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The Speakers


Dr Hannah Fry, UCL - Mathematician, Broadcaster, Author

Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.  Alongside her academic position, Hannah spends many of her days giving conference keynotes and taking the joy of maths into theatres, pubs and schools. She also regularly appears on TV and radio in the UK, most recently on BBC2's Six Degrees  and in her own documentary charting the life of Lady Ada Lovelace. You can find her on twitter and instagram: @fryrsquared


Ian Taylor, National Leader,  Mathematics & Numeracy, Academies Enterprise Trust

Ian is the National Leader for Mathematics and Numeracy at the Academies Enterprise Trust and has built the Mathematics and Numeracy Team over the last four years, attracting highly esteemed colleagues to form an innovative and highly effective team. Ian started teaching in one of the country's most challenging schools based in one of the country's most deprived towns, enjoying success both with achievement and quality of lessons. Ian thoroughly enjoyed the role of engaging extremely challenging young people to understanding the importance of learning and achieving mathematical success. Ian has supported primary and secondary schools throughout the country since 2007 sharing his models of leadership and teaching. 


Grahame Smart

Grahame Smart, who is a renowned AST Mathematics teacher. Grahame completed his AST assessment in 2007, and was responsible for the whole-school development of resources and use of the Managed Learning Environment (MLE). In 2008 he was nominated for the prestigious 'National Teacher of the Year Award'. Since 2009, Grahame has worked part-time and has split his time between teaching and Consultancy. Grahame has worked with all types of schools and has also carried out consultancy work for many educational organisations including the exam boards Edexcel and AQA. He is currently working with a variety of companies including Adobe developing new curriculum ideas and resources.


Jon Munt

Jon Munt was until recently  a senior leader and senior maths teacher at Forest Hill School in London. In 2007 he managed the transition of his School into a BSF IT managed service and took this opportunity to overhaul the Schools current Management Information System.. Jon has worked with a number of schools and senior leadership teams in the London Borough of Lewisham. Jon spoke at the recent MathSpeak India event, and British Council event in Mumbai. Jon is a consultant supporting schools, SLT’s  and Maths Teachers


Mo Lodak, Thomas Deacon School

Mohammed Ladak has been an Advanced Skills Teacher for over 7 years. 6 of those years have been spent at Thomas Deacon Academy where he has taken a leading role in developing Teaching and Learning in the largest maths department in the country. He has a particular strength in developing teachers and has mentored over 30 ITT trainees and NQTs during his career. Mohammed prides himself on being a passionate teacher of mathematics who enjoys teaching maths to all. He is experienced in teaching at a primary level through to every aspect of further maths as well as adult GCSE and PGCE students. Mohammed provides face to face support to the local teachers in Peterborough as well as providing online support to both teachers and students globally through his long running website MathedUp


Oli Trussell, Princes Risborough School, Bucks

Oli Trussell is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer with experience delivering training on a range of scales: from small groups up to conference level. A Maths Teacher by trade, he has spent many years researching what technology works and what doesn't in the classroom environment. He has advanced understanding of Google Apps products and understands how to support schools to leverage the tools to support teaching and learning. Oli understands that school budgets are tightly stretched and knows how to use free web tools to support staff and students. Collaboration and simplicity is at the heart of everything he does. He believes that technology should not be a barrier to learning, but instead offers the chance to do things in a more effective and engaging way inside and outside of the classroom. Experience has taught him that the ease of use that comes with modern web-tools enables even the most tech-resistant teachers to become digitally-literate teachers in no time! Oli is also an experienced coder who has launched popular Google Add-ons such as 'Super Quiz' and 'Form Values'. He can create custom programs, from homework calendars to observation forms - saving you time whilst improving efficiency


Graham Cumming, Edexcel

Graham Cumming taught in North and East London before joining the mathematics team at the London University Exams Board. He is now responsible for any number of tasks to do with GCE and GCSE Mathematics examinations, but most famously for maintaining the Mathematics Emporium.


Paul Sceeny, City and Guilds

Paul Sceeny is one of City & Guilds’ two full-time maths and English advisors, working closely with centres and stakeholders to ensure the awarding organisation has a thorough understanding of their needs and is able to develop both its qualification and resource/support offers accordingly. Paul previously managed City & Guilds’ portfolio of maths and English qualifications, and has been directly involved in each of the major applied maths/numeracy initiatives for post-16 and adult learners in every part of the UK as far back as the Dearing reforms in the late 1990s. City & Guilds is the largest non-GCSE awarding organisation for maths qualifications, offering Functional Skills, Level 3 Core Maths and a popular range of ‘bite-sized’ qualifications to support personalised learning and progression. It also offers a range of initial/diagnostic assessment and digital learning resources.


Andrew Taylor, AQA

Andrew Taylor is Head of Mathematics at AQA, one of the four exam boards offering GCSE, A level and other qualifications. Andrew joined AQA in 2001, working in the GCSE team in Manchester. Before that, Andrew taught mathematics for 17 years and was head of department in large comprehensive schools in Cambridgeshire and Manchester.


Eddie Wilde, OCR

Eddie Wilde is currently the manager of the mathematics and technical subjects team at OCR having joined the mathematics team in 2000. For many years prior to joining OCR Eddie was a teacher and later an advisory teacher for maths in Yorkshire during which time he acquired significant experience as an examiner and as a CPD trainer for maths. He has 30 years of experience in curriculum development across a range of different qualifications including a number of re-developments of GCSE over recent years including some with innovative assessment models.


Ambarish Datta, CEO and MD, Bombay Stock Exchange Institute,

Ambarish Datta is the Managing Director & CEO of the BSE Institute Ltd. BSE Institute Ltd is a 100% subsidiary of the Bombay Stock Exchange and offers training in the Finance and Financial markets domain.  BSE Institute has grown to become one of the largest providers of face to face learning programs in the financial markets domain in the world under the stewardship Ambarish Datta. With a portfolio of over 80 short term programs, India's only MBA in Financial Markets and a host of specialized programs including a program in business journalism, the BSE Institute is the premier education provider in the domain of financial markets. He has extensive domain knowledge in SCM, Retail, BFSI, eLearning Solutions & Manufacturing businesses. He is also well versed with global technological progress and trends with proven experience in developing custom software solutions & new product development and the ability to design complex solutions for mission critical business needs.


Russell Winnard, Head of Programmes and Services, Professional Finance Education Group

Russell began his career within the financial services industry, before moving into teaching and then education consultancy. His time teaching highlighted the need for all young people to have a financial education and prompted the decision to move into this field.  Russell has a wide range of financial education experience including resource writing, development and delivery of CPD, and providing support to schools, local authorities and other organisations.  He is also an Associate of the Further Maths Support Programme.


Nick Price, Principal, Everest Community College

Nick trained in Plymouth at The College of St Mark and St John gaining a BEd (Mathematics and Physics).  He started teaching Mathematics at Thornden School in Chandlers Ford and has been based in Hampshire ever since.  He then became 2nd in Mathematics at The Romsey School and then Head of Mathematics at Winton School in Andover; at the age of 26 he was Hampshire’s youngest ever Head of Mathematics and, at the time, the youngest member of staff in the school as well.  Nick was promoted to Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for behaviour and target setting and approaching 40 became Deputy Headship at what is now The Costello School in Basingstoke.  This was a massive decision for him as he loved the Head of Mathematics role and still says that role was his best and represents the happiest time in his career so far. After 10 wonderful years at Costello, and approaching 50 Nick gained his current position.  It continues to be hard to keep him out of the Maths classroom. He still teaches Maths this year (a very interesting all boys group in year 11) and is told he never looks happier that when he’s talking about Mathematics.

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