ASDC Treasurer, and Director of Xplore! Science Centre in Wrexham
I have an undergraduate master's degree (MChem) in Medicinal Chemistry. My early career was spent in the pharmaceutical industry as an Analytical Chemist and latterly as a Process Validation Scientist. I was fortunate to work for some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Glaxo Wellcome and Wockhardt UK. After leaving the pharmaceutical industry, I began a teaching career which took me to Madrid as well as the UK, teaching Chemistry and general science to 11-18 year olds.
In March 2011, I joined Techniquest Glyndwr as the Education Manager to take on some exciting new challenges with the rest of the team. I have overseen the opening of a new facility comprising a Lego Education Innovation Studio and a Live Science laboratory and the development of several new interactive workshops. As an education team we have rolled out innovative new projects such as an outreach intervention programme for more able and talented students and an employer engagement programme for 14-16 year olds. Since 2011 I have shared responsibility for overall senior management of Techniquest Glyndwr, working alongside the Operations Manager. I am currently reading for an MBA at Glyndwr University and hope to complete this in summer 2014.
In addition to my role at Techniquest Glyndwr, I currently sit on the regional committee for the Royal Society of Chemistry and the British Science Association as well as being an active member of the Association for Science Education.
What I bring
An appreciation of the combined importance to the UK of STEM industry, STEM education and Science Communication.
A mix of experience in science engagement, STEM industry and education.
A passion for science and technology, particularly chemistry and robotics.
Expertise in building strong relationships with industry partners, academics and professional institutes.
Experience of operating within the environment of a complex mix of contrasting stakeholders.
As a network of science centres and science communication organisations ASDC members aim to inspire all sections of society - ensuring we provide for the full spectrum of socio-economic backgrounds and abilities. If elected I will champion projects and initiatives targeting under-represented groups: particularly those with additional learning needs and those from low income families.
The future sustainability of all organisations is dependent on their long-term financial stability; in my opinion diversification is key to achieving this and the ASDC members lead the way. Embracing change and new technologies has always been important; however looking at how we can utilise 'mission enabling' activities more effectively or work with other sectors can open up new funding streams. I believe that developing approaches to work closely with industry will help to provide a supply of inspired STEM professionals thereby reducing the existing skills gap.
As a representative of a comparatively small science centre I would value working with the ASDC board to embrace and support the diversity of its members and ensure that these smaller independent centres have a voice.