ATP Innovations in Testing 2019

March 17-20

Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 284-1234


If you would like to take advantage of a one-to-one meeting with a member of the BTL Surpass team, or should you have any questions to ask before meeting us on the stand, please use our contact form at the bottom of this page  and we’ll be in touch.

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Meet the BTL Surpass Team

Our representatives at ATP are selected from a number of departments across the BTL team to make sure whatever your interest, there is someone there who can help. With a combined 70+ years of technical knowledge, industry experience, project management and various other skills for you to tap into, we’re more than just a handful of sales people.

Keith Myers
Keith Myers, CEO

Talk to me about: Strategic Partnerships | Business Growth with Surpass

Keith has overseen the growth of BTL Group Ltd. (including BTL Surpass) since his arrival in 2000, successfully building a strong, talented workforce and forging strategic partnerships with high-profile global service providers such as City & Guilds and Prometric.

Under Keith’s leadership, BTL has grown to be one of the most respected technology providers to the assessment sector. In this time the team has expanded from 20 to over 250 team members, with an annual revenue of $20 million, and delivers secure tests and examinations in over 110 countries via Surpass: The Assessment Platform. As a result of Keith and his executive team’s commitment, BTL is now a globally trusted provider of secure and reliable software solutions for large scale, high-stakes testing.

Andy McAnulla
Andy McAnulla, President BTL Surpass | CTO

Talk to me about: Software Technology | Assessment Systems Strategy | Contact Andy

Andy has worked in the global assessment industry, building e-assessment software platforms for over 19 years, and was a board member of the e-Assessment Association for 3 years.

Technology in the industry has moved at a fast pace and Andy has displayed a talent for innovation and understanding business processes of organizations within the assessment community. As our Chief Technology Officer, Andy has led many large-scale projects, as well as being responsible for defining and driving the overall product strategy for Surpass: The Assessment Platform.

In 2017 Andy was promoted to President of our new US office to lead our continued growth in North America while continuing to provide product direction for our assessment technologies.

Andy has a strong technology background in software engineering and architecture, qualified in Scrum, ITIL, and Prince 2. Andy was also the winner of an award by the UK’s Chartered Institute of IT (British Computing Society) for his contribution in designing and implementing a breakthrough assessment technology system that later became Surpass.

Jim Crawford
Jim Crawford, VP Global Business Development 

Talk to me about: Business Processes for CBT | Assessment Technology | Contact Jim

In addition to managing the day-to-day actions of the Business Development Team, Jim works closely with technical departments in BTL, driven by the Surpass Community’s desire for innovation and the integration of new emerging technologies directly into Surpass: The Assessment Platform.
He is also a regular speaker at assessment events with a focus on the international audience.
Jim’s passion for creating better assessments started alongside his career in the education sector, when in 2005 he worked on e-Learning design for some of the world’s most recognizable brands such as HSBC, UNESCO and Boots.
In 2010 he joined BTL’s Content Production team, before later moving into the Service Design Team as the Product Owner responsible for overseeing the design and development of the new SaaS version of Surpass.
Following the release of Surpass as a SAAS product, Jim’s journey through BTL and involvement with the various stages of service involved with Surpass, made him a perfect first point of contact for new prospects, filling a pivotal role in coordinating a variety of teams within BTL, ensuring the product meets the vision of the growing Surpass Community.

Lizzie Anstiss
Lizzie Anstiss, Business Development Executive

Talk to me about: Product Features | Project Requirements | Contact Lizzie

As Business Development Executive, Lizzie helps organizations that are looking for a new assessment platform to understand how the Surpass solution can meet their requirements and enhance their existing processes.
Lizzie joined BTL in 2015, and was part of the BTL Surpass Documentation and Training Team until 2017. In this role, Lizzie took responsibility for co-ordinating and delivering training to the Surpass community, providing her with excellent Surpass product knowledge and a good understanding of client requirements when moving to Surpass.
Lizzie went on to join the Business Development team as a Bid Manager, co-ordinating bids and proposals and working with BTL teams to deliver timely responses to prospective Surpass partners. Managing bids provided Lizzie with detailed knowledge of what organizations look for with a new assessment system, which Lizzie uses to support potential Surpass users through the process of selecting and implementing a new solution.

Ellen Rutter
Ellen Rutter, Business Development Executive

Talk to me about: Migration | Implementation | Contact Ellen

Ellen is a Business Development Executive at BTL, helping organizations that are looking for a new assessment platform and working closely with them to understand how Surpass can meet their requirements.

Prior to this Ellen was a Project and Account Manager at BTL, responsible for supporting members of the Surpass Community with their implementation of the assessment platform and managing the day-to-day relationships of several certification and licensure bodies.

As a product specialist, Ellen enjoys working closely with organizations to ensure that they are getting the most out of Surpass and enhancing their business processes. Prior to working in Account Management, Ellen was a Technical Author in BTL’s Documentation and Training Team, taking on lead roles in both the management and delivery of Surpass training sessions and the coordination of Surpass help resources. Before joining BTL, Ellen worked in the Publishing industry for a number of years, managing the editorial process for a portfolio of academic journals.

Tim Burnett
Tim Burnett, Head of Marketing | Vice Chair EATP Conference

Talk to me about: Promoting e-Assessment in your organization | Contact Tim

Tim is an active member of the assessment community. In addition to managing the marketing of Surpass: The Assessment Platform for BTL, he plays a leading role in the e-Assessment Association and is the Vice Chair for the European Association of Test Publishers.


Tim studied at Loughborough University, graduating in 2000 with a BSc in Industrial Design and as a qualified teacher for secondary education. Since leaving university, educational technology has remained an important part of his career along with his passion for community and the strengths of an excellent customer journey.


Over the years, Tim has worked on a variety of learning and assessment projects with organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4, EON Productions, National Museum of Science & Industry, City & Guilds, as well as Government Education Agencies and several other educational providers.


During his time with BTL, he has worked closely with some of the largest assessment organizations in project, sales and marketing roles, and his excellent rapport with the Surpass Community has made him an obvious choice for point-of-contact at conferences and as the host of Surpass Live webinars.

Simon Trevers
Simon Trevers, Lead Solutions Architect

Talk to me about: Technical Requirements | Integration | Contact Simon

Simon has worked in the educational and assessment technology industry for more than 12 years and has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering a diverse range of interactive learning platforms, VLE, educational data management and online assessment services for customers across the UK and overseas.

Simon joined BTL in 2017 as Lead Solutions Architect and has been focused for the last year on working closely with a number of customers to ensure a steady transition from Surpass 11 to Surpass 12. Simon enjoys working alongside customers to understand their business needs and operational requirements, in order to deliver the most appropriate solutions for each organisation. Prior to working in the educational and assessment industry, Simon was involved in healthcare communications technology for almost 10 years, delivering services to hospitals in the UK, US and the Netherlands.

Having graduated from The University of Reading with a degree in Geography, Simon’s more recent professional qualifications include an ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management (2017) and he is also a Certified Scrum Product Owner (2016).

Chris Morrison
Chris Morrison, Senior Product Owner

Talk to me about: Technical Requirements | New Feature Development | Contact Chris

Chris is a Senior Product Owner at BTL Surpass, working with development teams to deliver updates and new features in Surpass: The Assessment Platform.  Chris works with the Surpass Community organisations and their associated stakeholders, transforming concepts and requirements into reality and delivering value to all users of Surpass; spanning item creation all the way through to reporting.
A member of the team since 2004, Chris joined as a Business Analyst, and over the years has shown an extraordinary talent for learning and adapting his skills to benefit the Surpass Community.  He is passionate about working collaboratively with other organizations to understand the current and future means through which  Surpass can improve the assessment experience for their test developers and candidates.

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What Our Clients Say

“BTL is very responsive to inquiries and always willing to discuss alternatives and possible solutions to ensure each Client is provided the necessary features to drive a satisfactory Candidate experience. ”


“When we saw Surpass we were really excited about it! It was a fully web-based solution. It didn’t require that users install anything on their machines, so that made it much easier to use and all the features were designed to be intuitive. Without any formal training, an item author could go in and start using Surpass to create items. That was really a key reason why we selected BTL. ”

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

“BTL has developed a stable and reliable product that is flexible and easy to use. ”

Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR)

“BTL are flexible and sensitive to end user needs; they have developed a unique assessment tool in the Advanced Question Type, combining the functionality of word-processing and computational aspects of spread sheeting. BTL works hard to meet the customer's suggested improvements and changes and can be relied upon to work with both customer and end-user feedback to improve the product.”

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

“Our external members benefit by having a tool that gives them the ability to see the item online, to be able to get real-time updates on how that item is progressing through the life cycle, along with being able to see how the item would be rendered and seen by the examinee when they would take that particular exam. So, it’s extremely important for them to be able to see how that item that they are creating would be seen. ”

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

“Helpdesk is good at responding and support is second to none if issues arise.”

Robert Gordon University

“The system itself looks good and is intuitive to use, especially in comparison to other systems I have seen.”

The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

“Always available by call or email and genuinely provide quick support which was particularly helpful when I first moved into my current role.”


“We collaborate on many levels, whether that be them providing us with information to help train our users, or adding new features to Surpass to support the unique requirements of new clients that want to work NBME. That collaboration is ongoing and we’re constantly feeding more information back to BTL, so they can improve our products to better meet our current and future client needs.”

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

“Offers a coherent one-stop-shop provision for assessment purposes allowing for a manageable interface for both center needs and system users. ”

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

“They involve the user much more than other suppliers. It gives us the opportunity to give feedback on developments in a very early stage.”

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

“Good product - the best on the market, innovative - willing and able to try new things and push the envelope of what the product can do, customer focussed developments - responsive to customer needs.”

Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)

“The APIs are vital for us to be able to integrate with our downstream legacy systems. It provides a high-level of security, it reduces the manual work needed to get information in and out of the systems, and we wouldn’t be able to do all of our processes and administer an exam without having an API integration with our systems. ”

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)