Committee for Further Education and Cross Sector Engagement

Purpose:

To help ALT strengthen and extend its services across the learning and skills sector, including FE colleges, adult and community learning providers, specialist colleges, LEAs, voluntary sector providers, and work-based training providers.

Members:

James Clay
Start Date: 12/09/12
End Date: 12/09/18

James Clay is currently on a 12 month contract with Jisc as their project manager for the building digital capability R&D project.

James has worked in the further education (FE) sector since 1993 (as wells a short time in the museum sector) and has extensive experience in the use of technology to enhance and enrich learning.

He has been a teacher, a project director, an ILT manager, Learning Resources manager and an IT director.

He has managed a range of projects over the years in various roles, including mobile learning, e-books, IT infrastructure, learner analytics, copyright, institutional resources, VLEs and student records.

Liam Sammon
Start Date: 09/09/15
End Date: 05/09/18

Previously Director of Education & Commercial Services at OCR, a leading awarding organisation in the UK, and part of Cambridge Assessment, a non-teaching department of the University of Cambridge. Liam was responsible for all the support to the 7,000 education centres and 1.5 million candidates taking OCR qualifications every year, leading on education technology for OCR, including two eLearning projects, Cambridge GCSE Computing Online and TiME. Cambridge GCSE Computing Online is believed to be the first GCSE curriculum based MOOC and was developed in partnership with Raspberry Pi and Cambridge University Press. Since its launch in September 2012, the site has had over 1.6 million page views, with 40,000 users visiting the site each month to access its resources (including over 300 videos). Over 35,000 learners have registered for the course, including nearly 7,000 teachers. TiME (Training in Maths & English) is a blended learning service built for tutors of 16+ learners without a good grade in maths or English GCSE and it uses a novel story based approach to video content. Liam has worked in the education sector for over 17 years, holding a variety of posts mainly in the FE sector, including Senior Account Director for the Skills Funding Agency in the East of England, Director of Funding, Planning and Performance LSC, East of England, and Area Director for LSC Hertfordshire, where he was chair of the 14-19 Area Partnership.

Adam Elce
Start Date: 09/09/15
End Date: 05/09/18

Adam has worked within FE for over 15 years, across a range of fields, including IT, Learning Resources and Quality Improvement. Currently the Quality & Digital Learning Lead at RNN Group of Colleges (incorporating Rotherham College, North Nottinghamshire College and Dearne Valley College), he is tasked with driving the effective use of learning technologies among staff and students, has responsibility for the VLE across the organisation and plays a key role in supporting the blended learning agenda and digital strategy. Also a staff governor, Adam embraces the various networks and communities he is involved with to support his role; he also leads on a number of subjects including E-Safety, learner journey and digital learning design. He is currently seconded one day per week to the Computing department where he delivers units at Level 2, 3 and HNC. Away from the day job, Adam is married with two young daughters, holds a Liverpool FC season ticket and is a qualified National Football Referee at Level 5.

Rachel Challen

Vice-Chair

Start Date: 09/09/15
End Date: 12/09/18

Rachel is the Head of the Learning and Teaching Support Unit in the School of Arts and Humanities: passionate about education technology and the positive impact it can have, directly and indirectly, on the student experience. Experience in supporting academic teams and professional staff in developing digital capabilities and enhancing their existing practice within private, FE and HE educational sectors. A certified member and lead assessor for CMALT.

Bella Abrams

Chair

Start Date: 25/02/16
End Date: 11/09/19

Bella Abrams is Chief Information Office at Sheffield College responsible for IT Services, System Development. Student Records and Analysis. She is responsible for the delivery of services to nearly 20,000 students. She is passionate about the use of technology across all levels of learning but particularly for vocational and part-time learners. Bella has a background of over 17 years in software development, project and programme management and more recently specialising in the the delivery of strategic and transformational change using technology at its core.

Victoria Wilson-Crane
Start Date: 06/09/17
End Date: 09/09/20

Director of Student Learning (Centre for Learning Innovation and Quality), Kaplan International Pathways
Victoria leads the Centre for Learning Innovation and Quality (CLIQ) which provides academic direction and support for the group of nine pathways colleges in the UK and some overseas Pathways operations. The team working in the Centre has a diverse and varied remit, covering quality assurance, communication and best practice sharing, learning measurement, technology-enhanced learning, provision of curriculum and assessments and development of new products and partnerships.
Victoria has a Ph.D. in Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Victoria’s key technical competence is in academic quality management and since 2012 she has led on ensuring Kaplan International Pathways colleges in the UK achieve positive outcomes from QAA reviews.
Victoria has worked for Kaplan since 2007 and prior to this was a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and worked in Widening Participation at both The University of Nottingham and The University of Liverpool.

Patrick Pemsel
Start Date: 06/09/17
End Date: 09/09/20

To follow

Hannah Mathias
Start Date: 06/09/17
End Date: 09/09/20

To follow

Sarah Williams
Start Date: 07/09/11
End Date: 05/09/18

Assistant Director eLearning and ILT at South Cheshire College/West Cheshire College

Sarah has 23 years of experience working in the FE sector in England and Wales, mainly in the fields of ILT and e-learning, but also as a lecturer teaching IT, Music and Initial Teacher Training. In 2013-2014 she was vice-chair of the Wales Learning Technology Forum, a Colleges Wales network group which she has also chaired in the past. She is passionate about the use of technology in teaching and learning. Sarah is a musician and enjoys playing clarinet and saxophone in a number of musical ensembles.

Paul Hollins
Start Date: 12/09/12
End Date: 07/09/18

Director of CETIS with responsibilities for FE, and Director of the Institute for Educational Cybernetics at the University of Bolton

Paul has long standing research interests in Educational Technology and has directed programme support of numerous JISC projects in support of the sector, in addition to contributing to several EU initiatives in TEL. He is on the Board of Governors and Vice Chair of the Hull College Group which incorporates several institutions with particular responsibilities for HE in FE and chairs the Innovation and Harrogate College Committees. He has published extensively covering themes of digital pedagogy, in particular the use of digital games and immersive environments in formal and informal settings, and the politics and process of technical interoperability specification and standards Development. Paul is also in the advisory board of the JISC Yorkshire and Humber Regional Support Centre (RSC).

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