Steering Group


Professor Gilly Salmon
Gilly Salmon joined the University of Leicester in the UK in 2004 as Professor of E-learning & Learning Technologies to head the Beyond Distance Research Alliance, after 15 years with the UK Open University Business School. She is known for her research and practice in creating engaged and successful e-learning processes. Her research spans enabling change in Higher Education, e-learning strategy, pedagogical innovation including mobile learning, wikis and blogs. She is known for her articles about the future for learning technologies, as an international speaker and as the author 'E-moderating' and 'E-tivities'. Gilly was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2006. She chairs the E-learning Alliance for Health Group.

Professor Bob Fryer
Professor Bob Fryer CBE is the National Director for Widening Participation in Learning at the Department of Health. Bob was the founding Chief Executive of NHSU. Before joining the NHS, Bob was Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Southampton and Director of New College and, prior to that, Principal of the Northern College for Residential Adult Education. Between 1999 and 2001 he was on secondment to Ufi Ltd as an Executive Director and Board member. Bob is currently a Director of Investors in People UK and Chair of the Learning and Skills Councilís Distributed and Electronic Learning Group. He is also Chair of the Defense Education and Skills Advisory Board.

Other Steering Group Members

Dr Michael Crock, Chair, Executive Council
Director - Information Services, Flexible Learning and Access Services, Griffith University

Michael is Director - Information Services, Flexible Learning & Access Services in the Division of Information Services at Griffith University. He was appointed to this position in February, 1998.

Michael has extensive experience in senior management positions responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating:

Current applied research and development interests include projects concerned with the identification, quantification and benchmarking of effective solutions for interactive resource-based education and training and models for the effective commercialisation of teaching and learning intellectual property.

Darien Rossiter, Deputy Chair, Executive Council
Darien has had over twenty years experience working in both the public and private sectors, in education, media, information and communication technology, public relations and business. Her diverse career path as a librarian, media producer, administrator, educational advisor, consultant and researcher, provides a breadth of knowledge and experience that informs her views on new learning approaches and management of organisational knowledge.

She has considerable experience initiating and managing large scale collaborative and commercial projects between higher education, corporate and government institutions, in the role of senior project manager, change manager and principal researcher

Darien has held senior advisory and management positions at the Australian National University, Film Australia, Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology

Darien has recently completed her PhD dissertation on the topic of "Organisational Capacity to Embed Innovation in Higher Education", undertaking extensive case study research across a number of Australian universities. She is currently holding the position of Deputy Director of Information Services at Cranfield University, UK.

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