I work at FutureLearn where I am the Product Manager for the learner experience. I own the strategy and roadmap for this area of the business and lead an interdisciplinary team (UX, technology, data, community, CRM and content) which is focussed on increasing learner retention.
I studied Sociology BSc at the London School of Economics and then did a Primary PGCE at Goldsmiths.
I was a primary school teacher from 2006 to 2013. Some highlights include:
- starting the first Code Club in the world and the kids being in all the newspapers because of it
- coordinating ICT during the era when Michael Gove scrapped the curriculum
- creating Small Talks (TED Talks made by kids)
- writing an angry article for WIRED about ICT in primary schools
- teaching in the middle of Soho for three years at a tiny, creative school
- being a mentor for London South Bank University and working with wonderful trainee teachers
- being part of a British Council funded pilot project which involved studying Turkish in Istanbul and working in a school there for two weeks
I worked at Code Club from 2013 to 2015. Some high points were:
- being the first full-time employee and inventing my own responsibilities!
- growing a brilliant community of volunteers in the UK
- hiring an entire team of incredible people
- forming ace partnerships with the likes of Google, Samsung & ARM
- meeting tonnes of MPs from all parties on a Google & Code Club national roadshow (ask me to do my impression of Theresa May's handshake)
I used to be in an indie pop band called Internet Forever. We did some cool stuff like: