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Core Education was founded in January 2007 by a team of experienced associates who have been working closely together since 1988, with a wide range of skills and experience in the research and development of learning with emerging technologies.

The Team

Dr Richard Millwood FRSA, FBCS CITP - Director

Phone: +44 779 055 8641

Also Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. For the last four years course director for the Masters in Technology and Learning at Trinity. Until 2013 Richard was Reader at the University of Bolton Institute for Educational Cybernetics and before that Director of Ultralab and caretaker of a global reputation. Richard co-founded Core Education in January 2007. With a background in teaching at secondary and university level his passion is the application of technology to make learning delightful and productive for the learner and employer. Richard has considerable research and consultancy experience in a range of areas including software, learning environments and digital creativity. His clients include government agencies, companies and UNESCO.


Stephen Capper MBA, FRSA - Director

Phone: +44 7796 944 309

Headteacher, school improver and scholar, Stephen set out as and English teacher. His experience, gained in London, City of Leicester and Essex schools, includes navigating two schools out of special measures, the careful and prolonged management of a school closure and the creation of co-operative learning partnership organisations combining the efforts of all local primary and secondary schools. Stephen gave the 2011 Owers Lecture on the University Technology College movement and works on school improvement nationally and internationally.


Janey Avery BSc NPQH - Associate

Janey is a highly experienced school leader, coach and consultant. She is trained in junior, middle and secondary phases with a specialism in Mathematics and SEND. She has taught in primary and secondary schools and has held the positions of SENCO, Deputy Headteacher in London, Essex and acting Principal in Kent. Janey has experience working in a range of settings and has successfully prepared schools for Ofsted inspection, most recently to ‘outstanding’ grades across the board. She works in the UK and abroad and has a successful track record as a teaching and learning coach.


Joy Hooper - Associate

Joy has over ten years experience managing digital projects for the education sector using established project management methodologies. Working for the NZ Ministry of Education, she was responsible for The Le@rning Federation (TLF) initiative in NZ and leading the development of interactive digital content for the New Zealand schooling sector. In this role she:

  • commissioned & handled the tendering processes for development of new digital content
  • managed the quality assurance processes
  • coordinated pilot trials and  evaluated and reported on their use and impact
  • developed & implemented effective communication and distribution strategies for schools and sector partners.

In 2012, Joy graduated with an MA in Digital Heritage (merit) through the University of Leicester. For her dissertation, she undertook an evaluation of the Culture Grid: a content aggregator for the UK cultural sector focussing on enhancing the online experience of end users,

More recently, Joy has authored and quality assured open learning courses (ICT / new media) for the Open University Vital project, moderated online communities for Join the Dots and been involved in marketing the Jorum Powered services, aimed at personalising open content to the Higher Education sector.

As well as working as a volunteer on the National Archive of Educational computing, researching & promoting this initiative, she is currently working as a volunteer for the Manchester Museum and Galleries Partnership, assisting the Web Manager to undertake an audit of the Manchester Art Gallery website. She has also interviewed staff and developed a report for the Learning and Engagement team at Manchester Museum on the use of tablets to enhance their existing offer to schools. Key findings from this desk study are available here,

John Davitt - Associate

"John is an inspirational speaker and journalist" writes Dorothy Walker of TES online. He runs creative projects with schools, develops software and has delivered hundreds of training sessions that help teachers make the most of new technology. And, in all his work, bright new ideas are tempered with good old-fashioned common sense. "The more I think about it, the more I see myself as a guide to the blindlingly obvious," says John

Prof. Marilyn Leask - Associate

Marilyn Leask is Professor of Educational Knowledge Management, in the Education Futures Research Centre at the University of Bedfordshire. Her specialist area is knowledge management and improvement in the public sector through evidence-informed policy and practice strategies including using Web 2.0 technology. She is a teacher education specialist and her current research is into ways in which ICT tools can support knowledge sharing and building and thus improvement in children’s learning in the education sector.

Prior to her position at the University of Bedfordshire, Marilyn was Professor of Education  at Brunel University. She has also worked as Head of Knowledge & Learning at the IDeA and prior to that she worked at the TDA as head of Effective Practices and Research Dissemination where she continues as a member of the TTRB board. She was instrumental in establishing Teachernet and the European SchoolNet both of which support knowledge building and sharing in the education sector.

Professor Leask has written and edited numerous books, including a series on teacher education – the Learning to Teach in the Secondary School series. She has managed many national and international projects in her field funded by the British Council, DFID, EU, DCSF, TDA, SSAT. She has been a consultant to many organisations and guest speaker on educational policy and practice, knowledge management and public sector improvement issues. We are pleased to have her as an Associate at Core Education, where we have worked together on joint projects over the course of many years.

Kris Popat - Associate

Kris is an experienced software developer and academic researcher. He has successes in research, software development, music and management. His experience is broad - starting from a background in music, playing composing and teaching, developing through academic research in educational technology, software development, project management and evaluation. He is now utilizing his skills as an independent consultant and software developer, associated with Core Education in the development of a Learner Needs Analysis tool for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Stephen Powell - Associate

“The title ‘Work Place’ degree says it all really, in every module we were encouraged to make it relevant to our situation and the Individual Learning Modules were constructed around this ideal. This made the tasks more relevant; I could see that the results would really make an impact, so I put even more effort into them. It didn’t seem selfish to study.”
Ultraversity graduate, 2006

Stephen is a long-term associate of the Core Education family, having worked alongside colleagues in the United Kingdom and New Zealand for many years. He is now Reader in Inquiry-Based Learning in the Institute of Educational Cybernetics at the University of Bolton and is working with  Richard to develop the IDIBL project - Inter-Disciplinary Inquiry-Based Learning which is creating new degree programmes that reach students for whom university does not fit. Stephen led the Ultraversity project in Ultralab developing a personalised approach, delivered entirely online supported through communities of inquiry.  This gave learners choices about what, how, and where they study; studying full-time whilst in full-time employment.   This was made possible by the use of learning technologies and an inquiry-based approach where learners identify real issues and opportunities in the work-place as the focus for their studies.

Hamish Scott-Brown - Associate

Hamish is also a a long-term associate of the Core Education family who along with Stephen Powell has worked with the Core Education team for over 10 years. With two highly successful careers in both photography and education (primary, further and higher), Hamish offers a unique blend of skills and experience. During the early stages of his career he was a successful freelance photographer. However, with a passion and recognised ability for teaching, he developed his career in primary education subsequently moving into research and teaching within the University sector. Over the last 10 years he has led, supported and managed a variety of creative learning projects at Ultralab, under Prof Stephen Heppell developing & facilitating creative learning paths in online learning. Projects have included ‘Input CBBC’, EveryObject, Create@BETT and the BBC Blast Tour ’06, Talking Heads and Ultraversity. Having progressed a variety of investigative projects at home and abroad, his work has a strong international perspective. A desirable combination of teaching and project delivery in education, coupled with extensive experience in digital media and creative photography ensures that he is uniquely equipped to offer curriculum delivery across a wide educational spectrum.

Tom Smith - Associate

Tom works with companies helping them make their web sites more effective. He uses a  blend of usability, search engine optimisation, information architecture, social media and persuasive design to attract more visitors to a site, make more sales or provide a more satisfying user experience. He works with both very large and very small companies offering ongoing marketing consultancy.

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