Our governance

STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK.

Meet the board members

The Baroness Brown of Cambridge - Chair of the board

After an academic career at Cambridge University, Baroness Brown held senior business and engineering posts at Rolls-Royce. She returned to academia as Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College and served as Vice-Chancellor of Aston University from 2006 to 2016. 

Baroness Brown advises the Government as vice-chair of the Committee on Climate Change. She is the Prime Minister’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Decarbonizing Energy. 

She also chairs the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials and is a non-executive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Rosie Bailey

The hon. Rosie Bailey, Head of European Retail Investment Banking at the Royal Bank of Canada - Chair of STEM Learning's Audit Committee

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.

Professor Judith Bennett, Salters’ Professor of Science Education at the University of York

Professor Judith Bennett is the Salters’ Professor of Science Education at the University of York and leader of the University of York Science Education Group. 

After studying for her undergraduate degree and teaching certificate at the University of York, Judith spent eight years as a secondary science teacher. During this period, she studied for her MA and PhD at King’s College in London, researching gender issues and attitudes to science.

After completing her PhD, she returned to the University of York to work in the Department of Education. She has worked on a number of research and curriculum development projects in science education in the UK and overseas, all with the aim of increasing young people’s interest and engagement in science. 

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

Before becoming a Headteacher, Allie was head of an outstanding science team in a comprehensive school. During her time as an Assistant Head, the school received a letter from the Department for Education commending us for rapidly raising attainment. 

From there, she took up a role at the Hastings Academy as Assistant Principal, a school in a very disadvantaged area of Hastings. As Assistant Principal, Allie led on the STEM curriculum, with a remit to improve standards across science and computing. She became Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning at the academy and was accepted onto the Future Leader flagship programme in 2014 and the Talented Leaders programme in 2015. Allie is also a trustee of the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust. 

Allie has a passion for supporting women into school leadership and has spoken at several events aimed at inspiring women into leadership.

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

Ian Duffy joined BP's refining business in 1999 with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is now 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 is currently leading a major collaborative project, Enterprising Science, in partnership with University College London, King's College London and the Science Museum Group. Enterprising Science is a five-year research and development programme, which aims to develop tools to help teachers inspire young people to study science post-16.

Professor John Leach, Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University 

Having taught science in secondary schools, John moved into the University system in 1990. The research he completes has a focus on teaching and learning science, with a particular emphasis on secondary school classrooms. 

He has researched young people's ideas about what science is, how it works, the impact on their learning, and implications for the school science curriculum. He has always maintained close links between his research and practice in schools.

John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has served as a non-executive Board member of several educational establishments and charities.

Dr Hilary Leevers, Head of Education and Learning at Wellcome

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.

Professor Stephen Scott, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Professor Stephen Scott is Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences and is Professor of Mathematical Chemistry at the University of Leeds. 

Steve obtained his BSc in 1979 and his PhD in physical chemistry in 1982 from the University of Leeds. In 2005, he was appointed as Vice President at the University of Leeds. He then took on the role as Head of Physics and Astronomy from 2011 to 2013 and was re-appointed as Dean in August 2013.

Steve has published over 200 international research papers and has been awarded several prizes for his research. He is also leading the University’s £90M investment in the new interdisciplinary Bragg Research Centre. 

David Thorpe

David Thorpe, Chief Operating Officer at STEM Learning

Prior to taking up the role with STEM Learning, David enjoyed a successful career as a Finance Director and a Chief Executive. He has worked in a range of industries ranging from branded fast moving consumer goods – Nivea – and in Healthcare. 

David’s role with STEM Learning is focused on ensuring the organisation’s operational and financial performance fully supports and enhances its academic delivery. He has been instrumental in delivering the cultural change necessary to build its operating capacity throughout all regions of the country.

David is proud to be associated with an organisation that has such an important and proven impact on the quality of STEM education in the UK. He strongly believes that only through improvements in teaching will learning outcomes and young people’s engagement and enthusiasm for STEM subjects increase. 

Professor Gill Valentine, interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield

Professor Gill Valentine is interim Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield. Working closely with the President and Vice-Chancellor, she acts as his Deputy and undertakes a wide range of portfolio roles in the University, including oversight of strategic planning and international engagement. 

Previous posts include Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences the at the University of Sheffield; Head of School of Geography, Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute and Professor of Geography at the University of Leeds.  She is a member of the ESRC Research Committee and previously served on its Evaluation Committee.

 

Meet our Chief Executive

Yvonne Baker

Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive at STEM Learning

Yvonne Baker has been Chief Executive of STEM Learning since 2010. She is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts with a background in manufacturing and international consultancy.  

In 2002, Yvonne established the STEM Ambassadors programme at STEMNET, where she was Chief Executive from 2005-2010. She sits on the National Science and Media Museum Board and the STFC Skills and Engagement Advisory Board and is a governor of two secondary schools.  She won the 2015 First Woman in Science award. 

 

Annual reports and financial statements

STEM Learning Limited company registration number is 05081097.