I work as an independent consultant, primarily supporting governments, not-for-profits and the education sector.
Since 2015 I’ve been a trustee of Wikimedia UK, a charity dedicated to collecting, developing, promoting and distributing open knowledge. Wikimedia UK is the local Wikimedia chapter covering the United Kingdom and supports volunteer editors of, and contributors to, Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects.
Between 2010 – 2016 I worked for Leicester City Council, as Technology Lead for one of the UK’s largest and most accelerated school improvement programmes. The city’s £340 million Building Schools for the Future Programme delivered 23 new and refurbished schools for secondary mainstream and special education communities. It was a strategic role which included all the managerial, commercial/financial, legal, HR, implementation and operational issues that make up a large, complex programme focused on organisational development and change.
My work for Council included making sure learners across the city get the most possible benefit from the investment in new buildings, IT infrastructure, connectivity, systems, and equipment, by supporting school leaders and staff in making creative and effective use of hardware, software and digital environments. The DigiLit Leicester workforce development project was an internationally recognised new, effective approach to understanding and supporting digital literacy in the context of professional practice.
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I’ve been busy. Work wise, this includes:
- Delivering keynotes, talks and workshops internationally
- New UK national schools cyberbullying guidance for Childnet International, Cyberbullying: Understand, Prevent, Respond (2016) funded by the European Union and the UK Government Equalities Office.
- The internationally recognised DigiLit Leicester school staff professional development project, a partnership between Leicester City Council, De Montfort University, and the 23 BSF schools (2013-2016)
- Europe’s first OER Schools conference (2015)
- Supporting Leicester City Council as the first council in Europe to provide its school employees with permission to openly licence the educational resources they produce in the course of their work (2014)
- Commissioning and co-authoring OER Guidance for Schools (2015), the first schools focused open educational resource guidance of its kind.
- Supporting university and further education projects on physical and digital learning spaces for JISC’s national Institutional Innovation programme (2009-2010)
- Producing ‘Cyberbullying: Supporting School Staff‘ for the UK Government – the first national cyberbullying guidance for school staff (2009)
- Working as Lead Community Architect on JISC’s ground breaking Emerge project -a national university and further education learning technology research and development project focusing on digital professional identities, networks and communities (2007-2009)
- Producing ‘Young People and Social Networking Services‘ – The UKs first toolkit for schools providing advice and guidance on using social networks, produced for Becta on behalf of Childnet International (2008)
- Delivering ‘Safe To Learn: Cyberbullying‘, ‘Cyberbullying: a whole school community issue‘ – the UK Government’s first national cyberbullying guidance for schools (2007)
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