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Judging for Best International Implementation

eAAwards 2021

Our Judges

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Martha Gibson

e-Assessment Manager, Heriot-Watt University; Enhancement Programme Manager for Heriot-Watt Online, e-Assessment Association Executive Board Member.

Martha has been the e-Assessment Manager at Heriot-Watt University since 2015. In that time, she transitioned the traditional pen and paper exams for the distance global MBA programme to e-assessment. She is now the Enhancement Programme Manager for Heriot-Watt Online, developing and managing innovative projects to enhance the online courses and assessment.

With 27 years’ experience in teaching, learning and assessment, Martha has worked in several countries worldwide. She has a PG Diploma in Digital Education with specialism in e-assessment from the University of Edinburgh. She is particularly interested in the theme of global digital divides and bringing online assessment to those who previously could not access it.

In 2017, in the first year of the E-Assessment Association Awards, Martha won in the Export category for Heriot-Watt University and was Highly Commended in the Best Institution Category. For the e-Assessment Association, Martha is the Sponsorship Secretary, liaising with the sponsors of the Association and has been a Judge for the e-Assessment Awards for the last 3 years.

Martyn Roads 2021

Martyn Roads

Martyn was an independent education and assessment consultant. He spent 13 years in Further Education, developing and managing a wide range of vocational programmes before joining the assessment organisation 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 20 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 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. For the last 16 years he has also been jointly responsible for many successful conferences, seminars and events across the globe focussed on Skills Development and the use of IT in assessment, most recently supporting the Beyond Multiple Choice Conferences based in Washington DC. He is now happily retired but still takes a keen interest in the world of e-assessment.


Mike Dawe

Senior Consultant, Skills Development

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. Mike was formerly 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.

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Tim Downie

Managing Director of Adactia Consulting Ltd

Tim has been a board member of the E-Assessment Association since 2015 and has led the work to develop the business plan and strategy for the development of the Association. Tim is Managing Director of Adactia Consulting Ltd, who are strategy and sales effectiveness advisors to UK & Global Ed-Tech & Assessment services providers.

Tim has extensive experience of the Assessment Sector having been Sales & Marketing Director for RM Results for 8 years and prior to that Director of Business Development for RM Education. In those roles Tim worked with leading assessment organisations and awarding bodies in the UK, Africa, India, Asia Pacific, Oceania, Europe, Caribbean and North America to support their transition to on-screen marking and digital assessment. Tim was proud that RM Results sponsored the e-Assessment Association's Innovative Use of Assessment Award from the founding of the awards and were also the winners of the Excellence in Export in 2019.

Tim is passionate about the positive impact that the effective use of technology can have upon teachers and learners, especially in helping to ensure fair, valid and accurate assessment. Tim strongly supports the e-Assessment Awards as they provide a platform for the sharing and celebration of good practice in many different settings and help to promote innovation and creativity across the sector.