CEO of Imagine Education
Founder and CEO of Education fast Forward
Jim is the CEO of Imagine Education, a global education consultancy company that acts as a trusted adviser to Governments and other organizations, to explore the intelligent use of technology to improve teaching and learning. Prior to this Jim was Chief Education Officer at Promethean, an international education technology company, where he was responsible for the Education Strategy Group who drive the company’s strategic thinking and direction in education matters and product development.
Jim continues to work on Teacher Professional Development and is proud to have founded the work on the Competency Framework for Teachers with UNESCO. He is also working on new ideas around re-engineering the way in which the curriculum and assessment are structured. Jim is involved in a number of initiatives to try to accelerate the productivity of the learning process and has co-authored white papers on the subject. As part of his desire to promote effective issues around education Jim founded the Charity Education Fast Forward a worldwide movement which debates education issues and encourages action from policy makers to the classroom.
Jim brings a mixture of ICT industry and practical educational experience to this role. He has been an educator since 1976 and was Principal of two secondary schools in the UK that used ICT across the curriculum and in every other activity to support the running of the schools. Both schools were seen as centres of excellence in the use of ICT and achieved exceptional results for students of all abilities. Between the two schools he was Head of Education Research at the leading UK supplier of ICT to education and was also a research fellow at the Universities of Warwick and Bristol where he supported research into ICT in Education.
Jim also worked with the British Council, helping to advise Governments including China, India and Russia on the strategic implementation of ICTs. Before joining Promethean, Jim was Director for Public sector and Education Strategy consulting in emerging markets at Cisco working in countries from Pakistan to Brazil. Previously at Microsoft in the Europe, Middle East and Africa theatre he worked on WEF Global Education Initiatives in Jordan and Egypt. At Microsoft Jim oversaw a $100M 5 year programme covering 61 countries such as Namibia, Kenya and South Africa and as part of this programme Jim established the first Innovative Teachers Forum in London for teachers across wider Europe which is now a global, annual Microsoft programme.
Jim is a board member of the Centre for Curriculum Redesign at Harvard, the 21st Century Learning Alliance in the UK, the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Group in Canada, the Learning with Technology Consortium in Cairo and the Collaborative Assessment Alliance in Seattle and also a member of the Advisory Board for Skills Development & Entrepreneurship at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation. Jim is also a Trustee of The Haller Foundation in Kenya and a Fellow Royal Society of the Arts and also a fellow at Mirandanet.
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Jim has a first class honours degree in Mathematics and originally worked as a mathematician in the electricity generating sector. He is married with three children and is a keen but unfortunate Newcastle United supporter, plays the trumpet very badly and enjoys origami.