AlphaPlus Core Team
Clare Dowland is a Director of Mindfizz Multimedia and a long-term associate of AlphaPlus Consultancy. She has extensive experience of the development and provision of a range of online and printed materials for clients, having managed the development of materials for a number of organisations in education and training. Beyond education, Clare has experience of managing projects for a wide range of clients – from local companies to charities, government departments and multi-national corporations.
Priya’s career has been dedicated to the improvement of education provision. As AlphaPlus’ Assessment Manager, Priya provides high quality assessment outputs to support AlphaPlus’ assessment function. She provides assessment research and development services to AlphaPlus clients across the lifetime of the project, from assessment design, developing assessment instruments, recruiting and managing researchers and assessment specialists, and co-ordinating research and assessment participants, data collection and analysis, and reporting.
Priya’s consultancy work for Assessment Design & Development Ltd and her own consultancy, Adiona Education Ltd, utilise her expertise in the fields of technology and education to offer tailored solutions to commercial and non-profit organisations. A deputy head and teacher for many years, Priya has extensive experience of curriculum design, teaching methodologies and education management. Prior to that, she worked with Pearson Plc in academic publishing when print and digital media were converging. Priya bring insights into how technological advances affect the delivery of education in formal and informal learning environments. Priya holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.
Kath has worked in education management in both Further and Higher Education for many years. She spent 14 years working as a senior manager for an awarding organisation, with strategic responsibility for operations, quality assurance including regulatory compliance, and recruitment and HR.
Kath joined AlphaPlus as a Senior Consultant in May 2014. She currently heads a comprehensive (i.e. end-to-end) bespoke recruitment service for the education sector, which involves drafting the job description, writing the advert, planning the advertising campaign, panel shortlisting, arranging and conducting interviews and assessments, managing all related communications, and finally induction of successful candidates. Kath has led multiple recruitment projects on behalf of AlphaPlus, including the recruitment of the new assessor team for the Association for Project Management’s Chartered Project Professional standard.
Kath also works with organisations to review and develop systems and procedures and to explore options for accreditation, including the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.
Adaora joined AlphaPlus as a project manager in 2014. As a skilled project manager and PRINCE2 registered practitioner, she has managed projects that form part of the Doroob programme. This programme is part of the overall initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to extend the training opportunities of Saudi job-seekers and employees seeking to develop in their careers.
Adaora has over six years’ experience in scientific research and holds a doctoral degree in Microbiology. She has previously led and managed scientific research projects both in academia and industry, including projects for some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.
David joined AlphaPlus as International Business Development Manager in October 2018. His role involves working in the field to source and develop potential customers, providing customer support and maximising sales of the company’s services.
Before joining AlphaPlus, David worked in a number of Business Development roles, both in the UK and internationally. As Business Development Manager at Kingswood Learning and Leisure, David was responsible for recruiting students to study at a group of 10 UK-based outdoor education centres from across Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. He represented the company at workshops and student recruitment events, and visited partners’ offices worldwide to create and maintain strong working relationships with clients.
David has experience managing the full sales process from initial enquiry through to bookings and follow up feedback sessions, as well as creating and implementing strategic sales and marketing plans for key and speculative markets.
Sarah joined AlphaPlus Consultancy in January 2017, bringing her extensive public-sector experience to work in the education industry. Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in 1992, Sarah has had a variety of accounting jobs in the public sector, with clients including Cambridge City Council and Addenbrookes Hospital. She also taught the Accountancy module for third year engineering undergraduates at Queen’s University Belfast for three years. As Financial Controller, Sarah is responsible for management accounting, financial reporting, banking, VAT and payroll.
Tom has worked at AlphaPlus since October 2016. He began as Project Support Apprentice, but is now working within the Project Management team. He works on projects pertaining to test development, trialling, analysis, reporting, while also assisting with internal duties such as office management and IT support.
Zak Horrocks is a Prince 2 practitioner, who has been working at AlphaPlus since 2013. His current role, research and project support officer, has seen Zak support AlphaPlus across the full span of its activities, particularly developing his skills in data manipulation and analysis. Zak has Associate status with AEA-Europe and is currently undertaking a part-time combined honours degree in Business and Psychology.
As Trials Coordinator, Gerallt’s role is to coordinate, oversee and manage all activities relating to the administration of trials and pre-tests in schools and other educational settings, as well as to establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders. He joined AlphaPlus in January 2018, having previously worked in a variety of project management and programming roles within the cultural sector.
Shamiso joined AlphaPlus as a Project Management Office Administrator in May 2017. As PMO Administrator, her role currently centres mostly around the National Reading and Numeracy tests for Wales project. She assists the PMO Lead to liaise with multiple stakeholders to produce high quality documents.
Luke joined AlphaPlus in October 2017 and works on a range of projects. He is currently doing an apprenticeship in Business Administration and working towards his Level 3 diploma.
Andy is an experienced manager and business professional, with education, technical and project management expertise. Since joining AlphaPlus in 2016, Andy has managed projects for clients such as Rising Stars and Virtual College.
Hayley Limmer is a Senior Researcher at AlphaPlus Consultancy where she works on research projects with the Institute of Physics, Nesta and the Education Endowment Foundation.
She has over 10 years’ experience working on complex quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation projects.
Hayley has worked for several organisations related to education, skills and assessment including AQA, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the General Medical Council. She has worked as both a research supplier and commissioner.
She is a mixed methods researcher who can use a variety of software packages including NVivo, R, STATA, SPSS & Tableau. She has a PhD in Social Statistics and an MSc Social Research Methods & Statistics and a BSc Psychology.
Professor Roger Murphy is an acknowledged international expert in the field of educational assessment. He is an Associate Director of AlphaPlus Consultancy, as well as an Emeritus Professor in the School of Education at Nottingham University, a board member of Pearson Education Ltd, an educational advisor to the General Dental Council, and an active educational research and assessment consultant working with several large organisations both within the UK and internationally.
Roger has been very active in many areas of education research, policy, and practice over his career. He is a qualified schoolteacher with specialist interests in the field of educational assessment, evaluation and research. He has directed over 50 major research projects with funding of over £10million, and is the author of over 100 books and journal articles. He is frequently asked to advise educational bodies and ministries and has experience of working in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Malta, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Ukraine, Ghana, Lesotho, USA, Turkey and Sweden.
Fiona has worked at AlphaPlus since January 2018. She supports the production and delivery of sales proposals, as well as other aspects of the AlphaPlus Business Development function including sales, marketing and account management.
Jayne joined AlphaPlus in July 2017 as Bookkeeper. Jayne manages and coordinates daily accounts transactions for the company. Until recently, Jayne was based in Cyprus and spent 15 years as Accounts Team Leader for Middle East IT company STME Limited before moving to The Ariannol Group as Company and Trust Administrator. Jayne is currently studying AAT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Accounting.
Mike joined AlphaPlus in June 2017 to lead the software development and user acceptance testing for computer adaptive tests. Mike has recent experience of delivering projects in financial services with Williams & Glyn and Royal Bank of Scotland, including management and support of user access teams and processes. Mike holds a PRINCE2 Practitioner certificate, other qualifications include ITIL Foundation, PG Diploma in Journalism and BA History with Media Studies.
Before joining AlphaPlus in February 2018, Ben worked at AQA for several years. He has a master’s degree in Psychology & Psychological Research from the University of Birmingham, and has presented various pieces of work at international assessment conferences. As Senior Statistician, Ben provides statistical analysis for various projects.
Matthew joined AlphaPlus in September 2017. He provides statistical analysis for different projects for the company along with support for other projects within the company where it is needed.
Gillian is the Head of Business Development for AlphaPlus and is responsible for creation of new business opportunities and the growth and development of existing opportunities. She has worked in qualification and assessment research and development since 1998, having previously had an eight-year career as a teacher.