Sparx welcomes publishing expert to its board of directors

Learning technology company, Sparx, has announced the appointment of Jill Jones as a new non-executive director. Jill has worked in education publishing for over 35 years and is currently a non-executive director for Kogan Page Publishers Ltd and Sensations English (English Language Video Learning Ltd).

Adding additional expertise to the group, Jill’s non-mathematical background and experience in publishing will provide a different perspective on the market.

Formerly Managing Director for McGraw-Hill Education, Europe, Middle East and Africa until early 2016, and President and CEO of Cengage Learning EMEA from 2008-2012, Jill’s experience spans K-12 through to higher education. Subsequently, as an independent consultant, Jill worked with a range of global companies and also provided advice within the private equity sector.

Until 2018, Jill was Chair of the Remuneration committee on the Board at Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, on the Supervisory Board of The Learning Network (NL), and was formerly a non-executive Director for Edinburgh University Press.

Jill added:

“Sparx particularly appealed to me as it’s at the coal-face of one of the keystones of learning – maths, which is often a subject that many find challenging.  The Company has a passionate and enthusiastic team that’s genuinely committed to making maths education accessible for all – through a really good product offering with Sparx and Hegarty Maths, and I want to be part of that. I’m looking forward to supporting Sparx on its mission to improve learning for as many children as possible.”

 Commenting on Jill’s appointment Dan Sandhu, CEO of Sparx said:

“We are delighted Jill is joining the Board. She brings a wealth of experience and a new knowledge base for us.  I look forward to her valuable input into our strategy. We are particularly excited about her specific knowledge and background internationally.  We hope this will help us with our international ambitions, as we take Sparx into the future where EdTech is accepted more widely and plays a key role in helping to overcome challenges in education.”