CAS London Presenter Biographies

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Alan O’DonohoeWith 25 years of experience in primary & secondary teaching, Alan O’Donohoe is a passionate enthusiast for Computer Science education. Five years ago, Alan established to extend the work he led in schools to engage and inspire audiences into Computing and CS. Alan understands the challenges & pressures teachers face and in response offers free support, pedagogy, guidance and resources to enable teachers to do what they do best.

Alex Parry: Alex was a web developer for 7 years before getting into teaching. He now works two jobs: one as a teacher of computing at a secondary school and 6th form in London, the other as a Learning Manager at the Raspberry Pi Foundation as part of the NCCE programme. He also completed an MA in Computing in Education at King’s College London with a focus on the similarities and differences of learning natural and programming languages.

Bradley Dardis: Bradley is an LGfL Learning resources consultant, before this he has had 15 years of education experience from Teaching assistant to a senior member of the teaching team. He is a Computing at School Master teacher and an SSAT lead practitioner in computing, He specialises in both Early Years and Creative computing, and loves combining creativity, with innovative technologies to create exciting learning opportunities.

Christian Turton: Christian is Primary lead for the Sandringham Computing Hub (part of the National Centre for Computing Education), Apple Distinguished Educator and lead on many large scale implementations of technology in schools as a consultant and local authority advisor.

Craig n DaveCraig Sargent and David Hillyard aka Craig’n’Dave have been teaching computer science collectively for over 30 years in secondary schools. Their aim is to help teachers deliver outstanding lessons by carefully thinking about how we teach and not just what we teach. Well known for their popular YouTube channel providing teachers and students with resources that follow bullet point to bullet point exam board specifications, they are big advocates for the flipped classroom facilitating a teacher talks less, students do more approach to teaching.

Elli NarewskaElli is the digital lead for NewsWise at the Guardian Foundation. She manages the digital content for the project as well as designing and delivering workshops and training for children, families and teachers in all areas of the UK. She has many years’ experience in news literacy and previously worked in the Guardian Education Centre, before helping to set up the NewsWise programme. Before working in news literacy, Elli was an English teacher in London comprehensive schools as well as in various special needs settings.

Elliot Williams: Eliot is an experienced computer science teacher who has been involved with CAS since the very early days. Eliot has designed and delivered courses for the National STEM Centre and King’s College London and as well as producing resources for a wide of organisations including the NCCE and the B.C.S. He is a CAS Community leader, a Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Eirini Kolaiti: Eirini worked in IT and Marketing before becoming a Computer Science teacher. At that time she used the Agile SCRUM framework for project management. She now works as a Learning Manager (post 16 education) at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. She has completed an MA in Computing in Education at King’s College London focusing on using Physical Computing to engage girls into the subject.

Estelle Ashman: As Digital Schoolhouse’s Curriculum Content Developer, Estelle Ashman is responsible for the creation and curation of their innovative teaching resources. With a catalogue of workshops that include everything from lessons on algorithms using Ubisoft’s Just Dance to investigating binary numbers with Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker 2, Digital Schoolhouse is at the forefront of playful computing. With over 10 years teaching experience and a Masters in Teaching and Learning, Estelle is an enthusiastic practitioner who has the expertise to take difficult Computer Science concepts and present them in a new and innovative way. She is always ready to come up with something new and exciting and is currently designing resources for teaching game development in schools.

Gillian Ingram: Gillian is the manager of Camden Learning Centre (CLC) which supports schools in delivering the primary computing curriculum and in using technology across the curriculum.

Hardip Mothada: A developer of commercially successful games in the 1980s, Hardip completed a formal education in Engineering Systems and Music Technology and worked in the pro-audio and multimedia sectors as a developer in the 90s. A teacher and senior leader for the last 15 years, he has delivered Computer Science CPD and supported staff across West and North London since 2013.

Hillary Norton

Isabella Lieghio

Jane Waite: Jane was an IT developer for 20 years, a primary teacher for 10, worked on the Barefoot project and as the CAS London regional manager. She is now working at Queen Mary University of London organising teacher CPD, teaching undergraduates and undertaking computer science education research. In CS education research, she has worked on and published on classroom use of the Micro:bit, PRIMM, constructionist approaches, semantic waves, unplugged learning of computational thinking and design in primary programming. Don’t get her started on copy code versus the importance of design!

John Feleppa: John is a CTL at Harrow High School, where he has worked for over a decade. The school is a great place to learn Computer Science, with a vibrant code club, a friendly CAS Community and thankfully, excellent KS4-5 results. John also facilitates CS Accelerator courses and is a CS Champion for the NCCE.

Jon Chippindall

Katie Vanderpere-BrownKatie is an experienced Computer Science teacher from North Essex. She has worked across the East as an SLE for many years, supporting other teachers in other schools to develop a good computer science curriculum and teach excellent lessons. Katie has also worked as a mentor and specialist subject leader for the Cambridge School Teaching Network for a number of years. In September, Katie took on the role of Assistant Headteacher, her main responsibility is to lead the Saffron Walden NCCE hub. This hub covers a broad region of West and North Essex, East Herts, and North London.

Matthew Wimpenny-Smith: Matthew Wimpenny-Smith has been teaching ICT and Computing since 2005 in both secondary and primary education in addition to ad-hoc Business Studies classes. His current role is Leader of Digital Strategy and Computing Subject Leader at Headington Prep School in Oxford. Prior to working in schools, Matthew worked in the IT Industry including consultancy as a systems analyst. Matthew contributes further to computing education as a CAS Master Teacher and Community Leader, BCS Certified Computer Science Teacher, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, CEOP Ambassador and Barefoot Ambassador. He has also written a number of articles for the HelloWorld magazine. In 2019 Matthew became a member of the BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Committee, formed after the recent Royal Society Report. Recently, he has been working for the NCCE helping to produce content for the new teaching resource repository and currently works as a facilitator to deliver NCCE courses.

Michael Jones Director of CS at Northfleet Technology College. SLE currently seconded to Rochester Grammar School. NCCE CS Champion.

Neil Rickus: Neil is a Senior Lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Hertfordshire and a member of the Centre for STEM Education. In addition to this, he is the Computing tutor on the Primary PGCE course at Brunel University, London and an external examiner for Roehampton University, London. Neil also undertakes work independently, including running programming/robotics workshops for children, as a primary education specialist for the BCS, NCCE resource developer for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, plus he is an assessor for the BCS / CAS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching, an NCCE Facilitator, a Raspberry Pi, Microsoft and Google Certified Educator, and a CEOP Ambassador. On Twitter, he is @computingchamps

Nic Hughes : Nic is a self-confessed IT geek. He is a class teacher, Head of Computing at Latymer Prep School, Primary CAS Master Teacher, CAS Hub leader, a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, a Pi-Top Champion, a Google Certified Educator and works part-time as an educational consultant for 3BM. He loves to explore the different ways technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. He is a massive fan of physical computing and robotics and how they can be used to support the teaching of programming. In the past he worked alongside the education team in the London Borough of Redbridge as an AST for ICT, running training, supporting schools and writing curriculum. He has been lucky enough to speak at a number of conferences over the years about his work with robots, physical computing and the application of Games Based Learning in the classroom. He is eager for as many teachers as possible to learn more about Computing and how to teach it effectively. Follow him @duck_star on twitter and he has a blog that he sometimes updates at

Paul Curzon

Phil Bagge: Phil is a Computing Inspector/Advisor working for Hampshire Inspection & Advisory Service and CAS Computing Master Teacher. Involved at the drafting stage in creating and refining the 2014 Computing Curriculum through the BCS and CAS. He currently teaches computing science in two Hampshire schools. A contributing author to Compute-IT KS3 Scheme of work and author of How to teach primary programming using Scratch and Crumble Creations, How to teach physical computing in primary classes. His code-it Computing science resources are the sixth most used primary computing resource in the UK.

Rohini Shah

Simon Airey 

Steve Kenny: Steve managed the successful reform of AQA’s A-level and GCSE Computer Science Qualifications in 2015/16 and has worked with teachers and stakeholders ever since to promote AQA’s suite of qualifications. As a former Head of Physics, and with a wealth of Awarding Body experience, Steve understands what is important to teachers.

Sue Sentance

Trevor Bragg

Vinay Thawait: Vinay is an experienced Computer Science specialist with more than 20 years of experience with teaching at secondary schools, leading and managing education and IT industries professionals as well as school improvements advisory work across three different local authorities. He has quadruple postgrads (M.Sc. M. Phil. NPQH, PGCE) from Nottingham, Warwick and Coventry universities. He is now working at the Cambridge Assessment OCR as the subject advisor for Computer Science, IT and iMedia. He has been involved with A-Level and GCSE Computer Science qualification reforms in England and provides supports to teachers across the country with the delivery and assessment of these qualifications. Vinay understands the challenges and pressures that teachers are facing in the current educational climate and is available to provide support as and when needed.

Wendy MacLeod

William Lau  William is a CAS Master Teacher currently in charge of Key Stage 4 Computing at Central Foundation Boys’ School. He has provided training in curriculum development, assessment and pedagogy at conferences, schools and universities across the country. In July 2017, William received an award from CSTA, Infosys USA and ACM for Excellence in teaching computer science. He has written two books and made a card game to help his students learn more about computer science.

William Marsh