Committee for Further Education and Cross Sector Engagement


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.


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

Rachel is the Head of the Learning, Teaching and Support Unit at Nottingham Trent University; passionate about education technology and the positive impact it can have, directly and indirectly, on the student experience. Current work streams include strategic and operational responsibility for embedding the recommendations of FELTAG within the College and exploring the opportunities provided by technology for widening and enhancing participation in education.

Bella Abrams


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.

Sarah Williams
Start Date: 07/09/11
End Date: 06/09/17

ELearning/ILT and Teacher Training Programmes Manager at South Cheshire College

Sarah has 22 years of experience working in the FE sector in Wales and England, 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 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.

Gillian Dyer
Start Date: 11/09/13
End Date: 14/09/16

Further Education Reputation Strategy Group Co-ordinator

Gillian Dyer is a communications consultant. She has taught in further and higher education and has worked for several government departments including the former Department of Education and Skills. Over her career she has been seconded to the BBC, LearnDirect (UfI) and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Latterly she was head of communications at the Learning and Skills Improvement Service and at present heads the Further Education Reputation Strategy Group.

Jonathan Eaton
Start Date: 02/09/14
End Date: 06/09/17

Jonathan Eaton is currently employed as Research and Engagement Manager at Newcastle College. He previously taught as a Lecturer in Classics and Archaeology at the same institution. Jonathan is particularly interested in student engagement, critical pedagogies and the research/teaching interface. He convened a panel at the 2013 Classical Association Conference on ‘New Approaches to e-Learning in Classics’, a number of papers from which were published in the Journal of Classics Teaching. His most recent publication is ‘An Archaeological History of Britain: Continuity and Change from Prehistory to the Present’ (Pen & Sword, 2014). Jonathan is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Royal Historical Society.

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).

Nick Jeans
Start Date: 07/09/11
End Date: 06/09/17

Senior Consultant in Learning Technology at Sero Consulting Ltd

I have 22 years’ experience of teaching and 13 years of developing and delivering CPD for teachers with BECTA and LSN in Staff Development workshops for Colleges and schools. I am a member of the Further Education Committee of ALT and a Lead Assessor of the CMALT scheme. I am a member of JISC's Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group and an Accredited Trainer for JISC Techdis. I have a particular interest in the design of learning spaces and in using IT for Inclusion – for learning difficulties and to engage young people not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs).