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Judging for Innovation

eAAwards 2020

Our Judges

Professor Graham Orpwood

Graham Orpwood

Graham is currently Director of International Programs for Vretta, an award-winning multi-national e-assessment and e-learning company, which has recently become a Silver Sponsor of EAA.  He is also Professor Emeritus of Education at York University (Toronto, Canada), where his teaching and research was focused on mathematics, science and assessment.

Graham was science coordinator for the first phase of TIMSS and has led large-scale e-assessment projects in Ontario primary schools and the (FE) college sector. Prior to his academic career, Graham was a teacher, researcher, and ministerial policy advisor. Graham’s career has included teaching positions in England, Canada and the USA and invited consulting work in China, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Bahrain and Oman. Graham brings his experience to support the growth of the Association and the promotion of assessment as a tool to support students’ learning.

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Emma Hall

Business Development Manager, BTL Learning & Assessment, Emma has worked in e-assessment since joining BTL in 2011, supporting many UK and international awarding organisations with their assessment programmes. Emma was responsible for leading the BTL Documentation and Training Team until 2016, where she oversaw the production of help and support guidance for e-assessment software. Emma also worked with organisations to plan and deliver training programs designed to show users how to make best use of the technology. Working with new e-assessment users provided a great understanding of the challenges and demands of moving to a new assessment system, which Emma now applies to helping organisations through the process of selecting and implementing new solutions.

Her work with new e-assessment adopters has given Emma a keen interest in how we can better support people facing this change, to ensure the least stressful experience for every e-assessment user and candidate.


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 (, The Virtual College plc ( and his current business, AlphaPlus (, 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.