Becta's Board

Andrew Pinder
Andrew Pinder CBE

Between October 2000 and August 2004, Andrew was the UK's E-Envoy, responsible directly to the Prime Minister for co-ordinating the development of the knowledge economy in the UK. During that period, the UK moved to the top of world league tables for the use of digital technology. His responsibilities included helping to ensure internet access for everyone in the UK, and working with business and the public sector to make services accessible online. During that time Andrew had significant involvement with the education sector, especially in relation to the large investment that has been made over the last few years in technology.

Before becoming E-envoy, Andrew had a long career in both the public and private sector. He was a civil servant in the Inland Revenue for 18 years, working in a wide range of senior jobs, including Director of IT. He then moved to Prudential, where he ran operations and technology for almost five years, before having a stint at Citibank, initially as European Director of Operations and technology, before moving to the US to take up a global role with the Bank. He left Citibank in 1999, and became involved with venture capital, as well as carrying out some consultancy assignments within Government, including leading the first ever 'Gateway Review'. During this period, he was also Chairman of the Shropshire Learning and Skills Council, during its set up period.

Andrew left the E-Envoy role in August 2004. He now runs a small management consultancy, and has advised a number of other Governments in Asia, North America and Eastern Europe on how to develop the use of technology in their countries.

Andrew is a non executive director of United Utilities plc, and Spring Group plc, and a member of the board of Entrust Inc, a Dallas based software company. He is a member of Intel's Global Advisory Board, and a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars here and abroad.

He was awarded the CBE in the 2004 new year's Honours list.


John Roberts
John Roberts CBE


John Roberts was assigned a member of the Royal Mail Group plc board in 1985 and was appointed Chief Executive in 1995 and held the post until 2002. A graduate of Exeter University, he joined The Post Office in 1967 and has held a number of senior posts in the course of his career including Managing Director Counter Services in 1985 and Managing Director Group Services in the Corporate Headquarters of The Post Office in 1993 with specific responsibility for the proposal to privatise The Post Office and handling group-wide services such as IT, purchasing and training.

He is a member of the CBI's President's Committee; Chairman of the CBI's Education & Training Affairs Committee; Member of the Government's National Employment Panel; Governor of Henley Management College and President of the Institute of Employment Studies.

John's current activities include Advisor to Deloitte and membership of the Home Office Strategic Delivery Board and Royal Mail Stamp Advisory Board. He was made a CBE in 1991, is a Companion of the Institute of Management, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London. John is married with two sons.


Ben Andradi
Ben Andradi


Ben Andradi is Chief Executive Officer of Servista, the leading provider of outsourced customer care and billing services for the home services market. Prior to joining Servista, Ben was Chief Executive of managed services provider Quadriga, President and Chief Operating Officer of BT Openworld, Vice President of the Communications Sector for IBM Global Services, Associate Partner for Accenture, and held various management positions at British Petroleum. Ben has an MA in economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Stephen Gill
Stephen Gill


Stephen Gill is the Vice President and Managing Director of HP UK and Ireland. He is responsible for all country operations and oversees HP's four business divisions: Enterprise Systems, Imaging and Printing, Personal Systems and Services. After qualifying as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (London), Stephen Gill joined Sony. Stephen Gill was headhunted by Digital Equipment in 1984, and played a fundamental role in its growth in the UK and at a global level.

After leaving Digital, Stephen Gill joined Lotus as Chief Financial Officer for its international business. Stephen Gill left to join Ingram Micro Europe as Senior Vice President and CFO. Joining Compaq as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), he was responsible for leading major organisational change across 95 countries. Stephen Gill holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Surrey in the UK and is a member of the CBI President's Committee, the Development and Technology Leadership Boards of the Prince of Wales' Trusts, the Technology Board of e-skills and City University's Technology Committee


John Gray
John Gray


John Gray BSc, MA. Initial training in Earth Sciences. In Further Education, as a teacher and manager, since 1975. Having been Principal in a larger city college, moved back to Newark & Sherwood College as Principal in January 1995. Co-founder of NILTA in 1989; Member of Higginson Committee 1994/6, Steering Group Member of European Union's Information Society Forum 1995-2000, Member of UK government's University for Industry Implementation Group 1997; Chair of JISC's Managed Learning Environments Steering Group 2000-2002; Member LSC's DELG (Distributed & Electronic Learning Group) 2001-2002.

Since 1995 our strategy at Newark has been to serve our urban/rural community's needs with a flexible blend of traditional and ILT-based approaches, building a new curriculum model around activities in our 'College Learning Club', and re-engineering our business processes in line with an integrated ICT philosophy. In 1998 Microsoft began to use Newark & Sherwood College as a case study site for aspects of their Connected Learning Community concept.


Ralph Tabberer
Ralph Tabberer (DfES Assessor)


Ralph is the Director General for Schools at the DfES appointed in February 2006. As well as his role managing the Schools Directorate of the DfES, Ralph is the DfES Board member responsible for championing the use of technology in support of teaching and learning across all sectors, ensuring that technology is considered early in the development of policy.

Starting as a teacher, Ralph worked as a senior official in local government and between 1988 and 1990 he was Schools Director for Becta’s predecessor organisation, the National Council for Educational Technology. Between 1994 and 1997 he was Assistant Director of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). In 1997, he joined the Standards and Effectiveness Unit in the Department as senior education adviser and after a period as Divisional Manager in charge of ICT and the National Grid for Learning he was appointed in 2000 as Chief Executive of the Teacher Training Agency and its successor the Training and Development Agency for Schools.


Anthony Lilley
Anthony Lilley


Anthony Lilley is Chief Executive of Magic Lantern Productions, an award-winning interactive media production company specialising in content for broadband and multiplatform media. Anthony has experience of television and corporate video production as well as over ten years' professional experience working on the internet.

Anthony is also Vice-Chairman of PACT (the trade association for independent film and interactive media companies) and a member of the Executive and Advisory Council of the Broadband Stakeholders' Group and a Working Group Chairman of the DCMS/DTI Creative Industries IP Forum. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of NESTA Futurelab, the IPPR Intellectual Property Project and the Board of Directors of iCommons. In 2002-3 he was Chair of the UK Digital Content Forum. He advises various government departments and writes regularly for newspapers and magazines.


Graham Badman
Graham Badman


Graham Badman is Kent County Council's Managing Director for the Children, Families and Education Directorate. Graham began his educational career as a science teacher moving to deputy head and then head teacher. He was appointed Chief Adviser and then Director of Education to Avon and took responsibility for the reorganisation of local government in Avon. Prior to his current post he was Chief Education Officer of Oxfordshire LEA. Graham has had substantial experience as chairman of various educational bodies and committees, as adviser to the education parliamentary select committee and international experience as a consultant and trainer.