Bob Harrison

Bob Harrison
  • Chair of Governors, Northern College

He has had extensive experience in schools and colleges as a teacher,lecturer senior manager, Principal and Governor. He has worked with Head teachers and senior leaders in developing leadership skills for the National College of Teaching and Leadership College, and advised DfES on the FE Principals Qualification and was the lead on Digital Futures for the Building Schools for the Future Leadership programme.
Bob is also Chair of Governors at Northern College and Vice Chair of Governors a Trafford school.
Bob was made an Honorary Life member of CGLI for services to Vocational Education following 12 years as Chief Examiner and is a Fellow of the RSA.
He has been Toshiba’s Education Adviser for 14 years and is a writer, presenter and researcher on mobile learning, digital technologies and next generation learning.
Toshiba is the “lead employer” in the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology.
Bob was a member of the British Computer Society/Royal Academy of Engineering working group which redrafted the ICT National Curriculum to make it more “ambitious and challenging”. He also chaired the computing expert group established by the DfE to support teachers and teacher educators in the transition to the new computing curriculum, and is now a member of UK Force (UK Forum for Computing Education).
He was Chair of the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board, a HE/Industry/Schools/DfE/NCTL group which aimed to ensure that the next generation of teachers have the necessary skills to prepare children for their lives as workers and digital citizens in the 3rd Millenium.
Bob was a leading member of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group and is now a member of the Ministerial Educational Technology Action Group chaired by Professor Stephen Heppell.
Bob regularly visits the Palo Alto campus of Stanford University to research current developments and is particularly interested in the “education’s digital future” at Stanford and is a judge at the Stanford Education Technology Expo. Bob is also a judge for the BIS/Innovate UK Learning Technology-Design for Impact fund.
Bob represented the DfE at the INTEL STEM International conference in Jerusalem when he presented on the new national curriculum in computing.
He is a Board member of the UfI Trust and is a Judge for the BETT Awards and TES FE Awards.
Bob has recently been invited to join the BIS FE and Skills Area based review advisory group helping to reshape the FE landscape towards a more digital future.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.