The first Ambassadors of ALT were appointed in 2007. This role is restricted to individuals who can provide informal advice to ALT on matters within their area of interest and act as advocates for ALT in their sphere of influence.
At any one time we aim to appoint Ambassadors who reflect the varied membership that the Association serves including representation from across different sectors.
While each Ambassador will bring their own expertise to the role they will support ALT’s aims and values as set out in the ALT strategy. The policy relating to Ambassadors can be accessed here.
Wendy, a founder member of ALT, is Dean of the University of Southampton's Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences. Wendy was a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology until December 2010, and was senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering until 2008. From July 2008 to July 2010 she was President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the first person from outside North America to hold this position. Wendy was made a Dame for services to science and technology in the 2009 New Year's Honours list. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2009. In 2011 Wendy received a lifetime achievement award from the Oxford Internet Institute in recognition of her significant contributions to the development of web technologies and web science research.
Head of the New Ventures Team at the Scottish Qualifications Authority
Joe is the Head of the New Ventures Team at the Scottish Qualifications Authority. In addition Joe leads on SQA’s support at national level for Commonwealth Games, International Articulation, Digital Participation, Adoption of Open Educational Resources and Open Badges and a range of corporate programmes. Joe was previously the HN/SVQ Business Manager responsible for the team of Qualifications Development Specialists looking after all of the vocational awards in Scotland. In the computing area included building on-going partnerships with all the major global computing vendors through the DIVA project. The project was recognised as global best practice by the World Economic Forum. Joe joined SQA from the Scottish Further Education Unit where he managed a team providing management and consultancy services to Scotland's Further Education Sector. This involved leading on a number of large budget national projects including planning and devising ICT learning strategies for the Further Education Sector in Scotland.Prior to this he taught and managed in the Further Education sector in a variety of roles.
Bob has been professionally engaged in secondary/further/higher education for 40yrs. He has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher, senior manager, Principal and Governor. He was awarded Honorary Life membership of City and Guilds for his services to Vocational Education. He has worked with Head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College and helped design and deliver the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme. In recent years he has worked for Government Departments where he has provided advice and support for the workforce development plan and leadership development for College Principals. He has been Toshiba’s Education Adviser for 13 years and is a writer, presenter and researcher on mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning. He is currently the Chair of the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board, a HE/Industry/Schools/DfE/TDA group which aims to ensure that the next generation of teachers have the necessary skills to prepare children for their lives as workers and digital citizens in the 3rd Millenium. Bob was a member of the BCS/RAEng working group which drafted the new computing national curriculum programmes of study. He was then asked by the DfE/Teaching Agency to chair the ICT expert group to help schools and ITTE providers prepare for the new National Curriculum in Computing which commences in September 2014. He is a visiting scholar at Stanford University where has links with the Education’s Digital Future project.”
Bob was recently elected to the Board of the National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education
Dick is a proven CIO/CTO with 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including 13 at board and director level. He is now working as a consultant for a wide range of organisations within the educational, business and not-for-profit sectors. He has practical experience in building, managing and delivering enterprise-class, service-focused, innovative internet solutions. He was headhunted as Vice-President Systems and Service at ‘the Dock’, a Lehman Brothers’ dot.com based in Los Angeles. As Director of Technology at Learndirect, he led the transformation and re-engineering of the service from one that was poorly performing and costly into one that remains a world-class, leading-edge service that was a finalist in the Orange Business Awards and won the UK’s E-Government National Award for Innovation in 2009.
He was a Trustee of ALT for six years and chaired ALT's publications committee, overseeing the transition of the Association’s journal ALT-J to open access, including a change of name to Research in Learning Technology. He has served in the UK as a member of several national committees advising on, for example, identity management, funding and audit systems, and internet architectures. He is currently a Trustee of the National Extension College.