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PIB is most likely to succeed if it is created not only for, but also – to the extent possible – by the communities that it seeks to serve. And so the development company, PIB-d, envisages a very open development process, in which opinions are sought from a broad range of individuals, both experts in relevant subject areas, and representatives of user groups.

As an indication of our commitment to this style of working, we are pleased to list here the members of PIB-d’s nascent Advisory Board. Colin Godbold,  Fred Piper, and Gráinne Conole joined in September 2013; while Bruce Christianson and Simon Grant joined one month later. Bios follows:

  • Gráinne Conole is a Professor of Learning Innovation, and Director of the Institute of Learning Innovation, at the University of Leicester, which she joined in 2011. Prior to this, she was Chair of E-Learning at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, from 2006, and held earlier posts in the field at the Universities of Southampton and Bristol. Her research focuses on the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies for e-learning, and its impact on organisational change. Funding sources for her research projects have included HEFCE, ESRC, EU and commercial sponsors. A longer bio is given here .

  • Colin Godbold is an independent consultant specialising in delivery of complex Information Technology and organisational change programmes. Formerly a Partner in IBM’s consultancy and services practice, he has had a successful business career spanning over 30 years, during which he has led the delivery of many major programmes in both public and private sectors. He has worked closely with a variety of UK Government Departments, including successful delivery of an identity-related programme for the Home Office, and with commercial organisations - in particular in the telecommunications, banking and insurance industries. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, and is a Chartered and European Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

  • Fred Piper, BSc PhD (London), CEng CMath FIEE ARCS DIC FIMA M.InstIISP, was the founding Director of the Royal Holloway Information Security Group – which was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1998. He also played a major role in the establishment of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), and has provided security advice to a wide range of clients, from both public and private sectors. A longer bio is given here .

  • Simon Grant MA (Oxon) PhD (Strathclyde) MBCS is a Senior Researcher and Learning Technology Advisor with CETIS and the Institute for Educational Cybernetics at the University of Bolton, where he specialises in technology supporting personal information. He has also played key roles in the development of European Standards and specifications in the area of learning technology, again in the areas of personal learning information, and information about skills and competence. He will bring his deep expertise to bear particularly in the areas of information models for structuring and communicating personal information, and the ways in which this information is produced and used in practice.

  • Bruce Christianson is Professor of Informatics at the University of Hertfordshire. After training as a Functional Analyst, he was a Consultant with Data Connection Ltd before joining the University of Hertfordshire. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Mathematical Society, convenes the International Security Protocols Workshop, and has published over a hundred papers.