David Oliver

David Oliver

(Founding Director)

David  is  a  pioneer  of  nurturing  ‘Breakthrough  Performance  Environments’,  having  led  the team  at  ICL-Fujitsu with  the  introduction  of  the  groundbreaking  UK  National  Grid  for  Learning and CyberSkills programme. David is  Founding  Member  of  BAFTA  Interactive,  the  ambitious  new  chapter  of  the  British  Academy of  Film  and Television  Arts  dedicated  to  Learning. He is Head of The Monastery Studios in Manchester offering 360 degree and 4D immersive technology, augmented reality, drone filming and a full suite of green screen studio and location filming options.

Peter Forrest

Peter Forrest

Having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1977, Peter founded his own private practice in 1981 dealing in a wide range of professional work for more than 20 years. In tandem, he co-founded and managed various property development companies together with a successful design-and-build construction company. In parallel, he provided consultancy services to a variety of property developers and builders involved in new build and refurbishment of residential, office and industrial properties..

Peter continues to provide design-and-build consultancy services for property developers, having retired as a Chartered Surveyor in 1996. Since then, he continued to manage his own property portfolio, while researching new approaches to ‘real education’ in its key role ‘to bring out from within’. He founded The Holistic Education Foundation Co. Ltd in 1997 to develop and test new approaches to life-long learning supported by cutting-edge digital technology.

The Company has developed tglhubs.com as a unique digital platform to initiate the growth of new social-cultural-economic networks allied to debt-free systems for banking and barter. Essentially, the tglhubs software enables people to generate a new debt-free local currency by choosing to exchange their skills, time and knowledge. This additional local liquidity provides an impetus for growth in a new barter market founded on creative collaboration, common sense and common values.

Peter is now working with Davids Alexander, Dickinson and Oliver to integrate his tglhubs platform into the Future Society Platform for ongoing testing and development in local pilot projects designed to address community health and well-being.

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.