Operations and Projects Director, Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
I have been at Eureka! since 2001 and have responsibility for the project management of the re-development and expansion of Eureka!, both in Halifax and on Merseyside. I also have overall responsibility for the facilities management and the exhibition development element of the operation.
My passion for the playful communication of STE(A)M subjects came during my industrial placement at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester for my Engineering Design MSC, which is also where I later worked on exhibit design for six years in my early career.
Outside of my work for Eureka! I sit on the board of a number of art organisations to support their strategic development.
What I bring
A passion to bring STE(A)M experiences to as many people as possible through hands-on learning.
Genuine enthusiasm for the future of Science and Discovery Centres and how the sector can work together in local, regional and national partnerships to deliver sustainable financial operations.
Experience of the practicalities of the day-to day running of a Science and Discovery Centre and how we meet the challenges it brings.
My reason for wanting to join the board of the ASDC is to continue to promote the importance of playful learning for families of all ages and backgrounds that visit Science and Discovery Centres as well as those who don’t.
We can all create powerful engagement experiences and embed a lifelong passion for STE(A)M into those who interact with the experiences we offer and this needs to be built on to make Science and Discovery Centres more accessible for those who don’t visit. Further work needs to be done, and shared effectively, to make the sector as inclusive as it can be.