Becta appoints board members

Schools Secretary Ed Balls today announced the appointment of three new members to the Board of Becta – the government body responsible for ensuring technology is used at its best in the British education system.

The new board members are: Patricia Bacon, Tim Pearson and Mark Rogers.

Patricia Bacon is a qualified teacher and with over 30 years experience in further education, initially as a practitioner and increasingly in leadership roles. Patricia is currently principal of St Helens College, appointed in 2002, and previously deputy principal at the college for 12 years. She was elected president for the Association of Colleges from August 2009 having served as a board member. She is a member of the North West LSC Regional Council and member of the Regional Skills & Employment Board (RDA).

Timothy Pearson was, until 2008, chief executive of RM (Educational IT Company) involved solely in educational technology. RM won many awards during his time as chief executive, in product design, customer service and environmental achievements. He currently holds a not-for-profit director position with Guroo and Highland Property Development.

Mark Rogers is currently chief executive of Solihull Authority with a strong role in the Local Strategic Partnership and significant experience in the most senior local authority leadership roles. His background is in teaching, with local authority leadership experience from 2001. He joined Solihull in 2006 as director of Children’s Services.

“They have a wealth of experience, understanding and expertise, which will undoubtedly support the effective delivery and roll out of the Home Access Programme, as well as continuing to deliver a clear vision of the use of ICT to support our objectives for young people,” Ed Balls said.

Welcoming the new additions to the board, Graham Badman, chairman at Becta said: “I’m confident that their specific areas of expertise and experience will strengthen Becta’s insight into key areas such as college leadership, local authorities and ICT industry and will benefit our overall aim to offer informed advice and value for money to the education and skills sector.”