in July 2010, following a career that took in the Armed Forces, Defence consultancy and e-Learning production. AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for vocational accountants, providing qualifications that meet the needs of both employers and employees. At AAT Martin is responsible for the development and management of online assessments – 300,00 AAT assessments are sat by 50,000 students per year. Many AAT students go on to study for Chartered status.

  • Judging: Innovation Award
John Winkley
  • John Winkley
  • John is an experienced business manager with a track record of business growth in UK education and technology businesses. He has specialised in developing services for standards, qualifications and assessment agencies in the UK and overseas, through the three companies he has helped to found and build over the last 15 years: BTL Group Ltd (www.btl.com), The Virtual College plc (www.virtual-college.co.uk) and his current business, AlphaPlus (www.alphaplusconsultancy.co.uk), which specialises in educational assessment. His recent export work includes projects in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the Caribbean. John has a BSC and MEng in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bath. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. He is also Chairman of an Academy Trust Chain in West Yorkshire.

  • Judging: Best Use of Summative Assessment Award
Claire Hodgson
  • Claire Hodgson
  • Claire Hodgson is a research director at NFER with considerable experience of managing a variety of test development and research projects. She has managed and directed test development contracts for national testing programmes in England and Wales as well as a number of evaluations of educational interventions. Claire has experience of both qualitative and quantitative research methods including item development for on-screen and paper-based assessments, questionnaire development, data analysis and literature reviews. She is a former primary teacher and her assessment research includes devising teaching activities and materials to support Assessment for Learning (AfL) in literacy and carrying out a review of AfL in primary science. Claire has also developed formative e-assessment tests in science and devised an on-screen test of hazard perception.

  • Judging: Research Award
Romy Short
  • Romy Short
  • Romy is an experienced educational assessor at both national and international level with knowledge, experience, skills and abilities in learning measurement, assessment and evaluation analysis, design development and implementation related to large scale standards systems. She has held posts as Divisional Director for global educational organisations, taught in a variety of schools, led Departments at secondary and at primary level as a County adviser. Research areas include personalised teaching and learning, assessment for learning and e-assessment which shaped the production of a range of diagnostic and formative assessment tools for use in Primary and Secondary schools. She has led and managed the development of a portfolio of on line assessments, digital learning resources and teacher development programmes. Romy holds a firm belief in the positive power of technology to disrupt educational innovation.

  • Judging: Best use of Formative Assessment Award
Helen Claydon
  • Helen Claydon
  • Helen is an experienced assessment content development manager. She has worked in assessment, including e-assessment, for over 20 years. 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 currently works at the Standards and Testing Agency, an executive agency of the DfE. Helen holds a Master’s degree in Education; she is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and a practitioner of AEA-Europe. She believes that e-assessment has an important role to play in supporting targeted teaching and learning.

  • Judging: Best Use of Formative Assessment Award
Paula Goddard
  • Paula Goddard
  • Assessment Writer, Senior Examiner and Assessment Consultant for a number of major exam boards, Paula Goddard began her career as a design engineer before moving into education as an Adult Education Lecturer for county councils. Paula quickly progressed to set up her own business writing exam questions for both traditional paper-based examinations and e-assessments. Alongside her business, Paula also works as a freelance writer and speaker, and frequently tweets about industry news and opinion using her @exam_writer handle, while engaging with examining bodies and other industry professionals.

  • Judging: Best Use of Summative Assessment Award
Bob Harrison
  • Bob Harrison
  • He has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher,lecturer senior manager, Principal and Governor. He has worked with Head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College of Teaching and Leadership and advised DfES on the FE Principals Qualification and was the lead on Digital Futures for the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme. Bob is Chair of Governors at Northern College and Vice Chair of Governors a Trafford school. Bob was made an Honorary Life member of CGLI for services to Vocational Education following 12 years as Chief Examiner and is a Fellow of the RSA. He has been Toshiba’s Education Adviser for 16 years and is a writer, presenter and researcher on mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning. Bob was a member of the British Computer Society/Royal Academy of Engineering working group which redrafted the ICT National Curriculum to make it more “ambitious and challenging”. He also chaired the computing expert group established by the DfE to support teachers and teacher educators in the transition to the new computing curriculum, and is now a member of UK Force (UK Forum for Computing Education). He was Chair of the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board, a HE/Industry/Schools/DfE/NCTL group which aimed to ensure that the next generation of teachers have the necessary skills to prepare children for their lives as workers and digital citizens in the 3rd Millenium. Bob was a leading member of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group and is now a member of the Ministerial Educational Technology Action Group chaired by Professor Stephen Heppell. Bob regularly visits the Palo Alto campus of Stanford University to research current developments and is a participant in the “education’s digital future” project and is a judge at the Stanford Graduate School of Education Learning Design with Technology Masters programme.. Bob is also a judge for the BIS/Innovate UK Learning Technology-Design for Impact fund, Bob represented the DfE at the INTEL STEM International conference in Jerusalem when he presented on the new national curriculum in computing. He is a Board member of the UfI Trust, YMCA Training and Awards and is a Judge for the BETT Awards and TES FE Awards. Bob has recently been invited to join the BIS FE and Skills Area based review advisory group trying to reshape the FE landscape towards a more digital future. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. www.setuk.co.uk twitter @bobharrisonset.

  • Judging: Best Institution Award
David Whyley
  • David Whyley
  • David is an inspirational and motivational leader in the fast changing and complex world of education technology. Internationally recognised as one of the pioneers of Mobile Learning, David specialises in the fields of technology change management, developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning and embedding integrated hardware & cloud based technology solutions. He is CEO of his own successful technology consultancy company, working with a number of UK and Global clients, including schools, educational establishments and multi-national tech companies. Having many years experience as a teacher and educationalist in the City of Wolverhampton means his work is firmly rooted in hands on pedagogy. He is a former Primary Headteacher and leader of the BETT award winning Wolverhampton City Learning Technologies Team. David’s work is internationally highly respected and has been presented at numerous international Keynote speeches and featured in many publications. Regarded as one of most significant innovators in his field, his individual contribution has been recognised with an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Wolverhampton University. He has also received the Mobile Learning Impact Award (USA), two BETT awards and the inaugural lifetime achievement award from the e-Learning Foundation. He is a Member of The Global Education Futures Forum (GEFF) and is currently co-opted as a board member for NAACE. www.whytekconsulting.co.uk Twitter @davewhy

  • Judging: Innovation Award
Rose Luckin
  • Rose Luckin
  • Rose is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab in London. Rose’s research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from artificial intelligence. She has a particular interest in how AI techniques can be used to enable more effective, continuous, formative assessment processes and tools. Rose works closely with the education technology industry, in particular Start-ups and SMEs, to enable them to integrate research evidence and methods into their products. Rose has advised research councils in various countries and has written widely about educational technologies. She has taught in schools, FE and HE, and she is a UfI charity Trustee, and a Governor and Trustee at St Paul’s school in London and the Self Managed Learning College in Brighton.

  • Judging: Research Award
Martyn Roads
  • Martyn Roads
  • Martyn is an independent education and assessment consultant. He spent 13 years in Further Education, developing and managing a wide range of vocational programmes before joining BTEC in 1994. In 2001, he was responsible for managing, on behalf of a consortium of UK Awarding Bodies, the successful bid for the development of the Key and Basic Skills national tests in the UK. These were the first tests to be rolled-out in the UK using e-assessment. For the past 10 years, Martyn has been researching and implementing the use of IT in assessment which has included working with a range of organisations on the development of a range of screening and initial assessment tools for major UK employers. Martyn has also undertaken a number of other projects related to the development of vocational e-assessment for a range of awarding organisations including, most recently, supporting various projects for Saudi Skills Standards in Saudi Arabia where they were developing a new vocational system which is heavily technology dependent. Martyn also Chairs the e-Assessment Association’s e-assessment advisory group and is a member of the JISC FELTAG coalition. For the last 8 years he has also been jointly responsible for many successful conferences, seminars and events across the globe focused on Skills Development and the use of IT in education and training.

  • Judging: Export Award
Graham Hudson
  • Graham Hudson
  • Graham Hudson founded GA Partnership Ltd after a long and successful career in a variety of educational assessment roles. Through using his experience gained from the operation of national examination systems, and from developing the use of technology in assessments internationally, he now supports successful businesses in the sector in achieving key strategic objectives. Graham is a practitioner whose passion is to enable organisations deliver the best service that they can to their customers both technically and operationally, within budgetary and regulatory constraints. Having delivered high-risk, time critical programmes to mark and deliver results for all primary and secondary pupils across England for national testing, he is familiar with the pressures and conflicts that result from meeting sometimes competing demands from users, government officials and politicians. Graham has been an active participation in the international assessment community and has contributed many papers and presentations exploring how examination reliability can be improved through harnessing technologies. He was one of the early champions of electronic marking in the UK and gained sizeable government funding to explore how examination and testing effectiveness could be improved. His delivery experience extends from the Caribbean, to West Africa, South-East Asia and India. He now works in a consultancy role, advising awarding organisations in the UK and internationally. He is a Board member of the IoD Assessment Committee and the NEBOSH Qualifications Governance Council.

  • Judging: Innovation Award
Patrick Coates
  • Patrick Coates
  • 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.

  • Judging: Export Award
Martin Ripley
  • Martin Ripley
  • Martin owns and runs World Class Arena Limited (WCAL) in West London. WCAL provides e-assessment consultancy and project management advice to a number of organisations. Martin has worked for the UK Civil Aviation Authority since 2008 to support their migration to computer-based testing, launched first in Malaysia and now delivered in the UK and globally with Aspeq Ltd. He has worked with ACCA to support their e-assessment procurements. Other clients include CFA Institute, ABRSM, Driving Skills Agency, Pearson, and RWCMD. WCAL supports digital curriculum publishers, with Mawhiba in Saudi Arabia and TWIG as clients. WCAL supported TWIG in delivering a Science Improvement Programme in Malaysia. Martin is an advisor to the Zambia Examinations Council. He was one of the original founding directors of the e-Assessment Association. WCAL contributed collaborative problem solving resources to the Cisco, Intel and Microsoft Assessing and Teaching 21st Century Skills project. Martin provided strategic advice and business planning support to the OECD covering the implementation of computer delivered assessments for PISA 2015. Martin is an adviser to the World Bank and the New York Hall of Science. WCAL was a member of the consortium that delivered the PISA 2015 and TIMSS 2015 assessment projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. WCAL develops and publishes digital resources for schools including World Class Tests (assessments of maths and problem solving) and Pipiatum (a language App series for primary schools). Martin is a non-executive Director of ACER International and is chair of governors at Lilian Baylis Technology School in London. He is a member of the Cresco school academy partnership in Basildon and a trustee of the Basildon Excellence Panel. Martin has spent 20 years in test development. He worked for 15 years at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Whilst there he successfully managed all business process involved in key stage 1, 2 and 3 statutory tests; led operational (distribution, marking, awarding) activities for key stage tests; developed new national assessment instruments – eg, World Class Tests, key stage 3 ICT tests, Key & Basic Skills Tests and led QCA’s Research and Development function – eg, project eSCAPE, SODiT, eVIVA, B-Sim. He has been at the heart of innovation in the design of tests in England. He was appointed in 2004, by the QCA’s CEO, to establish the organisation’s strategy for technology and he created and headed QCA’s eStrategy Unit. This successfully established QCA’s eStrategy, winning international recognition and in 2005 the Unit won the 2005 Computing Award for Innovative Project of the Year and the 2005 eGovernment Award for Excellence in a Public Sector Body.

  • Judging: Export Award
Emma Beatty
  • Emma Beatty
  • Emma Beatty is CEM’s Director of Technology. She has worked in a number of UK-based technology companies before moving into the education sector. Emma is passionate about the future technology can play in assessment and measuring what matters. Her key interests are eAssessment, data for longitudinal tracking and bringing meaning to data in the education sector. Data is not in short supply but good quality analytics which are based on good evidence of what works are urgently needed in education to ensure the value of assessment is maximised. Emma has played a significant role in establishing excellent, research-based assessment tools to help educators have a fair and informed understanding of each of their learner’s strengths and weaknesses. This has informed practice and policy around the world and crucially has supported the personalised learning of millions of young people.

  • Judging: Research Award
Jeff Ross
  • Jeff Ross
  • Jeff Ross is an Independent Prince II project manager and consultant with expertise in e-Assessment, e-learning and the use of IT and internet technologies in education, learning and training, including instructional design and qualification development. Previously he was a senior manager with a major awarding body, where he was responsible for change management programmes associated with the introduction of ICT solutions to the delivery of education services and qualifications. He is a frequent visitor and collaborator with educational institutions in the UK and in India. His background is in IT, education, publishing, logistics and business operations. He is a director at both Assessment Tomorrow and UK Skills. In his spare time he travels, loves music of all kinds, books and moaning about the state of English Cricket.

  • Judging: Best Institution Award
Judy Bloxham
  • Judy Bloxham
  • Judy’s interest in elearning and eassessment began whilst teaching in the FE and Skills sector. Working for Jisc brought an opportunity to develop interests in emerging and innovative technologies. This included research into practice around the use of BYOD, eassessment for formative assessment, augmented and virtual reality, and open badges amongst other areas. Judy served on the board of the eAssessment Association furthering her interest in how technology could be used to improve and advance practices in assessment. This interest led to delivering CPD to teaching staff around the use of a variety of MCQ tools and best practice for writing questions. Judy’s work in innovative technology has led to presenting at conferences across the UK and into Europe, and the publication of research papers. She has also worked in the private sector with SaaS, accountancy, yacht management services, learning management and assessment, and as an independent consultant for the use of technology in learning and assessment.

  • Judging: Innovation Award
Stephen Wright
  • Stephen Wright
  • Stephen joined the vocational qualifications sector over 25 years ago in the time of Training Enterprise Councils (TECs) and rose rapidly to become UK & Ireland Manager for Pitman Qualifications (City & Guilds Group) and one of the youngest General Managers at Edexcel. Spells as Director and CEO of training providers and smaller professional awarding bodies gave him a broad insight into the sector which has provided a strong foundation for his existing role as CEO of the Federation of Awarding Bodies.

  • Judging: Best Use of Summative Assessment Award
Chris Peat
  • Chris Peat
  • 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.

  • Judging: Best Institution Award
Juliette Mendelovits
  • Juliette Mendelovits
  • Juliette Mendelovits is a Research Director in the Assessment and Psychometric Research Division of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Juliette led framework and test development for PISA’s first Digital Reading Assessment (2009), a study of 25 000 students in 19 countries, and edited the digital reading component of the OECD report PISA 2009 Results: Students On Line. Digital Technologies and Performance Volume VI; OECD 2011). More recently she has co-directed the development of an online assessment for initial teacher education students for the Commonwealth of Australia. Juliette is currently based in London, as Research Director and General Manager of ACER International UK.

  • Judging: Best Use of Summative Assessment Award
Lisa Gray
  • Lisa Gray
  • Lisa Gray is a Senior Co-Design Manager within the Student Experience team at Jisc, providing leadership on the use of technology-enhanced learning and teaching in Higher and Further Education. For 10 years she has led a range of innovation and change programmes on the themes of technology-enhanced assessment and curriculum transformation. Lisa has spoken widely on the many ways that technology can enhance assessment and feedback and on the use of e-portfolios to support learning, and has orchestrated a range of highly regarded activities in these areas including the development of advice and guidance materials and national workshops.

  • Judging: Export Award
Robin Street
  • Robin Street
  • Robin trained as a secondary history teacher in 2000 at Homerton College Cambridge under the tutelage of Christine Counsell, who remains to this day Robin's greatest inspiration as an educator. He taught for seven years at Dame Alice Owens school in Potters Bar, recently awarded the Sunday Times Secondary School of the year. There he helped to also develop their citizenship curriculum. In 2007 he became Assistant headteacher at Villiers High School in Southall which was at the time a leading light in the areas of learning to learn and student voice. He began to work at this time with the SSAT running training program for student voice and student lesson observers. He also worked closely with Amnesty International in the development of the their Human Rights Friendly School Award. At Villiers he became Deputy Head before taking on the post of Vice Principal of the UCL Academy in January 2012. Working with the founding Principal Geraldine Davies, Robin has helped lead the school through its development to become a well established and successful secondary Academy in Camden. The Academy's approach to curriculum development, assessment and education of the whole child are recognised as key strengths. The Academy's ethos is to be open and research engaged in all areas of its work. It is committed as an institution to support and explore best practices nationally and internationally. Robin is honoured to have been invited to part of the judging panel and looks forward to working with his colleague judges in recognising and celebrating excellence in the areas of e-Assessment.

  • Judging: Best Use of Formative Assessment Award
Alison McCree
  • Alison McCree
  • Alison McCree BSc, PGCE, MA has been involved in education in various guises for many years. Having taught in Japan, Denmark and the UK she joined the University of Hertfordshire as a professional development lead for the Science Learning Centre in 2007 and subsequently been involved in managing educational programmes in the STEM arena. Since becoming Director of Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors at its new home at the University of Hertfordshire, Alison has focused on the development of assessment training and management of the membership and services of the CIEA

  • Judging: Best Use of Formative Assessment Award
Mark Dawe
  • Mark Dawe
  • Mark was appointed as the new Chief Executive of AELP in March 2016 succeeding Stewart Segal following his announcement to step down in January 2016. He is on the Board of WorldSkills Uk and the UfI Trust as well as a range of government boards such as the SFA / EFA advisory board and the DfE’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board. Most recently, Mark Dawe was the chief executive of OCR, the exam board, for 5 years. He is currently a governor of Sawston Village College and Stapleford Community Primary School and a scout leader. Mark has a wealth of experience across a board spectrum in the education field. Prior to his role at OCR, Mark was Principal of Oaklands FE College having been Deputy Director and AELP Board Director, FE Strategy at the Department of Education and Skills and before that as Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit after joining the department in 2003. Having read Economics at Cambridge University before qualifying as a chartered accountant at KPMG, Mark joined Canterbury College, becoming Head of Corporate Services in 1994. In 2000, he helped set up eGS, an e-procurement provider to the public sector.

  • Judging: Best Institution