June 6th 2017 | University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre


Jim Fanning

Senior Education Officer, Digital Learning and Teaching, Education Scotland


Jim Fanning is a Senior Education Officer in the Digital Learning and Teaching Programme in Education Scotland. His career spans a decade in youth and community work and longer as a senior teacher at secondary level. As Head of Strategy in 2015 he led on the national consultation around a proposed digital learning and teaching strategy for Scotland. He is currently involved in the development of the National Improvement Hub, launched in February 2016 to support the Scottish Attainment Challenge. 

Keith Aitken

Journalist and Broadcaster

Keith Aitken is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster and one of Scotland’s busiest conference facilitators.  In 1995, after more than 15 years’ on The Scotsman in senior editorial roles (notably Parliamentary Correspondent, Industrial Editor, Chief Leader Writer) he launched a successful freelance business and has since written for numerous UK and overseas publications, not least as a columnist for The Herald, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, and Holyrood Magazine.  He currently writes a weekly column, now in its 17th year, in the Scottish Daily Express, for which he also compiles a weekly prize crossword and reviews opera.  Keith is Scotland Correspondent for Public Finance magazine, author of a critically acclaimed history of the Scottish labour movement, and has worked extensively as a BBC radio presenter. He is a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Trustee of the National Mining Museum of Scotland.


Marc Fairclough

Sales Director, Mobile Guardian  


Marc has worked in the Edu Tech + Security space for a number of years, predominately with web filtering and mobile device technology. With an in depth understanding of the security requirements in UK Education, he is now focusing on embracing the digital classroom with Mobile Guardian and giving schools, teachers and parents the confidence to fully utilise mobile technology in learning environments.

Natalie Lochhead

Teacher, Kirklandneuk Primary School 


Natalie Lochhead has been a Primary 3 teacher at Kirklandneuk Primary School in Renfrewshire for 6 years and has always had a passion for technology in the classroom. She has been the ICT Co-ordinator in the school for a number of years and introduced Digital Leaders across the whole school. Since then Natalie has become a Microsoft Innovative Educator and a Microsoft Certified Educator. Natalie has been training other teachers how to use technology effectively in the classroom through CPL sessions, presenting at the Scottish Learning Festival and also the BETT Show in London.

The use of Glow and Office 365 has transformed the learning at Kirklandneuk. The children are able to collaborate, work individually and give each other feedback in an instant. Natalie loves the fact that they can then go online at home and show their parents what they had been doing in school that day. The Digital Leaders are able to connect with their teachers on Yammer and ask questions, send ideas and share resources they have made for the school.

Gareth Lock

Founder, Strive Solutions Ltd


Having worked in the Wireless arena for over 10 years, Gareth has held a number of Management roles within well established businesses and start up organisations, with a focus of driving Solution business sales, develop employees as well as grow the businesses to become a solutions expert in the BYOD and educational delivery space. Gareth has worked with his co-founder, Dan Smith, for a number of years in various roles, and in 2013 Strive Consultancy was set up to provide Wireless proprietary networks to the public sector.

Nicola Paterson

Teacher, Kirklandneuk Primary School 


Nicola Paterson has been teaching in Renfrewshire Council for 8 years. She has taught all stages through delivering NCCT for a session, taught Primary 6 for a number of years and now teaches Primary 4/5 at Kirklandneuk Primary School. Nicola has been the Eco-School Co-ordinator for a number of years now and has been involved in various curriculum development through devolved leadership roles. She has a passion for teaching Modern Languages and has supported colleagues in further developing the teaching of Spanish as well as French in the school.

Nicola enjoys providing opportunities for children to attend extra curricular clubs in line with her interest in Modern Languages. She has also developed a passion for using technology in the class inspired by her involvement in the Digital Leaders and becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Nicola has also been selected to take on the role as a Microsoft Surface Expert beginning in May of this year. Her involvement in Microsoft allows her to share skills with colleagues to ensure technologies are embedded in meaningful ways in the curriculum.

Paul McKnight

Head of Operations, VEX Robotics


Paul has been responsible for the VEX Robotics brand since its UK launch in 2011. More recently the introduction of the VEX IQ platform in 2015 - aimed at Key Stages 2 and 3, - has seen awareness and adoption of the platform grow further. Paul has led the commitment to develop free STEM curriculum, allowing teachers to leverage the fun and excitement of robotics and competition to inspire students about the potential for careers in STEM fields. VEX Robotics has grown into a recognised and trusted platform for using the latest technology to engage students in STEM activities and is being adopted in classrooms across the UK and beyond.

Lisa Murphy

Co-design Manager, Young Scot

@LJMurphy_  @YoungScot

Lisa Murphy has a Master’s degree in Social and Service Design from the University of Dundee and established the Co-design Service at Young Scot in 2012. She is also involved in change transformation in Scotland including sitting on the ULab Scotland holding group, a member of Scottish Co-production Network, a member of the Public Service Facilitation Network and a Trustee of Future Focus.

Young Scot’s Co-design team play a key role in supporting young people and organisations across Scotland to work together to influence the design and delivery of policy, strategy and services. This involves young people being involved in sustainable, systemic change much earlier in development processes through to implementation of ideas.

The team are currently delivering projects including re-designing our ‘Heritage Blueprint’ engagement with the National Trust for Scotland, creating a healthier Scotland with Scottish Government, developing a ‘Digital Ignition’ training package for young people with Princes Trust and enabling young people to be digital ‘Leaders of Learning’ in partnership with Children in Scotland and SYP, delivered for Education Scotland.

Professor Judy Robertson

Chair in Digital Learning / Research Lead in Education, Teaching and Leadership, University of Edinburgh


Judy Robertson is professor of Digital Learning at the University of Edinburgh. She is a computer scientist, with sixteen years of experience in designing and evaluating children’s technology in the classroom. She has particular interests in game based learning and innovative methods for teaching computational thinking to children.

David Wright

Education Specialist, XMA

@xmadavidwright @WeareXMA

David Wright, XMA’s education technology specialist, has spent his career supporting schools transform learning and teaching through the use of technology.

During that time, I have worked in various roles from support, managed services, internal and customer training, through to delivering Seminars, to educational experts around the UK

I’ve worked with schools in relation to the implementation, delivery and use of various technologies and platforms. 

I have a passion for technology (but I’m not a geek), and love to see how introducing technology, particularly in schools, excites and engages young people.  Not only that, but how it helps a school take more of a focus on educational transformation and outcomes.

Professor Phillip John

Executive Chair, SCHOLAR


Phillip John BSc, PhD, DSc is Professor of Chemistry and former Senior Dean at Heriot-Watt University.  He has over 180 publications, patents, book chapters and reviews, managed over fifty research grants from Government and industry sources, supervised over thirty PhD students and given numerous invited lectures at international conferences.

Apart from his teaching, research and administrative duties he has, since 2003, been Executive Chair of SCHOLAR (www.scholar.hw.ac.uk) which provides innovative online courses to all 32 Education Authorities, 7 Regional FE colleges and 30 independent schools in Scotland.  Recently SCHOLAR has completed a major multi-million pound enhancement of the learning courseware to provide 33 complete SQA subjects/levels at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level in Maths, Sciences, Languages and Business subjects to support Curriculum for Excellence.  SCHOLAR is continuing to attract international attention as one of the world’s largest e-learning programmes for schools.

Phillip is currently a Board member, and former Chair, of the burgeoning international e-Assessment Association www.e-assessment.com which has over 500 individual members and twenty corporate members.  

Alan Wait

Schools Group Manager, Midlothian Council

After a period as a Business Education teacher in Edinburgh, Alan worked as a course leader at Moray House School of Education, before moving to advisory roles in Lothian Region and West Lothian Council. In 2002 he started his own company – Learning Curve Education – which by 2010 had grown to become one of Scotland’s foremost education publishers, specialising in the development of  a wide range of digital media for clients including Education Scotland and Scottish Government.  In 2010 Alan moved back into a local authority role as a Schools Group Manager with Midlothian Education. He has led the Council’s drive to promote digital learning, resulting in Midlothian winning the  2015 COSLA award for Excellence and has presented at various national conferences.

Franz Schlindwein

Founder, Qubizm


Having been a Secondary Head of Mathematics for more than 10 years, Franz formed his education company Qubizm in the belief that all children should be given the opportunity to build a positive relationship with mathematics from a very young age. Franz’s first product – Izak9 www.izak9.com is affording children and teachers all over the island of Ireland, UK and beyond such opportunities – by creating a multimedia rich, fully interactive, shared learning environment so that every child can be seen heard and recognized.

Over the past 3 years Franz has worked with Trinity College Dublin, Queens University Belfast, Ulster University, CICE in Dublin, Northern Ireland Education Authority, Northern Ireland inspectorate and Education Centres across the Republic of Ireland as well as hundreds of schools, most recently in Scotland, where many schools are already embracing the labyrinth of discovery and wonderment that Izak9 provides pupils and children alike.

Dr Anne Preston

Research Fellow, SOLE Central, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Newcastle University

@prestontales @NCLsolecentral 

Anne is a researcher in SOLE Central which is a global hub for research into Self-Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs), bringing together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and entrepreneurs. In her research around SOLEs, she collaborates to bring research expertise and experience to probing the question of what educational technology can do to help communities in a time of rapid global change?

Her research activity builds on the strong foundation and thought provoking work of Professor Sugata Mitra, whose work has already transformed lives in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world through a School in the Cloud.  Anne is motivated and passionate about teachers taking the lead in what happens with digital technology in their classrooms, whether it is a traditional school room or a SOLE. Her current projects include developing SOLE approaches and toolkits for adults with diverse needs, early school leavers, primary computing students and for local community activism

Shaun Phillips

Sales Manager, EMEIA, Lightspeed Systems


Shaun Phillips is Sales Manager for EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) at Lightspeed Systems, a company that has been supporting IT in schools since 1999. Shaun has experience working with educators and IT staff from establishments around the world. He has worked with smaller schools like Hamilton College to large Local Authorities like East Ayrshire Council and has a great understanding of how to use technology to enhance education.

Sam Howard

Sales Engineer, EMEIA, Lightspeed Systems


Before working for Lightspeed Systems, Sam Howard worked as a technical analyst at one of Lightspeed’s elite partners, Capita, where he gained a wealth of knowledge on IT infrastructures in education. Since moving to Lightspeed his roles included a technical support specialist where he was involved with a number of large scale 1:1 deployments across the UK. He is now the companies youngest Sales Engineer, dealing face to face with customers around the world and learning about the potential for 21st century, mobile learning with the right filtering, mobile management and monitoring in place.