The Critical Friends

Peter Chatterton 

Peter Chatterton is a consultant and academic whose work spans higher and further education, Government and industry. He has worked with an extensive range of universities in the UK and Eastern Europe on programmes of innovation and change, using technology-enhanced learning for educational transformation, in roles such as expert advisor, critical friend, researcher and project evaluator.

He also works with key UK Governmental education agencies such as HEFCE, HEFCW, Jisc, Becta, QAA, Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and is currently a consultant on the LFHE Changing the Learning Landscape programme. He has also helped set-up and run a range of education-employer partnerships such as the Automotive College and a joint-venture between the British Library and Cable & Wireless. He recently undertook a research project for a Government Taskforce focused on UK educational technology export markets. He also acted as Expert Advisor on Becta’s CAPITAL research/vision project, supporting the development of a world class vision for capital investment programmes (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills - Building Schools for the Future programme). 

He runs his own consultancy company, Daedalus e-World.

Tony Toole


Tony Toole was Head of School of Electronics at Swansea Metropolitan University and Dean of Faculty of Engineering at Coleg Sir Gâr before leading their technology-enhanced learning developments as Director of Online Learning. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering at Swansea Metropolitan University (now merged with University of Wales Trinity Saint David) and was also a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Glamorgan.


Tony has worked extensively with JISC as a Committee Member and consultant and is a Board Member of CETIS. He has successfully managed over 20 large scale, multi-institutional, e-learning development projects involving universities and colleges across Wales, the UK and Europe. He has worked as a critical friend for a number of UK universities in support of their TEL developments, most recently for the JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery Programme.

Tony has also worked with government agencies developing e-learning strategy and policy, as well as developing models for the public funding of online, distance and work-based learning. He has published widely on TEL innovation and is a regular conference presenter.

He runs his own consultancy company, Ltd.

Mark Stiles

Mark Stiles is Emeritus Professor of Technology Supported Learning at Staffordshire University where he was, until August 2012, Head of Learning Development and Innovation with corporate responsibility of the use of technology to support and enhance learning. In that role, Mark led a team which carried out research and development work in the strategic, policy, pedagogic and technical areas. Mark has worked in these areas for many years, and has led numerous JISC and other projects. The current main focuses of Mark’s own work are on strategy, policy, and organizational change issues associated with TSL and the use of technology to innovate curriculum design and development. Mark is outgoing Chair of the JISC-CETIS Board, and will become Chair of the "new" CETIS in August 2013. Mark also represents the JISC and UK HE as a member of the Board of Directors of the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

Until recent changes at JISC in 2012, he was Deputy Chair of JISC’s Learning and Teaching Committee. He is a regular speaker and has published widely in the "eLearning" field. Mark provides independent consultancy in his areas of expertise.

Andrew Comrie

Andrew Comrie has worked in the further and higher education sectors for over 25 years holding both academic and senior management posts in learning and teaching, technology enhanced learning, academic development and quality enhancement.
Andrew has worked across the UK with an extensive range of universities and further education colleges supporting e-Learning and work-based learning developments. He has worked internationally in India, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia leading academic development and collaborative initiatives between overseas and Scottish universities. As an educational consultant, Andrew has worked with agencies such as JISC and the Higher Education Academy as a critical friend and external evaluator to support technology enhanced learning and digital literacy development projects. He has led research work for the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQF) exploring use of the qualifications framework in HE and FE and by employers. Most recently he has worked with Edinburgh Napier University as director of a Scottish Funding Council (SFC) widening participation project and with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he has provided consultancy to their curriculum reform initiative. Andrew has been programme leader for the Royal Conservatoire's postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher arts education for the last five years. Andrew runs his own consultancy company, Kerson Associates Ltd.