Ken is the Senior Manager responsible for Compliance and the UK Safer Internet Centre. Ken chairs the successful multi-disciplinary regional E-Safety Development Group. As part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, he works with a broad range of national and international organisations that include Childnet, CEOP, InSafe, NCMEC, FOSI and Internet Watch Foundation and has spoken at global conferences in the Middle East, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Spain, Estonia, Europe and the US.
He has wide education experience, drawing on twenty years as a teacher and school leader and ten years as an Education Adviser for ICT in Plymouth, UK. These roles not only include the monitoring of standards of ICT in schools, but also building and maintaining the city’s education broadband infrastructure and strategy.
His subsequent work around e-safety education, intervention and school improvement has developed from a pragmatic understanding of school need. This work includes education programmes for students and staff that range from cyberbullying to protecting professional identity; creation of school improvement strategies and production of innovative e-safety support materials.
Ken’s broad canvas of experience and engaging presentation style has seen him work with a wide range of educators and agencies including schools, universities, social care, teacher’s unions, police, local authorities and government organisations.
His work with South West Grid for Learning and Plymouth University has commissioned a number of influential pieces of research that include sexting, professional abuse and UK school development in mapping online safety provision. He is one of the creators of the multi award-winning 360 degree safe online safety self-review tool and the Online Compass tool for children’s settings. He is a published author and musician.
David is the Senior Manager responsible for budget, the UK Safer Internet Centre and EU partnerships. He chairs the NEN Safeguarding group and has worked extensively in the area of online safety for many years not only with children, schools and wider communities but also with partner agencies such as the Police, CEOP and Childnet.
David has presented at online safety conferences both home and abroad and currently chairs the National Education Network Safeguarding Group in the UK as well as a member of the CEOP Education Advisory panel and the National Council for the NetSmartz Workshop in the US.
More recently, David has been appointed to the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and actively participates with the Council’s education and public awareness working groups.
Alan is a police officer currently on secondment to the South West Grid for Learning from the Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Internet Child Abuse Team. Alan’s secondment is looking at strengthening the collaboration between the law enforcement agencies and Local Authorities across the South West for the safeguarding of children in online environments. He is a member of the CEOP Education Advisory Board and was Childrens Champion of the Year in 2007.
Working with police, education, health, fostering and adoption agencies and other public and private agencies Alan has developed his knowledge and presentations to promote a wide and balanced view of online safety and protection in both the adult and child worlds. His unique position has led to Alan presenting at conferences as far afield as Singapore, Africa and parts of Europe.
Alan has also served with the police in Bermuda. With years of experience of intelligence work, his current role concentrates on dangerous and paedophile offenders. Continued work within the Police and working in schools regularly with all ages of children allows Alan to offer real and practical advice on the current issues and challenges the Internet offers along with the real positives.
Peter was a teacher and Assistant Headteacher for 29 years with responsibility for student welfare in a UK school. He had overall pastoral responsibility in the school and was the designated Child Protection Officer. As a result of Peter’s increasing focus on internet safety he was invited to provide consultancy to the South West Grid for Learning and then, subsequently, to the UK Safer Internet Centre. Peter then left his teaching post in 2009 in order to develop training and resources in protecting children in the online world and is now widely known as a key note speaker and trainer. He addresses regional and national conferences and delivers workshops about the online world and its impact on the development of children and young people.
Peter’s main work is in schools, academies and FE and HE institutions and he delivers education about online activity and safety to pupils, students, staff and parents. His main passion is the work he undertakes with children and young people involving assemblies, classroom sessions, small group work, peer-led sessions and workshops. As a secondary trained teacher Peter admits that working with children and young people, from aged 4 up to 19, about the online world, makes him feel excited, inspired, sometimes frightened, and always ancient!
Ron became a founding member of the South West Grid for Learning E-Safety Group in 2005, while Headteacher of Priory Community School, a large secondary school in Weston super Mare.
More recently, Ron has held the challenging post of Headteacher of a Virtual School for Looked After Children in North Somerset as well as being invited to manage the council’s 14-19 broadband project.
In his continuing role as a School Improvement Partner to many Somerset secondary schools, he advises on a wide range of issues, complemented by his role as a school ICT Mark Assessor.
Ron’s participation with SWGfL has increased, drawing on his experience of holding senior school and Local Authority management positions, resulting in his authoring of many SWGfL policies and a driving force behind the coveted 360 degree safe online safety self assessment tool.
Vicki is a registered social worker with over 25 years experience of working in the field of child protection. The majority of her Social Work career has been working within local authority children’s social care and the LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children Board). She has a wide range of experience at both operational and strategic level and has been a frontline worker, manager, principal social worker and Safeguarding Children Board development and strategic manager.
Vicki has a strong working knowledge of what constitutes excellent safeguarding children practice across the whole spectrum of partners delivering services to children including health, social care, police, youth and early intervention services.
She has worked with teams of managers at both an operational and strategic level to improve services and measure the impact of improvement interventions, looking at the whole system from referral and assessment through to supervision.
As an Independent Safeguarding Children Consultant, Vicki designs and delivers training to a wide range of professional groups. She has a particular expertise in child assessment and works with professionals to enhance their assessment and intervention skills particularly in the context of the digital world children and families are living in today.
Andrew is an experienced educator with over 10 year’s primary experience in the two key stages. He has held roles at all levels of school management in Essex and in Herefordshire.
Following his primary school experiences, Andrew became the ICT Strategic Manager within the School Improvement team in Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council for over 2 years. This was followed by a period of secondment to the South Central Consortium delivering Hwb+ and e-Safety training to schools and supporting strategic development of ICT in over 400 schools across 5 local authorities in Wales.
Andrew is passionate about the use of technology in schools and supporting children, young people and adults with Online Safety and Data Protection issues. Combined with his skills in school improvement and the self-review cycle gives Andrew a unique breadth of knowledge and experiences. He is a self-confessed geek and advocate that technology enhances the learning experience and outcomes for all.
A dedicated Dad to his two children (3 and 6 years old), a STEM and kitchen science fan. He enjoys making Indian food and is a wannabe Paul Hollywood trying his hand at bread making. He currently enjoys a view from his house across to Hay-on-Wye and the Black Mountains beyond.
Andy Phippen is an Associate Professor of Social Responsibility in IT at Plymouth Business School. He has carried out research for many years on the public engagement of the Internet, the behavior of the technology sector and impact of ICTs on society.
He has worked as a research partner with SWGfL for five years collaborating on many projects related to young people’s use of Internet technologies and the role of the education professional in the engagement of such.
Recent major projects include a national study to be carried out on young people’s attitudes toward “sexting” and the largest study in the world exploring online safety policy and practice in UK schools. He lectures online safety to teacher trainees at his own University promoting awareness of both young people’s practice and professional identity and the impact of online spaces upon this. He lives in North Cornwall with his family and is vice chair of governors at St Kew Primary, his children’s school.
Jess is a trainer and consultant with a passion for online safety and digital citizenship. With a 1st class degree in Linguistics & Artificial Intelligence, Jess began her career working as an IT Specialist for a multi-national corporation, followed by a rollercoaster year as a manager at a mobile software start-up business. Following this, Jess moved into the public sector, working in the strategy and policy fields, with stakeholders ranging from senior management to front-line staff, gaining an MBA (with distinction) along the way.
Jess has managed a number of local authority services including learning and development, corporate strategic planning, performance, self-evaluation and partnership working, leading teams to successfully deliver key projects/services. With a keen eye for detail and a real commitment to improve lives, Jess has undertaken significant community engagement exercises to influence services. As a manager and subsequently an independent consultant, Jess has worked closely with colleagues including education, child protection, social work, police, health, elected members and voluntary sector bodies to review, transform and improve services, and to prepare and respond to inspection.
Throughout her career, Jess has regularly delivered training and coaching on a variety of topics, including digital participation and online safety. Jess has volunteered for the NSPCC/ChildLine for several years, delivering workshops in schools and latterly online safety training for parents. She lives in the Scottish Borders, near Edinburgh. Jess is a mum of two and a chocolate addict.
Andy Wood is an experienced secondary school teacher who moved into Flintshire Local Authority in 2002 to support teachers in using ICT across the Curriculum. Since then he has supported hundreds of teachers in improving their digital skills and in understanding how to use technology in their teaching. After managing the education ICT unit in delivering ICT support services for schools, Andy accepted a secondment to the Welsh Government to become their professional advisor on e-Safety as part of the Learning in Digital Wales programme. Andy is passionate about ensuring young people have the necessary skills to keep themselves safe in the online space and works with parents, teachers and young people directly to deliver these key online safety messages.
Sam is a trainer and consultant with a wide experience of safeguarding and online safety in the charity and youth sector, having worked for organisations like Girlguiding, Voluntary Services Overseas, Kidscape and other smaller charities. Sam's previous roles include working with the NSPCC, where she helped develop online safety education and resources for parents and staff members as part of the O2 NSPCC partnership. Prior to this Sam worked for The Scout Association as a Safeguarding Development Officer. In this role she worked with volunteers, young people and partners across the UK delivering training and developing resources. Sam is passionate about making sure young people's voices are heard and listened to and that adults working with young people understand how to create safe environments and recognise the opportunities the online world brings, in order to be positive online role models to the next generation.
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