LITE 2017 Speakers

We’re finalising our 2017 speaker line up and will announce these once confirmed.

As an indication of what to expect, please find the profiles and videos of our 2016 speakers below.

Graham Obree

Graeme Obree

Record Breaking Cycling Legend

Reaching for the Stars

Graeme Obree is an ex professional cyclist and author. He exploded to prominence on 17th July 1993 when he broke the UCI World Hour Record on the bike he hand build, ‘Old Faithful’. His hour record was broken a week later but Obree went onto regain the record and to become the UCI world pursuit champion twice. His autobiography The Flying Scotsman inspired a movie of the same name. He published his acclaimed training manual, The ObreeWay in 2011 now available via Bloomsbury Sport. In 2013 Obree travelled to Battle Mountain in Nevada to compete at the Human Powered World Speed Championship and claimed the world prone recumbent record riding The Beastie. A documentary film about Obree, “Battle Mountain – Graeme Obree’s Story “ has recently completed a national screening tour.

(via Administrate website)

John Romero

Creator of Legendary Video Games

The Value of Games in Education

John is an award-winning game designer, level designer and programmer whose work spans over 130 games, 107 of which have been published commercially, including the iconic works Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM and Quake. Romero has worked in the mobile, hardcore, mid-core, casual and MMO space. Romero has co-founded eight successful game companies including the likes of id Software, Gazillion Entertainment, Loot Drop which celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2015, and most recently Romero Games. He is considered to be among the world’s top game designers, and his products have won well over 100 awards. One of the earliest indie developers, Romero began working in the game space in 1979 on mainframes before moving to the Apple II in 1981. He is a completely self-taught programmer, designer and artist, having drawn his inspirations from early Apple II programmers. Romero co-owns Romero Games and is at work on a new first-person shooter, a genre he pioneered.

Combine games, connected devices, and education, and you have the future. In this talk, John will reveal the interesting and surprising six-year arc of an educational MMO turned iOS app and talks about this crucial intersection, ways to make it work, and provides examples of how it’s presently working.

(via Administrate website)

John Romero
Olivia Giles

Olivia Giles

Founder, 500 Miles

The Challenges and Opportunities of Change

Olivia Giles (born 1965) graduated in law from Glasgow University. Until 2002 she was a commercial property partner with Scottish law firm, Maclay Murray & Spens. That year she contracted the blood poisoning form of meningitis as a result of which both of her lower legs and both of her lower arms had to be amputated. After months of rehabilitation she made a full recovery and is fully mobile on prosthetic legs. Since her illness, Olivia has given talks on a variety of subjects but mainly motivational and about patient centred care in medicine, nursing and the allied health professions. She has been involved in the Scottish Government’s policy documents for the future direction of nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions.

In 2007 Olivia founded the charity, 500 Miles which helps disabled people in Malawi and Zambia who have lost limbs or the use of limbs to enjoy maximum mobility and body function by helping them to get access to artificial limbs and limbs supports. She was awarded an OBE in 2010 and the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award in 2015 for her charitable work.

(via Administrate website)

Gavin Oattes

MD of Tree of Knowledge

How do you Fit a Giraffe in a Fridge?

Gavin is an international keynote speaker, award winning comedian, children’s author and former Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Although he spends much of his time speaking to business leaders and directors of some of the world’s leading organisations Gavin’s true inspiration for what he does comes from where he started out his career…primary school teaching. He’s a firm believer that we as adults can be every bit as inspired by young children as they can by us grown-ups. Gavin transports his audience back to when they were just 5 years of age, a time when we feared nothing and embraced everything. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel and you will never eat broccoli in the same way again!

“The rock star of inspirational speaking” – Aberdeen City Council

(via Administrate website)

Gavin Oattes
Kasper Spiro

Kasper Spiro

CEO, Easygenerator

User Generated Content: the Next Trend

Kasper has worked in the eLearning industry for more than 20 years. He believes that our industry is in the midst of fundamental changes. He plays his part in that turbulent field as CEO for Easygenerator, ambassador for Lingos, eLearning blogger (KasperSpiro.com), author (elearningindustry.com, Learning Solutions Magazine) and as a presenter at e-learning conferences all over the world.

Kasper has over 30 years of experience in the field of learning. Teaching, authoring textbooks, designing and creating e-Learning, developing knowledge management systems, user performance support systems and eLearning systems. As a manager his experience ranges from being CEO of an early internet start-up in the nineties to his current position as CEO of Easygenerator.

(via Administrate website)

Suzanne Doyle-Morris

Founder and CEO, inclusIQ

Innovations in Blended Learning: What a non tech person learned about bringing tech into live training sessions.

Suzanne Doyle-Morris is the Founder of the InclusIQ Institute, specialists in diversity and inclusion training using their programme of Serious Games Workshops. Clients have included Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, Citibank, Clifford Chance, EDF Energy, HP, Hogan Lovells, Morgan Stanley, Old Mutual Group, Pinsent Masons, Sanger Centre, Tesco, Unilever, University of Cambridge, UCL and Trinity College Dublin as well as various industry associations. She routinely facilitates and leads sessions at a range of FTSE 100 companies.

(via Administrate website)

Suzanne Doyle-Morris
Mike McQuaid

Mike McQuaid

Senior Engineer, GitHub

Remote Working: What, Why and How?

Mike has worked remotely from home and on the road on four continents for seven years across three companies. He works as a senior software engineer from his home in Edinburgh, Scotland for GitHub in San Francisco, California. Learn from him about what remote working involves, why it’s the next big thing and how to do it well.

(via Administrate website)

John Bendel

Account Development Director, Lingo24

The Need for a Multi-language Approach

90% of the world does not speak English as their first language. So, why are most businesses only training their people in English?

Many organisations are starting to see the opportunities and benefits of multi-language communications. But, knowing where to start on this journey can be tricky – this where we come in.

John has spent over 20 years helping major international brands like Mattel, Coca-Cola and Telefonica successfully grow internationally. He will show you how communicating with customers and teams in their own language can unlock the secrets to success. And, how you can do this too quickly, easily and cost effectively.

(via Administrate website)

John Bendel
Nicki Turing
Eddie Pinto

Nicki Turing & Edmund Pinto

Volunteer and Ghana Director, Turing Trust

Alan Turing to Afoako

Nicola Turing recently retired from her career in the NHS as a Consultant Gastroenterologist. While working at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, she was also Clinical Lead for IT and was involved in the introduction of several IT systems. Since retiring, she has been volunteering with the Turing Trust and is a member of the Advisory Board. Her current interests include developing and improving our offline e-learning resources and evaluating and monitoring their effectiveness.

Edmund (Eddie) Pinto is the Turing Trust country director for Ghana and has a longstanding commitment to youth development and training. He holds a post-graduate Diploma in International Financial Management from the Concord Business College. He is also a member of the Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators of Ghana. (IPMAG).

Eddie has been with the Turing Trust since it was founded in 2009. At that time, he was working as the Centre Manager for Afoako ICCES (Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills) and won the Best Centre Manager that year. He then worked as the Regional Coordinator for ICCES in the Ashanti Region from October 2013 to November 2014 and, with the help of the Turing Trust, started installing computer laboratories in all the ICCES. This made the Ashanti region one of the fastest growing regions in terms of IT in Ghana. Eddie was then appointed as the Special Assistant to the ICCES National Director in December 2014.

This talk will start with a brief introduction about Alan Turing and his role in the development of the computer, leading onto the foundation of the Turing Trust and our work to try bridge the digital divide in Africa. It will also discuss some of the challenges in providing IT resources and e-learning in rural areas in Africa and how we are trying to address these.

(via Administrate website)

Dr Kathryn Waite

Assistant Professor in Marketing, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Digital Empowerment

Digital delivery of learning and training resources enable students to co-produce their educational experience. Such interactivity and control can lead to increased feelings of empowerment and enjoyment, however the ways in which individuals experience these outcomes differs. In this talk Dr Waite will explain how her research into financial services education with Professor Tina Harrison of Edinburgh University helps us to understand the importance of designing digital learning as a process as well as an outcome.

Kathryn Waite, BA (Hons), Dip CIM, MBA, MSc, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University. Her research interests relate to information provision and use within the online environment. She is interested in issues related to trust, engagement and empowerment. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Financial Services Marketing, Journal of Research in Interactive Marketing and the International Journal of Bank Marketing. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in digital marketing.

(via Administrate website)

Dr Kathryn Waite
Kevin Streater

Kevin Streater

Director, Global Training at ForgeRock

How Administrate Changed our Training Business

Kevin Streater is a leader in the IT Learning and Development industry and Director, Global Training at ForgeRock, the leading open platform provider of identity management solutions. Prior to ForgeRock, Kevin was Executive Director, IT and Telecoms Industry Engagement, at The Open University after having spent nearly 20 years in various service delivery, project management and training leadership roles at Sun Microsystems. Kevin has acted as an independent consultant to the SFIA Foundation, BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, City & Guilds, Hudson IT Recruitment and the Isle of Man Government, and is a recognised expert in IT skills development frameworks.

Kevin holds a BSc. (Hons) in Computer Science from City University, London, and an MBA from The Open University.

(via Administrate website)

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