Sue MurraySue Murray: two years trainingThere's a wicked tale going around that PR Sue Murray overheard a colleague talking about bathing in Chanel - and promptly announced that she'd like to swim the Channel too.

Of course that's just cheap "blonde PR" stereotyping, because Sue Murray, whose Mango Marketing agency represents pukka education brands like SMART Technologies, BETT and The Education Show, is about to do a sponsored Channel swim to raise money for Camfed, the Africa-based education, anti-poverty charity.

Andy Black, by rob EnglebrightAs one of Becta's best, most generous ambassadors for ICT and learning, Andy Black (illustration by Rob Englebright) has helped an astonishing number of educators and innovators. Now he needs some help himself.

Andy Black is pedalling through Midlands and east coast byways day and night to get fit for the cycle ride he is undertaking from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Agent4change is going in with £50 - what can you manage?

By Maureen McTaggart

Bill JenkinsBill JenkinsBill Jenkins’ journey from an abused child in care to founding director of Securus Software, a company that produces a computer monitoring package designed to protect children from online and offline threats, has been long and arduous. But there was a spring in his step as he made his way to Buckingham Palace to collect the Prince Philip Medal.

Brought up in a children’s home from the age of three, he suffered physical, sexual and mental abuse at the hand of his carers, and he describes his achievements as “turning the bad from the past into good”.

Tom WatsonTom WatsonMinister for Digital Inclusion Tom Watson MP is to stand down as a government minister in the forthcoming cabinet reshuffle, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.

The MP for West Bromwich East has not confirmed the speculation on his blog or on Twitter. He "walks the walk" on technology and won new friends in ICT for learning earlier this year with an impressive keynote at the Game Based Learning 2009 event in London.

Laurie O'DonnellLaurie O'Donnell: right timeLaurie O'Donnell, director of learning and technology with Learning and Teaching Scotland, is stepping down after eight years with the organisation. He leaves LTS in the summer to start his own business working in the same field.

He has been at the heart of a renaissance of ICT and innovative learning and teaching in Scotland and was named by the George Lucas Educational Foundation as one of its "Global Six" top educators in 2008. "It just feels like the right time for me to move on and build on the wonderful experience I have had at LTS," he says. "In the rapidly changing world of learning and technology, eight years is a long time to stay in the same place. (Full interview with Laurie O'Donnell on Futurelab website here.)