Digital and technology team

paul_osborne_circle_150px.pngPaul Osborne chief technology officer

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Joe Blair – director of digital and technology

Joe Blair is director for digital and technology at The Key. He has a degree in English literature from the University of Sheffield. Following university Joe spent a year and a half in Japan, teaching English and learning Japanese. He then worked for three years in a marketing role at the International Centre in the University of the Arts London (UAL). He represented UAL at events in Germany, Italy, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Joe has written theatre reviews for Time Out magazine and a feature film screenplay that was optioned by Sixteen Films. Since joining The Key, he has worked as a researcher, quality assurance manager and editorial team leader, before moving to his current role in August 2013.


Patrick Simkins- junior systems engineer patrick_simkins_circle_150px.png

Patrick previously worked in an administration and facilities role in the public sector. He holds a BA in Business Management.At The Key he is responsible for ensuring the office and IT systems run smoothly.



Rich Lloyd Judd – IT systems manager

Before he joined The Key, Rich worked in both technical and managerial roles at a variety of organisations including Barclays Bank, The National Lottery and most recently, The Royal College of Surgeons, where he built their digital training development and delivery systems. While Rich has only ever been on the receiving end of teaching, he was drawn to The Key with close family members filling SEN learning support, teacher training and chair of governor roles.

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