Meet the Team
Dave and I were both heads of department in comprehensive secondary schools, and we would meet from time-to-time to discuss what we were teaching and what resources we were using.
The more we explored this together, the more we wondered why we weren’t just sharing our lesson plans with each other and reducing our workload, so we did and began attending CPD courses together too.
I’ve been teaching for 14 years. During this time I was one of the pilot CAS master teachers and worked with BCS and DfE on the new Computing national curriculum. My background includes a degree in Computer Science, freelance contracting for Lloyds TSB and 6 years at GCHQ. I wrote my first computer program in primary school!
I can’t believe it was five years ago that Craig and I sat in Paddington station waiting for the train home having attended a CPD session on the new 2015 A level specification. There was lots of new content that we hadn’t even studied on our degree courses and we thought, “if this is new to us, it must be frightening to the community, how could we help?” From that seed, CraignDave was born and we set about creating videos for every bullet point of the specification to help students and teachers. At the same time we discovered the flipped classroom and that breathed new life into our teaching. Our students were now more engaged and more independent than ever before.
I’ve been teaching for 22 years with a degree in Computer Science and Business information technology. I have industry experience as an analyst programmer in the aviation sector. I got my first computer at 9 years old (Amstrad CPC464) and by the age of 10 I had written my first computer game!
I’ve been in the IT industry for 20 years in various sectors from family run businesses through to the NHS and software houses. I have a degree in aquatic biology from Aberystwyth university but as it turned out, I was better at coding algorithms than exploring the life cycles of various aquatic fauna. I also work as a Senior Software Engineer for a leading educational charity in Gloucestershire and am the Lead Developer for all Craig’n’Dave software products, including Assessment Expert and Smart Revise.
I’ve been with Craig ‘n’ Dave since the very beginning. In fact, they came up with the idea for Craig ‘n’ Dave while sat in Paddington station on their way back from a course in London. I had the first mock up of the website done before they had even arrived back home! I’m very much involved with the customer service and community side of the business. Craig and Dave have the ideas and I make them happen!