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Professor Adrian Oldknow MA, MTech, CEng, CITP, CMath, CSci, FBCS, FIMA, FRSA is the Founder of CCITE.

He provides an unmatched STEM expertise including:

  • Convenor, the School and Subject Associations’ Working Group (SSAWG = the Association of School and College Leaders ASCL, the Association for Science Education ASE, the Computing At Schools group  CAS, the Design & Technology Association DATA, the Mathematical Association MA, the National Society for Education in Art & Design NSEAD and Primary/Secondary Engineer)
  • Futurelab Associate; STEMNET Ambassador; GeoGebra STEM Ambassador; Bloodhound Ambassador; NCETM Associate
  • Emeritus Professor, Mathematics and Computing Education, University of Chichester, UK
  • Research Fellow in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, University of Amsterdam, NetherlandsFounder of CCITE supported by the HJB Charitable Trust

Dr Bjoern Hassler Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and ORBIT Database

The Faculty of Education has significant expertise in initial teacher education, with highly experienced maths and science educators running an outstanding PGCE programme. Through the teacher education programmes at the Faculty of Education, and our nationwide connections, the projects could be integrated into the relevant PGCE courses nationally.

Similarly, the Faculty has significant expertise in developing resources for continuing professional development programmes (such as ORBIT, OER4Schools, T-media), as well as trialling these. The Faculty is a world leader in education research, including researching effective approaches to teacher professional learning, insight derived from sustained rigorous research in the area of technology use, to support interactive teaching

Dr Zsolt Lavicza Director for Research and Community Development at the International GeoGebra Institute (

After receiving his degrees in mathematics and physics in Hungary, Zsolt earned degrees in applied mathematics and mathematics education at the Universities of Michigan and Cambridge. He has lead several studies on the integration of technologies in mathematics classrooms at several countries. He is also one of the founders of the GeoGebra project, work on coordination of research and community development. Zsolt is responsible for coordinating the international GeoGebra Institute Network which now consists of 122 GeoGebra Institutes in 85 countries, the network coordinate approximately 50 GeoGebra conferences and hundreds of workshops in more than 100 countries, and translated GeoGebra to 62 languages. Currently, GeoGebra attracts a monthly 400,000 downloads and installed on millions of laptops at country-wide initiatives in numerous countries, the community shared close to 50,000 examples on, and thus is becoming one of the most widely used software package in STEM education.

Mrs Elizabeth Crilley leads STEM Team East.

Their aim is: to promote the successes of a STEM education to school pupils; to provide teacher continuing professional development (CPD) through developing links with STEM employers; to enhance and enrich the delivery of a STEM education and enable progression pathways into STEM careers.

Their key method of engaging with schools is through the national STEM Ambassador scheme.  STEM Ambassadors are STEM professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to support STEM enhancement and enrichment activities. On this basis a national programme for support in schools can be achieved. They work directly with all the schools in Cambridgeshire, (Peterborough) and Bedfordshire and through the national schemes which we manage; we also work with the schools in the rest of East Anglia.

They provide bespoke consultation on STEM enrichment to each secondary school; teacher CPD in Digital Electronics and CAD, teacher and pupil STEM workshops, large scale STEM Fairs (local and regional) with hands –on practical learning activities, career events and talks. They manage national programmes such as the Nuffield Research Bursary scheme and the British Science Association CREST awards. We work with the key stakeholder in STEM education.

Mr Graham Hastings of St John’s College School, Cambridge

Graham Hastings is a class teacher who works with both primary and secondary pupils. He leads the CCITE Raspberry Pi activity working with RPi on a pilot project to embed RPi in schools at KS2/3 for programming, data-capture, modelling and control technology. He was also a member of the DfE Working Group that drew up the draft program of study for ICT to be applied from September 2014.

Mr Mark Dawes Comberton Village School and the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network

In addition to being a GeoGebra expert mathematics teacher, Comberton offer a new school based route into teacher training. The programme is run in conjunction with the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, but unlike other PGCE programmes this course is school led, enabling schools to have greater input into the individual trainee’s development. The Cambridge Teaching School Network includes Comberton Village College, Histon and Impington Junior School, Parkside Federation Academies, Saffron Walden County High School and Swavesey Village College.

Dr Tony Houghton Education Development Director with CCITE.


He has a vast experience in educational projects with BT Corporate Social Responsibility, Coventry and Cambridge Universities. He leads educational programmes bringing together business, university, non- profits, and schools engaging both local and/or global communities. His skills include Programme Design, Development and Delivery, Event Facilitation, Skills Development, On-line Collaboration and Evaluation. The common focus to all of his projects is Perception (self-esteem, aspirations and respect for self and others) and People Skills (communication and collaboration, presentation, teamworking and leadership) – and their measurement, which formed a central part of his doctorate. His work can be seen on

Currently the people principally behind CCITE’s development are:

Afzal Ahmed: Emeritus Professor University of Chichester, Tudor Brown: ex-President of ARM, Elizabeth Crilly: Director STEM Team East, Mark Dawes: Comberton Village College, Jean Flower:  Autodesk,Peter Hamilton, Intel, Holly Hardisty: CBI, Carrie Hartnell: Associate Director INTELLECT, Bjoern Hassler: ORBIT director in Faculty of Education, Ian Hosking: Senior Researcher, Engineering Design Centre, Tony Houghton: Faculty of Education, Simon Humphreys: CAS Group coordinator, Lord Julian Hunt: CERC,  Jack Lang: Raspberry Pi Foundation,  Joan Lasenby: SPU Department of Engineering, Zsolt Lavicza: International GeoGebra Institute, Lynne McClure: Director of NRICH, Robert Mullins: Computing Laboratory, Stephen Munday: Head of Comberton Village College, Bill Nicholl: Faculty of Education, Adrian Oldknow: Emeritus Professor University of Chichester, Ken Olisa: Restoration Partners, Ginny Page: SAPS project director, Botanical Gardens,  Jeff Patmore: Centre for Science & Policy, Lord David Puttnam: Enigma, David Sands: CEO ST Robotics, Sue Sentance: Anglia Ruskin University,Sue Singer, former Head, Guildford High School, Tim Tarrant: former ICT lead, TDA, Valerie Thompson: CEO e-Learning Foundation.