Skills Day 2008: Speaker biographies

Bernard Aghedo, e-Learning Advisor, RSC London
Bernard joined the RSC in 2004 having previously worked for the NHS and in the voluntary and private sectors. From a technical background, Bernard applies his knowledge of how technology can solve real problems to his work at the RSC. He is particularly interested in the application of new technologies to teaching and learning and his contribution to the work in the region ensures that the RSC remains at the leading edge of technical innovation.

Malcolm Bodley
Malcolm is from an FE background where he taught various subjects including: Motor Vehicle Technology, Certificate in Education, City & Guilds 7302, A&V units. His experience of ILT started in 1999 when he joined a project called Essex Esential Skills initiative (EESI). This involved creating online learning packages for Motor Vehicle students working in small medium enterprises. After that he was sent on a ILT champions training course and became the college champion.

Maryse Fisher
Maryse started work at RSC Eastern in December 2001. In her role as e-Learning Advisor for Resources and Technologies she supports FE Learning Providers in the main with a focus on Learning Resources Managers and also e-Learning Managers in relation to technologies and the accessibility and inclusion remit. Before joining the RSC, Maryse studied for my BSc in Business Information Systems and previously worked for a company providing mobility equipment. She has one son aged 15 and lives in Essex.

Dicky Maidment-Otlet, JISC Communications Manager (Services and Outreach, Communications and Marketing)
Dicky is responsible for managing the Communications and Marketing for the Content Services, Organisational Support, and Networking committees. He also supports the JISC Digitisation programme, the Scholarly Communications group and the Zwolle group as well as being the first point of contact for JISC services within the team.

Hector Peebles, JISC Multimedia & Community Editor (Services and Outreach, Communications and Marketing)
As a member of the Communications and Marketing team, Hector provides multimedia support for recording and editing video/audio interviews, podcasts and screencasts, and works closely with the web developer and editor to broadcast them via JISC’s website. He is also responsible for the daily support & maintenance and creation of the JISC Involve blogs and wiki spaces.

Grace Porter, JISC Events Coordinator (Services and Outreach, Communications and Marketing)
Grace manages and coordinates a range of events including conferences, workshops, exhibitions, launches and the largest event of the year – the JISC Conference. In addition, she provides advice and guidance on events management and is the first point of contact for enquiries related to JISC events.

Andy Powell, Head of Development, Eduserve
Andy is Head of Development at the Eduserv Foundation where he is responsible for specifying and delivering the Foundation’s programme of internal research and standards-making activities and helping to oversee external grants. His primary areas of interest include: metadata, repositories and resource discovery; access and identity management; service architectures and Web 2.0; elearning, eportfolios and the use of 3-D virtual worlds such as Second Life in education.

Andy was the principle technical architect of the JISC Information Environment. He has been active in the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative for a number of years. He is a member of the DC Advisory Board and was previously a member of the DC Usage Board and chair of the DC Architecture Working Group. Andy jointly authored the DCMI Abstract Model and several other Dublin Core technical specifications. More recently he jointly authored the DC Eprints Application Profile for the JISC. He was also a member of the Open Archives Initiative technical committee. Andy was previously an Assistant Director at UKOLN, University of Bath and before that he worked for the University of Bath Computing Services (BUCS).

Wendy Salmon, Events Co-ordinator at JANET (UK)
Wendy was born in Lancashire and went to school on Wirral but then graduated from Gloucestershire College of Education with a B.Ed in Home Economics. Wendy taught for 12 years before taking a career break to concentrate on her singing. After spending three years working in the Music Department of the Bodleian Library in Oxford to support her singing she started working for UKERNA, as it was then known, as a Conference Administrator. Over the past 12 years Wendy has developed her event organising skills on the job.

Penny Windebank, JISCmail Director
Penny works in the e-Science Centre of the Science and Technology Facilities Council based at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. Penny is also responsible for supporting a number of services both internally to STFC and externally to the academic community.