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Judging for Most Innovative Use of Technology in Assessment

eAAwards 2021

Our Judges

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Matt Wingfield

e-Assessment Association Chief Executive; Independent Consultant; Director, Edtech Horizons

With over twenty-nine years experience within the education market as a teacher and working in a variety of roles for technology providers, Matt has built up a significant understanding of the issues relating to the use of e-assessment within education. In 2010 Matt joined the board of the e-Assessment Association as the association’s Membership Secretary, and then in 2012 he was elected as Chairman, with a focus on supporting the association’s remit to support and inform policy-makers, providers and educators in the use of e-assessment as part of learning delivery.

Until recently Matt was Chief Business Development Officer for leading evidence-based assessment technology provider Digital Assess, a role that has seen him work closely with a number of leading assessment providers and awarding organisations. Matt now works as an independent consultant within the educational technology sector, supporting technology providers with market strategy development, and both awarding bodies and educators in maximising the positive impact of technology on assessment delivery.

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Claudia Bickford-Smith

Director of Education Services at Oxford University Press

Overseeing Assessment and Impact Services across international and local businesses. Claudia is partnering with some of the world's biggest online platforms to deliver standardized assessments, also developing competency-based assessments to match reform requirements in countries with large student cohorts. She oversees cross-functional teams across development, assessment, technology and operations, as well as sales and marketing divisions, to deliver online digital tests, new platforms for schools, searchable test item platforms and ecommerce to support the sale of the new services, while also engaging specialist panels/focus groups and UX trial groups to work with the programmes of continual trialling and usability research for products in development.

Claudia has experience in modernizing portfolios of international qualifications, ensuring learning outcomes align with assessment objectives, while also matching assessment requirements to technical capabilities (test delivery including auto marking, human marking, student and institutional reporting as well as benchmarking), updating processes and procedures documentation to support this. She has coordinated teams to define and implement short- to longer-term strategies and accompanying roadmaps for innovation in digital assessments and services, working closely with technology colleagues to define test-delivery needs (authoring, item bank and meta data), data strategy on learner performance and best-practice vendor selection.

Claudia brings over 30 years' experience of developing learning content and assessment solutions across a wide range of local and international contexts and has developed bespoke curricula, assessments, consultancy and training for Ministries of Education in Kazakhstan, Oman, UAE, Macedonia, Mongolia and Singapore.

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Helen Claydon

Head of UK Test Development and Senior Research Fellow, ACER UK

Helen is an experienced test developer and assessment manager. She has worked in assessment, including e-assessment, for 25 years. In this time she has led a variety of projects developing summative and formative assessments for ages from 6 years-old to adult. Her experience covers all aspects of the assessment development process, including assessment design, item writing and review, trialling, test construction and standard setting.

Helen currently works at the UK office of the Australian Council of Educational Research, where she leads the UK Test Development Team. Helen holds a Masters degree in Education; she is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and a practitioner of AEA-Europe. Previous organisations where she has worked include National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), Edexcel, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Standards and Testing Agency (STA).

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Alistair Fryer-Bovill

Senior Director - Global Marketing, Credentialing, PSI Services

Alistair is an accomplished sales and marketing strategist, with extensive knowledge and experience within the learning and assessment technologies sector dating back over 30 years. Alistair joined PSI when it acquired EnlightKS is 2016. Prior to his role as Director of Marketing with EnlightKS, he was Managing Director and co-owner of learning technology specialist BdM Development. In that role he was able to build a successful business over 17 years, implementing learning management systems and eLearning programmes in over 20 coutnries, for customers ranging from SMEs to FTSE 100 companies.

As Senior Director of Global Marketing for the Credentialing business unit, Alistair has responsibility for coordinating efforts across all markets to drive awareness of PSI credentialing offering, articulate its vision and values, build brand equity and maximise sales opportunitites. He has been directly involved in volume high-stales testing programmes for corporate, educational and public sector customers. A technical background and continued interest in enabling technologies has given Alistair a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in this sector. He passionately believes that learning and assessment technologies are a key enabler of business growth.