John Winkley

John works for AlphaPlus as Business Development Director. AlphaPlus is part of the AQA Group, specialising in assessment systems and solutions for clients in school, vocational and professional certification. He leads the work with clients prior to and during a project’s initial phases and leads the team in developing client proposals. John is an experienced learning and assessment entrepreneur with a track record of business growth. He has specialised in developing innovative systems for education and assessment, working with a range of public and private sector clients through the three companies he has helped to build: BTL Group Ltd, Virtual College plc and AlphaPlus.

AlphaPlus’ work has involved developing and deploying novel solutions for curriculum, assessment and e-assessment in schools, further education, professional education and lifelong learning sectors. Projects range from large-scale high-stakes examination systems and content to highly innovative approaches to formative assessment. John has spoken widely at UK and international conferences on technology and assessment.

John spent 11 years with BTL Group Ltd, providers of Surpass, the market-leading professional end-to-end on-screen assessment platform, and Virtual College, a leading online learning provider with over 4 million registered learners. He joined AlphaPlus in 2006 with the objective of developing it into a leading provider of educational assessment.

John was a founding director of the eAssessment Association, a not-for-profit membership organisation for consumers and producers of technology-supported assessment. John has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Assessors since 2010, recognising the highest level of expertise and experience in assessment. John is a National Leader of Governance, and Chair of The Beckfoot Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust comprising 10 schools, 7500 students and 1100 staff across primary, secondary and special school provision. He has led this innovative and well-regarded school trust since its inception in 2013. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and has a BSc and MEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath.