Board Members

Yasemin Allsop

Lecturer in Education at University College London

Yasemin worked as an ICT Coordinator in primary schools in London for almost 10 years. She is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Computing Education at Roehampton University. Her research focus is children’s thinking, learning and metacognition when designing digital games. She is the co-editor of International Journal of Computer Science Education in schools journal (www.ijcses.org). She is the EU Code Week ambassador for the UK and the co-author of ‘Primary Computing in Action’ book that came out in October 2015.

Miles Berry

Miles Berry, Principal Lecturer, Roehampton University

Miles is principal lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. Prior to joining Roehampton, he spent 18 years in four schools, much of the time as an ICT coordinator and most recently as a head teacher. He is a member the management boards of Computing At School and the CSTA, the UK Forum for Computing Education and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. He is a fellow of the BCS, RSA and HEA. Over the years he has contributed to a number of computing related projects including the national curriculum computing programmes of study, Switched on Computing, Barefoot Computing, QuickStart Computing, CAS TV and Project Quantum. He gives regular keynotes and CPD workshops on computing and education technology in the UK and abroad and has worked on a number of international consultancy projects involving curriculum development and CPD

Katharine Childs

Katharine Childs is a learning technologist and advocates for children to receive high-quality computer science opportunities both in the classroom and after-school. She is currently studying an MSc in Computing in Education at Nottingham Trent University and runs a Code Club for children aged 9 – 11 in her local primary school. Katharine was an ICT Technician for a cluster of primary schools in Derbyshire for 6 years and then taught new Computing curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2. Her TEDx talk “Coding the Hairy Toe” illustrates how children can be inspired by learning to code.

Simon Humphreys

Simon Humphreys, National Coordinator for Computing At School
Simon taught for 25 years before working for CAS. With colleagues and friends from other schools, academia and industry he formed the Computing At School group. He has overseen the development of CAS from a small group of 20 to an organisation of over 22,000 members.

Jane Butler

Vice Dean Enterprise, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, UCL

Jane has had a long and distinguished career as an Engineer, leading many of the major developments of the Internet evolution both in the corporate world and in the public domain. In her role as global lead technology strategist at Cisco, she helped setup the company in the UK and designed many of the major networks globally. She led the senior technology teams at Cisco that shaped the Internet we use today. Jane cares passionately about ensuring under-represented groups in all parts of the world achieve connectivity and communication and young people have the opportunity to access education, particularly learning how computers and coding are underpinning much of our world. Jane supports many young people, boys and girls, in their aspirations to study engineering. Jane is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Technology and the British Computer Society.

James Massey

Discovery Education
As an excitable teacher, global educational speaker, change instigator and hopeless optimist, James has a Masters degree in Educational Studies, and a passion for research based, modern-day learning that works. Having worked in a range of teaching establishments in the UK, as well as trying his hand in France to see if you can actually teach successfully with no language skills, James has always approached classroom practice from a number of angles. Aside from a short un-fulfilling week as a vacuum demonstrator, he held the position of Head of Year 6 at a large school in London, and was successful in driving up the overall exam results. His senior management experience has allowed for the development and sound understanding of the rigours of school improvement and an insight into the interconnected roles of staff, pupils, parents and the wider school community.

Jane Waite

CAS London Project Manager
Jane recently started a part-time PhD at Queen Mary University London (QMUL) looking at how children learn computational thinking. She also works for King’s College London and QMUL as Computing At School’s London regional project manager. Jane is a qualified primary teacher, having ten years’ experience in education and twenty years’ experience in the IT industry. In 2014/15 she was an author on the Barefoot project, writing resources that demystified the new primary computing curriculum. She also writes for cs4fn, Primary Computing and Cambridge International and delivers the Scratch taught element of the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching.

Michael O’Kane

iTeach. EU Codeweek Ambassador for Northern Ireland.

Michael is a Primary Educator for iTeach and heads up Coding, Computing & Games Based Learning. He has been a Primary School teacher for 9 years and has a passion for using new and emergent technologies to enhance teaching & learning impacting on the holistic development of teachers and of course pupils. Michael specialises in integrating coding & programming opportunities through teaching & learning across the curriculum, delivering training to teachers in hundreds of schools. With iTeach, he has created coding and Computer Science resources and curriculum mapping documents for use in schools for teachers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States linking with the requirements from the National Curriculum for Computing and Computer Science Standards in the United States. 

Neil Smith

Senior Lecturer, Computing & Communications Dept, The Open University
I teach computing at The Open University, including courses on introductory
programming, data analysis, and machine learning. I am active in Computing At School
and was involved in writing the new Computing National Curriculum. I’ve
delivered professional development to teachers, face to face and online,
including training them to deliver training to other computing teachers. I
helped develop the initial projects for Code Club, a network of after-school
clubs that teach primary school children about programming, and how creative
and fun computing can be. I’m an assessor in the CAS/BCS Certificate of
Computer Science Teaching. I’ve co-edited a book on Computing Unplugged, which
shows how to put across the ideas of computing without being tied to lots of
programming.

Katy Potts

Katy Potts, Computing and E-Safety Lead for Children’s Services Islington Council Laycok PDC

Katy has managed the Primary ICT and Computing Service to schools in Islington LA for the past 14 years and before this was a primary school teacher for 7 years. The Primary ICT and Computing service delivers a “computing Strategy in Schools” and includes a team of Lead Computing Teachers, Lead Schools for Computing and extensive sharing of good practice via training, curriculum resources and regional events. The service Katy leads has also forged important industry partnerships with BT, Blooomberg, Code Club and Maggie Philibin. Katy is passionate about computing and ICT resources achieving high impact for all learners and effective collaboration for the whole school community, where young people are “Creators not Consumers” and are equipped for 21 Century jobs. She has supported educational projects in Romania, Nigeria, China, Portugal and Japan and every year acts as a guide for the Educational World Forum. Katy also specialises in E-safety, has been an ICT Mark assessor and facilitated the NCSL strategic leadership ICT courses.

Dawn Hewitson

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Education, Edge Hill University.

Dawn has managed the Secondary Computing and ICT ITT provision at Edge HIll Unviersity to schools in England and Wales for the past 8 years and before this was a Secondary and Further Education teacher for 15 years, as a Subject Leader, Teacher of A level Computing and ICT, Director of Behaviour Management and as a Professional and Curriculum Mentor to teachers in schools. She has supported Computing Teachers in developing subject knowledge and has help to set up CAS Hubs in the North of England. ,

She has also worked with industry settings to complete case studies for use in schools with LateRooms, Astra Zeneca and Riva Systems. She has also worked in helping the Raspberry Pi team, in both supporting and setting up Hack Jam events at Edge Hill. She has also worked alongside the CodeBug team to develop resources and lesson plans for use in schools.

Dawn works with student teachers and practicing teachers to support computing and ICT teachers by sharing resources and has worked in partnership with school communities, and has supported events such as Hack to the Future, Manchester Education Innovation Conference, and Maker events in the North West. She is passionate about Maker Education and supports many Maker based activities.

Dawn is currently researching the impact of fear on teacher education and is looking particularly at the impact of new hardware in the classroom.

Dr Elpida Makrygianni

Faculty of Engineering Sciences, UCL

Dr Elpida Makrygianni (F) is the Engineering Education Developer and Coordinator at UCL Engineering. She is responsible for the development, support and management of Pre-19 STEM engagement programmes and activities for young people aged 5-19 years old in the UK. Elpida received her PhD in computer science and electrical engineering before working as a project lead, consultant and research fellow for the private, public and voluntary sectors. She has led and contributed to UK and US funded projects with a focus on primary, secondary and higher education at Cambridge University, the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, National Lottery, UK Department for Education, Google UK, Dyson UK and the James Dyson Foundation. She is the London University Advisor for the Capital Physics Teacher Network for Institute of Physics, member of the Royal Academy of Engineering STEM Network and board member of the UK Volunteering Services Unit. Elpida works in partnership with government, industry and organisations to promote effective design and delivery of STEM education and engagement programmes for students. Her work focuses on considering the diversity of young people and enabling participation of students from a broad range of abilities, backgrounds and levels of understanding to ensure inclusiveness, equality and real choice in STEM careers and degrees.

 

Sarah Zaman

Sarah Zaman is a primary school teacher of over twenty years who has always had a passion for computing. She now works as Regional coordinator for CAS at The University of Manchester sharing this enthusiasm by training teachers and also running various computing workshops for children using the Raspberry Pi and Minecraft.

Nic Hughes

Nic is a self confessed IT geek. He is a class teacher, Head of Computing at his school, Primary CAS Master Teacher, CAS Hub leader, a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and works as an educational consultant for 3BM. He loves to explore different ways to teach programming and is a massive fan of physical computing and robotics. In the past he worked alongside the education team in Redbridge as a AST for ICT, running training, supporting schools and writing curriculum. He has been lucky enough to speak at a number of conferences over the years about his work with robots, physical computing and the application of Games Based Learning in the classroom. He is is eager for more teachers to learn about Computing and how to teach it effectively in their lessons. Follow him @duck_star on Twitter and he has a blog at nicholashughes.blogspot.com .

Svitlana Yarmolchuk

Former teacher turned business development manager, Svitlana is passionate about EdTech, life-long learning and driving parental engagement in schools. Having worked with Cisco, Apple, Rosetta Stone and Codio, she had an opportunity to help schools and universities in countries as diverse as Estonia, Kazakstan, Turkey, Colombia and Croatia to use technology to support “anytime, anywhere learning”. She has been introduced to coding by her seven year old son, who enjoys creating ghost hunting games in Scratch and turning random household objects into robots using SAM blocks and Crumble microprocessor. Last year, Svitlana contributed to Code Week UK by organising Coding with Lua workshop for children aged 7-10 to successfully challenge the assumption that text based programming is too complex for primary school children. Svitlana is a committee member of Lauriston School Association where she supports community engagement and fundraising for new outdoor learning places. She is committed to helping Code Week UK grow by recruiting more corporate supporters and volunteers. Follow her @SvitYarm on Twitter

Andrew Paul Csizmadia

Senior Lecturer in Secondary Computer Science, Newman University

I taught computer science in secondary schools and post 16 education establishments in North Wales for over 15 years. Currently, I am employed full-time as a Senior Lecturer Secondary Computer Science at Newman University and seconded to the British Computer Society as the Academic the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching. In addition, I am a part-time PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, and my research focus is computational thinking and the designing and development of a computational thinking toolkit for teachers. Over the last few years, I have been involved in both regional and national initiatives for supporting in-service teachers in the transition from teaching ICT to Computing, and especially coding. I was a member of the Computing At School Computational Thinking Working Group, and a co-author of the report: Computational Thinking: A guide for teachers.