Shaaron is the Chief Executive of ASDC. She champions the value of science and discovery centres and museums as place-based community assets, perfectly positioned to open-up science for more diverse participation and plural perspectives: where science can be accessible and relevant for all.
Through work with ASDC, Ecsite and other international partnerships, Shaaron is known for leading a number of national and international programmes and collaborations that foreground and value equitable and inclusive science engagement practice. She feels lucky to be part of a number of varied networks, working with informal and formal science learning organisations, local communities and volunteer groups, as well as nation-wide professional associations and Government agencies.
Shaaron joined ASDC in 2016 as the Deputy CEO. With a background in neuropyschology and astrobiology, Shaaron has over 25 years' experience working in science engagement and education. As a past president of the British Association of Planetaria, she is currently the EDI co-chair of the International Planetarium Society. Shaaron co-founded 'Explorer Dome', a science outreach organisation that engages over 70,000 children and adults every year, and is also the mum to two boys and the owner of a friendly but wayward Golden Retriever.
She is passionate about science education and engagement for social good and values inclusive leadership. She works towards the ambition of greater inclusion within STEM, to support and connect inspiring practice, practitioners and organisations and to platform the evidence that guides the wider sector and STEM ecosystem towards excellent and equitable practice for transformative, collaborative, field-wide change.