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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Richard Allen - a quick bio

Richard is a specialist in education transformation and learning services, and an experienced educator to Master’s Level. He has a background of business management in international hi-tech industries, business school senior lecturer, teacher trainer and consultant to government, local authorities and schools. He has particular experience in education being a practitioner in all the elements of capital program Consultancy Framework covering Education, Technical and Procurement. He has delivered Procurement programmes for LAs and Schools as a managing consultant.

He is an experienced researcher, designer of research methodologies, and evaluator of research. On leaving industry he conducted supply chain research in international high tech industries on suitable models for Virtual Enterprises and Virtual Conglomerates, and worked with SEEDA to extend this to the understanding of methodologies to promote collaborative commercial operations between SMEs. Richard was also a key contributor to the sustainable iCatalyst model for Action Research in CPD developed by colleagues at Mirandanet and designed to capture insight into leading edge practitioner developed best practice.

Richard has undertaken research for Becta, particularly in the area of Learning Services and their influence on teaching and learning. He has been recently contracted to Vital as an online course facilitator, and as a consultant on the Vital “100 Schools Scheme” and undertaken research aimed at delivering a rich understanding of the issues, challenges, and potential solutions associated with ICT implementation strategies in schools, including 1 to 1 computing, BYOD, BYOT, Moving to the cloud, Responsible use policies, Digital Leaders, Flipped classrooms and Virtual tuition. As a result of this research contract for Vital and the Open University he is publishing outcomes as two relevant Case studies on this site.

He works with and for a number of organisations which are all active with agendas that are associated with the strategic leadership of education and has been an active member of the Board of Management of Naace since 2003. A regular contributor to focus group activity with the London Knowledge Lab, he is currently undertaking a part time MA in Education at Bath Spa University. A Certified Naace Professional – the organization for Advancing Education through Technology - he received this accreditation in 2011 at Master’s level.

A Director of Outstream Consulting since 2002, you can find more information at and at our portal