Hello! I am

Sam Hankin


About Me

I am passionate about new technologies, business improvement, education/training & kayaking.

I graduated from Bournemouth University with a first class honours BSc degree in Forensic Computing and Security. In my 3rd year I completed a year long placement in industry at GlaxoSmithKline.

During my last year at University I worked for The Professional Fundraiser, designing and implementing their first CMS, before moving onto Teacher Training at Bedford University.

I taught GCSE and A Level Computer Science for 6 years and was a pioneer of Digital Teaching & Learning; piloting, launching and running whole-school CPD on the use of G Suite for Education (Google Classroom) over 4 years. I became a Google Certified Education Trainer from January 2020 and was responsible for leading a 1:1 Chromebook program for 1000 students across 18 months, with project costs over £300k. The program was featured as a flagship project for Dell Technologies.

In September 2022 I changed career and returned to The Professional Fundraiser, a national agency working with charities, as their Head of IT, Digital & Call Centre Services.

In my spare time I'm busy in the outdoors; climbing, hiking and kayaking, or keeping my software developing skills up to scratch with some interesting projects!

Do you need extra support for Computer Science? Tutoring in South Bedfordshire and North Hertfordshire for £40 an hour - find out more.

  • Address: North Hertfordshire/South Bedfordshire
  • Email: contact@hank.in
  • Twitter: @hankin
  • Instagram: sam_hankin
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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

University of Bedfordshire

From September 2015 to July 2016, I completed a Secondary Computing PGCE course at Bedford University supported by a scholarship from the BCS (British Computer Society).


Bachelor of Science (BSc) Forensic Computing and Security

Bournemouth University

First Class Honours graded 70% (1st) and higher in all units over all 4 years. Placement year at GlaxoSmithKline in year 3 as a European Project Manager.


2022 onwards

Head of IT, Digital & Call Centre Services

The Professional Fundraiser

Owner of a digital transformation agenda for the whole business to ensure they are fit for the future, developing a technology vision and strategy that will allow the company to thrive and build a solid competitive advantage in the fundraising arena.

The role focuses on the strategic direction for all elements of IT whilst identifying improvement opportunities, creating efficiencies, and leading on innovation projects. I provide the digital expertise and drive to develop the digital donor (customer) experience, automate the back office, build, and embed a digital mindset across the business, whilst delivering a robust IT platform, procedures, and policies, knowing what to outsource and what to insource to ensure that our business performs at its best.

2020 onwards


Hankin Digital

Currently experimenting with a self-run freelance business (alongside my day-job) specialising in I.T. consultancy, software development, photography, videography and blended learning.
Visit hankin.digital for more.

2020 - 2022

Lead Practitioner for Blended Learning

The Priory School

Pioneer of Digital Teaching & Learning; piloting, launching and running whole-school CPD on the use of G Suite for Education (Google Classroom) over the last 4 years. Google Certified Education Trainer from January 2020. Responsible for project managing and leading a 1:1 Chromebook program for 1000 students across 18 months, with project costs over £300k.


Acting Head of Faculty (Design, Technology and Computing)

The Priory School

Responsible for Design, Technology and Computing during maternity cover. Key focus areas: budgeting, behaviour, support staff roles, health & safety, new Food Tech room, SWOTs, Rewards.

2017 onwards

Specialist Leader of Education - Computing

North Herts Teaching Alliance

SLEs are the leaders of school-to-school support, helping other teachers at various stages in their career to develop their own team and classroom practice.


Teacher of Computing & Head of Department

The Priory School

Newly Qualified Teacher in 2016 responsible for multiple GCSE and A Level groups. Before taking on further department responsibilities from 2017. Key focus areas: schemes of learning, SWOTs, timetables, behaviour, IT improvements.


Software Development and Data Administration Manager

The Professional Fundraiser

Created and developed a purpose built content management system (in C#/ASP.net) now valued at over £500k, to record supporter details, run a welcome call program and support venue organisation. I also provided IT support to over 12 staff, solely overseeing the IT systems for the whole company.


European Infrastructure Project Manager


Helped organise the deployment of servers, firewalls and networking equipment to 24 factories in 15 countries across the world to allow systems to put unique serial numbers onto drug packets. International travel to factories in Poland and Italy for meetings.

Volunteer Experience

2021 onwards

Co-opted Governor

William Ransom Primary School

Recently elected to the governing board of an expanding two form entry primary school with 381 children currently on roll.

2014 onwards

The Scout Association

Various roles over a number of years including Scout Leader, Assistant District Commissioner for PR and a County Unit Leader for an International World Scout Jamboree in 2019 to America.


Assistant Call Centre Manager

Children in Need

Volunteered in a call centre on BBC Children in Need night with the responsibility of assistant call centre manager for 5 years.



Google Certified Trainer

Please get in touch if you need support with G Suite for Education.


Duke of Edinburgh Assessor


BCAB Level 1 Paddlesport Instructor


REC2 Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid


Youth MHFA One Day - Mental Health First Aid


D1 Minibus Driver


Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering


Child Exploitation and Online Protection Ambassador


Site Specific Climbing Wall Instructor


Countryside Leader Award


Archery GB Instructor


PADI Open Water Diver



I'm available for
Computer Science tutoring...

Do you need extra support for GCSE or A Level Computer Science?
£40 an hour, face to face or online.

I can tutor for AQA, OCR, WJEC or any other similar exam body.

Available to tutor around North Hertfordshire or South Bedfordshire.

Contact me



HDSL2023 Photobook

Custom made photobook for our expedition to Lochearnhead in 2023

HDSL2023 Clothing

Custom made clothing design for our expedition to Lochearnhead in 2023. Printed by Kustom Clothing.

PDF Designs

HDSL2023 Scout Journal

Custom made programme and journal for our expedition to Lochearnhead in 2023

PDF Booklet

Migration to Google Workspace

As part of The Professional Fundraiser's digital transformation, we've taken the step to move away from Microsoft Office and into the world of Google Workspace.

Linkedin Post

Seoul Searching x Hankin Digital

A Monopoly Run style game for 3,500 Scouts in South Korea

PDF Case Study

Blended Leaning Chromebooks x Hankin Digital

Pioneer of Digital Teaching & Learning project, rolling out 1100 1:1 devices to students

PDF Case Study

Year 8 Intervention Outdoor Ed Trip 2023

12 Year 8 students taken to the Peak District to complete a set of Outdoor Education challenges together.


All about the Data

A 40 minute workshop/presentation about how to use data within a business.

Primary Online Safety Evening

1 hour parent presentation about Online Safety for primary aged children.

Monopoly Run 2023

Custom built app to run a Monopoly Challenge activity across London for 100 teams.

Set Up Video

Drone Fireworks Video

Licensed and insured drone video of the Strathmore School Hitchin Fireworks 2022

Youtube Video

Dell Advert

A 2 min advert produced by Dell on my 1:1 Blended Learning Chromebook Project



Co-Event Organiser. Over 650 Beavers, Cubs & Scouts in attendance + 200 adult helpers.

YouTube Video

#DAW22 App

An iOS & Android app built in Flutter and published to the App Store & Google Play Store.


Year 8 Intervention Outdoor Ed Trip 2022

12 Year 8 students taken to the Peak District to complete a set of Outdoor Education challenges together.


#SCOUTitOUT 2021

Recruitment and awareness project for Hitchin Scouts in the centre of Hitchin.

Class of 2021 Yearbook

74 page Year 11 yearbook, produced in Affinity Publisher and printed to hardback.

Digital Prospectus & Video Series

A digital school prospectus and set of 8 edited videos.



Custom built student homepage showing timetables, rewards & consequences, links to other apps and a badge tracking system. Web app built in PHP.


Herts Scouts Monopoly Challenge 2020

Custom built Monopoly challenge web app built in PHP.

Blended Learning Chromebooks

1 device per student Chromebook scheme for Year 7 starting September 2020.

Read Parent Pack 2020 Read Parent Pack 2023 Video

Blended Learning Website

A website about Blended Learning & G Suite for staff.


Google Workspace Training Video Series

A series of 6 videos for students and parents on how to use Google Workspace apps.

Video Playlist

Virtual Sports Day

2510 completed challenges, 26,785 page views, 6.5k video views and 25,835 points were scored across the week. Web app built in PHP.

Watch the Video

TPS Badges

Designed 18 new metal school badges & new school branding documentation.

Mr Blue Sky
(Charity Single)

Video and audio edited together provided by students and staff from the Priory School during lockdown.

Watch the Video Spotify

Survival Student Challenge

24 hour survival challenge for 12 Year 9 intervention students.


Psychedelic Squirrels - World Scout Jamboree 2020

36 young people from Hertfordshire travelled across to America to attend the World Scout Jamboree 2019.

Website Read the Book

Year 9 Life Skills Day

200 Year 9s on our #LifeSkills day now skilled in... CPR, vehicle checks, basic sign language, daily finances, saving water, looking after animals and lives not knives.


Outdoor Ed Logo & Clothing

Branding for the new Outdoor Ed department.


Herts Scout MEGA Christmas event

130 Scouts, 2 months of planning, 16 different activities, 24 hours, 9kg of bacon, 22 chocolate logs, 200m of Christmas lights and about 6 hours of sleep in 72 hours...

Instagram Story

Google Workspace Training

Various INSET training activities helping staff learn how to use Google Workspace tools.

Twitter Slide Deck

School Branded Banners

New branded banners for each department across the school.

Giant Window Pong

A school challenge to create a giant game of pong with help from a Year 11 who coded the game as a extra project.


Deputy Event Organiser. Over 640 Beavers, Cubs & Scouts in attendance + 200 adult helpers.

News Article Video

Year 9 Intervention Kayaking

5 Year 9 students completing their BCU Start award.

Twitter Video

Year 8 Intervention Outdoor Ed Trip

14 Year 8 students taken to the Peak District to complete a set of Outdoor Education challenges together.


World Challenge - Morocco

2 week expedition with 14 Year 9 students to Morocco including sumitting Mt. Toubkal (4167m).

Facebook Post Video


A purpose built CMS system (ASP.NET) now worth over £500k.

#SCOUTitOUT 2017

£7k lottery funded, recruitment and awareness project for Hitchin Scouts including a zipwire down the high street.

Website News Article


Deputy Event Organiser. Over 300 Beavers, Cubs & Scouts in attendance.

Twitter Review Video

24/48 Hour Survival Camp

A 24 hour & 48 hour survival camp challenge for Scouts.



A mock social media site for teaching students online safety with practical activities.


#SCOUTitOUT 2015

Over 25 hours of free activities for a recruitment and awareness project for Hitchin Scouts. Included the first ever campfire in the market square.



In case of a global pandemic, break glass

12 June 2020

A piece about teaching in lockdown published on the Phase website.

The media & teaching during COVID

27 April 2020

A Facebook post on how teaching is being badly reflected in the media during lockdown.

Virtual Reality: Learning for the future

1 May 2019

A piece about teaching with virtual reality published on the Hello World magazine - May 2019 edition.

Why we should be concerned about teacher recruitment & retention

21 May 2018

A Facebook post about my visit to Number 10.

Rubber Duck Debugging

11 December 2017

A blog about using a screen recording app to help improve lessons for ScreenCastify.


Contact Me

If you want to get in touch, please email me at contact@hank.in.