Museum Manager, Thinktank, Birmingham Museums Trust
I have worked at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum since 2006, working in the learning and operation teams and more recently as Museum Manager. I have day to day responsibility for operations of the site and support the development of new learning and exhibition projects including our new Inspiring Science exhibition, MiniBrum which opens in 2019.
I bring a wide range of practical experience of working in a science centre and museum, on the front line delivering programmes and also developing strategy for business development in an increasingly competitive market. I have had the pleasure of being involved in many ASDC projects over the last 10 years and understand the important role these projects play in keeping our sector in the forefront of science communication whilst supporting sustainability of individual organisations. My experience of balancing the priorities of a STEM engagement charity which is also a museum will help me when representing the member organisations of ASDC that have collections.
The experiences on offer at Science Centres, Discovery Centres and Science Museums around the UK play a pivotal role in inspiring people to love STEM. I believe that these experiences should be accessible to all irrelevant of race, gender, religious beliefs, ability level or age and by fostering passion for STEM in people from a wide range of background we are supporting the development of diverse STEM workforce for the future. My reason for wanting to join the board of the ASDC is to promote the importance of accessibility and inclusion when developing new programmes within the network. I believe the challenges and barriers to engagement with underrepresented audiences can be addressed, and by creating opportunities to share experiences and expertise across the network we can provide ideas and support to each other during the process. By opening our organisations to new audiences we are growing our reach and impact and ultimately creating more sustainable businesses.