Matthew Boyle: I was a teacher of Physics and Maths in Scottish schools including periods in Bellshill, Port Glasgow and Glasgow. I had one year as a Research Fellow at Strathclyde University looking into the teaching of learning skills. After my time in teaching I went solo as an educational consultant for a period of three and a half years. During this time I worked with Learning Unlimited as well as with organisations as diverse as the UFA and the National College of School Leadership. I worked about half of my time on each side of the border and had a few lecturing visits to Australia.
I then worked as a Quality Improvement Officer in Argyll and Bute council for nine years, mostly supporting Professional Learning and new-teachers, but for the last couple of those years I switched roles to look after ICT in schools. Both of these areas suited me right down to the ground. Since September 2013 I have been a Service Manager, again with a focus on Professional Learning as well as staffing for West Dunbartonshire Council.
My main hobby now is photography with a real love for portraiture. I play guitar, mandolin and bouzouki. I also love cycling and have recently taken up running and have finally ran a few 10K’s. I am also a total addict of gadgets and technology!
Stephen Rogers: I have been involved in education for thirty years now, in a variety of roles: teaching in primary and special schools, headteacher, and for seven years, National Director of the education charity the University of the First Age. The UFA was founded by Professor Sir Tim Brighouse in 1996 to extend and enrich learning through innovative methods, particularly outside the school day. I have a PhD from the University of Manchester and am proud to say that it won the British Educational Research Association (BERA) best dissertation award for 2013.
My other interests are a love of football (Arsenal and Cambridge United!), mountaineering, reading, philosophy, painting and going to the theatre/cinema (and eating broccoli).