UK Team

EdTechTeam is a network of educational technologists. Our core UK Team are detailed below or see our global team.

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Andrew Caffrey

Andrew is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and the Regional Director for EdTechTeam in the UK.  A former Assistant Headteacher, Geography Teacher and SLE at a Google for Education Reference School, Andrew received an Inspirational Educator Award from the Worshipful Company of Educators in 2016. Occasionally he builds something useful, such as the popular Add to Google Classroom Chrome Extension. Andrew is also the Volunteer Head of  Compliance at The Scout Association.

Cat Lamin

Cat is a former primary school teacher with 12 years of teaching experience. She has a passion for coding and computer science and specialises in supporting teachers who are getting started on their journey into using technology in the classroom. In 2017 Cat was shortlisted for the European Digital Woman of the Year award and has been invited to speak about her experiences teaching computer science  around the world including in Brazil, Argentina and the US. She is passionate about talking about equality, stereotypes and mental health as well as supporting the teaching of computer science. Cat is a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, CAS master teacher and Google Certified Innovator.

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Jessica Tyerman-Marsh

Jessica is a Google Certified Innovator with more than 14 years’ experience educating students of all ages. She obtained a Master’s in Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology while working on a federal grant with her University of Southern California professors. Now she is an instructor for her alma mater, helping student teachers acquire their credentials and infuse technology in their classrooms. She has lived and worked in several schools worldwide as a teacher, coordinator and librarian. She’s conducted ICT, GATE and IB PYP professional development in the US, Italy, Germany and the UK. Meanwhile, Jessica has designed curriculum, presented at conferences and contributed to educational articles and textbooks published internationally. She believes teaching students literacy skills (of all types) is essential to promote lifelong learning.

Ben Whitaker

Ben is a Google Certified Trainer & Innovator who delivers training across the UK and Europe on behalf of a number of providers. In June 2019, he was appointed as a Curriculum Manager at Burnley College after working as Chief Education Officer for Project Digital, a dynamic partnership between Burnley College and +24 Marketing to deliver digital apprenticeships in the North West. Their aim is simple: to plug the digital skills gap. Ben was previously Assistant Principal: Head of Sixth Form, having taught Religious Studies & Sociology for 12 years. He is an experienced examiner for four of the main examination boards and writes articles across the education spectrum. Ben is co-host of the Edufuturists podcast. One of his proudest achievements  is that he trained his own parents on GSuite and they actively use this in their own classroom practice.

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Laura White

Laura is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, BETT Speaker, and full time secondary school teacher. She leads on Digital Learning in a 3-18 selective independent school working primarily with iPads and GSuite. She is also a part-time Doctoral Research student at the Institute of Education researching the overlap between Digital Learning and Thinking Skills. Laura has been teaching for 12 years and is passionate about the potential for digital tools to impact positively on teaching and learning.

You can see Laura's introduction to Google Classroom here.

Paul M. Farrell

Paul worked for 23 years in the classroom, teaching Music, Drama, Dance and towards the end of his teaching career he taught ICT and Computing. From 2002 to 2010 Paul worked for local authorities across the country supporting the Government sponsored Secondary Strategy and consulted on the 1999 version of The National Curriculum for ICT with QCDA. He now works for C-Learning as the Consultancy and training manager and helps schools adopt a cloud-first approach to their educational technology. Paul also works for The Cambridge Partnership as a subject tutor for music, training secondary music teachers.

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Emma Pass

Emma is a Google Certified Innovator and  all-things-EdTech enthusiast! She first experienced the transformative power of educational technology when her secondary English classroom was awarded a grant for Google Chromebooks; she committed to going completely digital in the classroom and hasn’t looked back since. Emma is passionate about using technology to reach 100% student engagement, differentiate instruction, save time, increase efficiency, and much more. Just as every student learns differently, Emma knows that each teacher and classroom needs a unique digital toolbox to achieve their learning goals. She is confident in her ability to provide the right set of EdTech programs  for every educator through clear, comprehensive, hands-on training. Originally from the US, Emma has experience teaching in both the US and UK school systems.

You can see Emma's introduction to Google Sites here.

Mia Pledger

Mia is a Google Certified Trainer and Learning Technologist at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College. She has been working in education for almost 10 years and has experience working with children and young people of all ages. Mia's passion for education technology began when she decided to specialise in Computing while training as a primary school teacher where she realised that coding and technology could be a vehicle for creativity. Now she is studying a Masters in Digital Education with a research interest in playful and game based learning and how this can promote motivation, resilience and a growth mindset. She is experienced in delivering creative technology training and developing learning resources using a variety if digital tools both of which are often inspired by her playful approach. 


Darren Simons

Darren Simons is a lecturer in initial teacher training for the University of Suffolk at Suffolk New College and a developmental coach. He is module leader for curriculum design and specialises in integrating technology enhanced learning into the curriculum. He is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator. He creates and develops CPD programmes for staff of all levels focusing on technology and educational research.

Rachel Davey

Rachel is the Event Administrator for EdTechTeam UK. She studied History of Art at the University of York and graduated in 2019. Rachel uses her experience and creativity to provide administrative and marketing support to the UK team and their events.


Steven Hope

Steven is a Google Trainer and Innovator. Steven has been the Head of Independent Learning for Leeds City College and the colleges in the Luminate Education Group (Including Harrogate and Keighley) a post which he has held since August 2018. Prior to this Steven was the Technology Enhanced Learning manager for Leeds City College, and prior to this has 12 years experience in teaching sport and PE. Steven’s current role one focus is to increase staff and learners use of technology and their digital capabilities, this being no mean feat with over 1000 staff and 20000 learners at the colleges.Steven is a chair of governors at a primary school and before this was a governor at a secondary school in Leeds. Steven has worked as a standards verifier for BTEC for many years. Steven is co-host of the Edufuturists podcast.

Kev Bradshaw

Kev is proud to be a Google Certified Innovator (SWE19) and Trainer. As the Creative Learning Specialist at HSDC, Kev is responsible for supporting the development of digital skills at the college campuses and the quality of improvement of teaching and learning resources using video, visual design, and EdTech. He is also a member of the HSDC college governors committee. Kev has previous experience in teaching Photography and Moving Image in FE, as well as at HE level teaching film production.

Katie Wells

Katie has over 10 years experience of teaching full time in Key Stages 2-3 schools in the UK and South-East Asia. She has held numerous positions of responsibility including Head of Humanities, Digital Lead and is also currently an IT Champion for a Schools Trust. Katie’s role includes leading professional training of children and staff to enhance the successful provision of digital technology in lessons. She has extensive experience of working with iPads and Chromebooks in educational settings. Katie is a Certified Google Trainer

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