Our Trustees & Management

We are very fortunate to have a wealth of experience and influence to call on to guide the charity and ensure its proper governance. Below are listed our current board and management team but we also acknowledge the many others who have served and supported us over the years.

Our Patrons

Our Patrons

The charity is delighted to have the patronage of four senior people who have been involved in guiding education at a national government level including two of our former Chairs.

 

Rt Hon Baroness Morris

Patron, Estelle MorrisRt Hon Baroness Morris

Pro Vice-Chancellor Sunderland University and Chief of the Strategy Board at the Institute of Effective Education, University of York.
Estelle Morris was elected to Parliament as Member for Birmingham Yardley in 1992. Formerly a teacher in the West Midlands, Baroness Morris taught for 18 years in an inner-city comprehensive school in Coventry. She also served as a Councillor on Warwick District Council for 12 years, for eight of these as Labour Group Leader.

She moved to the Whips Office in 1994, where she served for one year, before moving to Labour’s Frontbench Education Team as Shadow Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools and Early Years.

After the 1997 election, she was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for School Standards in the new Labour Government and in July 1998 she was appointed Minister of State for Education and Employment and she became a Privy Councillor in 1999.

She was Secretary of State for Education & Skills from June 2001 to October 2002, and then after a brief period in the back benches she became Minister for the Arts from February 2003 until the 2005 election when she stood down as an MP.

In the summer of 2005 she was elevated to the Lords and became Baroness Morris of Yardley. She became chair of the e-Learning Foundation in January 2003 and stood down in September 2006 but remained as a Trustee until April 2008 when she became a Patron of the charity.

The Rt Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth

Jim Knight works in education, digital technology and as a legislator.

He is a director of Suklaa Ltd, providing advice services to UK and international clients working in technology for education and learning, international schooling, and teacher engagement.  Jim also regularly speaks and facilitates events for a range of clients, adding to Suklaa’s expertise in increasing the engagement created by education events.

Jim worked for many years as the Chief Education and External Officer at Tes Global Ltd. In over six years he co-founded Tes Institute in 2014, which is now the fifth largest qualifier of teachers in England; he has also managed Tes Resources, a global teacher community of 13.5 million users.

Jim is also one of the founders of XRapid Group, a French/US business using iOS devices to power microscopes with artificial intelligence.  Current applications for their technology include the diagnosis of malaria in blood and of asbestos fibres and mould spores in air samples..

As a UK government minister and MP, Jim’s portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment.  He was a member of Gordon Brown’s Cabinet 2009-2010, before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election.  He is the Honorary President of COBIS, is on the Nord Anglia Education Advisory Board, sits on the Global Advisory Council for BETT, and is the Chair of CAST (Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology) that is leading on the shift of the charity sector into the use of digital tools and approaches.

Rt Hon Lord Mitchell

Patron, Lord MitchellRt Hon Lord Mitchell

Born in 1943, and married with three children, Lord Mitchell was one of the founding Trustees of the e-Learning Foundation in 2000 and was Chairman from 2006-2010. He was Chairman of Syscap plc, an IT service provider until August 2006. Elevated to the peerage in 2000, he has sat on the Science and Technology Select Committee and campaigns on technology in education, foetal alcohol syndrome and pay day loans. In 2012 he became a Shadow Business Minister for the Labour Party.

Lord Willis

Patron, Phil WillisLord Willis

Phil Willis was Chairman of the e-Learning Foundation from 2010 – 2013 and a Trustee from 2004. He is a former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. He was a member of the Education and Employment Select Committee until November 2000, and is a vice-chairman of All-Party Groups on pluralism in education and further and adult education. He chaired the group on mobile communications and was treasurer of the All-Party Group on medical research.

A former Leeds headmaster, Phil Willis was principal Education and Employment spokesman in Charles Kennedy’s “Shadow Cabinet”, from 1999 to 2005, after being Further and Higher Education spokesman as deputy to Don Foster. His special interests include special education needs and inclusion in education. He is a keen supporter of Leeds United FC.

Our Trustees

The main governing body of the charity is made up of our 6 Trustees who bring a wealth of experience in a variety of specialist areas, all of great value to the Foundation.

 

Niel McLean - Chair of the Trustees

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Managing Director Niel McLean Associates Ltd
Niel has over thirty years’ experience in the education sector. He held senior roles in a number of national education agencies and for the last 20 years he has been promoting and supporting technology for learning, including establishing the ICT Mark for Schools. He has managed national programmes, multi-million pound budgets and large teams, ensuring effective delivery and value for money.

He led the Home Access programme reaching over 250 000 low income families and has worked in the private sector developing new online educational business. He led the Futurelab Research Centre at NFER and the education team at e-skills UK. His current projects include working with Nesta to increase corporate volunteering to help young people develop digital skills, the Publishers Association and Besa on the quality of computing teaching resources, and Computing At Schools to support the new curriculum.

David Burrows

Trustee, David BurrowsDavid Burrows

David Burrows has worked in IT for over 35 years, initially for Olivetti and Digital Equipment Corporation before joining Microsoft in 1991 where he went on to hold a range of management and senior executive positions covering a broad range of business functions at a UK, Europe & Middle East and Global/international level. David joined Intelligent Automation company UiPath in 2021 as their Public Sector industry leader.

During his time as Microsoft UK’s director of Education and Skills Development, David spearheaded efforts to improve ICT training for teachers, students and people in the workplace and was instrumental in helping establish the e-Learning Foundation and returned to the organisation as a Trustee for the last 10 years.

David is a past serving member on a number of UK Government advisory boards. From 2003-2011, he was a non-executive director of UKERNA/Ja.Net now part of JISC (the provider of the SuperJANET UK education and research high speed network), he is a past Chair of Trustees of the Learning Lab. He is a past member of the ITCESSG, a task group within the Information Age Partnership looking at IT Skills as part of the National Skills Task Force, a board member of CC4G (Computer Clubs for Girls); a past member of the DELG Task-Force reporting to the National LSC (Learning and Skills Council) on workplace learning using technology and was appointed as a member of the MOD Defence Education and Skills Advisory Board. In recognition for ITC related services to UK Education, David was made an Honorary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam University (2006) and Wolverhampton University (2008).

Ilona Brannen

Ilona’s passion in life is in helping people to develop their abilities and realise their goals. She is a specialist in digital learning and technology after igniting her passion for education and technology as a teacher in the UK and Italy with time overseas to research EdTech in Latin America and South Africa. Her passion to understand the impact of technology on how we learn has taken her all the way to Cuba and was appointed a fellow to the Royal Society for the Arts for her research on the technology adoption in developing countries. She has worked as a consultant for 5 years at PwC, and in an EdTech start up in London as Head of Presales consulting, and is currently working for Duke CE as a Leadership Development consultant specialising in Leadership for the Digital Age.

Tom Kane - Chair Finance Committee

 

 

Tom Kane is a Chartered Accountant who has held senior finance positions in a range of businesses in Asia and Europe including, General Motors, NewsCorp, Lehman Brothers and the Bank for International Settlements in Basel.

Tom now provides advice and support to a number of companies and start-ups, mainly in the technology and real estate sectors.

Tom is passionate about helping the Learning Foundation to develop its offering and his children attended one of the Foundation’s partner schools.

As well as a Board Member, Tom supports the Foundation as Chair of the Finance committee.

Beverly Clarke

Beverly Clarke works for BCS – the Chartered institute for IT/Computing At School (CAS).  She is the National Community Manager for Computing at School, which is the teacher focused arm of BCS.  CAS is a networking community for computing teachers, with a purpose and mission – “to ensure that every child in every school has the right to a world class computing education”.

Her journey in Computing and Technology education started in the corporate IT sector and then led to retraining to work in education and teaching.  Beverly is a former Computing teacher and Head of Computing department.  Additionally, she is the author of two published books – “Computer Science Teacher” – insight into the Computing classroom (2017), aimed at attracting new entrants into the computing teaching profession and also – “The Digital Adventures of Ava and Chip” – Smart City (2021), a children’s book with the aim of making tech concepts exciting, relatable and easy to understand.

She is a resource writer and with her belief in making computing and tech equitable she setup aiinschools.com aiming to democratise Artificial Intelligence (AI) and put knowledge and skills of AI into the hands of everyone.  She is also the writer of a K12 Exploring Computer Science (ECS) alternate AI curriculum, which is a US high school intro level computer science curriculum and teacher development program that focuses on broadening participation in computing.

Beverly is a Bett Advisory Board member, BETT Awards judge and CAS Board member.

Stephen Bethel

Stephen Bethel is a senior communications and corporate affairs professional with 20 years’ international experience gained in blue chip companies and in government.

His early career was spent in UK government communications, managing highly sensitive issues in a high profile, politically-nuanced environment.

He now works as Corporate Affairs Director at British Retail Consortium.

Our 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 panellists.

Adrian Oldknow

Adrian OldknowAdrian Oldknow

Honorary STEM Advisor

Adrian won an Open Scholarship in Mathematics to Hertford College, Oxford, in 1964 where he was Captain of Boats.  After 3 years teaching in Surrey, he became a Lecturer in Mathematics & Computing at Reading College of Technology.  He enrolled for the 3-year part-time MTech course in Computer Science at Brunel University and graduated in 1974.  He joined the Bognor Regis College of Education in January 1973 as Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Computing.  Along with Professor Afzal Ahmed, he established the internationally renowned Centre for Mathematics at the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education WSIHE.  He retired from the University College Chichester in March 1997, where he held a Personal Chair.

He spent 15 years as a free-lance consultant.  He advised Tech companies such as HP, Intel, Promethean, RM, Smart and TI on Educational Technology.  He advised government agencies such as Becta, DfES, Ofqual, QCA, TTA on digital and STEM education and skills policy.  He also did pro bono work for the Mathematical Association and other professional bodies.  After retirement in 2010, he established the Cambridge Centre for Innovation in Technological Education with support from the HJB Family Trust and the Hamilton Foundation.

He now works as a volunteer in local schools including the Rother Valley Primary School Cluster, the Bourne Community College and its STEM Enthuse Partnership, the Gosport & Fareham MAT, UTC Portsmouth and STEM Academy South.  Nationally, he advises the British Computer Society BCS, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport DCMS, the Digital Policy Alliance DPA, the Micro:bit Educational Foundation MEF, the Royal Academy of Engineering RAEng, and the Worshipful Company of Educational Technologists WCIT.

Professionally he is a Chartered Engineer, IT Professional, Mathematician and Scientist, as well as a Fellow of the BCS, BIS, IMA, RSA and RSS.

Professor Diana Laurillard

Professor Diana LaurillardProfessor Diana Laurillard

Honorary Research Advisor

Diana Laurillard leads CGHE Project 2, ‘Realising the potential of digital technology for scaling up higher education’. Diana is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab. Formerly Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at Department for Education and Skills (2002-5); Pro-Vice Chancellor for learning technologies at the Open University (1995-2002). Recent book: Teaching as a Design Science, Routledge. Researching MOOCs, learning design, and digital games for dyscalculia.

Her research includes large-scale online communities of teacher-designers, and the use of specialised digital course design tools to enable teachers to create and share new pedagogies for using learning technology. She is currently running two MOOCs on teacher development in digital course design.

Dr Neelam Parmar

Dr Naleem ParmarDr Neelam Parmar

Dr. Neelam Parmar currently works as Director of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation. Neelam draws on her research and practical experiences of working with technology and regularly presents around the UK and internationally on the role of EdTech in digital education, providing strategy, roadmaps and CPD programmes for digital (blended and hybrid) learning approaches. She is the author of the ‘Digital Literacy in the Primary’ series and ‘Digital Parenting’ book. 

Neelam is an award-winning professional, international researcher, author, thought leader and speaker on effective technology, pedagogy and curriculum integration within education and is currently engaged with the DfE EdTech Leadership Group, #EdTechImpact workshops and @WomenEdTech movement. 

Elizabeth Anderson - Chief Executive Officer

Tel: 01344 636413
Email: elizabeth@learningfoundation.org.uk
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Elizabeth has over fifteen years’ experience working within the not for profit sector.  Prior to joining the DPA, she was Chief Executive of the British Interplanetary Society, a learned society with a global membership focusing on space exploration. She holds a MSc in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs.

Elizabeth has a strong commitment to empowering communities by giving them access to the tools and technologies that they need to develop and grow.  She also holds trusteeships in wildlife and cultural charities.

Natalie Jubb - Donations Management

Natalie JubbTel: 020 4530 7755
Email: natalie@digitalpovertyalliance.org

Natalie has worked for the Learning Foundation and Digital Poverty Alliance for 2 years, during which she has developed a high level understanding of digital poverty and continues to develop relationships with schools and parents.

The Management Team

Our team is deliberately small with just 4 core staff. In addition we rely on a wealth of experience from retained specialists such as finance and graphics as well as brilliant volunteers.

You can contact the main office at:

3rd Floor
86-90 Paul Street
London EC2A 4NE

Tel: 02045307760
Email: info@learningfoundation.org.uk

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