Gwyn ap Harri : CEO

Gwyn ap Harri


Gwyn founded realsmart way back in 2004 to scratch his own itch and allow him to teach in the way he wanted. Gwyn is the founder and CEO of the XP School Trust, a world renowned Multi-Academy Trust based in Doncaster.

Previously, Gwyn has designed systems for the DfE amongst others, using technology to underpin whole school improvement at a national scale.

As a teacher, Gwyn led the Computer Science department at Hatfield High School, Doncaster for six years, and worked in the technology and music industries during his early career.

Simon Brown : Managing Director

Simon Brown

Managing Director

During 10 years as a teacher in an outstanding secondary school, Simon developed his passion to use EdTech to enhance teaching and learning. It was in the classroom that he was introduced to realsmart and became an advocate of the tools and the organisation.  In 2010 He joined the team in the capacity of Education Consultant and worked closely with partner schools to ensure success. Simon is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator. In his spare time, he trains children in musical theatre, plays the keyboard in his band and enjoys long walks at the beach with his wife, children and dog.

Gavin Norris : Project Manager

Gavin Norris

Project Manager

Gavin has managed projects at realsmart for the past 10 years and successfully delivered over 600 school websites and G Suite integration.
In his spare time, you can find Gavin under or in his camper van or walking with his wife and his Dog, Buddy.

Sam Gray : Technical Director

Sam Gray

Technical Director

Sam leads our technical team at realsmart managing our infrastructure and product development. When Sam isn’t writing code he can be found on his bike, in the sea, out for a run or taking a walk with his wife Ashleigh and his daughter Georgina.

Michael Heslop : Design Lead

Michael Heslop

Design Lead

Michael is our design lead who will take you through your website design process from start to finish. Michael also has UI input into all of our applications and a capable front end developer. In his spare time Michael enjoys watching/playing most sport as well as spending time out and about with his family.

Matthew Belbin : Developer

Matthew Belbin


Matthew joined the team in November 2020 as a junior developer. Matt is looking forward to putting his own stamp on some of the realsmart applications and has instantly fit in with the team. In his spare time Matt enjoys listening to music and spending time with his friends.

Nathan Bird : Junior Web Developer

Nathan Bird

Junior Web Developer

Nathan started at realsmart in January 2021. With a keen eye for detail and an interest in graphic design, Nate is an excellent fit to help creating eye catching website designs. Off the clock he enjoys playing music, making illustrations, and socialising with his friends.