Chief Executive, Royal Blind & Scottish War Blind
Mark O’Donnell is CEO of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded, which are legally separate ‘sister’ charities. Founded in 1793, Royal Blind is the world’s oldest sight loss organisation for people of all ages and Scotland’s largest, with over 500 staff. It runs the Royal Blind school, educational outreach services, residential services for young adults with complex needs, two nursing homes for the elderly and the Scottish Braille Press. Scottish War Blinded was founded in 1915 by Royal Blind and nowadays provides support to over 1200 veterans, irrespective of when or how they lost their sight, through national outreach and activity centres in West Lothian and Paisley.
Mark previously held CEO and National Director roles in other health charities. He has also been a Deputy Director and Acting Director in Scottish Government working on a wide-range of policy, quality and delivery issues. Before joining SG, Mark was Head of Planning and Performance at the Scottish Ambulance Service. He is currently on the Scottish Advisory Board of Marie Curie and is a Trustee of Veterans Scotland and Action Against AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration), a new medical research charity.
ICT Curriculum Development Officer, Falkirk Council Children's Services
Malcolm Wilson is ICT Curriculum Development Officer for Falkirk Council Children’s Services in which role he supports and encourages educators to make best use of digital technologies to support learning and teaching. He had 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher including in promoted roles. He leads many professional development sessions with teachers, as well as working with pupil Digital Leaders in Falkirk schools. He created and maintains several blogs including the award winning ICT for Learning and Teaching in Falkirk Schools, and the blog for Mobile Devices in Falkirk Education, as well the Central e-Safety Partnership blog. He makes extensive use of social media to support and encourage teachers in their use of digital technologies. He achieved Apple Teacher and Skype Master Teacher recognition and has been accorded Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow status.
CEO and Founder, Turing Trust
James Turing is the founder and CEO of the Turing Trust a social enterprise that has supported 142 schools in sub-Saharan Africa by reusing over 5,600 computers and improving teacher training using ICT. The Turing Trust also provides skills development in the UK while reducing waste and contributing to an environmentally friendly society by offsetting over 2,700 tonnes of CO2.
James is also currently completing a PhD in International Development at the University of Edinburgh. James has previously presented his work at international conferences in the US, Japan and Kenya.