UKForCE Steering Group

The current members of UKForCE Steering Group are:

jeff magee photoProf Jeff Magee FREng (Chair)

Professor Jeff Magee is Principal of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College. He is a graduate in electrical engineering and holds MSc and PhD degrees in Computing Science from Imperial College London. He was appointed Head of the Department of Computing at Imperial in 2004 and Deputy Principal (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering in 2008.

His research is concerned with the software engineering of self-adaptive and distributed systems, including design methods, analysis techniques, operating systems, languages and program support environments for these systems.  His work on software architecture was put to commercial use by Phillips in consumer television products. His work with industry also includes collaborations with BP, BT, NATS, Fujitsu, Barclays Capital, QinetiQ, and Kodak.

He is the author of over 100 refereed publications and has co-authored a book on concurrent programming entitled ‘Concurrency – State models and Java programs’ which is now in its 2nd Edition and has sold over 15,000 copies. He was co-editor of the ‘Institute of Electrical Engineering’s Proceedings on Software Engineering’ and until 2007 was Associate Editor of ‘Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology’. He is the co-recipient of the 2005 ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering Outstanding Research Award for his work in Distributed Software Engineering.

He was awarded the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) 1999 Brendan Murphy prize for the best paper in Distributed Systems and the IEE Informatics Premium prize for 1998/99 for a paper jointly authored with Professor Kramer on Software Architecture.

Liz_Bacon_photoProfessor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, FBCS, CITP, FHEA

Liz is a Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich. She is a former President of the BCS, a past Chair of both the BCS Academy of Computing, and CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) national committee. She is / has been involved in many professional activities during her career which include working with e-skills UK, the Science Council, Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM) and EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education). Prof Bacon is a Co-Director of the eCentre research group and has been involved in research related to the supply and demand of e-skills for over 10 years. She is an experienced systems designer and developer, with the bulk of her research and practice activity being directly industry facing, through knowledge transfer and consultancy.



Mile Berry, member of the UKForCE Steering GroupMiles Berry

Miles is principal lecturer in Computing Education at the University of Roehampton. Prior to joining Roehampton, he spent 18 years in four schools, much of the time as an ICT coordinator and most recently as a head teacher. His research interests include informal learning and the pedagogies of computer science education. He is a former chair of Naace, the ICT subject association, and continues to serve on its board of management and is a member the management board of Computing At School. He is a fellow of the BCS, RSA and HEA.

Over the years he has contributed to a number of computing related projects including: CAS’s computer science curriculum, the national curriculum computing programmes of study, the CAS / Naace guide to the computing curriculum for primary teachers, training of CAS Master Teachers, Rising Stars Switched on Computing, an e-book on computer science for Microsoft Education, Barefoot Computing, and Code Club Pro’s training materials.

He gives regular keynotes and CPD workshops on computing and education technology nationwide and also has a number of international consultancy projects involving curriculum development and CPD.

Theo Blackwell

Theo Blackwell, member of UKForCE Steering GroupTheo runs Next Gen Skills campaign for games industry trade body Ukie to improve the computer programming skills needed for the future growth of the economy.  Previously, he has had roles with the British Phonographic Industry, the Social Market Foundation, and the Work Foundation. He was also Adviser to UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox and Parliamentary Assistant to Ross Cranston QC MP for three years.  Theo is also Cabinet member for Finance and Technology Policy for Camden Council.





markchambersMark Chambers

Mark is Chief Executive of Naace, the national membership association for everyone passionate about technology and computing as a tool for school improvement. Naace is a community of schools, teachers, those who work with schools and the Education Technology industry proud of its independence and 30 year history of successful contribution to this agenda. Prior to this, Mark was a Secondary School Leader and the Head of Service for a Local Authority School Support team.



andyconnell2Andy Connell

Andy is currently Chair of the Association for IT in Teacher Education (ITTE), and Director of Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programmes at Keele University. Prior to this, he was Director of the PGCE programme at Keele and Associate Director PGCE at Liverpool Hope University. Andy was also Head of ICT and Business Studies at a secondary school for six years. In September 2014, he takes up a new role as head of ITE at University of Chester.

TDr Tom Crick 1om Crick

Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University, having completed his PhD and post-doctoral research at the University of Bath. He is a member of HiPEAC, the European FP7 Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation and a 2014 Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute. He is also a 2014 HEA National Teaching Fellow.

Tom is Chair of CAS Wales and sits on the Welsh Government’s National Digital Learning Council as well as the National Assembly for Wales Cross-Party Group on Science & Technology. He chaired the Welsh Government’s 2013 review of the ICT curriculum and represents Wales on the UK Digital Skills Task Force (initiated by Ed Miliband and led by Maggie Philbin). He is a Trustee of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the British Science Association and sits on the board of directors of the Campaign for Science & Engineering, the leading independent advocate for science and engineering in the UK. He blogs at Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything, or you can find him on Twitter: @DrTomCrick.

quintincuttsQuintin Cutts

Quintin is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Glasgow. His research centres on computer science education, with further interest in the use of technology to enhance face-to-face teaching and learning environments. He is involved in the development of school curricula for computer science, contributing to the new Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland, as well as initiatives further afield in England and internationally. He has received awards for learning and teaching excellence, and is committed to engaging students deeply with their studies at all levels, drawing on his own and other research into psychological aspects of learning and technology in education.


Small bw photoDebbie Forster

Debbie Forster is the UK Managing Director of Apps for Good, an award-winning education technology movement that aims to create a generation of problem solvers and digital makers.  The programme helps young people learn to create imaginative apps that change their world, giving them a launchpad in social enterprise and the exciting world of technology, design and innovation. Debbie led  the roll-out of the programme in the UK, helping the programme to grow 50 students in London to over 20,000 young people across the UK in just 3 years. Prior to joining Apps for Good, Debbie was Head of Education for the UK’s sector skills council on IT, advising on education policy and strategy and acting as the organisation’s education spokesperson. Debbie has 20 years of educational experience teaching in a wide range of schools in the UK and the US and served for six years as headteacher in a UK secondary school.


Bob Bob Harrison

Bob has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher, senior manager, Principal and  Governor. He has worked with Head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College of Teaching and Leadership College Principals Qualification and the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme. Bob is also Vice Chair of Governors at Northern College and a governor of a Trafford school. Bob was made an Honorary Life member of CGLI for services to Vocational Education following 12 years as Chief Examiner. He has been Toshiba’s Education Adviser for 13 years and is a writer, presenter and researcher on mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning. Toshiba is the “lead employer” in the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology. He is currently the Chair of the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board, a HE/Industry/Schools/DfE/NCTL group which aims to ensure that the next generation of teachers have the necessary skills to prepare children for their lives as workers and digital citizens in the 3rd Millennium. Bob was a leading member of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group and is now a member of the Ministerial Educational Technology Action Group chaired by Professor Stephen Heppell. Bob regularly visits the Palo Alto campus of Stanford University to research current developments and is particularly interested in the “education’s digital future” at Stanford and will be a judge at the Stanford Education Technology Expo in August 2014. Bob is also a judge for the BIS Technology Strategy Board Learning Technology-Design for Impact fund. The DfE have just nominated Bob to represent them at the INTEL STEM International conference in Jerusalem. He is a Board member of the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education(NIACE) and the UfI Trust.



rhysDr Rhys Morgan

Dr Rhys Morgan is Director of Engineering and Education at The Royal Academy of Engineering. Rhys is taking a leading role to co-ordinate the work of the engineering community in ensuring the education system is appropriate at all levels for developing the next generation of engineers. The Academy’s work includes providing educational support through teacher CPD and curriculum resource materials, research into learning and teaching in engineering education, development of curricula and qualifications, improving the diversity of people entering engineering careers and changing perceptions and attitudes towards engineering among young people and their influencers. Prior to this role, Rhys was the Education and Skills policy manager at the Academy, and co-ordinated the activities of Education for Engineering (E4E), the alliance of the 36 professional engineering institutions, Engineering Council and EngineeringUK, providing a single voice from the engineering community on education and skills matters. In this role, Rhys worked closely with mathematics and science communities to ensure coherent, coordinated advice to government on STEM education. Dr Morgan’s background is as an engineer and an academic. In addition to his current role, he is also a visiting lecturer at Imperial College Department of Aeronautics and has held academic posts at Cambridge University, Institute for Manufacturing and a number of other UK universities.

Simon Peyton JonesSimon Peyton Jones, Microsoft

Simon is a programming-language researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.  His main research focus is on functional programming, and Haskell in particular.  He was a founder member, and  serves as chair of, the Computing at School group (CAS) that played a leading role in the recent reform of the Computing curriculum.





Prof Richard Noss

Richard is Professor of Mathematics Education, and co-director of the London Knowledge Lab, an interdisciplinary collaboration between learning scientists at the Institute of Education and computing scientists at Birkbeck, University of London. He was the deputy scientific manager for the EU Kaleidoscope network of excellence for technology-enhanced learning. Richard directed the Technology Enhanced Learning Research Programme, a five-year programme funded jointly by the EPSRC and the ESRC, which sought to push forward the frontiers of the design and application of technology for learning. Richard’s research over 3 decades has involved the study of children and adults programming as a means to express and share mathematical ideas. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and holds an honorary chair at the University of Melbourne. Richard has a Masters degree in pure mathematics and a PhD in mathematical education.

David WaughDavid Waugh

David is the Head Teacher of Poynton High School and Performing Arts College, with 1,600 students and 200 staff. Poynton High School is a Local Authority Maintained, 11-18 secondary school. He originally studied mathematics before becoming a teacher. He is chair of two school federations which include both primary and secondary schools. He is also currently Chair of the Local Authority’s Fair Access Panels. Before taking up his role at Poynton High School, David had several roles in teaching, from Head of Maths to Deputy Head Teacher. he has been a consultant for Collaborative Leadership for DfES, BECTA, Local Authority and SSATrust, and also a consultant for Specialism for the SSATrust.

In 1999, David was a National Teaching Awards Trust national winner.