Subject Practitioner Panel – A Level

Below you’ll find details of the current A level panel members.

If you are a KS5 teacher in England and would like to help support the work of the NCCE, please express your interest in joining our A level panel here.

Our A level focused panel is led by Diane Dowling, Learning Manager (Post 16) at the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

A level subject practitioners (KS5)

Biruk Bayeh
Biruk is a Head of Department at a secondary school in Ealing, which successfully delivers Computer Science, and IT to students aged 11 – 18. He enjoys running and he is a dad of three children. A massive supporter of Arsenal F.C.
Isabel Culmer
Isabel teaches A-level Computer Science at Barton Peveril College in Hampshire. She is a huge advocate in promoting Computer Science and Engineering careers to young people. Outside of work she enjoys gaming, crafts, walks and climbing with her family and running her Girl Guiding unit.
Jo Kirkland
Jo is currently the Subject Leader at The Howard of Effingham School, Surrey. She has been teaching for over 20 years and is passionate about all students having access to an inspirational and knowledgeable teacher. She continues to mentor fellow professionals in many aspects of Computer Science and IT.
Joe Sharp
Joe is an NQT of Computer Science in an all boys grammar school. Joe was a software engineer in his previous life and loves writing little games and web projects. Joe is a longtime Nintendo fan, parent of two little boys and also teachers dancing.
Lee Willis
Lee is the Digital Technology Lead at North East Futures UTC in Newcastle Upon Tyne. After moving into teaching from a technical / data background in education he has been teaching Computer Science from Years 1 to 13 for 12 years across the North East and the Middle East.
Martyn Colliver
Martyn is the Head of Computer Science at Warwick School. Martyn is passionate about linking theory topics to programming and keen to supplement this with hardware activities whenever possible - hence the set of full-size traffic lights and pedestrian control box in the computing lab.
Neil Walker
Neil has over 15 years teaching experience in a variety of different schools. The past 10 years he has built up a department in a secondary school where now almost half the girls choose to study GCSE Computer Science and the average A-Level Computer Science class consists of at least 10 female students. Neil is now the NCCE Computing Hub Lead for Kent and East Sussex, helping and supporting teachers across the South-East.
Pippa Lewty
Pippa is the Head of Computer Science at Reigate Grammar School in Surrey. She is passionate about all things technological. She enjoys volunteering with Girlguiding UK, camping and most things outdoors involving water. When not at her computer or in/on water she can be found building a Lego model or two.
Ruth Hilliard
Ruth is Head of Computer Science and Quality Nominee at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College. She's been teaching, examining and moderating for 18 years and loves developing her students' passion for and enjoyment of the subject through their A Level and BTEC courses. Ruth loves the beach, playing tennis and being taught weird stuff by her 9 year old son!
Steve Rich
Steve teaches Key Stage 5 Computer Science in London at a specialist digital college. He facilitates for the NCCE delivering their GCSE Accelerator courses. Steve also conducted content quality assurance for the Isaac Computer Science (ICS) platform.