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2012 Speakers

Bob Penrose
Bob started work as a teacher and progressed to working for AQA for 33 years as variously Subject Manager, Project Manager for World Class tests and finally as Principal Manager for Technology.  The latter involved looking at new technologies and applications that could benefit the awarding organisation and centres in areas of teaching, learning and on-screen assessment. He spent a year on secondment to Becta as Head of e-Assessment developing their e-assessment strategy before its unfortunate closure.  Bob was a founding member of the e-Assessment Advisory Group and represented AQA for eight years. He has been a board member of the e-Assessment Association for three years and remains a member. Bob retired at the end of last year and now does some consultancy work in e-assessment. He has presented at e-assessment and education conferences

John Winkley
John has worked extensively in e-assessment, having spent over 10 years developing three businesses (,BTL Groupwww.btl.comand Virtual now enjoy market leading positions delivering services in these areas.  Clients include: Edexcel, SQA, TDA, UFI learndirect, BBC, DfE and BIS, QCDA, STA, Ofqual, JISC, the Home Office, the Driving Standards Agency and several international projects.  The assessments delivered cover both formative and summative settings, at all phases of education from primary through to Further and Higher Education, and vocational settings.  John started out as a technologist with a degree in Engineering and a first career at BTL and Virtual College, helping to design and build technology systems for assessment and learning.  In 2005, having worked extensively with AlphaPlus as a partner on large e-assessment projects, John joined them as a director.    AlphaPlus is an education consultancy specialising in Evaluation, assessment and research.  With technological advances making e-assessment reliable, affordable and deployable at scale, the challenge today is ensuring the systems deliver the educational benefits required, and this is where much of his work in e-assessment is focused today. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and a board member of the e-Assessment Association (  He is Chair of Governors at Beckfoot School (a large secondary school in Bingley, West Yorkshire) and a governor of Hazelbeck School, a secondary specialist school co-located on the same site. 

John Kerr
John Kerr is former CEO of the Edexcel Foundation. John trained as a lawyer and held senior positions with the London Stock Exchange and FSA before his career in education.  At the Edge Foundation John sponsored 3 city academies and commissioned the Edge Hotel School. John is advisor and strategy consultant for a number of government  agencies  and private education bodies in UK and internationally. John chairs the new awarding body UKAA which aims to fully utilise new technologies to provide a customised and personal  assessment solutions  

Patrick Craven
Patrick Craven,  Domain Lead - Assessment Functions, Cambridge Assessment. Initially qualified as a Designer, he has over 20 years experience in the field of educational technology.  From the design of educational resources with the Microelectronics Support Unit (MESU), National Council for Educational Technology (NCET) and BECTa (British Education and Communications Technology Agency) to running of post-sales technology support departments for KRCS (Apple Computer reseller), his career has always addressed the fusion of education and new technologies.  For the last 15 years this work has focussed on the specific field of assessment technology research and development for the RSA Examinations Board, OCR Examinations and now their parent organisation Cambridge Assessment.  This role considers the growing impact of new technologies on the assessment industry and identifies projects to enable Cambridge Assessment to develop and extend the range and quality of assessment products and services they offer.  In this time he has overseen early forays into automated assessment of skills/competence exams ( Word Processing and CLAiT), large scale roll out of computer based and assisted assessment (Key Skills) and research into the challenges and opportunities presented by adoption in the ‘high stakes’ National testing arena. Throughout this period he has remained committed to the notion of ‘fit for purpose’ assessment based on evidence-based research.  Patrick is Chief Editor of the International Journal of e-Assessment, sits on the Board of the e-Assessment Association  and the UK eAssessment Advisory Group and is a member of the planning committee for the Computer-Assisted Assessment Conference  and European ATP Conference.

Professor Daniel Khan OBE
Professor Daniel Khan OBE has significant education experience ranging from primary and secondary schools through to Further Education Colleges and Universities. He is currently Chief Executive of Open College Network London who provides National Qualifications in a range of Academic and Vocational areas. He has served on the Boards of several companies and Voluntary Organisations and also held senior leadership positions in Local Government. Professor Khan is an International conference speaker with a specialism in Leadership.  He is a strong advocate for improving Access and Widening Participation and he believes the whole E-Learning agenda is fundamental to achieving this objective.

Erwin Van Schaffelaar
Director Business Development Cito International at Cito. Erwin works in business development at Cito in the Netherlands. Before he came to work for Cito, he specialised in process optimisation within the production and process industry.
Now, together with Cito’s International team, he is responsible for the international market where his focus is mainly on European countries. His main objective is supporting countries to improve the quality of their education by developing a monitoring system built on their curriculum. He is a big supporter of an assessment system that tracks pupils’ progress, as a tool to help schools enhance their educational level. Erwin believes that ‘No child left behind’ should be the foundation of all education programmes.
Active in:
2012: Steering Committee E-ATP
2012: Executive Committee ATP
2011: Chair European Association of Test Publishers (E-ATP)

Ramon Eixarch
Ramon Eixarch is co-founder and Director of Maths for More. The company is well known for the suite of maths tools for education WIRIS. Ramon and the company have worked with Ministries of Education, Universities and Publishers to improve STEM education around the world. In last few years the company has focused on providing solutions for mathematics in LMS. Hundreds of thousands use WIRIS tools in Moodle and Sakai environments. Ramon has also taken part in several European Research projects around mathematics, assessment, multilingual content management and accessibility. Very recently WIRIS tools have been integrated into QuestionMark online products. Ramon received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona Tech).

Gavin Cooney
Gavin Cooney is co-founder and CEO of Learnosity. He is well known in Learning and Assessment circles and has spoken widely on the subject. Gavin works closely with leading companies and institutions around the world such as Pearson, ETS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, British Council, Cambridge ESOL, AQA, The Open University as well as the Irish and Australian governments, primarily on speech based learning and assessment. More recently Gavin and Learnosity have brought their expertise to the educational publishing sphere, offering publishers simple yet powerful tools to integrate assessment into their ebooks, LMSs and other digital products. Educational materials featuring Learnosity technology will be used by hundreds of thousands of students in 2012. Gavin has a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin (UCD) and a Masters of Business Studies from the Smurfit School of Business, Ireland. Prior to founding Gavin was a University lecturer. A little known fact, in educational circles, is that Gavin is an avid collector of classic ABBA memorabilia.

Geoff Chapman
Geoff has over 15 years international management experience, of which 12 years have been in e-Assessment. He has worked in 15 countries and has delivered speeches on e-Assessment in the USA, Europe and the UK. Geoff was responsible for the e-Assessment research projects 'Driver and Barriers' and the follow-up 'Acceptance and Usage'. As Business Development Director for Calibrand, Geoff is responsible for leading a team to create and protect revenue from new and existing customers such as Learn Direct, Construction Skills and NEBOSH in the UK and internationally.  In June 2011, Geoff was appointed as the e-Assessment Association’s marketing lead, developing relationships with corporate sponsors, increasing the Association’s reach with its membership and boosting its presence through social media and developing the Association’s website.  A graduate of both University of Salford and Staffordshire University, Geoff also led the successful entry to win the 2011 e-Assessment Scotland Award for Facilitating e-Assessment.
Chris Sangwin
Chris Sangwin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. From 2000-2011 he was seconded half time to the UK Higher Education Academy "Maths Stats and OR Network" to promote learning and teaching of university mathematics. In 2006 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. His learning and teaching interests include (i) automatic assessment of mathematics using computer algebra, and (ii) problem solving using Moore method and similar student-centred approaches. Chris Sangwin is the author of a number of books, including "How Round is Your Circle", which is an attempt to promote the links between mathematics and engineering using physical models.

Professor Cliff Beevers
Professor Cliff Beevers OBE taught Mathematics for over thirty years at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and was granted the title Professor Emeritus in 2005. Cliff worked for over two decades in the area of Computer Aided Assessment, mainly in the field of Mathematics. Through projects like CALM, MathWise, Interactive PastPapers, SCHOLAR and PASS-IT he sought to enhance the student experience in both secondary and tertiary education. Cliff is currently the Chairman of the burgeoning e-Assessment Association.

Graham Hudson
Graham Hudson is Director of Electronic Assessment at DRS Data Services Limited.  Graham has nearly 30 years experience of managing and delivering large-scale, time critical national examinations, including the marking of national tests in England.  Graham’s has a keen interest in using technology to help improve examination processes and to improve the reliability and accuracy of marking, which has been the major focus of his work whilst at DRS.  Graham is a well-known speaker at many of the major international assessment conferences.

Clare Minchington
Clare Minchington is Executive Director of Learning for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). ACCA is the global body for professional accountants with 140,000 members and 404,000 students in 170 countries. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Chemistry, Clare qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse. Prior to joining ACCA she was Chair of the MBA Financial Strategy course at the Open University Business School. Clare has served as a technical adviser to IFAC’s International Accounting Education Standards Board since 2006 and became a board member in January 2012. Clare is also a member of the Board of Advisors to the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER) and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) Examination Board

Dave Patrick
Dave Patrick, Senior Product Manager for e-marking, RM, Dave Patrick, Senior Product Manager for e-marking, RM, Senior Product Manager - eMarking, RM Assessment. Following 7 years as a teacher and head of department in secondary schools Dave became a lecturer in teacher training and then joined RM Education in 1990. Dave has worked in international business development, as senior publisher within the RM Education Software division and as product manager for a wide range of RM’s hardware and software solutions. As project director and key architect of BECTA’s project to devise a common file interchange format for interactive whiteboards, Dave worked with a range of diverse and competitive interactive whiteboard suppliers to agree and specify a file interchange format. Building on his assessment experience as product manager of RM’s test delivery and test authoring solutions, Dave is now product manager for RM’s highly successful Scoris Assessor on-screen marking system and has worked with a wide variety of current and potential awarding institution adopters. Key principles to ensure e-marking success. Adopting e-marking is a significant business process change and it is essential to manage the transition carefully and to minimise risk. We have worked with many international awarding bodies to provide e-marking services, including Cambridge Assessment, the International Baccalaureate, ACCA and City & Guilds, and in the last year our scoris Assessor e-marking solution has been used to mark over 100 million examination pages. This experience means we have a wealth of knowledge about what works well and what doesn’t.  This session will share practical advice on engaging stakeholders, managing the transition and ensuring project success.This paper is presented by RM Education, the leading suppliers of high stakes e-assessment technology and services to awarding bodies around the world.
Key principles to ensure e-marking success. Adopting e-marking is a significant business process change and it is essential to manage the transition carefully and to minimise risk. We have worked with many international awarding bodies to provide e-marking services, including Cambridge Assessment, the International Baccalaureate, ACCA and City & Guilds, and in the last year our scoris Assessor e-marking solution has been used to mark over 100 million examination pages. This experience means we have a wealth of knowledge about what works well and what doesn’t.  This session will share practical advice on engaging stakeholders, managing the transition and ensuring project success.This paper is presented by RM Education, the leading suppliers of high stakes e-assessment technology and services to awarding bodies around the world.

Jeremy Carter
Jeremy holds a BSc (Hons) in European Business & Technology and joined the BTL team in March 2006, bringing over 10 years’ Sales & Account Management experience in the learning and assessment field. Having been instrumental to BTL’s sales growth over the past few years, Jeremy now leads the Sales and Marketing team, taking responsibility for developing BTL’s market presence in the UK and implementing strategic expansion into the international arena. He also regularly attends and speaks at leading global assessment industry events .Jeremy is a member of BTL’s Innovations Committee and is a key contributor to the future development of BTL’s products and services.

Chris Wheadon
Chris is the Head of Scientific Research and Development at AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Policy. He has been working in onscreen testing for many years, beginning at the CEM Centre where he helped design their popular adaptive baseline test. In his current role he is developing new models of onscreen assessment that seek to engage those students who are currently attaining at below grade C level in their GCSEs.

Melody Charman,
Melody is a Research Projects Coordinator at AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Policy. She has worked on e-assessment projects investigating on-screen testing in GCSE French exams and the effect of computers on writing in long-form answer A-level examinations, and has also contributed to research into on-demand testing commissioned by Ofqual. Melody is currently working on a project that aims to develop adaptive testing to motivate under-achieving students.

Robert Coe
Robert Coe is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), Durham University. CEM works with around 6000 schools in 40 countries, providing assessments, monitoring systems, support for evidence-based practices and evaluation to help improve educational outcomes. CEM is the largest educational research centre in a UK university; our assessments are used by over a million children every year and we are the largest provider of computer adaptive assessments outside the US. Before embarking on an academic career, Rob was a teacher of mathematics, with experience in a range of secondary schools and colleges. His research is also wide ranging, but focuses on ways of using evaluation and assessment to improve learning.

Gerry Toner
Gerry Toner is the Director of the Chartered Teacher programme in Scotland, a Master Professional Practitioner Award of City and Guilds. He took the programme through its recent re-accreditation with General Teaching Council for Scotland and built it in to the Learning Assistant e-portfolio. The programme is being further developed to support the Scottish Government’s aspiration for a Masters level teaching profession. He worked as a maths teacher and in promoted posts in Scottish schools and worked in local authority Advisory Services for many years. He was Director of the SCHOLAR programme of e-learning until 2009. He maintains an interest in mathematics, organising the English-speaking section of the international maths competition Mathématiques sans Frontières. He also organises a number of European projects and was awarded Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government for his work in supporting the teaching of French

Bert Wylen
Bert Wylin (°1970) is a university researcher since 1993, in the field of education innovation and computer assisted learning. He published several articles and books about the integration of the Internet and technology in education. In 2001 he founded a university spin-off company, now Televic Education, to develop educational multimedia products and services: platforms, websites, cd-roms, dvd's, games. Televic Education combines technology for supporting classroom oriented teaching and learning (multimedia classroom management) and e-learning and e-assessment projects  for mainly publishers, (high) schools, public authorities and major companies. Synopsis: Airbus is the world leader in commercial airplanes manufacturing. Airbus had the urgent need to recruit 800 new employees for the manufacturing of the new A350 composite airplane. From the A380 line, people are picked out to be team lead in the A350 program. But all others are freshly recruited people, with high level skills needed in many different domains, some very new to Airbus itself. Airbus screens and permanently evaluates all new candidates during their recruitment and in-company training phase. Edumatic is used for both self-evaluation and assessment. The knowledge, skills and competences needed at Airbus are extremely diverse. And so are the conditions and circumstances in which evaluations happen: from the personal desk and well-equipped training rooms to unequipped and unconnected on-the-work-floor workplaces in the middle of the large manufacturing halls. The innovative use of the fully off-line XamBox allows Airbus to organize a permanent follow-up in the best conditions.

Mark Robinson-Sivyer
Exam On Demand Ltd have been supplying e assessment services to the market for over 10 years and continue to innovate with solutions for a variety of technologies, working with Awarding Organisations and Corporate clients. This year, the Conference sees them showing ways to use e assessment in engaging hard to reach clients, giving resources to Youth Offending Teams and NEETS providers. Exam On Demand is now looking to supply entirely mobile solutions for smart technologies, to assist in bringing education to young people, disengaged and removed from the usual educational environments and attempt to engage them enough to start on the road to qualifications.

Grahame Smart
Grahame Smart, who is an AST Mathematics teacher. Grahame completed his AST assessment in 2007, and was responsible for the whole-school development of resources and use of the Managed Learning Environment (MLE). In 2008 he was nominated for the prestigious 'National Teacher of the Year Award'. Since 2009, Grahame has worked part-time and has split his time between teaching and Consultancy. Grahame has worked with all types of schools and has also carried out consultancy work for many educational organisations including the exam boards edexcel and AQA. He is currently working with a variety of companies including Adobe developing new curriculum ideas and resources.

Matt Wingfield
Matt has built-up a strong understanding of the issues relating to assessment within education based over twenty-four years experience within the education market including seven years as a primary school teacher and ICT Coordinator and over fifteen years in a variety of roles, most recently as Managing Director,  for TAG Developments a leading provider of e-Portfolio/ evidence based e-assessment solutions for schools, F.E., H.E. and accreditation bodies. Matt is also a member of the eAssessment Association and in 2008 was elected to the association’s Board, taking on the role of Membership Secretary. Matt is dedicated to building close and highly productive partnerships with key stakeholders within the wider education market, so that through promoting greater awareness of the innovative e-assessment and e-verification/moderation systems available, both educators and learners are able to gain the most out of using effective e-assessment as an integral part of teaching and learning.

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