Chair of the ASDC board of trustees and CEO, Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Ben Ward is Chief Executive of Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium and has responsibility for the strategic aims of the educational charity. Winchester Science Centre has a vision of Sparking Curiosity and welcomes over 170,000 visitors per year including 42,000 visitors from schools. Since becoming Chief Executive, Ben has overseen and implemented significant change and a structure prepared for growth. Ben is working to ensure a sustainable and long term future of Winchester Science Centre and has recently delivered a new five year strategic plan.
Ben joined Winchester Science Centre in 2013 after working for local authority in an educational and arts environment, having previously run his own businesses and worked in banking. Ben has spent most of his career working with children and young people, by far the most enjoyable part of his current role at the Science Centre.
This early career has fostered an entrepreneurial spirit with a strong financial grounding, something he brings to his role as Chief Executive of Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.
Ben was made Chief Executive in 2016 having previously overseen the operations of the Charity. Ben has a vast understanding about exhibition spaces, what makes a good exhibit and delivering a high quality visitor offer.
Ben lives in Winchester, very close to the Science Centre with his wife, two boys and various animals. He has a keen interest in sound and acoustics and is a Governor of the local primary school.
What I bring
A genuine enthusiasm for STEM and a desire to make STEM learning accessible for all
A thorough knowledge of the challenges and obstacles that Science and Discovery Centres face, with a focus on sharing best practice to overcome these together.
A strategic and long term overview to help ensure the future of ASDC
I am a passionate supporter for work done by Science Centres and will be a strong advocate for the work of ASDC if elected. I enjoy building new partnerships, something I will bring to the ASDC to further its strategic goals.