Meet NetSupport’s CEO, Al Kingsley
Most of the time, Al is CEO of NetSupport with almost 30 years’ experience in educational technology and digital online safety.
Al has a broad knowledge of international education landscapes from his time spent in the US, Germany and Japan, in addition to projects working with Ministries of Education as diverse as Canada, Chile, Kenya, Morocco, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the rollout of national education projects.
In addition to his role at NetSupport, Al has a passion for education – particularly strategic leadership, governance and raising organizational performance. With that in mind, he is Chair of two Multi Academy Trusts in the UK, as well as chairing both his regional Governors’ Leadership Group and county SEND Board (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). Al also sits on the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Headteacher Board for the East of England and north-east London, supporting Multi Academy Trusts across the region, and has served for the last 10 years on his local authority’s Children and Education Scrutiny Committee.
In the commercial space, Al is Chair of the Combined Authority Employment and Skills Board, a Regional Business Board member and an Apprenticeships Ambassador for the East of England. He is also an active member of the Forbes Technology Council and RSA. Need to write this out in full.
Through his experience at NetSupport and with his additional responsibilities outside of the company, Al has a unique mix of technical and educational knowledge that allows him to speak internationally on the effective use of technology in supporting education and outcomes, online safety, blended learning, the use of technology to foster better communication and support – and other related topics. Some of his most recent and upcoming events include the FED National Education Summit, EdTech Europe, ISTE and BrainStorm conferences.
Al’s sector insight and technology experience also makes him ideally placed to write articles on all things EdTech – with recent articles featuring in Forbes, eSchool News, SecEd, Primary Matters and Teach Middle East, to name but a few – as well as co-authoring a ‘School Digital Strategy Guide’.
Al has also featured as a guest on numerous podcasts including SecEd, Learning Dust and EduFuturists. In addition, he co-hosts NetSupport Radio, with the latest podcast featuring Kevin Hogan (EdTech Today) discussing ‘Education in the UK and US – similarities and differences.’