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 four 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-March 2018, shortlisted entrants will be invited to present directly to the panel of judges in their category, in the form of an online interview. Judges may provide questions or guidance in advance to those shortlisted entrants if there are specific areas of the entry they wish to understand better. Otherwise, the entrant is invited to give a short online presentation followed by a Q&A session with all the judges. Any number of colleagues can join the online interview stage.

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.

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: Excellence in Export
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 UK office of the Australian Council of Educational Research. 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
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 Formative Assessment
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: Innovation
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: Best Use of Formative Assessment
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: Innovation
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: Excellence in Export
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: Innovation
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: Best Use of Summative Assessment
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 Transformational Project
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 Use of Summative Assessment
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 Research
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 Summative Assessment
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 Transformational Project
Gareth Hopkins
  • Gareth Hopkins
  • Gareth has worked in e-assessment since joining City & Guilds in 2005, where he is currently the specialist on e-volve, the organisation’s summative e-assessment platform. When Gareth started most of his time was spent building and delivering banks of Multiple Choice questions, but for the past few years he’s been primarily involved in supporting the use of Advanced Question Types to broaden the methods of assessment used. The most prominent examples of this are their Functional Skills tests, which use written-response, bespoke Mathematics question types, and ‘in-app’ tools. Gareth has also built a reputation for taking off-the-shelf tools in the system and using them in ways they weren’t originally intended to be used (in a good way). Gareth is most proficient at the practical side of developing e-assessment content, taking the requirements of item writers and examiners and delivering them in the most appropriate way possible. This has meant that he has developed a keen instinct for, and interest in, what makes assessment valid – which has in turn fuelled a desire to make e-assessment accessible to all users wherever possible.

  • Judging: Best Transformational Project
Dr Stuart Kime
  • Dr Stuart Kime
  • Director of Education at Evidence Based Education (EBE). Dr Stuart Kime is a qualified teacher and former school leader, researcher and DfE Policy Fellow. Stuart’s doctoral research (supervised by Prof. Rob Coe and Prof. Steve Higgins at Durham University) focused on improving student outcomes by evaluating teaching quality; he was awarded Durham University’s Prize for Outstanding Postgraduate Studies for this work. Creating meaningful connections between research, policy and practice is at the core of Stuart’s work. He and the EBE team train and advise thousands of teachers and school leaders annually in the use of research evidence and assessment processes; they also work with charities, universities and government departments. Stuart was the Collier Scholar at Durham University from 2011 to 2014, and a Policy Fellow at the DfE from 2014 – 2015. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the journal Impact, and holds a visiting position at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen in Germany, where he teaches the Research and Practice course.

  • Judging: Best Research
Janet Garcia
  • Janet Garcia
  • Janet Garcia is a business leader with a formidable track record of growing learning technology businesses across UK and Internationally. Janet was Managing Director of e-assessment, e-learning and talent measurement businesses Thirdforce, MindLeaders and Intuition prior to her current position as President for PSI’s International business. PSI, headquartered in the USA, have over 70 years’ experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, government agencies, awarding bodies and educational institutions. PSI have a full solution offering from test development, delivery and results processing with a focus on flexibility and innovation. Janet is leading the rapid expansion of PSI across EMEA and globally, and is passionate about driving results for customers and improving assessment delivery to candidates across the world.

  • Judging: Excellence in Export
Mike Dawe
  • Mike Dawe
  • Mike is a freelance consultant in Skills Development with expertise in building commercial operations internationally, and in the contribution of Skills Development to economic growth. Until 4 months ago Mike was Managing Director of City & Guilds International, which offered education and training services in Europe, Middle East, Southern and Eastern Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. Since then Mike has worked on projects funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and with vocational education companies wishing to grow their businesses overseas. Mike joined City & Guilds International after heading City & Guilds’ Centre for Skills Development (CSD) which used research to inform policy-makers and practitioners. Before working with CSD, Mike managed a team that introduced technological solutions into vocational education, including e-learning and e-assessment. He was responsible for the implementation of City & Guilds' on-screen assessment solution - the first of its kind in the UK's Further Education sector. Prior to working at City & Guilds Mike researched regulation of, and the financial returns to, management of arid land areas for organisations in the wildlife industry in Southern Africa. His work was aimed at supporting economic growth and he developed a lasting interest in how commercial success can drive broader social development - a subject that continues to drive his views in his current role.

  • Judging: Innovation
Martin Ripley
  • Martin Ripley
  • Martin owns and runs World Class Arena Limited (WCAL) in West London, providing e-assessment consultancy and project management advice to a number of organisations. WCAL also develops and publishes digital resources. Clients include the UK Civil Aviation Authority, ACCA, CFA Institute, ABRSM, Driving Skills Agency, Pearson, and RWCMD. WCAL supports digital curriculum publishers, with Mawhiba in Saudi Arabia and TWIG as clients, supporting TWIG in delivering a Science Improvement Programme in Malaysia. Martin is an advisor to the Zambia Examinations Council. 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. One of the original founding directors of the e-Assessment Association, Martin has spent 20 years in test development and alongside WCAL, Martin is also a non-executive Director of ACER International and chair of governors at Lilian Baylis Technology School in London.

  • Judging: Best Use of Summative Assessment
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 provided a strong foundation for his most recent role as CEO of the Federation of Awarding Bodies.

  • Judging: Best Use of Formative Assessment
Patrick Craven
  • Patrick Craven
  • Patrick has over 25 years’ experience in the field of accreditation, assessment design and educational technology. From the design of educational resources with MESU/NCET and BECTa to running of post-sales technology support departments with an Apple Computer reseller, his career has always addressed the fusion of education, skills development and assessment technologies. For the last 15 years this work has focused on the specific field of learning and assessment research and development linked to Government Policy and national accreditation programmes. This spanned work with the RSA Examinations Board, OCR Examinations, Cambridge Assessment Group and now he leads on Policy, Product Research/Design and Stakeholder Engagement for City & Guilds. This role considers the growing impact of Policy and new technologies on the learning and assessment industry. It also identifies initiatives to enable City & Guilds to develop and extend the range and quality of learning and assessment products and services they offer. Patrick is Vice Chair of the e-Assessment Association and also sits on the Board of the UK e-Assessment Advisory Group, Joint Council for Qualifications and is an advisory member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies Board. He sits on the planning committee for the European Association of Test Publishers Conference and is a member of the Society of Leadership Fellows.

  • Judging: Best Research