Event Four Panellists
Professor Geoff MastersWinner of the 2021 Lifetime Contribution Award
Geoff Masters, AO, BSc, MEd UWA, PhD Chicago, FACE, FACEL, is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian
Council for Educational Research (ACER) – a role he has held since 1998. He has published widely in
the fields of educational assessment and research. He is a globally renowned speaker on progressive
assessment, including e-assessment.
Under Professor Masters’ direction, ACER has grown from a national organisation based in Melbourne
to one of the world’s leading educational research centres, specialising in assessment. ACER now has
regional offices in five cities across Australia and five international offices.
As CEO, Professor Masters has presided over ACER’s embrace of e-assessment, including the
development and delivery of the first digital assessments for OECD PISA in 2006 (science), 2009
(reading) and 2012 (mathematics and problem solving), using innovative interactive item formats; the
first international assessment of computer and information Literacy – the IEA’s ICILS (2013 and 2018);
the initiation of online adaptive assessment designs that have been implemented in national population
assessment programs including the Scottish National Standardised Assessments and the Australian
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy; and the establishment of a thriving in-house
software development unit that has facilitated the delivery of 30 million e-assessments.
Matt Wingfield, ChaireAA Chief Executive and independent consultant
With over twenty-nine years experience within the education market as a teacher and working in a variety of roles for technology providers, Matt has built up a significant understanding of the issues relating to the use of e-assessment within education. In 2010 Matt joined the board of the e-Assessment Association as the association’s Membership Secretary, and then in 2012 he was elected as Chairman, with a focus on supporting the association’s remit to support and inform policy-makers, providers and educators in the use of e-assessment as part of learning delivery. Until recently Matt was Chief Business Development Officer for leading evidence-based assessment technology provider Digital Assess, a role that has seen him work closely with a number of leading assessment providers and awarding organisations. | Matt now works as an independent consultant within the educational technology sector, supporting technology providers with market strategy development, and both awarding bodies and educators in maximising the positive impact of technology on assessment delivery.
Dr Eleanor AndressenEducation researcher and consultant. Director, Andressen Byram Ltd
Supporting customers with impact evaluation, performance insights and product design initiation and feedback, Eleanor has a combination of commercial and product development expertise in qualifications and assessments and a PhD in Education, She is also Honorary Associate of the UCL Institute of Education’s Centre for Post-14 Education and Work, Steering Group member of the AEA-Europe Assessment Cultures Special Interest Group and Peer-reviewer for Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning Journal.
In November 2020, Eleanor chaired a panel discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on national high stakes assessments at AEA-Europe as part of the launch of the Assessment Cultures special interest group (steering group member).
Dr Peter AlstonDirector of Learning Design in the School of Technology at BPP University
With a background in information systems and web development/programming, and a PhD in eResearch & Technology Enhanced Learning, Pete is the Director of Learning Design in the School of Technology at BPP University, where he has oversight and ownership of the curriculum design and development process. His PhD thesis presented an institutional ethnography aimed at uncovering influential factors in the design and implementation of electronic assessment within HE; an area which continues to be the focus of his scholarly work.
He has held senior academic positions in learning and teaching and as a subject expert at BPP University, University of Liverpool and Edge Hill University over the course of a 15+ year career in Higher Education. Pete also served as a Director of Learning Solutions at Laureate Online Education, with responsibility for cultivating relationships with partner institutions, and providing strategic vision and oversight for the design and development of wholly online postgraduate academic programs.
Janine OliverNCFE Head of Assessment Innovation. Sponsor of Best Research
Janine has worked in the education and training sector for over 13 years, leading the delivery of training opportunities to staff within healthcare. A qualified teacher, assessor and leader, Janine has extensive experience of working with educational organisations to identify improvements and implement strategies that deliver results for learners.
Recently appointed as Head of Assessment Innovation at NCFE, Janine is leading the thinking on approach and solutions for delivering high quality, fair and inclusive assessments. This involves utilising learning analytics to support the improvement of teaching, learning, assessment, and ultimately learner outcomes.
Passionate about the power of learning, Janine believes that everyone has the right to high-quality, transformative learning experiences. With this in mind, she has dedicated her whole career to improving learner experience in different ways - from looking at her own delivery as a teacher, to then working with organisations to improve their provision later in her career.
Janine has worked with learners of all ages and stages of life in her different roles, demonstrating her commitment to lifelong learning. She originally started delivering vocational learning as part of the flagship Young Apprenticeship programme for 14–16-year-olds. This involved supporting young people to develop the skills and experience necessary to pursue a career in healthcare. It was delivered to over 7 cohorts, many of whom are now working as healthcare professionals. She then moved into the adult learning space, delivering apprenticeships and improving the quality of teaching and learning for a national apprenticeship contract.
Within NCFE, prior to her current role, Janine was integral to building and operationalising NCFE’s EPA Plus offer, which quickly grew from a start-up to a business unit with a £3 million turnover in under 5 years. As Head of Assessment Innovation, Janine is now looking forward to spearheading the future of assessment for NCFE, contributing to impactful change across the sector.
Garrett SherryVP, Account Management-EMEA, Prometric. Sponsor of the Lifetime Contribution Award
Garrett Sherry, Vice President - EMEA, leads the Prometric commercial team in the region and is responsible for client testing programme delivery and strategic partnerships. He is a 16 year veteran in the assessment industry with a focus on delivering technology-enabled testing and assessment solutions for a variety of client organisations in the Driver Testing, Pre-Employment, Healthcare and Professional Certification sectors. He has worked with clients on implementing a number of complex conversions to computer based testing. A regular presenter at assessment industry conferences in EMEA and the USA, he is a previous chair of the European Association of Test Publishers and represents Prometric at CIECA the international driver testing commission. Prior to joining Prometric Garrett spent 14 years with Reuters, the global media and technology company in a number of international management roles. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE) at Dublin City University.
Charles Fadel, Keynote SpeakerFounder & Chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign
Charles Fadel is a global education thought leader and author, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of Center for Curriculum Redesign; project director Harvard GSE; member President’s Council at Olin College of Engineering; chair education committee at BIAC/OECD; co-author of “Artificial Intelligence in Education” (2019); “Four-Dimensional Education” (framework in 21 languages) and best-selling “21st Century Skills”; founder and president Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland). Has worked with education systems and institutions in more than 30 countries. Spent 25 years in technology management (M/A-COM; Analog Devices); founder of Neurodyne AI; formerly Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, visiting scholar at MIT ESG and Wharton/Penn CLO, angel investor with Beacon Angels. BSEE, MBA, seven patents.