Steering Group

This page gives details of our project’s steering group including membership, terms of reference and the minutes of our meetings. As well as being a place for us to share information with our steering group it is a place for anyone to see what is discussed and agreed in our meetings.

Second meeting, October 7th 2014

You can download the Project update slides presented on the day.
For members wishing to claim expenses – please download the Jisc Expense Form

Download the meeting notes
Download the updated Stakeholder Activity sheet



The first meeting, June 24th 2014

Project progress slides from the project manager (Laura Skilton)
Minutes (will be shared when agreed at the next meeting)

Our members

As well as staff from Mimas the steering group includes (a-z first names):

Anthony AylmerAnthony Aylmer, Advanced Practitioner in Sport Leicester College, repressing the 157 Group
Teacher Education and Development Manager at Leicester College.
Very passionate about all aspects pertaining to learning, teaching and assessment. Particular interests include the use of learning technology, creativity in the classroom and differentiation. Currently undertaking an EdD in Education, researching the effectiveness of different observation models.
Anthony BealeAntony Beale, eLearning Adviser Jisc RSC Northwest
Anthony is a JISC RSC eLearning adviser whose professional interests include digital literacy, information literacy and technology supported learning. He has worked closely with colleagues and tutors to develop information literacy skills workshops suitable for all levels of learners in the FE environment. During 2011 he developed interactive web tutorials as a guide to the SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy, Core Model for Higher Education at the University of Salford. In 2010 Anthony was awarded the CSG Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year Award.
Caroline IngramCaroline Ingram, Business and Community Engagement Manager Jisc Netskills
Dr Caroline Ingram joined Jisc Netskills based at Newcastle University in September 2010, and has been jointly managing the Jisc Services Business and Community Engagement (BCE) team with Dr Rob Allen. We support the use of technology in supporting the engagement between universities, colleges and external partners such as businesses and community organisations. Caroline has directed her own project management and research consultancy, CSI Consultancy Ltd, since April 2003. In her position as a consultant Caroline has been involved in many projects using innovative ICT within higher and further education, and covering diverse topics such as research on the need for peer review for Open Educational Resources, a metadata aggregations study, a review of the assets in the Excellence Gateway (now in the remit of the Education and Training Foundation), and a report on open content resources about employability. Caroline has previously helped MIMAS/ EDINA staff carry out consultation, and draft business planning and review documents for Jorum. Caroline is on twitter at, and the Jisc BCE team blog is at
Donald MacleanDonald Mclean, Technologies Manager at Perth College UHI
I work as Learning Technologies Manager at Perth College UHI, with responsibilities for Information/Library services, as well as Data Protection and FOI.I’m interested in pedagogy, technology, and creation of the simplest and most effective learning materials for students. I very much believe in the principle of OER, and believe that shared content creation and dissemination will provide a better experience for staff and students across the UK. I have a particular interest in Wearable Technologies at present, as I believe that there will be many educational applications for this technology as it progresses and becomes mainstream, affordable and more sophisticated.
Emily ArmstrongEmily Armstrong, Libraries Manager for the Hull College Group
Emily Armstrong is Libraries Manager for the Hull College Group, which covers Hull, Goole and Harrogate. She has worked there for over 10 years having previously been at the University of Lincoln. Her interests include library systems, eLearning and service development.
Helen AitonHelen Aiton, User Support Manager at EDINA
For the past 13 years I have been employed as the User Support Manager at EDINA. Based at the University of Edinburgh, EDINA is a Jisc funded data centre. Our user support team team provides interface design, usability testing, project management of service development, provision of help materials ( print, help pages and videos), training courses, outreach and an expert help desk for staff and students.EDINA develops and hosts: Jisc MediaHub, Digimap Collections for FE and Digimap for Colleges.
Jamie SmithJamie Smith, Director of Strategy & Infrastructure at South Staffordshire College
Passionate about innovation in education, the dynamics of people and technology and working with leaders who are serious about making a difference. Jamie is an experienced higher and further education leader specialising in strategy, innovation, creativity and development that enables leaders to achieve transformational change. As a Director in one of the most successful colleges in the UK, Jamie is driving the possibilities of technology enabled learning and how it can unlock creative potential and transform the wellbeing and happiness of communities. Partnering with IBM, Jamie has previously worked on the largest implementation of IBM Smart Cloud Social Collaboration Cloud technology in Europe and is part of a team shortlisted for a TES Award for Technology and Innovation in FE.Expert in business strategy and innovation, Jamie is passionate about reinventing education for the digital age and how leaders can create the right climate under which people can flourish, unlock their creative potential and thrive. A published author in wealth creation (‘Making Money from Stocks and Shares’) Jamie has also published numerous articles including a white paper in the International Journal of Cloud Computing, is a national and international conference speaker, presenting at Connect in Orlando, PULSE in Las Vegas and is also a TEDx speaker on ‘Education in the Digital Age’ (available via YouTube). Most recently Jamie presented at IBM Business Connect in London around the need for new business models in a digital world, the UCAS Digital Marketing conference on the exceptional student experience and the BELMAS conference on the future of FE.
Joe-WilsonJoe Wilson, Head of New Ventures at the Scottish Qualifications Authority and group chair
Originally a Teacher, Lecturer and latterly a senior manager in the Further Education and Community learning sectors before a move into a national role as a project manager and lead consultant at what was then the Scottish Further Education Unit with a broad remit including College restructuring, quality systems and innovation in the practice of learning and teaching, this included a secondment to Scottish Funding Council to lead on ICT staff development across sector.In 2003 I moved to Scottish Qualifications Authority initially leading the team than managed half of all vocational qualifications in Scotland. Since 2009 I have been Head of New Ventures at the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Lyn BenderLyn Bender, Interim Manager, Jisc RSC SW
I took up post as Interim Manager for the Jisc RSC SW in 2013. Prior to this, I joined Jisc in 2002 as an eLearning Advisor and have worked extensively at Strategic level, helping Senior Managers review, plan, and integrate technology across their organisations. I have a keen professional interest in Strategy, particularly in relation to the use of Technology in the Common Inspection Framework and in helping providers succeed in Inspection. Having worked extensively with our supported providers to review their use and approach to Digital Literacies I have a wealth of expertise to draw upon and (I hope) transfer to this project.
Matt DeanMatthew Dean, Technology Manager, Association of Colleges
Matt is responsible for developing and implementing AoC policy as it relates to the use of technology in Colleges, including data management, learning and teaching, IT infrastructure and academic and business processes. The role also includes responsibilty for STEM provision in Colleges.Immediately prior to joining AoC, Matt was part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Building Schools for the Future team with responsibility for the ICT work stream, having previously worked on large scale IT projects within the Children’s Services Directorate.Matt has worked as a lecturer and teacher in history at the University of Essex, and was a research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), and as a project and client manager for technology and education projects in the public and private sectors, including: a technology start up, a large software house developing products for the financial sector and for a web publishing company.
Nader JarmoozNader Jarmooz,
e-Learning Coordinator Forth Valley College of F & HE
August 2004 (Part time till August 2007 – full time to date) Lecturer in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Project Management.e-Learning Coordinator for Online CMI Project Management. Developing and teaching an extensive portfolio of subjects in engineering ranging from electrical fundamentals to analogue and digital. Responsible for development and delivery of Professional Development Award in Project management.
Nigel EccelsfieldNigel Ecclesfield, Head of change implementation support programmes – further education and skills – Jisc
Nigel Ecclesfield is currently working as Head of Change Implementation Support Programmes – FE and Skills in the Digital Futures Directorate at Jisc, supporting project work to repurpose existing resources and develop innovative uses of technology through FE provider projects throughout the UK in the Jisc FE and Skills Development and Resources programme. Other work includes integration of FE and Skills activity across Digital futures and Jisc more generally e.g. responses to ETAG and FELTAG, recent Government initiatives in England. From 1978 to 2003 he worked in FE colleges in a range of roles and from 2001 has been an inspector with a focus on Community Learning based on his community work in London, Liverpool and Devon. From 2003 he has worked for Becta, managing national surveys of the further education sector and LSIS, working on a range of technology projects and survey work and Jisc advance as a Programme Manager. He is particularly interested in the role of organisations and their influence on practitioner uses of technology, learner-centric education, teacher education and open scholarship. Nigel has been engaged in educational research since 1985 working for national agencies, European projects and higher education institutions and national bodies.
Paul Hollins, CETIS, representing the ALT FE committee
Awaiting bio
Paul McKeanPaul McKean, RSC NW Manager
Paul McKean joined Jisc as manager of RSC northwest in October 2013, after 14 years as Learning Resources and ILT Development Manager at Bolton College. Paul has recently been appointed Jisc FE and Skills Customer Advocate and will start this role in August 2014. Before joining Jisc Paul served on the RSC northwest Strategic Advisory Group for 7 years and was also formerly a member of the NILTA board and NIACE SIG for ICT. In his former role Paul successfully bid for and delivered a wide variety of ILT projects funded by AoC, NIACE, LSIS and Jisc, these included 2 Molenet projects and the development of the award winning Maths Everywhere App.
Paul RichardsonPaul Richardson, Elearning Adviser at JISC RSC Wales
Paul is a biologist and online educator, who has been involved in technology for learning since 2000. He helped to establish, and later coordinated, a part-time online degree programme at Bangor University (BA Internet, Learning and Organisations). He subsequently joined Coleg Harlech WEA as ILT coordinator. Since 2007 he has acted as an e-learning adviser at the Jisc Regional Support Centre Wales, and is based in Anglesey. He is also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University.
Penny RobertsonPenny Robertson, Advisor: Learning Resources, Jisc RSC Scotland

Penny is Advisor for Learning Resources for Jisc RSC Scotland, with a remit covering the advancement of technology in an educational context with specific relevance in repositories, open educational resources and digital library development, a current project she is working on with City of Glasgow College is looking at open source systems in libraries. Previous to this post she worked as Information Architecture Manager at Scottish Qualifications Authority to develop the application of good information management and governance and working with teams to ensure the security and governance of information and data and creating policy and strategy for the organisation. Penny began her career working with the SLIC and CILIPS as senior information officer covering a wide remit that included the development of cross sectoral national initiatives for sharing and presenting library information online. She is currently a committee member of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Scotland and has a specific interest in the use and exploitation of library data.
Roger TrittonRoger Tritton, Head of Projects (acting) JISC Collections
Roger has an interim (maternity cover) role as Head of Projects at Jisc Collections. He manages a wide portfolio of development and research initiatives – supporting the provision and use of digital content in UK research and education. Roger’s previous experience includes product management roles in the Science and Technology Books division at Elsevier, at ProQuest Dialog, and at ProQuest. Having started his career in illustrated reference publishing, Roger has worked in digital information for some 20 years.
RUTH HANSFORDRuth Hansford, Project Manager, Interactive Learning Resources for Skills, Jisc Collections
Ruth joined Jisc in March this year to work on the INTERACTIVE LEARNING RESOURCES FOR SKILLS project. The project was funded by BIS and aims to make interactive learning content available for training providers in England. Ruth has been investigating how best to serve the learners in this diverse sector, by listening to a wide range of learners and training providers. Originally a linguist, language teacher and librarian, Ruth has latterly been putting her research, writing and information-management background to use in the arts sector: she designed and managed a major collaborative project on noise and musicians’ hearing at the BBC, and was responsible for the BBC’s learning offer to 50+ arts organisations on the pilot of The Space (BBC/Arts Council partnership ‘building digital capacity in the arts’ that produced a digital arts festival, 2012).
Suzanne ScottSuzanne Scott, Technology Enhanced Learning Manager, Borders College
Having graduated with an Honours Degree in Communication with Modern Languages and an MSc in Computing Science, I began my working life as a User Interface Designer with Nokia. After 3 years in this role I became the Usability Lead with Nokia where I stayed for another 3 years. Eventually my desire to teach combined with a return to Scotland lead me to a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Dundee where I taught Computing, Design and Business related topics. An interest in FE compared to HE brought me to Borders College, where I have been for the last 5 years initially as a Computing Lecturer and more recently as the Technology Enhanced Learning Manager. A summary of my current role is captured below:
Sybil LangSybil Lang, Health Education Development Officer at College Development Network
Graduated from University of Edinburgh initially with BSc in Nursing and Social Sciences and then a MSc in Nursing and Education. A varied career followed within the NHS including setting up acute and chronic services across Edinburgh and managing a strategic Scottish Government national project in relation to changing roles within NHS Scotland. Currently I have a national role within in the college sector to ensure partnership working with NHS Boards, Local Authorities, Voluntary and Private Sector and FE and HE sectors within Scotland in relation to Early Education, Health and Social Care. This has included resource sharing and the successful completion of a Jisc project linking resources to a Professional development award in Dementia Care. I am also a keen runner and completed the Paris marathon in April this year.