“… a proven stimulus of innovation —  the meeting of unlike minds.”
Thomas Stewart, 2001

David Dickinson

David Dickinson

David Dickinson

(Founding Director)

David’s background in engineering, educational management, curriculum research and development, IT development and finally patient advocacy, each seem to have each contributed to his unique approach to information strategy. A digital navigation visionary, David is passionate about helping people make meaning from information in the context of their lives. Over two decades he has presented his ideas at international conferences, including in 2010 at the EU Future Information Societies programme for the European Commission in Brussels. His 2001 publication ‘Towards an androgogy for living in an information society in Teaching and Learning Online: Pedagogies for New Technologies (Kogan Page) is testament to his years of leadership in information dissemination for the digital era.
The many organisations that benefit from David’s contribution include the Future Internet programme of the EU, Edward de Bono Foundation UK, The RSA Council, Neurofiles, the trustee board of The Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust, the World Health Innovation Summit and, as sole lay member, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Digital Collaboration Board.
Together with David Oliver, David founded Unlike Minds in 2008.

Some of David’s papers and publications 

David Oliver

David Oliver

David Oliver

(Founding Director)

David Oliver is a Founding Director of Unlike Minds and has a wealth of experience in education leadership, leading school governors, developing and delivering school improvement programmes. Within the education domain, as well as being involved with the School as a Research-Informed Learning Environment programme with Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins, he leads on:

Breakthrough Performance Environments. David helped to lead a ground-breaking action-research project formed from global organisations based in the USA and Europe. They considered what factors might promote amazing results – breakthrough performance. Would it be possible to deliberately construct environments where breakthrough performance was more likely than in other environments, and if so, what would you need to focus on to realise them? This project was the beginning of David’s work on, and continuing exploration of, breakthrough performance environments. here

Applying Technology to Learning. Working for Manchester Metropolitan University, David led one of the first DfE-funded initiatives in the use of augmented reality to support engagement of pupils in science. Working in partnership with The Monastery Manchester, David has used immersive display technology to engage pupils in creative writing,  performance and self-regulation. Augmented reality has featured again too, with initiatives at the Monastery (visitor experience) and in schools, using readily-available technologies to ‘bring objects or images to life’.

Research-informed Personal Development.  With research indicating that short training courses – especially if relying on ‘cascade’ to reach colleagues – struggle to achieve sustainable impact in schools, David explored the use of action-research to improve professional development. Practitioners working together to explore areas of interest in their own classrooms provides the raw (descriptive) data for structured conversations on aspects of practice that highlights next steps. This self-reflective approach has proven to be a powerful tool in staff development in those schools that have adopted it.

David Alexander

David Alexander

David Alexander

David has over 40 years experience working across, private and public sector in digitally based services and solutions including Identity, personal data, CRM, command and control, housing, local government and healthcare, security and trust based platforms

David is the co-author of the CRM Pocketbook and a master coach and advisor on the key areas of market entry, proposition development, leading virtual teams, partnership development, identity and personal data.

David is the Chief Executive of Mydex, a community interest company that built and operates the Mydex platform. The Mydex platform is a person centred public digital trust platform which equips individual’s to play and active part in the management of their lives, their identity and the data that underpins it and how they interact with the world around them.

David is the Mydex platform architect.  As part of seeking external verification of the trustworthiness of the platform and the company David sought out the independent certification of the Mydex platform and company via ISO 27001 (information Security Management System) and FairData certification.  The platform has been in operation successfully for over 6 years. The Mydex platform is considered by an increasing spectrum of organisations and policy makers as a key utility to deliver social impact.

David is a Fellow of the RSA, a Fellow of the Association of Professional Sales where is also the Chief Customer and Information Officer. David is a member and active supporter of Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Rights Group. David is passionate about protecting individuals privacy and personal data and its associated rights.  David is a passionate advocate of ensuring interoperability between systems and services based on open standards and the use of open source software and independent inspection and certification as means of ensuring trust can be established and maintained.

David is on the Governance committee of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium and is a Non Executive Director of tScheme the independent, industry-led, self-regulatory scheme set up to create strict assessment criteria, against which it will approve Trust Services in the UK. GOV.UK Verify the UK identity assurance scheme mandates the use of tScheme assessment of all identity providers services against the recognised verification requirements set out in the scheme including GPG 45 Identity Proofing and Verification of an Individual and GPG 44 Authentication Credentials in Support of HMG Online Services.  David was the lead architect for implementing these within the Mydex platform as part of their involvement in the Identity Assurance programme.

Prior to Mydex he was Director of Strategy and Marketing at Northgate Information Solutions and Group Development Director at Computacenter plc. In both cases he led EU wide programmes of innovation and change management using culturally, geographically and organisationally diverse teams to deliver transformation and the creation and launch of new products and services including the first high availability cloud based infrastructure as a service solutions.

David has an extensive background in software architecture design and engineering and mission critical systems development coupled with proposition development, innovation and commercial management.

David has written numerous articles and contributed to a wide range of consultations surrounding the emergence of a personal data ecosystem and the implications of a re-balanced ecosystem between the individual, the state and the economy and how a person centred approach to identity and personal data can deliver more flexible, scalable and resilient public services and remove risk, friction and cost in customer journeys and back office processing.

David is a co-founder of the Future Societies Platform consortium and is leading core architecture and design of the FSP which will use a combination of components to deliver transformation on how communities work together to deliver significant sustainable transformations.

David is also working on the open source project that seeks to bring the next generation of independent experience layers to the digital society allowing for personal control and configuration over one’s environment. David believes that independent, experience, identity and data layers are the backbone of a modern society and digital economy that places individual’s at the centre as the logical point of integration.

David is and has invested in a number of enterprises which rely on the GDPR compliant use of personal data to deliver innovations and person centered services.  David is also a part owner in three patents.

David is an active volunteer in his own community acting as Group Scout Leader for a 100 strong Scout Group and as Treasurer and Director of a Community owned Post Office Stores.

 

LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidealexander/

Dr Simon Grant

Dr Simon Grant

Dr Simon Grant

Physics & Philosophy degree, school teaching, practicing hypnotherapy and house renovation; PhD studying Cognitive Science (Strathclyde); lecturing in human-computer interaction (City University) and postdoc work in Italy, learning about the Web (on the side); on to Internet skills training (University of Liverpool); attempted entrepreneurship; focused on interoperability and standards around personal development and skills. I try to discern where I am being led — open, commons, non-hierarchical: values, spirituality, technology, learning and governance (Quakers, Lancaster Cohousing, Green Elephant, CETIS LLP); wishing to join with others to build greater ideas for the future and put them into practice.

Key research Interests: interoperability, skills, competence, values, governance, peer-to-peer

Ray Hanks

Ray Hanks

Ray Hanks

Ray worked for three of the Top 10 Ad Agencies in the UK, and was Managing Director of the biggest specialist agency in Europe with billings of £40 million.  As Head of Creative & Digital Industries at the North West Development Agency, he set up the team to help secure the BBC’s relocation and the creation of the iconic MediaCityUK in Salford Quays.

Ray is an award-winning business adviser (Institute of Consulting – Best Business Growth) for creative and digital businesses, including advertising agencies, film and TV specialists, and was part of the record-breaking business support initiative in England’s North West, impacting on £511 million of sales and 5,300 jobs.  He has trained over 1,500 people to set up their own businesses, was Interim Director of the Northern Net Innovation Programme, a trained assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Service reviewing underperforming NHS clinicians, has trained all of the lawyers and claims specialists for the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS Resolution), is an alumnus and Member of Court of The City University London, and an External Adviser for The University of Salford.

Having worked closely with David Dickinson and David Oliver for many years, Ray is committed to the pursuit of change for good, through innovative thinking and creative collaborations.  He is an adviser to Creative Life at The Monastery, which incorporates The Monastery Studios offering green screen film production facilities.  The services include the outstanding photography of Mark Copeland, drone filming with 4K video and high-resolution images, augmented reality services bringing still images to life and a suite of magical products featuring pictures that talk.

The collaboration with Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins resulted in the creation of the NeuroFiles project, an ambitious media programme highlighting how neuroscience impacts on everything we do. Over twenty videos have already been filmed and produced at The Monastery Studios. It is a perfect fit for the wider ambition and philosophy of Unlike Minds.

Dr Amir Hannan

Dr Amir Hannan

Dr Amir Hannan

I am a GP partner at Haughton Thornley Medical Centres.
Chairman of the World Health Innovation Summit
Chairman of the West Pennine Local Medical Committee    July 2016 – Present (1 year 8 months)
Director Orbit Healthcare Ltd April 2016 – Present (1 year 11 months)
Vice Chairman West Pennine Local Medical Committee April 2015 – June 2016 (1 year 3 months)
I have been vice-chair of our Local Medical Committee and a member representing Hyde and Hattersley GP practices
Primary care IT clinical lead NHS Northwest 2009 – April 2013 (4 years)

Bryan Hurley

Bryan Hurley

Bryan Hurley is a software engineer, entrepreneur and educator. He is a Web Technologies graduate with over 10 years experience in web development, graphic design, and IT consultation for international clients. As an educator, Bryan has taught 100’s of courses both online and in classrooms on topics such as web design, development, web-security, and graphic design.

While completing his studies in Web Design, Web Development, and Web Technologies respectively, Bryan began working with Government Officials on a project to boost the digital skills of young people in Dublin, establishing a number of CoderDojo’s in the Dublin 6 constituency. In 2016 Bryan was head of the web design programme at Shaw Academy, creating and presenting live online web design courses to over 40,000 new students every month.

As a web developer and graphic designer, Bryan has led a number of projects to provide design, ecommerce, ticketing, logistics, and analytical solutions to international clients. Bryan has worked with scores of established companies as-well as start-ups looking for unique solutions that can be delivered on time and within budget. To date, Bryan is the founder of Digedu LTD, HelloWorld Web Design, and Needy Insights.

In 2018 Bryan collaborated with UCC’s Instructional Design Department to design and develop a digital skill checker for University lecturers. Following the implementation of the app on SPEEDS.ie, Bryan was awarded a place on New Frontiers Programme Phase 2 to develop his digital skill-gap analysis and fulfilment technology for all sectors. While on the programme in Waterford, Bryan was awarded runner-up in the IBYE Best Business Idea category and was the recipient of the Most Innovative Business Idea award on New Frontiers 2019.

Bryan’s skill set includes: HTML, CSS, mySQL, JavaScript, PHP, extensive knowledge of Content Management Systems, experienced with Adobe Create Suite and a wide range of other Graphic Design Software.

Gareth Presch

Gareth Presch

 

Gareth Presch

A social entrepreneur who believes in sharing knowledge, Gareth are is the founder and CEO of the World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS) a platform to inspire, innovate and share knowledge to improve healthcare while stimulating vibrant communities. A problem solver and healthcare strategist, he has experience of working in public, private and voluntary healthcare settings in the NHS (eHealth) and abroad. Patient focused and quality driven, a former Chief Officer of the National Haemophilia Council a statutory body in Ireland, Gareth has also managed National Clinical Programmes on Blood Transfusion (establishment of the National Blood Transfusion Committee), Haemochromatosis and the Endoscopy improvement programme. He has extensive networks around the world.

He has advised and been a member of a number of successful charity fundraising events in the past and continues to support charitable causes locally, nationally and internationally. He supports businesses in marketing, leadership and governance.

Winner of the Carlisle Living Innovation award 2016

Special Recognition Award Zenith Global Healthcare 2016

 

Leadership Fellow St George’s House, Windsor Castle

 

Advisor: Binti Period, My Way Code,

Global Educator – Tribe of Why, Social Media Lead – PSUK, Columnist – CVH 1st Class Magazine,

Big Heart Intelligence
@garethpresch @HIC2016 email: gareth@worldhealthinnovationsummit.com

Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins

Dr. Rebecca Torrance Jenkins is an educational neuroscientist, science teacher and author. Once a teacher of prep-school science and a tutor for all three sciences at GCSE, she recognised that teaching and learning strategies were rarely informed by the way the children’s brains actually functioned. Wishing to pursue this  further she undertook a doctoral research programme in which findings from neuroscience and cognitive psychology were trialled in prep and secondary science teaching. The most effective strategies were expanded and refined for the NeuroFiles project, which piloted in a single large primary school. Through word of mouth, the project has now worked with over ten schools across the North West and Midlands, often in very deprived areas. Its success was more rapid and wide-reaching than initially anticipated, and the final version is both easily implemented and highly successful – attitude to learning, classroom behaviour and outcomes have been significantly impacted. As one head teacher put it: “Its crazy that until now, no one has considered the most important factor in learning: the brain!”

Rebecca was introduced to Unlike Minds by associate Ray Hanks.  Ray and Rebecca’s first project together was an augmented reality project exploring how augmented reality might help people to understand the neuroscience behind stress. This programme was developed in-house as a Monastery Studios Production. See the video produced by NHS Employers to showcase innovative initiatives.

https://vimeopro.com/user2677238/neurofiles-education .

Neuroscience in parenting In response to the many questions she has been asked by parents during her work with schools, Rebecca is attempting to answer them from a neuroscientific perspective in a book that deals with some of the hardest parenting issues, such as computer gaming, anxiety, sexual relationships and porn, exam revision and conflict with parents. Soon to be published!

See Rebecca’s papers and publications.