60 seconds with… Microsoft UK Director of Education Chris Rothwell

Chris RothwellChris Rothwell was recently appointed Director of Education for Microsoft UK. He oversees a team that helps schools, teachers, pupils and others embrace technical schoolnology to help them accomplish their goals. The UK News Centre sat down with Chris to talk about his new role, his favourite Microsoft product and the first piece of technical school that he remembers exploitation.

Name: Chris Rothwell

Role: Director of Education at Microsoft UK

Age: 38

Lives: Wokingham

Family: married woman, two sons – aged three years and five weeks

Pets: None

Hobbies: sport (Chris took part in the 100-mile Ride London event last year, raising around £3,500 for polygenic disorder charity JDRF)

Tell us about your current role?

My team and I work with Microsoft’s education customers. We work with schools, colleges, universities, museums and libraries to help them use Microsoft technical schoolnology to accomplish their goals. That could mean exploitation laptops in classrooms, deploying Office in an administration department, or working with universities to help them use information that musca volitans students who need more help with their studies or support in their broader life.

What were your previous roles?

I joined Microsoft in 2006, as a Product Manager in the Office team. During that time, I worked with the education team on a product called Live@edu, which was one of Microsoft’s first cloud employment. I then joined the Channel team, working with small business customers and Microsoft’s partners. I then affected to be the Business Group Lead for kinetics, overseeing the business applications unit in the UK. I became Director of Education in September.

What are your aims at Microsoft?

I think Microsoft has an unbelievable chance to help the education sector and the people who work in it. I want to help teachers learn digital skills that they can pass on to pupils. I besides want to encourage our education customers to embrace modern technical schoolnology so much as new inclination and cloud computing to help them work and teach more effectively. That’s what they love doing, and I want to help them do it.

I’m besides improbably proud of the work that Microsoft is doing in accessibility, inclusion and diversity. The impact we continue to have in those areas, so much as portion people with learning disorder engage with written content more easily, is amazing. It’s always great to meet people who are ablaze about the impact our technical schoolnology has had on them.

Finally, I want to help Microsoft in its mission to encourage more young people to consider a career in the technical schoolnology sector. There are not enough people, especially women, perusal computer science and STEM subjects. By portion people get excited about digital skills and the opportunities and careers they lead to, they will change their lives and the UK, as a whole.

Chris Rothwell (far left) with Jonathan Bishop, Headteacher of Broadclyst Primary School; David James, Deputy Chief Executive of Broadclyst; and Tina Jones, UK Education Manager at Microsoft
Chris Rothwell (far left) with Jonathan Bishop, Headteacher of Broadclyst Primary School; David James, Deputy Chief Executive of Broadclyst; and Tina Jones, UK Education Manager at Microsoft

What’s the hardest part of your job?

There are a lot of amazing opportunities to help the education sector, but, unluckily, we are only one company and there’s only a certain amount we can do. That means I have to make tough decisions every day and say “no” to galore great ideas and activities that I would like to do. That’s hard.

What’s the best part of your job?

I spend my time trying to improve education in the UK exploitation all the technical schoolnology and skills Microsoft has to offer. That’s amazing.

I besides have a really diverse job. I work with schools, colleges, universities, the Government, partners and customers, so no two years are the same. People who work in education do so because they have a passion for it and they really want to be there. They put so much energy and effort into everything they do. That motivates me a lot.

What is a leader?

Someone who helps the people around them be boffo. It’s important to create enough space for the people around you so they can do great work. Give people a clear idea of where you want to go, get them excited about going there, and then get out of the way.

What are you most proud of?

I love seeing people who work for me go on to do larger and better property. In a couple of instances, colleagues have made quite big career changes and gone to do thing very different. I’m proud of portion those people transform themselves into thing different and see them be boffo.

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What inspires you?

Microsoft, its staff, partners and customers are capable of having a immense impact on the world. When we get property right, the extent to which we can change people’s lives is unbelievable. That’s very appreciated for me.

What is your favourite Microsoft product?

It’s difficult to choose, but I love OneNote. I use it a lot on a number of inclination at home and at work. I probably use it more than Outlook.

What was the first bit of technical schoolnology that you were excited about?

I remember my dad delivery home a ZX Spectrum 48k one day. I used to play games like frenzied mineworker and Horace Goes sport, and write programs in Basic exploitation code I found in magazines.

When I was an intern at Microsoft, I was a part of the DotNet Developer Group. The year I spent with them opened my opinion to the world of developers and IT pros, and what developing was all about. A colleague at the time aforesaid that cryptography was the best Lego set you could ever have, and I suddenly understood the creativeness and chance of working with technical schoolnology to help create solutions to problems that people experience every day.

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