ENTHUSE Charitable Trust

Aims & activities

The objects of the Charity are to advance the education of the public, by fostering and promoting the continuing professional development (CPD) of science teachers and other educators of science by the provision of grants and bursaries to: schools, education service providers and any organisation that promotes, arranges or organises courses and meetings which provide CPD to science educators.

The Trustees

Rosie Bailey

The hon. Rosie Bailey, Head of European Retail Investment Banking at the Royal Bank of Canada - Chair 

Rosie Bailey has worked in finance in the City for 17 years, since studying mathematics at Oxford University. She comes from a family with a long-standing passion for science and engineering and is committed to passing that enthusiasm on to the next generation, including to her three daughters.

She is currently Head of European Retail Investment Banking at the Royal Bank of Canada, having previously worked at Morgan Stanley and Lazard. She regularly advises large multinational corporations on strategy, acquisitions and financing; she is responsible for the bank’s relationships with key consumer and retail clients including Tesco and Unilever.

At STEM Learning, Rosie brings her significant experience in finance, strategy and corporate governance as Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust, Chair of the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust Audit Committee and as a key contributor to our overall strategy.

Allie Denholm, Headteacher at South Shields School - School and college leader advisory group - Trustee

Allie Denholm studied a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and then went on to study a masters degree in Science Education.  She has held a variety of roles including Head of Science, Assistant Head of Science & Computing and Vice Principal of Teaching and Learning, across a broad range of schools.

Allie has been Headteacher at South Shields School for the last three years and has led the school to achieve significant improvements during this time.  She is committed to ensuring all children, particularly the least advantaged and most vulnerable have access to exceptional STEM education and STEM careers education.

As a member of STEM learning and a trustee for ENTHUSE charitable trust she brings her enthusiasm and drive for STEM education to all elements of the strategy.

Ian Duffy, Head of UK communications and community development at BP - Trustee

Ian Duffy joined BP's refining business in 1999 with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is responsible for developing BP's approach to community engagement including STEM education.

He is a governor of a federation of schools in London, a trustee of the Emmaus Lambeth homelessness charity and of the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Ian led a major collaborative project, Enterprising Science, in partnership with University College London, King's College London and the Science Museum Group. Enterprising Science was a five-year research and development programme, which developed tools to help teachers and other STEM educators to inspire young people to study STEM subjects after the age of 16.

Dr Hilary Leevers, Head of Education and Learning at Wellcome - Trustee

As Head of Education and Learning, Hilary leads a team working to improve science education across the UK – focused on building the evidence base, the professional development of science teachers and improving science in primary schools. 

Hilary studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and went on to a DPhil at Oxford. She then became Assistant Professor at the Centre for Molecular and Behavioural Neuroscience at Rutgers, USA. 

After returning to the UK, she joined the Campaign for Science and Engineering as Assistant Director. During this time, Hilary worked on a breadth of policy issues, and led on education, before joining Wellcome in 2011. She is also a trustee of the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust and a governor of a local through-school.

Ms Katherine Mathieson - Chief Executive British Science Association - Independent Trustee

Katherine Mathieson is Chief Executive at the British Science Association (BSA) which believes that science should be a more fundamental part of culture and society. The BSA runs a range of programmes for public and school audiences which enable them to strengthen their relationship with science, and for scientists which provide them with platforms for conversations with the public. The BSA also does research & campaigns on the relationship between science and culture. 

Katherine previously led a portfolio of projects in science education and enterprise education for Nesta. She has previously held roles at a range of other science organisations, including the Forensic Science Service, Science Line and the pharmaceutical company Merck. 

Katherine has a degree in Natural Sciences, an MSc in Science Communication, a PGDip in Information Science and a PGDip in Voluntary Sector Management. She is a volunteer for GirlGuidingUK, and a Trustee of the Royal Commonwealth Society and ENTHUSE Charitable Trust.

Mrs Riffat Wall - Principal of Urmston Grammar - Independent Trustee

I have been the Principal of Urmston Grammar for six years. I joined the school thirteen years ago as the Director of the Science College. 

I have also worked in a range of comprehensive schools in the North West as Teacher of Science/Biology, KS3 Co-ordinator, Head of Biology and Head of Science.

I am passionate about promoting the enjoyment and uptake of STEM subjects. If we want young people to go on to study STEM subjects at university or through apprenticeships and then have careers in the STEM sector, it is essential that their experience in the lab or the classroom is relevant to the world that they live in. There is no better way of doing this than ensuring that the world of work is linked with the curriculum they study.  As the Principal I feel that creating opportunities for work experience for students and staff are essential to develop an understanding of industry.


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