I have worked for over 50 years in the UK Chemical Industry with a variety of senior roles. I was invited to join Catalyst as a Trustee in 2007, elected Chairman in 2011 and appointed acting CEO in 2013. After securing the financial future for the Centre I have remained as an active Trustee; helping both the permanent staff and fellow Trustees to deliver the future. As a chemical science focused organisation, Catalyst offers teaching facilities for both school children and adult learners and hosts a collection of many items connected to the chemical industry.
Annually we have over 30,000 visitors with more than 15,000 visitors partaking in practical science experiments. My involvement within the chemical industry has enabled me to open new avenues for Catalyst and secure lasting technical, educational and commercial relationships.
In 2015 I was honoured by the Chemical Industries Association with their Lifetime Achievement Award. I am an active Rotarian and a school governor at 2 schools in Cheshire.
What I Bring
An appreciation of the vital role industry, trade associations and funding bodies can bring to the sector
A long established passion for science and technology
An awareness of new innovations within the science sector
An excellent network of industry and government contacts
A proven ability to successfully manage a Science Discovery Centre
Strong links with the UK and International chemical industry
To increase the expansion of ASDC outreach particularly to people who never currently visit science centres
To increase public awareness about topical issues; e.g. fracking, GM foods, nanotechnology
To influence government and educationalists about the long term necessity to expand the teaching of science both academically and vocationally. UK's future as an innovative and successful nation needs more STEM qualified people at all levels.
To increase the co-operation between ASDC members and optimise any synergistic benefits
To learn from other members and to encourage the sharing of best practice
To strengthen the awareness and breadth of science in everyday life, to showcase the achievements and demonstrate the critical role of science for future sustainability, improved health and living standards.