A guide to the patrons and trustees supporting the Spacelink Learning Foundation.
The first British astronaut; visited the Russian MIR Space Station in 1991. Currently Operations Manager for the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London. Helen manages the Foundation’s links with other astronauts.
Past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and former Chief Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Defence. Previously Vice-Chancellor, University of Loughborough.
Lucie is a British science communicator, solar researcher and a Royal Society University Research Fellow. Lucie’s department at MSSL is currently working on is the European Space Agency Solar Orbiter mission.
Friends of Spacelink are people who wish to make a significant contribution towards the aims of Spacelink.
Spacelink are grateful and indebted to our friends and supporters.
Adam is a partner and Head of Investor Relations & Sales at Lodbrok Capital LLP. Since joining Spacelink his advice and expertise has been invaluable.
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.
Professor Brad Gibson is the Head of Physics & Mathematics, and Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics, at the University of Hull. Brad completed his MSc and PhD at the University of British Columbia, building the world’s first Liquid Mirror Telescope Observatory and designing software to map the distribution of the chemical elements throughout the Universe. Brad was responsible for using exploding stars to determine the expansion rate of the Universe, as part of the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance Scale, for which the team was awarded the Gruber Prize in Cosmology. He was the first to identify the locations within the Milky Way most likely to harbour complex biological life, for which his work was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the top 10 news stories of the year.
Brad has been responsible for doubling the number of women entering physics at the University of Hull, as part of his commitment to widening participation and gender diversity in science; he spearheaded the “Changing Face of Physics” campaign, along with his students, for which their efforts were named as Best Practice in the Country by the UK Equality Challenge Unit; his outreach and engagement programmes have now reached more than one million people, including students at more than 50 schools around the country. His passion for outreach and engagement led to him being named the Institute of Physics’ John Porter Memorial Lecturer, the 2019 Leon Davies Lecturer, the 2019 Ray Bootland Memorial Lecturer, and Manchester’s 2019 Bexwyke Lecturer; he has spoken at the Cheltenham Science Festival, the British Science Festival, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and opened for Brian Cox and Lucy Hawking at European AstroFest. His highly popular TED talk on the subject of the search for alien life is rapidly approaching one million views on YouTube.
Google Lunar XPRIZE, Europlanet RI, Independent Education and Science Consultant.
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.
Sheila 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. Before becoming a trustee, Sheila supported Spacelink as an educational consultant.
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.
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.
Robert was Deputy Headteacher responsible for Quality of Provision at Broadwater School in Godalming, Surrey – a mathematics and computing college. He is Spacelink’s Operations Director.
Jenny Shipway is a Science Communicator based in Winchester, UK. Formerly Director of Learning and Participation at the Winchester Science Centre, she now pursues a diverse portfolio career. Having spent most of her working life with Science Centres and Planetaria, she has experience of delivery, development, coordination and management of a wide range of events and activities for both schools and the public.
Jenny sits on the International Planetarium Society (IPS) Education Committee. She has worked for a number of fulldome film producers as an educational, story and script consultant. She is a former President of the British Association of Planetaria and former UK/Ireland representative on the IPS council.
Jenny is responsible for developing Spacelink to focus upon Hangouts provision targeted at under-served audiences.
Norman White was 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.”
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.
Diana was Norman White’s PA for over 20 years and was involved in the Spacelink project from its inception. Previously she had been involved in, inter alia, publishing, education and mail order for different companies. Diana handled most of the administrative and secretarial aspects of the Foundation’s work for its first 20 years.