Get to know the Apps for Good team

Here at Apps for Good, we work with over 600 schools around the UK supporting educators who share our mission to transform education and power a generation to change their world with tech. At our offices in the heart of London’s Tech City, our team work to do everything we can to make this mission possible whether it’s developing new resources, supporting our Education Partner Community or managing our Expert Community. Here’s your chance to meet the team, learn a little more about us and put a face to the names at the end of those emails you receive!

Debbie Forster – co-CEO

debbie[1]Debbie has been with Apps for Good since the very beginning. An ex-Headteacher and highly experienced educator, Debbie is passionate about exploring the ways in which tech and education mix. Debbie has steered Apps for Good from the early days when we worked with 47 student
s in 2010 to where we stand today, working with over 23,000 students in 2015/16 alone. In her time at Apps for Good Debbie has been responsible for overseeing strategy, operations and expansion. She has also enjoyed travelling the length and breadth of the UK meeting teachers from Cornwall to Caithness. Currently, Debbie is working to support international pilots in Portugal and the US, while offering continued support to all Apps for Good staff.

Debbie also works closely with Apps for Good Founder and co-CEO Iris Lapinski, who is based remotely in Berlin.

Natalie Moore – Senior Education Community Manager

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Natalie heads the Education Community Team and manages relationships with existing and future Apps for Good Education Partner schools, colleges and informal learning centres. Natalie’s passion for helping educators stems from her previous role as International Education Programme Coordinator with the Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. When she’s not in the office, Natalie can generally be found travelling to education conferences across the UK telling people about Apps for Good and managing our Regional Roadshows.

Rob Rankin – Head of Product and Platform

rob[1]Self taught technologist Rob has been with Apps for Good since 2011. Like Debbie, Rob is interested in examining the crossover between education and technology. A graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University,  Rob manages our Educational Content Team developing all course content, including training materials, lesson plans and student handbooks. Rob also oversees the strategy for the development of the Apps for Good online platform. Rob’s gained an interest in creating educational content in his previous role at the Citizenship Foundation where he helped to create resources to engage young people with issues relating to the economic crisis.

Donna Hay – Education Content Manager

photoFormer computing teacher and current Apps for Good enthusiast, Donna works remotely from her home in Weston super Mare. An experienced Educator, before joining the team Donna taught in the West Country for 9 years during which time she delivered the Apps for Good course. Currently, Donna works alongside Rob, developing educational content such as lesson plans and student handbooks.

Emily Thorburn –  Education Community Officer

Emily_photo[1]A recent graduate from the University of Aberdeen, Emily joined Apps for Good in November 2014 and works closely with Natalie to support our Education Partner Community. If you’ve got a question or query about the course or you would just like to know more about Apps for Good Emily’s the best person to contact! Originally from Scotland, Emily pulled in some local knowledge to help organise our Regional Roadshows in Glasgow and Edinburgh. It was during her student days that Emily became passionate about education after volunteering at a local primary school promoting literary schemes and teaching English in a preschool in Cambodia.  

Freddie Norton –  Expert Community Manager

Freddie[1]A born and bred Londoner, Freddie manages our Expert community. Freddie joined Apps for Good in November 2014 and manages all inquiries about Expert sessions, and can offer Education Partners useful hints and tips about hosting an Expert session in your school. Freddie’s current projects include growing our female and Scottish Expert Community. Prior to working at Apps for Good Freddie worked for the behavioural change company SHIFT, helping to launch and scale the online archiving platform Historypin.com. Freddie also has a degree in History from Birkbeck College, University of London. If you’re interested in hosting an Expert session and want some further information, drop us a line at education@appsforgood.org

To find out more about the rest of the Apps for Good team, check out our Meet the Team page!