The strength of See Science lies in the company staff and consultants, who have many years' experience of working in the field of education and delivery of enrichment activities.
The Management Team
Cerian Angharad BSc CSciTeach
Cerian Angharad has been a science teacher since 1993. Her experience includes 12 years as Head of Physics in a Welsh medium comprehensive in South Wales.
Cerian's first degree is in Physics from Cardiff University and she completed a CPE course in Law at the University of Glamorgan before embarking on a PGCE course at Aberystwyth University. She has been a keen supporter of the Institute of Physics throughout her career and has been a Teacher Network Coordinator for the Institute of Physics since 2004 and a Teaching and Learning Coach since 2015.
She has experience of organising successful teacher conferences on behalf of the Institute of Physics in Wales as well as practical workshops and events for schools across the Region. She has been involved with the Association for Science Education for many years and has represented Wales as a Field Officer since 2004 organising a wide range of events for science teachers in Wales.
Cerian co-founded See Science in 2010 with Liz Terry. Since then, See Science has worked in successful partnership with many organisations across the UK, including the Royal Society of Biology, The Royal Society of Chemistry, The National Museum of Wales – Amgueddfa Cymru and Primary Science Teaching Trust.
- Sian Ashton is responsible for See Science's administration and promotion of the STEM Ambassador programme. Her motivation for this role is first hand evidence of the transformative results in successful STEM engagement with young people, having experience of both a professional STEM career and the world of science communication. Sian was an employee in the world of international industrial pharmaceuticals for 20 years. Graduating from the front line of manufacturing research products for Amersham International she was engaged by a leading science centre as a Presenter Trainer Evaluator of schools and public programmes. During this time she supervised the training and delivery of programmes ranging from Foundation Phase schools programmes to practical laboratory workshops at Advanced Level. She was the coordinator of the Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary Scheme in Wales, planned Community Outreach events, CPD training sessions for teachers, and initiated quality control and continuous improvement of staff competencies and programme content.
- Llinos Misra joined the team at their Cardiff office in January 2017. She is managing the CREST Awards across Wales. Llinos has a varied background having worked in the chemical industry, in schools and in science communication. She graduated in 1990 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and worked as an engineer for five years before gaining a PGCE in secondary maths. She then worked across the education sector, including in secondary and primary schools as well as teaching Basic Skills to Adults. Most recently, Llinos spent eight years working at a leading science centre where she was involved in the delivery of a wide range of educational programmes for school and public audiences of all ages. For the last three years she has helped develop new shows and workshops, trained others in delivering these and regularly communicated with teachers on how to link them to their classroom activities.
- Paula Gibbons has been working for See Science since 2011 as a secretarial assistant and part of the STEMNET Regional Team. She has wide experience of secretarial and administrative work in a variety of contexts.
In addition to the management team we have a team of consultants and experienced part-time teachers across Wales who have an in-depth knowledge of their local area and are able to provide the support that is required at local and regional level.
- Keith Jones has been teaching since 1979 and has more than 30 years' experience in the classroom at Rhyl High School and Ysgol Dinas Brân, Llangollen. During this time he has been Head of Physics, Head of Science, Head of Sixth Form and acting Deputy Headteacher. His first degree is in Physics from the University of Birmingham, and he completed his PGCE course at Madeley College of Education. Keith has examined both GCSE and A level Physics with the WJEC for many years and has been a Team Leader on the WJEC GCSE Science Coursework Moderation Team. He has recently worked with both PGCE students and Primary School teachers and has delivered CPD for the WJEC. An active member of both ASE and IoP, in his free time Keith still plays rugby, albeit slowly, as well as being a keen outdoor activities participant.
- Heidi Purnell is a qualified primary school teacher and has worked in education for the past 17 years. She has worked at a well-known science centre as a presenter, trainer and education marketing manager. During this time she worked with a number of partner organisations to help promote STEM and delivered workshops and presentations to schools, colleges and public audiences. Heidi has been working with STEMNET's regional teams for the past four years, and has been involved in promoting STEM to schools, colleges and businesses across the UK. She has also recently been involved with fundraising, working with volunteers and project managing to help improve the local environment.
- Heather Hall gained a degree in Human Biology and began her scientific career in the early 1980s as a cytogeneticist at St James Hospital in Leeds. Following a stint as a school laboratory technician, and then a PGCE course, she started teaching science in a 2,000+ pupil school in West Cumbria. In 1992 Heather returned to the classroom, working for the next 18 years in secondary schools in Gwynedd. During this time she actively sought out grant funding to enhance pupils' experiences in science, particularly in relation to fieldwork. These included a Royal Society Partnership Grant to enable pupils to work alongside a Marine Biologist on biological and physical factors in the Afon Dyfi, and later an ESDGC grant to investigate possible sustainable futures for the area around the estuary. Outside the classroom, Heather is an active member of the ASE, having been a member of the ASE Cymru Regional Committee since its inception in 2001.
- Helen Hughes is a media and communications trainer and consultant. She recently worked as a marketing and public relations manager at a leading science education charity, and has written widely about science engagement. Helen worked as a journalist, programme maker, and manager at the BBC for more than twenty years, in news, education and other departments. She has organised conferences for teachers and others involved in education strategy, and has led pioneering work giving communities an opportunity to create their own radio and television programmes.
- Liz Terry has been working professionally in formal and informal science education since 1977. Her experience includes 16 years working in secondary schools, FE Colleges and HE Institutions, and 14 years working in science communication and public engagement as a Schools Education Manager and the Audience Services Director at a leading science centre. Liz has worked with organisations such as the Nuffield Foundation, the British Science Association, STEMNET, Careers Wales, the Wellcome Trust, the National Science Learning Centre and the Royal Society of Chemistry on a wide range of projects. She has experience of training science presenters and was a tutor on the Science Communication MSc that was run jointly by Cardiff University and Techniquest. In addition, with the CEO from a leading science centre, she co-organised and co-ran a conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Managing Science Centres.
- Sarah Stretton has over 32 years of working in science education, teaching, advising and is currently lecturing part time in initial teacher education. As a Chemistry graduate with a PGCE she was a science teacher and then Head of a science department for 10 years before becoming a Science Adviser in Swansea working at both primary and secondary levels supporting and promoting Science. Actively engaged in improving standards in Science, Sarah has worked as a GCSE examiner and a coursework moderator and is an Estyn Additional Inspector. Sarah has played an active role in the Association for Science Education (ASE) at all levels. Nationally she led the Secondary Committee from its inception 1997-2002, was a co-opted member of the Primary Committee and has also served as a Council Member. Locally Sarah has been constantly engaged with the organisation and support for local teacher meetings.