Despite having to navigate some public transport challenges, I was able to attend the second
Northeast regional ANME (Association of Network Managers in Education) meeting in good time,
hosted by ITPS at their Headquarters (and Primary Data Centre) near Chester Le Street.

ANME is a free membership organisation for Network Managers, IT Directors, and IT Technicians in education, offering termly meetings, exclusive offers, and online resources. Founded in 2014 by two school Network Managers, ANME aims to help its members network, share, and learn from each other.

It was good to meet a new group of technology professionals, gaining further insight into some of
the challenges faced by those supporting the technology infrastructure in our schools and colleges.

NetSupport gave a demonstration of some of their online safeguarding tools. ITPS demonstrated
their new “ITPS Detect” security features. An ANME representative gave a presentation and
experiences around the use of Apple equipment in a school environment.

For the CyberNorth slot, I gave a background summary of our organisation and then took the
opportunity to describe the NCSC CyberFirst Programme for Schools, and how CyberNorth were
encouraging local cyber security talent and companies to sign up as Cyber/STEM Ambassadors.

The floor was thrown open to discuss general issues experienced by ANME members.

Thanks to ITPS’s Andrew Murray for hosting this event and organising a buffet lunch for attendees.

Andrew Pounder – Skills lead, CyberNorth