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Judging for Best Research

eAAwards 2020

Our Judges


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. Twitter @davewhy


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.


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.


Peter Alston

With a background in information systems and web development/programming, and a PhD in eResearch & Technology Enhanced Learning, Pete is a Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching position at BPP University. His PhD thesis presented an institutional ethnography aimed at uncovering influential factors in the design and implementation of electronic assessment within HE.

Previously, he was Director of Learning Solutions at Laureate Online Education with responsibility for cultivating relationships with partner institutions, and providing strategic vision and oversight for the design and development of academic programs. Prior to joining Laureate, Pete was a Lecturer (Learning Technology) at the University of Liverpool, providing strategic direction on the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in the School of Life Sciences, and taking a proactive and lead approach to the development of new ways of using learning technologies, social media and other web-based technologies within education. He also held a Senior Lecturer position in the Department of Computing at Edge Hill University, contributing to the teaching and project supervision on the Web Systems Development pathway, and served as a Senior SOLSTICE Fellow, to take a pro-active and lead approach to develop, broaden and deepen the impact of technology enhanced learning throughout the faculty and across the University.