Mark Bedwell

After a brief foray into academia Mark has worked for over 10 years in Education management. Working directly with schools LAs and on government projects has given Mark a deep understanding of school performance data and information. Whilst Head of Research for Stoke-on-Trent LA Mark was instrumental in moving all assessment and tracking systems on-line. After leaving Stoke-on-Trent he acted as a DFE consultant for Cumbria constructing a powerful new data architecture. Mark believes that technology should be used to do the processing so that professionals can get on with analysing and producing intelligence that will help pupils and schools progress and develop.   

Mark says: sorry about the photo but that is what I look like I’m afraid!!!

Paddy Guest

Paddy studied chemistry at university for eight years before realising his passion and strength were in IT. He worked in a local authority for seven years developing and managing IT systems for education. Working with schools, teachers and heads directly for this amount of time led to his realisation that systems for schools were severely lacking in usability and elegance that so many other sectors benefit from. This drives his desire to make the systems that Different Class develops powerful, yet user-friendly and intuitive.

Despite bearing a passing resemblance to David Brent, he does not believe that this will hold him back in the world of business.