Key Staff

The Charity will be formed using the current volunteers with the necessary experience to get the science centre started. All staff will be CRB (DBS) checked. Paid positions will be openly advertised, in accordance with equality laws. It is envisaged that a consultant and fund manager will be temporarily employed to initiate the charity and seek further funding opportunities.

Currently the team behind the science charity consist of:

Dr Peter Jones (founder, expert in analytical chemistry, biological applications and physics). I have 25 years of industrial and academic experience, director of a mass spectrometry company and university consultant. He will donate extensive advanced scientific equipment and will provide start-up capital to the charity. He will set-up and run the charity, and with trustees and staff, ensure compliance and governance of the charity. He will seek new funding channels, will network to the wider scientific and educational communities and seek industrial sponsors and partnerships.  He will help design inspirational science experiments and mentor staff. He will initially provide classroom support and teaching assistance.

Prof Norman Ratcliff (gas sensor and analytical & organic chemist world expert). Norman has 35 years of industrial and academic research and teaching experience, chemist. He will seek new funding channels, will network to the wider scientific and educational communities and seek industrial sponsors and partnerships.  He will help design inspirational science experiments and mentor staff. He will provide (initial) classroom support and teaching assistance.

Dr Jacqueline Barnett (30 years experience in and an expert in biotechnology, qualified teacher status). Jackie has extensive experience in new bio-sensing applications and has taught KS3-5 science, specialising in biology. Jacqueline will provide expertise in practical biology and in emerging exciting biotechnologies. She will seek new funding channels, will network to the wider scientific and educational communities and seek industrial sponsors and partnerships. Also help design inspirational science experiments and mentor staff and (initially) teach.

Ms Jamila Yousaf (16 years experience as a qualified science teacher). Jamila’s experince in teaching hands-on science and has gained funding from the royal society in her extraordinary efforts in teaching science outside the class room. She will help design inspirational science experiments and mentor staff and (initially) teach.

Mrs Claire Smalley (Vet Nurse 10 years and extensive organisational experience). Claire will offer support in the administration and running of the charity.

Ms Sarah Rhys (Design & Technology BAQTS 17 years experience of secondary, further education and post 16 teacher). Sarah has extensive experience in teaching hands-on projects using innovative materials to a broad spectrum of students. She will help with the design of inspirational science experiments and (initially) teach.

Mr Mike Gillbrook has offered to drive the minibus.

Mr Urfan Ali (25 years of engineering, new media, academic administration and TSO charity experience). Urfan has experience in helping setup and advising for educational youth inspirational charities (e.g. babbasa) and will be an advisor for and a trustee of the science charity.

Contact details, including CV’s, of the above persons are available on request.