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Our Team

Here at Evidence Based Education, we love what we do. We combine years of experience in teaching and school leadership, in conducting research into educational leadership and evaluation, and in policy advice to the UK Government’s Department for Education.

This rare combination allows us to take an objective view on effective uses of evidence in education, while also developing pragmatic, thought-provoking training and tools, designed for the complex professional lives of teachers and school leaders (lives we have lived).

Who are #wEBE?

  • Prof Stuart Kime
    Prof Stuart Kime Director of Education

    Stuart is a qualified teacher who spent ten years teaching English and Drama in secondary schools, as well as the odd Classics lesson. His interest in research focuses on assessment, teachers’ professional learning, and evaluation. At EBE, he is responsible for the design and delivery of all online and blended learning programmes, including the online Assessment Lead Programme.

    Stuart is the author of the EEF’s Assessing and Monitoring Pupil Progress Guide, and co-author of the EEF’s DIY Evaluation Guide. He also wrote the National Toolkit of Common Evaluation Standards for Policing in the UK.

    Stuart is a Visiting International Professor in the Hector Research Institute for Education Sciences and Psychology at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Education at Durham University. Stuart formerly held a Policy Fellow post in the UK Government’s Department for Education.

  • Jack Deverson
    Jack Deverson Managing Director

    Jack is the Managing Director of EBE. It is his responsibility to ensure that the business runs smoothly and efficiently, and he manages the finance and business development sides of the company; as well as this, he delivers some of our CEM training engagements.

    In 2019, he led EBE to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category, and was also highly commended in the Institute of Directors’ North East and Yorkshire Director of the Year Awards in the Young Director category.

    Jack has a First in Chinese and German from Newcastle University. He was awarded The Newcastle University Prize for Excellence in Chinese for his final year’s studies and also holds awards for languages from the University of Hainan, China. He also holds national representative honours in two sports, and is a keen musician, runner and cyclist in his spare time.

  • Rob Coe
    Rob Coe Director of Research and Development

    Rob Coe joined EBE in February 2019 from his role as Professor in the School of Education at Durham University. In 1999, Rob wrote the Manifesto for Evidence-Based Education, a document which inspired us to set up EBE, and continues to shape the work we do, 20 years on. He was a member of the Sykes Review of Assessment, the Department for Education’s (UK Government) commission on assessment without levels,  and is currently a member of Ofqual’s Standards Advisory Group, as well as the DfE’s Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group.

    • Alex Turnbull
      Alex Turnbull Customer Relationship Manager

      Alex is our Customer Relationship Manager, and is responsible for much of the contact with prospective and existing customers. He has specific responsibility for the Assessment Lead Programme, though works across the whole range of EBE’s services.

      He leads on the delivery on our CRM system, creation and sending of bespoke agreements, analytics and customer engagement statistics, and much of our outbound marketing.

    • Ciaran Melvin
      Ciaran Melvin IT Officer

      Ciaran is our resident in-house IT whiz. He is studying for an apprenticeship at New College Durham and is adept at resolving all internal and external tech issues here at EBE.

      As well as being particularly adept at solving hardware issues, Ciaran is responsible for much of the technical customer support for those participating in our online training programmes.

    • C.J. Rauch
      C.J. Rauch Head of Teaching and Learning

      As Head of Teaching and Learning, C.J. works on the training that EBE provides. He taught history at a secondary state school in his home state of New Jersey before moving to the UK to undertake a masters. He is currently completing his PhD in education at Cambridge University; his research explores teacher education and teaching beliefs. C.J. has also taught undergraduate educational psychology and worked in education project evaluation.

    • Jessica Blakey
      Jessica Blakey Head of Assessment

      As Head of Assessment, Jessica develops our Assessment Academy. Jessica’s responsibilities include ensuring that the research and delivery in our programmes is cutting-edge and that teachers are well supported in their learning. Her interest in research is motivated by placing students at the heart of practice and making research accessible in the classroom. She has completed an MA in Educational Leadership from Warwick University and volunteers as a school governor at a secondary school in Gateshead.

    • Ibrahim El Sanosi
      Ibrahim El Sanosi Software Developer

      Ibrahim is our Software Developer working on development of technology solutions and tools. Ibrahim received his BSc in Computer Science from Sebha University, Libya, and then in 2008 his MSc in Advanced Computer Science from Newcastle University. He was awarded a PhD in Computer Science in 2018, also from Newcastle University. Ibrahim spent 18 years in academia, as a student, demonstrator, teaching assistant and latterly lecturer. His interests include software development, web technologies, big data analysis and distributed systems.

      • Matt McGinlay
        Matt McGinlay CEM Training Manager

        Matt manages our partnership with the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at the University of Cambridge, as well as managing and delivering most of EBE’s CEM training engagements. He knows CEM assessments inside-out, and provides a truly pragmatic approach when discussing, training or writing about how schools can make use of the feedback.

        Matt also writes extensive and bespoke data audit reports, which offer a deeper look into your CEM assessment feedback.

      • Jamie Scott
        Jamie Scott Director of Partnerships

        Jamie is our Director of Partnerships. He is incredibly experienced in the field of education, having previously worked at the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, and is adept at understanding the problems prospective and existing partners are facing, then finding ways to deliver high-quality solutions.

        With our Managing Director, he takes responsibility for the health and development of the organisation, but is also external-facing; you will often find him out and about at exhibitions, recording podcasts, being a whiz behind a camera, and forging new links with schools and organisations around the world.

      • Allyson Deverson
        Allyson Deverson Office Manager

        With a degree in Business Law, and two decades’ experience working in both customer-facing and administrative roles within the security print industry, Allyson is well-equipped for the task of managing EBE’s administration. She is often the first point of contact for enquiries we receive.

        As manager of travel bookings, it is her responsibility to ensure that everyone is in the right place at the right time, and also to ensuring that the office runs and functions as it should do!

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