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Judging for Best Workplace or Talent Assessment Project

eAAwards 2021

Our Judges


Graham Hudson

e-Assessment Association Secretary, Independent Consultant at GA Partnerships Ltd

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.

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Linda Steedman

eCom CEO - Assessment Consultant

Linda is an internationally recognised expert with over 25 years' continuous practice in the field of eAssessment and eLearning. As a former Senior Manager within a further education college, Linda is familiar with not only the 'coal-face' issues of deployment and learner engagement, but also from the supply-side of obtaining commitment from customers and ensuring customer success.

Linda is a current member of the Scottish Government Trade Board, member and secretary for the IEEE -SA Recommended Practices for Competency Development P1484.20.2 project, is a past board member of the e-Assessment Association, past chair of the eLearning Alliance and still takes an active part in the learning research community.

As a business owner for over 20 years, Linda has built eCom into a business that employs over 40 consultants and technical experts. In 2014, Linda opened the eCom USA subsidiary supplying products and services into International markets. By combining technical leadership entrepreneurship, strategic management and overall financial contril with key skills of project management, and learning design, Linda has created a successful leadership blend - inspiring both customers and staff with a coherent vision and the results to match.

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Chris Peat OBE

Customer Services Director, Axia Digital

Chris has extensive experience of how adults of all ages learn and develop and how technology can be used to capture the impact of that learning on professional practice. The company recently created an Irish subsidiary, whose offices are at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Dublin.

Chris was previously a member of the e-Assessment Association Board and was actively involved in the creation of the annual awards. He chaired the judging panel of two previous occasions. He has worked with professional bodies and Universities in the UK and Ireland to develop innovative ways to help professionals plan and structure their development. Axia Digital have also successfully transformed previous paper based assessment systems and made them digital. The compnay currently provides the online practice-based assessment systems for the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland; for all Foundation and Core Dentists in England and Wales and for all pharmacists enrolled on the assessment programmes supported by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. They also provide sites to support the practice assessment of nurses, midwives, and other allied health professionals at several Universities.

The company's work with the Society and College of Radiographers received an Innovation in Learning Award in 2015. Previously Chris was awarded the OBE in recognition of his services to Adult Learning in Leeds.

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Liam Simington

Assessment Manager, Assessment Standards and Innovations at the Chartered Insurance Institute

Liam has experience as a test developer, teacher and now manages assessment processes and practice at The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) in London, where he has developed significant expertise in electronic assessments for professional qualifications.

Liam is a member of the AEA Europe eAssessment SIG Steering Group.