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do your :bit final judges

Alison Bellwood

Alison is the creator and director of the World’s Largest Lesson, an education programme delivered in partnership with UNICEF to teach and engage students in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2015 millions of children across the world have learned about the Goals and have been inspired to take actions to achieve them. World’s Largest Lesson is a partner in the do your :bit challenge, providing the inspiration for the competition and the lessons to engage students in the problems their micro:bit solutions are designed to solve.

Kate Elders

As Partnering Lead at the British Council, Kate connects global education teams with opportunities to shape new approaches and impact with partners in the tech and social impact space. In 2017 she introduced the micro:bit to British Council teams around the world, supporting them to design partner collaboration opportunities and introduce a new dimension to programmes – giving more young people opportunities for relevant, hands-on, innovative teaching and learning of 21st Century skills. Now developing across 20+ countries and reaching over a 1m young people and educators, from computational thinking in Colombia and 21st Century Schools in the Western Balkans, to digital and English skills for disenfranchised girls in South Asia.

British Council is a founding partner of The Micro:bit Educational Foundation and partner in the do your :bit challenge, providing inspiration and guidance for running hackathons and school-to-school collaboration around the challenge.

Gareth Stockdale

Gareth joined the BBC in October 2013 as Head of Operations and Public Affairs for BBC Learning, responsible for the operational performance of the department, its financial management, internal communications and stakeholder management. Prior to joining the BBC, Gareth worked at Indie Twofour, Golley Slater, Universal McCann and ITV. Gareth then became joint lead at BBC Learning for the original project that designed, developed and deployed the BBC micro:bit to all year 7 or equivalent children in the UK, playing a pivotal role in setting up the Foundation and subsequently joining the board. Gareth joined the Micro:bit Educational Foundation as CEO on the 1st of January 2018.

Graham Budd

Graham became President and COO of Arm in 2018, having been the Chief Operating Officer since 2008. Prior to this he was EVP and General Manager of the Processor Division from 2005. Graham joined Arm in 1992 as a VLSI design engineer and led the development of several of Arm's early system-on-chip designs. Since then he has held a number of engineering, marketing and operations leadership roles. Graham has been a member of the Arm Executive Committee since 2005, and was appointed to the Board in 2017. Arm is the funder and co-creator of do your :bit.

Kerensa Jennings

Professor Kerensa Jennings is BT Group Director of Digital Impact. She serves on the Institute of Coding Diversity and Inclusion Board, and the Advisory Board of Digital Access For All. Until recently, Kerensa was CEO of the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), an international programme aiming to help address the digital skills gap.

Kerensa was previously a TV producer and the BBC's Head of Strategic Delivery and was part of the original BBC micro:bit project. Her work on the BBC's Make it Digital strategy earned the Innovation Enterprise Chief Strategy Officer's Best Innovation Award. Kerensa is also an Executive Coach and a bestselling author. A storyteller at heart, she is passionate about helping people unlock their potential, and has been selected among the most influential women in UK tech for the last three years by Computer Weekly.

Matt Larsen-Daw

Matt is Education Manager for WWF-UK and a member of the Education Leadership Group for the WWF Global Network. He led the educational programme for Our Planet series on Netflix, and the launch of the Youth For Our Planet movement. His background is as a campaigner, trainer, and consultant in participatory community development, with a special focus on participatory photography for social change. Matt is also Chair of socio-educational charity HVP Nepal-UK.