A guide to the patrons and trustees supporting the Spacelink Learning Foundation.
Past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and former Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Defence. Previously Vice-Chancellor, University of Loughborough.
The first British astronaut; visited the Russian MIR Space Station in 1991. Currently Group Leader for Surface and Nanoanalysis at the National Physical Laboratory. Helen manages the Foundation’s links with other astronauts.
Norman White is the inspiration behind the setting up of the Spacelink project. Whilst a Governor at The Royal Grammar School, Guildford, he became aware of the extra-curricular work being done by one of the Science teachers at the school which was resulting in a greater uptake of pupils opting for the sciences at A-level, producing very good results.
“At a time when fewer pupils were following science and mathematics through to A-level and beyond – leading to the current shortage of scientists and engineers – I felt it was very important to harness the fascination students have with space and its associated technologies to motivate them to study subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (now known as STEM subjects). It is so important to stimulate interest and motivate children at an early age so that they still engage with the subjects as they get older.”
The project has developed over a number of years, with the aid of a team of dedicated expert volunteers and the charity, Spacelink Learning Foundation, was registered in 2000. It currently has a website with learning resources specifically designed for KS2 and KS3, and the Helen Sharman Space Club Programmes which are for extra-curricular work. Members of the Spacelink Club have access to the complete set of resources, together with Teacher Support and a Teachers’ Forum.
Dr White was a Director of Royal Dutch Shell Group of companies as well as being Chairman, Director or Consultant to many other companies. He was visiting Professor to various universities on technology management and a school governor for over 30 years. He sadly passed away in January 2015 at the age of 92.
Previously Prinicipal Lecturer in Astronautics, Kingston University; now a Resident Faculty Member of the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France and a Visiting Lecturer in Spacecraft Propulsion at Cranfield University, UK. Chris is a winner of the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Education, a Director of the World Space Week Association and a Council Member of the British Interplanetary Society.
Worked at a senior level in the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of the Defence and the Department of Trade & Industry at the forefront of science and science policy.
Camilla Ween is an architect and urban planner and a Director of Goldstein Ween Architects. She was awarded the Harvard Loeb Fellowship in 2007 for research in urbanism. She works on transportation and urbanism, is an author, her latest* Future Cities* appeared in 2014, and she is regular lecturer at ‘A list’ universities and other international institutions. She worked for Transport for London for 11 years advising the Mayor of London on land use policy and development. In the 1990s she was project manager for multi-million £ projects for the National Trust and Eurotunnel.
Camilla has been involved with Spacelink from the early days. She has always had an interest in science and recognised that the Millennium Satellite (SpaceLink’s predecessor project) had the potential to re-ignite enthusiasm for science studies in schools.
David is the Director of Finance/Company Secretary for the Foundation. He is a partner in Spilkin Knight, a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants and Registered Auditors. Formerly a Management Accountant with Marley Group.
A planetary physicist, science presenter, secondary school physics teacher and space comedienne with a background in astrophysics and astronomy research from UK universities.
Sheila is currently the Education, Outreach and Diversity officer for the Royal Astronomical Society in London, a space ambassador for ESERO-UK and an Ogden Science Officer.
She attended Space School UK as a student and was chosen to represent the UK at space camps in Alabama, USA and Moscow,Russia. Her research has taken her to the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, an Australian telescope facility searching for exoplanets in Sydney and to an old mansion in Surrey where she used the Cassini spacecraft to study the Lord of the Rings, Saturn for her PhD.
Sheila teaches and mentors at Space School UK, is STEMM ambassador for science and enjoys visiting schools, giving talks and workshops, and inspiring future astronauts of any age! She has a keen interest in science comedy in pubs, theatres and science festivals and has performed with the likes of Helen Keen, Robin Ince and Helen Arney.
Sheila has worked for Spacelink as an Educational consultant and is now a Spacelink trustee.
She is currently the Education, Outreach and Diversity Officer for the Royal Astronomical Society
Google Lunar XPRIZE, Europlanet RI, Independent Education and Science Consultant.
Member of the Beagle 2 Commission of Enquiry in 2004. An indepndent consultant and former Director of IT Architecture and Technology at the Ministry of Defence. Previously Director of Space Applications at the British National Space Centre (BNSC).
Robert has recently retired as Deputy Headteacher responsible for Quality of Provision at Broadwater School in Godalming, Surrey – a mathematics and computing college. He is Spacelink’s Operations Director.
Tom has just taken up a post as an ESERO Teacher Fellow. Previously he was a teacher of A-level physics and electronics at Farnborough Sixth Form College. Before teaching he worked for four years for EADS Astrium, mostly on the Galileo projects. Tom has an MSc in Space Science.
Diana has been Norman White’s PA for over 20 years and has therefore been involved in the Spacelink project since its inception. Previously she was involved in, inter alia, publishing, education and mail order for different companies.
Diana handles most of the administrative and secretarial aspects of the Foundation’s work, liaising with the Team of volunteers and Trustees. She is the contact for Dr Helen Sharman.