Kalam Neale
  • The Award for Digital Innovator of the Year (sponsored by Nord Anglia Education)
  • Barnsley College
  • Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Kalam has envisioned, created and driven ground-breaking, specialist digital provision with educational development at its heart. His trailblazing work has ensured that Barnsley College has become a sector leader in the field and his expertise is now in demand in the UK and across the world. Described as a “whirlwind”, Kalam has been central to the creation of the country’s first ever college esports course and to the outstanding success of Barnsley’s esports division. His impressive vision led to his appointment as esports Programme Lead in 2018.

Whether hosting AoC Sport events, delivering to 45 countries for Pearson internationally or passing on his expertise to educators and providers, Kalam is constantly sharing best practice. His knowledge and passion have cemented his position as an outstanding champion for digital technology in education, in the college, across the UK and beyond.