David Dickinson

David Dickinson

(Founding Director)

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 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.

Elaine Griffiths MBE

Elaine Griffiths MBE

As a graduate in Food Science and Nutrition, for over 20 years Elaine’s professional career was in the Food Industry where she held senior positions with Ess Food UK, Sara Lee UK and Country House before establishing her own successful sales and marketing consultancy.

She relinquished her career to champion the salvation of the Monastery.

Elaine is co-founder and Chief Executive of the Charitable Trust that has raised over £10 million to save and restore Gorton Monastery and found a sustainable new use for the future of this previously endangered World Monument site. The experience of delivering the Monastery project over the past 21 years has turned Elaine into a passionate advocate for sustainable communities and heritage led regeneration. She is also a Director of the Monastery Manchester, the social enterprise company that operates the restored heritage site as a corporate, cultural and community venue.

Elaine was awarded an MBE for services to heritage in 2007. With its permanent education, training, health and well-being facilities the Monastery delivers innovative community projects where new approaches and models of care in health, skills and employability can be shared.

Other voluntary, mentoring and advisory positions included board membership of the Princes Trust in Cheshire, Chair of Manchester Cathedral’s Council for 5 years, Community Action Network, the Shared Health Foundation and the Global Links Initiative as well as acting as adviser and consultant to numerous charitable projects and heritage building preservation trusts across the UK.

Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins

Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins

I am a doctor of education (UCL Institute of Education) specialising in cognitive and neuroeducational pedagogy, particularly in translating research into classroom practice, and also a science teacher. Currently, I am drawing on both my teaching and academic experience to work with a number of schools across the North of England, helping them to use aspects of educational neuroscience that are ready and appropriate for the classroom.

After an initial three INSET visits, we continue to work in partnership with schools and touch base regularly. We measure baseline levels of pupil academic performance and motivation /attitude towards school, and compare this to a mid-test and post-test measure. I undertook a PhD after 6 years’ full time teaching (science). My research entailed training teachers in using cognitive load theory (CLT), Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE), brain targeted teaching (BTT), and how to use general research based cognitive and neuroeducational strategies to improve pupil participation and enjoyment in science. I have also been a co-author of a paper commissioned by the Wellcome Trust to explore initiatives taken by some schools to enhance science learning and teaching. I have written for other science education journals. After a PGCE in science (Cambridge), I taught in Oxford (2 years) and London (4 years), with a sabbatical in Sri Lanka where I trained teachers and produced a teachers’ resource handbook. To keep my eye in with current science curricula, I regularly tutor GCSE pupils. I live in Derbyshire with my husband and young family.