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Advisory Panel

We are not in favour of re-inventing the wheel or spending time that could be better used advising schools, becoming experts in specialist areas. Instead we are building a panel of experts in specific fields that are directly or indirectly connected with 1:1 technology within schools. We will be calling on the panel to guide both us and schools as and when required. We are immensely grateful to all those who support the Foundation’s work and especially to these panelists.

If you are interested in joining the panel or you know someone who might be interested, or are looking for advice in one of the areas covered, please email our CEO, Paul Finnis at:

These are the specialists currently on the panel:

Adrian Oldknow - Honorary STEM Advisor

Adrian OldknowAdrian Oldknow

Emeritus Professor, Cambridge Centre for Innovation in TE



Adrian studied mathematics at Oxford and Computer Science at Brunel Universities. He worked in secondary schools, FE colleges and HE between 1967 and 1996, when he retired as Emeritus Professor of STEM Education at the University of Chichester.

Between 1996 and 2010 he worked as a freelance consultant. He advised Tech companies including Casio, HP, Intel, Promethean, RM, SMART and TI, as well as organisations such as Becta, DfE, Ofqual, QCA, SSAT, TTA and the World Bank.

He plays an active part in professional organisations including the ASE, ATM, BCS, BIS, CAS, DATA, IET, IMA, IoP, MA, RSS and WCIT. His research interests are in the fields of computer graphics and pure geometry.

He was part of the research team for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s `Thinking like an Engineer’ project which enabled him to develop his passion for playing with gadgets like Arduino, Crumble, micro:bits and Raspberry Pi. As well as a being a DATA Ambassador, Adrian works in schools as a Bloodhound Ambassador, STEM Ambassador and IET volunteer. He founded the Cambridge Centre for Innovation in Technological Education which has been the incubator for the iSTEM+ approach, Skilful Schools, Student digital Ambassadors and iSTEM+ local networks and Innovation Hubs – see

Professor Diana Laurillard - Honorary Research Advisor

Trustee, Diana LaurillardDiana Laurillard

Chair of Learning with Digital Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab, part of the Institute of Education, University of London.
Professor Laurillard's main role is to lead research on e-learning, and to build productive collaborative projects between the Lab, educators, the digital media industry, and policy-makers. Her work focuses on theory-based design of learning and teaching methods and resources, learners’ conceptions and misconceptions and approaches to learning, flexible learning activity design tools for teachers, and cost-benefit modeling for the introduction of e-learning.

Professor Laurillard previously held a three-year term as Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the UK Government’s Department for Education and Skills. From 1995 to 2002, she held two terms of office as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the Open University. She has been a member of the Visiting Committee on IT at Harvard University, and a member of the Dearing Committee on Higher Education for the UK Government. This work has been recognized through her honorary degrees from the University of Abertay, the Open University of the Netherlands, and the University of Brighton. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of University College London.

Her book ‘Rethinking University Teaching’ has been widely acclaimed, and is still used as a set book in courses on learning technology all over the world.

Prior to becoming Honorary Research Advisor, Professor Laurillard spent eight years as a Trustee of the Foundation. 

Dr Neelam Parmar

Neelam PalmerDr. Neelam Parmar 

Dr. Neelam Parmar was a Trustee of the Learning Foundation for 2 years before heading to SE Asia to take up a new role there as Director of Digital Education with Harrow Schools in Asia and consequent relocation to HK. Previously, Neelam worked as Director of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation at Ashford School, United Learning. Neelam draws on her research and practical experiences of working with technology and believes that through effective technology, pedagogic, and content integration, there is great potential in creating virtual learning systems to close the widening educational gap.

Neelam presents as a keynote speaker around the UK and internationally on the role of EdTech in education and has published books on Digital Literacy in the Primary curriculum and Digital Parenting with United Learning. She is an award-winning professional, international researcher, author, thought leader and speaker on effective technology, pedagogic, and content integration within education and supports the South East Regional Lead for @WomenEdTech.

We are delighted to have Neelam as one of our specialist Advisory Panel Members.