Dr Sangeet Bhullar, Executive Director, WISE KIDS
Sangeet is the Founder and Executive Director of WISE KIDS, a non-profit company promoting Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship and Wellbeing for young people, families, communities and businesses. Our aim is to ensure that young and old are supported to develop the necessary digital competencies and expertise, as well as their sense of agency and wellbeing to thrive, online and offline. WISE KIDS delivers user-centred training programmes, consultancy, research and resource development to promote this agenda.
In her role at WISE KIDS, Sangeet has developed and delivering training programmes, written guidance, advised organisations and spoken at conferences internationally on the topics of Digital Literacy in Education, Digital Citizenship, Digital Participation and Online Safety.
Her work includes leading a large scale research project called Generation 2000 (which was co-funded by WISE KIDS, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Logicalis and S4C) on the Digital Media Habits and Digital Literacy of Year 9 pupils across Wales; working with the Ministry of Education in Singapore to review and update their secondary school Cyber Wellness curriculum. Other recent work include film clips for the BBC WebWise site, advising parents and children on safety issues on new media platforms. Sangeet believes strongly in the need for proactive programmes to help young people and professionals develop the digital literacies needed to be effective contributors and participants in the knowledge economy. Sangeet is a board member of WikimediaUK, and a member of the Welsh Government Digital Inclusion Management Board. She is married to a Welshman, and has three children. Prior to June 2002, Sangeet and her family lived and worked for nearly ten years in Singapore. She tweets as @sangeet.
Gwenan Griffith, Animation and Graphics Creator
Gwenan Griffith is the magician who constructs the WISE KIDS Video Animations and graphics.
Gwenan also works for Cymydmaen Cyf. as a Digital Inclusion Officer on the Llyn Peninsula. She is a Fine Art Graduate and has been exhibiting since 2005. Gwenan enjoys combining digital technology with traditional art, and to date, she has created a a variety of thought-provoking and belly-tickling short movies! She can be found on Twitter as @GwenanHGriffith.
Ms Kim Anderson, Trainer and Programme Developer
Kim, formerly a Board Member of WISE KIDS is now working on the development of new creative and drama programmes for WISE KIDS which will help young people develop digital life skills and reflect on the opportunities and challenges of the online space, and which get the young people to reflect on issues such as identity, reputation, opportunity, privacy and behaviour in digital spaces.
Mr David Wilcox, Digital Inclusion & Digital Engagement Programme Advisor
David started his working life as a reporter, then helped set up local development trusts and partnerships, before getting excited by his first site of the web in 1994 and managing to get to one of the first events on community networks in the US. He came back to set up UK communities online and other networks aiming to blend social technology with other methods for social good. He is developing the role of socialreporter – using a mix of media methods, online and offline, to tell stories, connect people and ideas, and help others adopt social technology for social benefit. David is co-author of Social by Social, a handbook on social technology for social impact, produced for NESTA in 2009, and a number of other books on participation and partnerships. He can be found on Twitter as @davidwilcox
Michelle Jones, Non-Executive Director
Michelle’s involvement with WISE KIDS started at a young people’s online safety event where the spare seat in the hall placed Sangeet next to her.
Michelle is a qualified Graphic Designer but after the birth of her two sons started to revaluate her career. Starting out as a Childminder she went on to study a Youth, Community and Playworker degree, then took on a PGCE to become an adult education tutor and finally took on Leadership and ICT training at Edinburgh University. She has been the CEO for The Parent Network, an organisation that supports family and community networks for the past 8 years. Since retraining Michelle has worked across Wales, with community, statutory and the private sector, but her heart is in the 3rd sector where she has worked for the past 21 years. On a personal level Michelle is an artist and printmaker, a mindfulness teacher, Reiki Master and Champissage practitioner. She has an extremely patient husband who has fully supported her journey and two sons who are both artists and musicians in their own right. Michelle is passionate about everyone having a chance to reach their own potential no matter what their age or circumstances.
Mr. Doug Hampson, Non-Executive Director
Doug Hampson is a highly energetic and committed manager with well developed skills in business development and management, strategic change and financial planning, and facilitation of innovation in business and personal development. He has strong commercial skills and the tenacity to negotiate successful deals. He has extensive innovation support experience, having worked with more than 700 clients, and run many workshops. He also taught MBA and undergraduate students, and supervised enterprise projects. He has assisted micro-business clients to obtain both grants and commercial funding amounting to at least £5 million over the last five years. He recently successfully launched then Chaired a local business which was sold to a plc in a 7-figure share deal. He actively mentors a number of small businesses in the South Wales area.
Alan Davies. Non-Executive Director
Born in London in 1955, Alan is a Welsh-speaking Welshman with deep family roots in West Wales. He now lives in Cardiff and is the proud husband of Mari, and father to 2 sons, Tomos and Tecwyn.
Alan spent 18 years in the British Army before embarking on a successful business career in Wales which saw him involved in leading various business start-ups and in creating several hundred jobs in high tech companies. During one of these roles he was NTL and Virgin Net’s representative on the Internet Watch Foundation and has a great personal interest in the use of technology in business and personal life. Alan regularly comments on TV and radio on a number of issues, predominately related to his military experience and understanding of technology.
WISE KIDS Teen Panel
WISE KIDS also works with a group of young people who form the volunteer WISE KIDS Teen Panel. They help inform WISE KIDS of issues facing young people using Internet and Digital technologies. They are also trained by WISE KIDS to use the Internet innovatively, positively and safely. If your school, youth centre or library would like to find out more about how they can get involved, do get in touch by sending us an email.
Steve Khaireh MBE, Youth Facilitator and Online Radicalisation Advisor
Steve is a professionally qualified (JNC) Youth and Community Worker, who came through the ranks as a youth club member and volunteer. He has worked extensively with young people and communities in the statutory and voluntary sectors. Steve worked as a community education officer in Cardiff for 26 years. He also worked for the Somali Integration Society and is a fomer Chair of Governors for Fitzalan High School. He is currently managing director of Fresh Slate, a Community Interest Company. Over the years, Steve has worked in his own time on numerous planned programmes of personal and social education covering health, social crime prevention, sport and music projects earning him many national youth work excellence awards and an MBE
Steve is passionate about the potential of young people to be the best they can be. Wherever possible he empowers young people to deliver programmes themselves, and gets them involved at every stage of governance and decision making, from self-recruitment to being part of the management committee. In recent years, Steve has also been involved in delivering training programmes to tackle youth radicalisation.
Serena Davies, Researcher in Generation 2000 Study & Digital Competence Co-facilitator
Serena is a Geography and Business Studies teacher who has taught at secondary establishments since 2002. She is passionate about developing Digital Literacy at schools, and founded “Prosiect eDdysg” (an eLearning Project) at Ysgol y Preseli in 2012. She has delivered numerous digital workshops for teachers from across Wales, as well as for NQTs, Digital Leaders and pupils. Most recently, Serena received the ‘Highly Commended Award’ for her Innovative Use of Digital Technology in the National Digital Learning Awards 2014, and is currently co-ordinating a BYOT roll-out for the 6th Form at Ysgol y Preseli. Most importantly, she is a wife, a mum of 3 ‘busy’ young children, and a fluent Welsh speaker!
Gareth Morgan, Digital Competence Co-facilitator
Gareth’s primary school teaching career began in 1996, and then in 2003 he joined Newport LA as ICT curriculum improvement adviser. For almost 12 years he has worked across South Wales providing advice, support and training to schools in the use of ICT as a curriculum subject, and also in its effective use across the curriculum. He has an MSc in eLearning and is an ICT Mark assessor. For the last 12 months Gareth was employed by the Welsh Government as their ICT subject adviser, and worked closely on what it means for pupils to be digitally competent or digitally literate. He has also been a member of the National Digital Learning Council, a body which provides advice to the Welsh Government on the use of technology to support learning and teaching, and was a member of the group that produced the influential, ‘Find it, make it, use it, share it: learning in digital Wales’ report. He has a strong interest in the effective use of ‘cloud technologies’ such as Google Apps for Education or Office 365, along with social learning platforms to improve collaboration and communication at all levels.