Event Two Panellists

The 2021 International e-Assessment Conference and Awards

Celebrating the Champions of Change


Rory McCorkle, Keynote speaker 2021 International e-Assessment Conference

Rory McCorkle PhD, Keynote Speaker

Senior Vice President of Business Development & Client Success, PSI

Rory McCorkle, PhD, is the Senior Vice President of Business Development & Client Success at PSI. Dr. McCorkle has extensive experience as an expert in the testing industry. During his career, he has worked with over 350 credentialing associations, educational institutions, and admissions testing organizations including numerous world-renowned certification and licensure programs and universities. Before joining PSI, he served as the president of International Credentialing Associates (ICA), leading a team that provided strategy, design, and development consulting for credentialing assessment organizations. Dr. McCorkle is also an adjunct faculty member at Saint Joseph’s University

Tim Burnett, Chair, e-Assessment Association

Tim Burnett, Chair

eAA Chairman. Head of Marketing, Surpass

Head of Marketing, Surpass Since his graduation from Loughborough University in 2000 with a BSc in Industrial Design and a teaching qualification, Tim has kept educational technology at the core of his career and personal activities. Over the years Tim has worked on a variety of learning and assessment projects with organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4, EON Productions, National Museum of Science & Industry, City & Guilds, Government Education Agencies and other educational providers. Throughout this time, best practices in the implementation of edtech have been a key point of interest and engagement. Working at BTL and being on the board with the e-Assessment Association has enabled Tim to develop a strong insight into the considerations and opportunities facing the future of education and its ongoing relationship with technology.

Dave Whyley, 2021 e-Assessment Conference and Awards

Dave Whyley

CEO Learning Technologies and Consultant, Whytek Consulting and Member of the 2021 International e-Assessment Awards judging panel

David has a wealth of experience in the education sector as a former Primary Headteacher, leader of the BETT Award winning Wolverhampton City Learning Technologies Team and is now CEO of his own successful EdTech consultancy company. David works with a number of UK and Global clients, including schools, educational establishments and multi-national tech companies. Having worked across the whole of the school sector he is able to bring his understanding of the key factors of successful EdTech implementation to bridge between the needs of schools and the latest developments in technology from the industry. His client base ranges from advising a UK EdTech demonstrator school to product development utilising A.I. to improve reading outcomes.
David's work is internationally highly respected and has been presented at numerous international keynotes and featured in many publications. Regarded as one of the most significant innovators in his field, his individual contribution has been recognised with an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Wolverhampton University.
He has also received the Mobile Learning Impact Award (USA), two BETT Awards and the inaugural lifetime achievement award from the e-Learning Foundation. He has been a board member for NAACE, is currently a Member of The Global Education Futures Forum (GEFF) and a judge for the e-Assessment Awards.

Claudia Bickford-Smith, 2021 e-Assessment Conference and Awards

Claudia Bickford-Smith

Director of Education Services, Oxford University Press and Member of the 2021 International e-Assessment Awards judging panel

Overseeing Assessment and Impact Services across international and local businesses. Claudia is partnering with some of the world's biggest online platforms to deliver standardized assessments, also developing competency-based assessments to match reform requirements in countries with large student cohorts. She oversees cross-functional teams across development, assessment, technology and operations, as well as sales and marketing divisions, to deliver online digital tests, new platforms for schools, searchable test item platforms and ecommerce to support the sale of the new services, while also engaging specialist panels/focus groups and UX trial groups to work with the programmes of continual trialling and usability research for products in development.
Claudia has experience in modernizing portfolios of international qualifications, ensuring learning outcomes align with assessment objectives, while also matching assessment requirements to technical capabilities (test delivery including auto marking, human marking, student and institutional reporting as well as benchmarking), updating processes and procedures documentation to support this. She has coordinated teams to define and implement short- to longer-term strategies and accompanying roadmaps for innovation in digital assessments and services, working closely with technology colleagues to define test-delivery needs (authoring, item bank and meta data), data strategy on learner performance and best-practice vendor selection.
Claudia brings over 30 years' experience of developing learning content and assessment solutions across a wide range of local and international contexts and has developed bespoke curricula, assessments, consultancy and training for Ministries of Education in Kazakhstan, Oman, UAE, Macedonia, Mongolia and Singapore.

Anand Karat, Vretta, Sponsor of the Most Innovative Use of Technology in Assessment

Anand Karat

President, Vretta. Sponsor of the Most Innovative Use of Technology in Assessment

Anand Karat is an engineer, entrepreneur, recreational violinist, and the CEO of Vretta - a multi-award winning, EdTech company, that has been instrumental in transforming the learning and assessment experiences in numerous jurisdictions around the world. Anand lives by his motto “Innovatively Now”, and has spent the past 20 years contributing to the transformation of organizational processes through innovation in technology. He collaborates with ministries, examination bodies, and academic institutions, and supports them through their transformation to modernized large-scale e-assessment and learning solutions. He also shares his expertise and leadership insights through educational advisory boards and steering committees on which he serves. On a not-so-busy day, you will find him mentoring students in an AI program, coaching entrepreneurs, analyzing whitepapers of blockchain technology projects, or playing an Irish folk song on his violin.

Richard Little, Panellist 2021 International e-Assessment Conference

Richard Little

Propositions Director, RM. Sponsor of the Best Transformational Project

Richard is responsible for managing RM’s existing customer propositions and developing new ones in the fields of e-assessment, school MIS, safeguarding and managed IT services. Working closely with schools, government ministries, examination boards and professional awarding bodies, Richard is seeking to stay one step ahead of what they may need. With over 20 years’ experience in delivering large scale hardware and software programmes, Richard started his career as a software developer, and then built on this technical background in a range of management roles spanning telecoms, business systems software development and information security. For the past 7 years, Richard has led the e-assessment proposition strategy for RM. In his words… “I have one of the best jobs in the company in that my team and I are tasked with developing propositions to help teachers teach, learners learn, and assessment take place more effectively than it has ever done before. What’s not to love about that?”

The International e-Assessment Conference and Awards Panellists Celebrating the Champions of change