During the series we will be hosting guests from a wide range of educational sectors and backgrounds. This is where you can find their biographies and links to connect with them on social media.

Season 2

Damian Hughes - Episode 2.04

About Damian

Professor Damian Hughes is an international speaker and bestselling author who combines his practical and academic background within sport, organisational development and change psychology, to help organisations and teams to create a high performing culture.

He is the author of eight best-selling business books, including Liquid Thinking, Liquid Leadership, How to Change Absolutely Anything, How to Think Like Sir Alex Ferguson, The Five STEPS to a Winning Mindset and The Barcelona Way: Unlocking the DNA of a Winning Culture. These have been translated into ten languages. He has also been nominated for the 2007 William

Hill Sports book of the year award for Peerless, his biography of boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson.


The people, resources and other goodies mentioned in this episode were:

CAT LAMIN - Episode 2.03

About Cat

Until 2014, Cat’s entire goal in life was to become a successful primary school teacher, but since September 2016, she left the classroom to become an independent consultant sharing her knowledge and understanding of computer science with other teachers.

Her passion is to share her knowledge and enjoyment of computing science, coding and all things Raspberry Pi & micro:bit. More recently, she’s been working on projects around mental health, sharing her own experiences with depression and exploring how mental health can affect the teaching world – you can find out more by heading to

She has worked independently for organisations in Canada, Brazil, Argentina and the US; is a Google Certified Trainer & Innovator, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, CAS Master Teacher and was made an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2015.

Cat was also instrumental in setting up and leading the Global GEG virtual staffroom which provided a safe and humorous space for educators to seek help, let off steam or just meet with like minded individuals.


The people, resources and other goodies mentioned in this episode were:

Mark anderson - Episode 2.02

About Mark

Mark taught ICT and Computing for more than twenty years at schools in the UK with a wide variety of roles ranging from teacher, local authority lead teacher, head of department, governor to SLT. He is also an award-winning blogger, best-selling author and now runs his own consultancy and training business, ICT Evangelist. His business sees him working alongside teachers, schools, colleges, universities and leadership exploring effective use of technology, deployment and digital strategy alongside working with educational technology companies around the world.

Alongside this, Mark also co-founded the global edtech site for educators around the world sharing about edtech. He also co-hosts two weekly shows on YouTube focusing on education, #LearnLiveUAE and #UKEduStories, has advised the DfE and steered many important UK and global initiatives around sharing of best practice with technology in education.

Noted for his practical and evidence-informed approaches that support teaching, learning and leadership. Mark tweets @ICTEvangelist and his website can be found at


The people, resources and other goodies mentioned in this episode were (brace yourselves, he loves a good shout out does Mark):

Jake Miller - Episode 2.01

About Jake

Jake Miller is an edtech and learning enthusiast who hosts the Educational Duct Tape podcast and shares #EduGIFs at @JakeMillerTech and on He works as a science teacher for the Orange City School District in Ohio and previously spent 5 years as a technology integration specialist and an additional 12 years in the classroom teaching math, science & STEM at various grade levels. Jake’s favourite job, however, is his full-time position as a husband and father.


The people, resources and other goodies mentioned in this episode were:

Season 1

Miles Berry - Episode Nine

Miles Berry

Miles is principal lecturer in computing education at the University of Roehampton. He teaches on the secondary initial teacher training & PGCE courses and on the university's digital media degree. Before joining Roehampton, he was a primary ICT coordinator, deputy head and head teacher, alongside running the network in a couple of the schools he worked in.

He's long been an advocate for open source software and approaches, and was a pivotal figure in the move from ICT to computing, as part of the team that drafted England's computing curriculum, as the author of Switched On Computing and QuickStart Computing and through involvement in CAS, the CSTA, the BCS and the new National Centre for Computing Education.

Back in the days when we were allowed to leave the country, he used to be in demand internationally for keynotes, workshops and consultancy, but more recently his time has largely been spent running, baking and teaching his nine year old daughter. You can interact with Miles on Twitter by searching for @mberry

Zaitoon Bukhari - Episode EIGHT

Zaitoon Bukhari

Zaitoon specialised in human biology at University of Huddersfield and completed her teacher training at Bradford College. Two years into her teaching career she re-specialised at the University of Cumbria in physics - and has taught physics ever since.

In her time at Witton Park Academy she has been second in science, pupil premium coordinator and her current role of whole school EdTech teaching and learning lead. Last year she was successful in becoming an SLE in Integrating Technology as well being a Google Certified Educator, Trainer and Innovator.

She has helped to gain Google Reference School status for Witton Park and played a big part in it’s recognition as one of the 50 schools within the EdTech 50 award. Follow her on Twitter at @zbukhari197

Dan Manley - Episode EIGHT

Dan Manley

When Dan was younger he wanted to be either a musician or an electrician. Somewhere along the way he got lost and became an IT Technician.

He started his career 7 years ago in industry, and has gone through many different roles and sectors of the IT industry from hospitality to hosted cloud solutions. All this before finding his way into his first position in education at Witton Park Academy. He is the IDS & Google Lead, and a Google Certified Trainer.

He created the Inclusive Digital Services team to foster closer working ties between technical & teaching staff , and break down the barriers between IT and the rest of the school. You can find him on Twitter at @edutechr_

Mariana Martins - Episode Seven

Mariana Martins

Mariana is a librarian in South London, who used to be an English teacher and deputy head in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. She has the trademark posture of a professional who is always in search of new knowledge. In fact, Mariana cannot control her passion for learning - especially if there is technology involved!

A successful language and literature Google Certified Educator with 20 years of experience, she is also a Microsoft for Education Skype Guest Speaker. Mariana has offered different academic scenarios high-quality teaching materials development services.

She is also an Arts enthusiast, having organised groups of patchwork artists, worked in the theatre as backstage staff and fostered relationships between public libraries and schools in the UK and abroad.

Jamie Smith - Episode SIX

Jamie Smith

Jamie is the co-owner and Executive Chairman of C-Learning and the co-founder and co-owner of Statistics24.

His TEDx talk called 'Education in the Digital Age' is available on Youtube, and is well worth a watch. He is a commercial Udemy instructor, published author in the field of wealth creation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts among wider things.

He was the Chair of the Board of an outstanding school and has set up a new MAT. He describes himself as an innovative leader helping people to be more impactful with technology that's simple to use, trusted, and makes life better.

He is passionate about education, digital, people, new thinking, disruptive technology and innovation and is on a technology enabled but people driven mission to empower organisations to achieve more. His book, Making Money from Stocks and Shares, is available on Amazon here and you can follow him on Twitter via @CloudBusiness9

EMMA PASS - Episode Five

Emma Pass

Emma is a Google Certified Trainer & Innovator, and all-things-EdTech enthusiast! She currently teaches 7th & 8th grade language arts at a hybrid school in Fort Collins Colorado, where students spend half the week on campus, learning face-to-face, and half the time at home, learning online. She has lived and taught in Colorado, Las Vegas, and London, UK. Emma Tweets as @emmabpass


David Price OBE

David Price, OBE, is an author, speaker and trainer. He writes, talks, trains and advises around the world, on some of the biggest challenges facing business, education and society.

He has taught for 30 years across community, adult, and school sectors, and has held senior leadership positions in further and tertiary colleges.

His first book, 'OPEN: How We'll Work, Live and Learn In The Future' has been an Amazon best-seller since its publication, The follow-up ‘Learning To Be Open’ will be published in 2019. In 2017, he edited 'Education Forward’, a collection of essays arguing for a future-focused education system. His new book, “We’ll Figure It Out: Mass Ingenuity & The Power Of Us” will be published in Autumn 2020.

Clients for his training work include government departments in Singapore, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, many universities and thousands of schools in the USA, UK, Europe, Asia and Australia and New Zealand.

He is an advisor to the Canadian Educators Association, the Mastery Transcript Consortium, based in the US, and to Vega Schools, in India. In 2009 he was awarded the O.B.E. for services to education by Her Majesty the Queen.

You can follow David on Twitter @DavidPriceOBE

Scott Hayden - Episode Three

Scott Hayden

Scott is a Lecturer/ Teacher Trainer/ Speaker/ EdTech Consultant/ Social Media specialist/ Founder and Manager of a team that supports and trains both staff and students in using digital, creative, innovative approaches for Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

His work has an emphasis on collaboration, creativity, communication, empathy, industry relevance, and providing bespoke, personalised, and differentiated 1-1, Team, and Inset Day training while he continues to teach two days a week.

In 2014 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for innovative use of Social Media and application of Educational Technology after receiving praise and recognition for work developing new approaches to teaching and learning in the online community.

His techniques and style of teaching and assessing have been cited by Edexcel, Ofsted, The Times, and Jisc as ‘Outstanding’ practice of innovative engaging pedagogy.

He was shortlisted for the TES FE Awards for ‘Teacher of the Year 2015’ and has since created a team that won the ‘Outstanding use of Technology for improving Teaching, Learning and Assessment’ award in 2018 while also being named in the EdTech50.

He is a National Advisor for The Education Foundation and EdTech UK contributing to Reports, Research, Webinars, and creating Documentaries around the UK about the best edtech practice in FE. Scott has also assisted in creating online learning courses on Digital Teaching for the Education and Training Foundation, written for the TES, been featured in Future Learn courses on Digital Learning, presented at The Telegraph Education Festival, AoC, Jisc, mSchools, and AOSEC events about his practice, and works as a Consultant for Senior Management Teams and fellow Educators as a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator.

In addition to his role as an Educator he also produces and directs music videos for independent artists and takes students on set to help them gain work experience. Scott tweets as @ScottdHayden

Georgina Dean - Episode Two

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Georgina Dean

Georgina is a passionate EdTech Leader who has experienced school life in the UK, Canada, Egypt, Mexico, and Jordan. She moved to Cairo, Egypt 13yrs ago to help change the world of education for the better, and this is what she’s been doing for over a decade now. Georgina is currently working for a non-profit K-12 International School in the capital of Jordan, where she supports education stakeholders with their learning technology integration. She believes that it's an exciting time to be an education leader in the Middle East, and now globally, and is really grateful to be part of that growth. Georgina is recognised as a Google for Education Certified Trainer; Google for Education Group Leader (GEG Amman); Adobe Education Trainer, Leader, and Campus Leader; Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator & Apple Teacher She is currently working as an Education Technology Consultant in Amman, Jordan and tweets as @TechyLeaderEDU.

Ben Whitaker - Episode One

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Ben Whitaker

Ben is a certified Google Trainer, Google Innovator and former Assistant Principal, who has led training around the UK and beyond. He is a passionate speaker who engages and inspires all those he works with. He has a background in leading sixth form, senior leadership and school governance. Ben's teaching speciality is 11-18 Religious Education and Philosophy and he still examines for a number of boards to keep his hand in. Ben is currently Curriculum Manager and Digital Technology Lead at Burnley College in Lancashire, where he is based, having left his role as Chief Education Officer for Project Digital in June 2019. Ben has written articles on lots of topics, featuring in the ISC Digital magazine and speaking on various BETT stands over the years. Alongside this full-time role in the FE sector, Ben is a Director of Edufuturists, which he describes as a movement of educators, leaders and change agents who are committed to studying the trends of education and preparing students for a future yet to be discovered. The Edufuturists Podcast now has over 100 episodes and can be found at where you can also find information about their annual Summit and Awards. Ben tweets as @itsbenwhitaker.


Due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak the Edufuturists Summit will now be taking place in Autumn 2020. Check the Edufuturists Twitter page or their website for further details.