Judges

Judges

Genelle Aldred

Genelle Aldred is a communications professional and has worked in media for over ten years, including most recently as a freelance newsreader for ITN. She has also worked for the BBC, ITV and ITN Productions, after gaining a Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism.


Dr Neelam Parmar

Neelam is the director of e-Learning at Ashford School, Author and blogger - Digital Parenting & Digital Literacy books as well as numerous academic publications. Neelam is a member of the DfE's Edtech Leadership group, and is a sought-after keynote speaker and presenter around the world. Neelam has won numerous awards including the Excellence in eLearning Award in Mumbai at the World Congress Education Conference.



Vikki Liogier

Vikki is the National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). She joined the ETF in 2018 from Epping Forrest College where she was Head of Digital Literacy, Voice & Innovation. Vikki has been at the forefront of designing the ETF's EdTech Strategy and developing and delivering the ETF’s digital teaching support including the development of the Digital Teaching Professional Framework, the competency framework for teaching and training practitioners across all parts of the Further Education (FE) sector and the award winning Enhance Digital Teaching Platform.




Laura O'Hare

Laura is the Further Education Manager at Texthelp and she passionately champions Texthelp’s student support tools, to help colleges deliver inclusion and accessibility to each and every student. Currently in her seventh year with the company, Laura has had the opportunity to work across both full time and further education. Her current full time FE-focused role sees her travelling to colleges and events throughout the UK and Ireland, to share the benefits of assistive technologies for student learning and teaching support. She supports colleges in onboarding Texthelp tools, such as Read&Write and EquatIO, to empower students within the areas of literacy, maths, continual assessment and formal exams, and help them to reach their full potential.

Professor Steven Heppell

Professor Stephen Heppell is CEO of Heppell.net and Professor of The Felipe Segovia Chair of Learning Innovation at Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid

Stephen’s “eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground” approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognised leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology.

A school teacher for more than a decade, and a professor since 1989, Stephen has worked, and is working, with learner led projects, with governments around the world, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, with schools and communities, with his PhD students and with many influential trusts and organisations.

Al Kingsley

Al is Chair of a Multi Academy Trust in Peterborough, sits on the Regional Schools Commissioners Head Teachers board for the East of England and North London and is an East of England Apprenticeship Ambassador. Al has been involved in Education Technology for 30 years. He is Managing Director of our sponsor, International Education Software vendor, NetSupport, who specialise in School IT management, classroom Instructional Tech and Safeguarding solutions. Recognised in the 2020 “EdTech 50” People shaping the UK EdTech sector, he speaks regularly on topics encompassing building a schools Digital Strategy."

Jamie Smith

Educator, author, speaker and entrepreneur passionate about enabling people to achieve more with technology. Jamie is the co-owner of a number of technology companies making a difference in education. He is the Executive Chairman of Google Premier Education Partner, C-Learning, a TEDx speaker 'Education in the Digital Age', author of 'Making Money From Stocks and Shares' and a regular feature writer for FE News. In his career Jamie has worked in higher education, further education and schools at board level and was recently the Chair of the Board of an outstanding school. Keen mountain-biker and seafood fanatic.

Bob Harrison

Bob is a board member of the UfI Trust, a £60m charity supporting innovative developments in the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment in further vocational and adult education. He is a Judge for the BETT Awards, TES FE Awards, Learning Remained awards, E-Assessment awards and the EdTechUK awards. Bob has worked with head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College of School Leadership, was the adviser to DfES on the FE Principals Qualification, was Digital/e-learning adviser for the DfES Standards Unit and was the lead on Digital Futures for the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme where he designed and delivered the programme at National level for several local authorities.