Meet our Judges...
Jade is a former school leader and founder of www.steamed.rocks. Her journey has spanned both the tech and education world. For more than a decade Jade has worked in the UK education sector launching new schools and delivering entrepreneurship projects to students and communities across the North West of England. In 2015, Jade was named one of the 'top 100 women in games' in recognition of her role in establishing the UK's first 'geek' school in Liverpool.
Jade is on a mission to create a movement of creative tech savvy young people – ready to create their own creative, science and tech careers.
Crescens is the Chief Operating Officer for national insurance company, Be Wiser Insurance.
Be Wiser Insurance works with 100s of young people in schools and colleges across Hampshire and Wiltshire, and employs more than 250 apprentices – most of whom have trained with the insurance broking company in the last five years.
Be Wiser has been listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 for four years in succession, one of only a handful of companies to achieve this.
Siobhan Easton is the Headteacher at Marine Academy Primary (MAP2), Devon’s first Free School. In June 2015 it became the first Free School in the South West region to be graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Previous to her headship at MAP2, Siobhan was a SENCO and Assistant Headteacher at two other primary schools in Devon and Cornwall. She is currently supporting other schools on their journeys of school development and organisations with their applications to open new Free Schools.
Ian has served as Clerk to the Corporation of 20 different educational institutions over the last 18 years and has undertaken governor training and consultancy in a further 50 plus. For three years, he was co-leader of the national qualification for clerks and he has contributed to published research on governance issues as a visiting fellow at Southampton University.
Dr Allen is the principal and CEO of Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust; an outstanding organisation for children and young people, especially those with special educational needs or who experience other barriers to learning.
Dr Allen will be judging the Special Educational Needs Teacher of the Year award with experts from the Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust.
Andrew is Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment at The Bournemouth & Poole College. Andrew joined The College in 2012 to focus his energies on his passion, enabling young people to have the best possible start in life. Andrew leads a programme focusing on customer experience and as part of the Senior Leadership Team and sitting within a Business Support function recognises both the value and the challenges faced by support staff in education.
Aaron Meredith is the Headteacher of Ernesettle Community School in Plymouth, and is currently supporting schools in Plymouth as the CEO of The Inspire Multi Academy Trust (TIMAT). Aaron has several years' experience supporting schools in Ofsted categories; he led Ernesettle Community School, which had been deemed to be 'requiring Special Measures' twice in less than three years (2007 & 2010), to 'Good with outstanding features'.
Helen Mulley is the editor of Teach Secondary, and Technology & Innovation magazines. She is also a school governor, and firmly believes that great teachers are the single most important element of any successful education system.
Shelley is owner of Lockhouse Consulting, she has over 12 years experience in education leadership as an organisation leadership consultant and project manager, a leading Governor and winner of Governor of the Year for the West region (2009) and a national finalist for the October 2009 Teaching Awards.
She is an advocate for children and young people's mental health where she supports a number of local and national organisations such as YoungMinds in raising awareness and challenging improvements in the systems and services.
Matthew is an ex professional basketball player and now co-runs Let Me Play Ltd and the Apprentice Training Agency which helps employers to recruit, employ and arrange training for Apprentices creating more apprenticeship opportunities for young people.
Jointly the organisations offer education, coaching and teaching programmes that are relevant to schools, colleges and communities across the UK. The provision ranges from delivering on government-funded projects to operating self-run education centres.
Amy is a director at Let Me Play, which delivers social inclusion and education programmes through sport and positive activity. They have a range of programmes on offer, including apprenticeships, study programmes, ESF funded intervention, schools programmes and wraparound care.
Amy is also a director of Sporting Education a Social Enterprise which is an Apprentice Training Agency.