About us

ALAN GARDNER

After a successful many years as a retail manager and corporate trainer I joined EQuis in Education 8 years ago. EQuis in Education represented a new and exciting challenge for me and the idea that I could get to play my beloved football and cricket more at the weekends was irresistible. The job gave me the opportunity to develop new skills to add to the skills and attributes I’d built up over the years. I quickly developed a passion for technology and, more importantly, making it work effectively for schools. Helping to develop and present professional learning tools, resources & training programmes in schools, then supporting teachers, at every stage of their career, to improve their practice – and so the learning experiences of our young people – is hugely rewarding.

My main role has been to consult with schools on how they might implement the IRIS Connect video enabled professional learning platform to support their own professional learning vision. I’ve met some brilliant and dedicated educators in and around our customer school community, many of them inspirational to say the least.

When I’m not working I collect redundant wooden pallets and turn them into attractive garden furniture and plant containers (I’ve got a few spare if you’re interested!). Love my wife, love my kittens, love my family, love Croatia and love rib-eye steak (but with white wine which is a bit odd!). I am now owner and Managing Director of Equis In Education Ltd with my own contract with IRIS Connect to support customers in the North London and South Midlands region. I have witnessed real positive impact on teaching & learning over the years and feel that in some small way, I have made a difference, so being able to continue this with more freedom and ambition is sure to accelerate success for our customers.

EMMA GARDNER

Now, I am delighted to be part of the Equis in Education team.

Having been a teacher and a leader for 12 years in one, two and three-form entry primary schools, I know exactly the challenges and pleasures that come with working in this sector and believe teachers are truly fantastic people who should be heard and supported to be creative individuals.

My leadership has centred around Maths mostly. I achieved the National Professional Qualification in Leadership and completed the Challenge Partners’ Getting Ahead programme a few years back.

I lived and worked for Universitat de Santiago de Compostella in Spain for 3 of 5 years using my English Degree and Linguistics qualifications from University of Manchester.

Now, I am delighted to be part of the Equis team of like-minded people and am responsible for developing their online programmes, working with influential experts in different fields to create transformational content. I also have the pleasure of working with Initial Teacher Training providers to effectively implement their trainees’ use of Iris Connect technology to develop reflective, collaborative teachers. I feel very lucky to be a part of Equis in Education as they are at the top of their game when it comes to training and developing educators and are very well-connected with key people in our world of education.

JENNY GEERTSEN

Jenny Geertsen is Dutch American from Austria living and working in London. She has been involved with IRIS Connect for 7 years and is now Equis in Education’s most experienced lead trainer and accomplished motivational speaker. Jenny’s passion for teaching is rooted in her love of dance and choreography. After finishing three different degrees her experiences in education, particularly that at a London SEND school, have made her very aware of the difficulties and pressures all teachers face. Jenny’s desire to make life easier for all those in education by spreading the word on effective techniques, programmes and technology is evident in the feedback we get from the hundreds of schools she engages with across the country. Her spare time is largely spent performing and choreographing and working with various dance companies – but is most alive on stage.

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