Judging for Innovation


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.


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.


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.


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.