I am a governor at Cullompton Community College with special responsibility for Science.
I originally trained as an Engineer with Rolls-Royce Aero-Engines and having been the MD of an Engineering company, I have seen first hand the problems of recruitment of technical staff. I took early retirement and became a STEM Ambassador and have undertaken over 135 events in Devon schools in the last 4 years. In 2013, I was shortlisted from a field 26,000 for National STEM Ambassador of the year. I am now working on the steering group of ExIST, (the Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology) responsible for Business-Education liaison, helping the 400 or so STEM companies in the area with their work with Devon schools. I sit on the Heart of Devon Skills Board and have been invited to join the University of Exeter Engineering Industrial Advisory Group to assist in developing appropriate profiles for graduates to enhance their employability. I work with the Engineering Development Trust as a Mentor for Year in Industry students placed in local companies and with their Go4SET programme for 12-13 year old students. Indeed, I helped to start a 15-team Go4SET hub in Exeter, now in its 3rd year and have helped get a similar scheme started in Somerset schools. I am a long term judge in F1 in schools and have arranged sponsorship for a local school in the National 4x4 challenge.
Encouraging the College to make both girls and boys aware of the tremendous career opportunities for them in Engineering and Science is a key priority for me.