From as early as I can remember I have been excited by Science and Technology. I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and worked as an engineering consultant to the Navy (on nuclear submarines) for a few years before returning to study for a PhD in Aircraft Flight Control Systems. I then went on to be a commercial software engineer and run an organization called The Kelvin Institute where we worked with Scotland's universities to commercialize intellectual property in the areas of photonics, software, biotech and renewable energy. Most recently I was the Chief Executive of Futurelab Education, a 'think-tank' for innovative approaches to teaching and learning in schools.
What I bring
A combined passion for science, technology and education. 20 years of experience across a number of science and technology related businesses, four years of deep immersion in education where I developed and understanding and appreciation of challenges teachers face every day in schools in providing the very best learning opportunities for their kids.
Every parent wants the very best education for their children, likewise, I believe that every teacher wants to create the very best learning opportunities for the children in their care. However, teaching science and technology is hard, not only because it relies on a significant amount of domain knowledge, but because the developments in the area are so rapid and significant. I passionately believe that the science centres have a deep responsibility to schools and teachers and support them to create the very best learning offer for our young people. Through a combination of engaging exhibitions, outreach and in-house workshops, partnerships with industry and academia, science centres can support teachers to develop rich learning experiences which encourage the development of curiosity, creativity and a lifelong passion for science in our young people.
If elected, I will work with ASDC to establish science centres as an integral and essential part of the nations educational offer to our young people, not just a nice to have.