Valiant Technology started in 1985 with the launch of the robot Turtle. This makes Valiant the oldest extant educational robotic company in the World, responsible for pioneering many of the ways we use this type technology.
London and Florida
For many years Valiant traded out of London and Chicago. 2015 saw the appointment Holmquist Educational Consultants. Valiant’s Anglo American roots are still evident in the special relationship between Valiant and Holmquist.
The Future in their Hands…
Commitment to Education
To create educational products which will help children to fulfil their potential by teaching them to think, understand and to use their knowledge in creative and positive ways.To use ethical business practices and non racist, non political and non sexist policies. To be environmentally aware when making business decisions. To work with educators to design products that fulfil a genuine need. All products must be rooted in sound educational practice and offer a genuine enhancement to the learning experience. To respond to our customers needs in a friendly, efficient way. To support all our products technically and educationally.
Dave Catlin – CEO
Dave studied management and marketing as part of his engineering degree. He left school at 15 without any qualifications, but took advantage of the opportunities offered apprentices. This transformed his life which is why he is so passionate about education. As a STEM Ambassador he frequently visits schools. In fact he has been into schools on 5 different continents and seen some of the poorest and the richest schools in the world.
Gill Manvell – Company Secretary
Gill is responsible for its administration, legal and financial aspects of the business. From traveller to conference organiser, sales supremo to business manager, researcher to PR, parent/carer advocate to charity trustee, Gill and her eclectic range of skills and interests have been part of Valiant since inception.
Once a Teacher Always a Teacher
After many years teaching, Kate eventually found herself at Valiant looking after a broad range of customer services. She has a particularly soft spot for Roamer since it was the first piece of technological equipment that she found easy to use. If you want to know what makes her tick, read Kate’s Blog and follow Roamer on Facebook and Twitter.
Stephie Holmquist: USA Sales and Distribution
President of Holmquist Educational Consultants
Dr. Stephie Holmquist is founder and President Holmquist Educational Consultants, Inc., a national career and technology education consulting and sales firm in business since 1998. Stephie has worked with Roamer for more that 20 years and received a Ph.D. in 2014 for work on a Roamer project. Stephie consults throughout the North America and the Caribbean, specialising in STEM education. Her programs have won numerous awards. She began her career as the Outreach Coordinator and Director of K.I.D.S. at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, and then Director of Education and Marketing at Great Explorations the Hands-On Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dave Catlin – Robot Designer and Educator
Dave served a practical engineering apprenticeship before graduating with a degree in Mechanical engineering from Bradford University. After 15 years as a design engineer, inspired by the work of Seymour Papert, he co-founded Valiant with the late Professor Tom Stonier. He is the designer of all Valiant’s award winning products and is a leading contributor to European research on educational robotics.
Designed for Education