March 10th 2020 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Jamie McIvor

Education and Local Government Correspondent, BBC Scotland

Jamie McIvor is BBC Scotland’s Education and Local Government Correspondent. He provides news and analysis for BBC Scotland’s tv, radio and online output and is a familiar face on Reporting Scotland. He joined the BBC in 1999 as a news producer and went on to become a general news reporter, Westminster Reporter and Business Correspondent. He first came to public prominence covering the events of September 11 2001 while he was on holiday in New York. Jamie was educated at Campbeltown Grammar School and is a graduate of Strathclyde University where he studied Modern History and Politics.

Dr Mhairi Crawford

Development Director, Wise Campaign

Mhairi joined WISE in June 2016 to develop the services, training and consultancy offerings which help enable members to increase the participation and success of women into the UK STEM network.

Following a doctorate in Physics, Mhairi moved into industry and has been working commercially within science and technology industries for the past 12 years. With experience from applications through to marketing, sales and service across Europe, South Africa and the USA, she has first hand knowledge of some of the challenges experienced by women in STEM.

A strong supporter of the WISE mission, Mhairi is looking to focus on expanding our range of practical tools and initiatives which will make a real difference to women and employers in STEM.

Elizabeth Donnelly

After an early career in IT, Elizabeth graduated from the Open University, specialising in systems thinking. She was awarded Membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society as a result of her work with Rolls-Royce and went on to lead skills policy in the aerospace industry. Elizabeth chaired the RAeS Education and Skills Committee and was Deputy Chair and founder member of its Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee. Elizabeth also founded the RAeS Amy Johnson Named Lecture. Later, Elizabeth established her own consulting company, graduated with an MSc in Systems Thinking in 2017 and in 2018 was appointed CEO of the Women’s Engineering Society.

Derek Farrell

Senior Content Producer, BBC Bitesize

Derek Farrell is a Senior Producer at BBC Scotland. He runs the Bitesize team who create online resources to help learners across Scotland with their school work, studying and revision. 

Although he studied Architecture at Strathclyde University,  since graduating Derek has always worked in television and media.  After working on Childrens’ programmes including How2 for STV and Nina and the Neurons for CBeebies, Derek moved into creating online content for learners and teachers as part of BBC Scotland’s Digital Team.

The BBC’s Bitesize service is now twenty years old. From its original core mission of helping with revision for qualifications, Bitesize now aims to help learners (and their teachers and carers) from Early Level all the way through school and beyond.

Jody Greig

Creative Director, Flummix® 

Jody Greig is the creative director of Flummix® and specialises in creating educational entertainment. He combines his skills and experience as a former teacher of computer science and professional entertainer to create meaningful and memorable learning experiences that fuse together the Performance Arts and STEM subjects. Jody is the author and publisher of Arithmetrix (Be A Number Ninja!), The Adventures of STEM Island, STEM-Antics and Computer Science FX.

Councillor Kathleen Leslie

Member of the Board of Directors, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre

I am a Councillor in Fife, representing the Ward of Burntisland, Kinghorn & Western Kirkcaldy. I have a long-standing interest in education and was a teacher prior to being elected to the Council in 2017.

At Fife Council I am a member of the Education & Children’s Services Committee and am on the Board of Directors of the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC). I also am the Education Spokesperson for my political group at the Council.

I am very keen to encourage girls to take up STEM subjects and to ensure that any barriers, real or imagined, are removed and all are able to realise their potential.

Christine Lester

Analyst, JP Morgan

Christine is a software engineer working at JP Morgan in Glasgow. A graduate of the University of Glasgow – in Classical Civilisation and Medieval History – Christine’s route to a technology career has been anything but traditional. A former sports events and PR professional, Christine has worked with Scottish Rugby and on the NFL International Stadium Series, before an interest in cybersecurity led her to join Women Who Code events and soon enough she began retraining as a software engineer through Code Clan, Scotland’s first SQA accredited digital skills academy. Now working in financial services technology, Christine has become a STEM Ambassador, and is passionate about furthering women in technology, and encouraging more people into STEM careers.

Richard Lochhead MSP

Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Scottish Government

Richard Lochhead MSP was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and 2003 via the North East regional list. During the second session of Parliament he stood down from his regional seat and was elected as constituency MSP for Moray in the by-election in April 2006.

Prior to becoming an MSP Mr Lochhead worked for Dundee City Council, and was also Alex Salmond's constituency office manager for four years.

Mr Lochhead lives with his wife Fiona and 2 sons.

Rebekah Mayo

Physics Teacher, George Heriot's School

I have a degree in Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh and for the last 8 years, I have been a Physics teacher at George Heriot’s School.  During this time, I have worked to engage pupils in STEM subjects through my involvement in extra-curricular activities and organising of trips. I have recently appointed as Head of Physics from August 2019. I am passionate about promoting my subject to female pupils and address the gender imbalance we see across many STEM subjects.

Tony Prescott

Director of Robotics, University of Sheffield

Tony Prescott is a Professor of Cognitive Robotics in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, the Director of the Sheffield Robotics Institute, and the co-founder of the British company Consequential Robotics.  His goal is to create useful new robotic and AI technologies including educational, assistive and entertainment robots. With his collaborators he has developed several new robots of which the most recent, the pet-like robot MiRo, is being developed for STEM teaching and as a tool for pastoral support in schools. Tony is also a passionate advocate for better education around STEM, robotics and AI to prepare children for the jobs of the future.  His research has been covered by the major news media including the BBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, Science Magazine and New Scientist.

Heather Pritchard

HR Strategic Project Manager, Diageo

An HR professional for over 20 years, Heather has spent the majority of her career (17 years) working for Diageo.  Working in a large variety of HR roles over this time including Change Management, Resourcing, Learning and Development, Employee Lifecycle and HR Business Partnering.  Heather’s role is now focussed on Organisational Effectiveness and Inclusion and Diversity. 

Graeme Rough

Project Manager: Young STEM Leader Programme, SSERC

In my early career I worked in Mechanical Services Engineering before moving on to study Physics at University.  For the past ten years I have worked in education – most recently as the Faculty Leader of Science at Wallace High School.  During my time in schools I explored and utilised many of the external STEM engagement opportunities that exist in Scotland.  I believe that by bringing these initiatives into schools and classrooms, with appropriate frequency, quality and application, we can maximise the experiences, engagement and attainment in STEM for young people.  My new role at SSERC aims to embed peer mentoring among young people, both in and out of school. The anticipated outcome is that, through engaging and progressive interventions, the STEM capital of all involved will be enhanced.

Toni Scullion

Computing Science Teacher, St Kenigern's Academy

I am extremely passionate about teaching Computing Science, particularly getting more girls into the sector. I was a panel speaker for Tackling the Technology Gender Gap Together 2017, finalist for Scottish Women in Technology secondary teacher of the year 2017, awarded Cyber Security teacher of the year 2017 and Champion of Champions. Keynote speaker at Edutech conference Glasgow 2018, talking about addressing the gender gap in the classroom. 2018 SWIT Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Matjaz Vidmar

PhD researcher, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, The University of Edinburgh

Matjaz Vidmar is a doctoral student in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh, based at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. He is an (Astro)Physicist by training, with further degrees in Social Science, where he was looking at science evaluation, innovation and economic growth. In his doctoral research, he is deploying ethnographic methodology to study high-tech innovation in the Space Industry, focusing on emerging networks, knowledge transfer and changes to new product development processes. His research is linked with applications in science policy and business incubation, for instance by working in close partnership with the innovations arm of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council. Additionally, he is involved in several international initiatives and projects to develop the future of Space Exploration and Industry, such as serving as the Chairman and Policy Lead for the Gateway Earth Development Group and as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Astrosociology Research Institute. He is also a university lecturer, a mentor and a tutor, and an award winning science communicator, with projects delivered in several countries and in leading science and arts venues. You can find more about Matjaz, his work, and how to get in touch, at:

Prof. Caroline Wilkinson

Director of Face Lab and Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University

Caroline has a background in art and science and her research and creative work sits at the forefront of art-science fusion and includes subjects as diverse as forensic art, human anatomy, medical art, face recognition, forensic science, anthropology, 3D visualisation, digital art and craniofacial identification. Caroline is a graduate of the University of Manchester, where she also led the Unit of Art in Medicine and received a NESTA fellowship to develop a 3D computerised facial reconstruction system for use in forensic and archaeological depiction. She moved to Liverpool from the University of Dundee, where she was Head of Human Identification in the award-winning Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification. Her high profile work includes facial depictions of Richard III, St Nicolas, J.S. Bach, Rameses II and Mary, Queen of Scots. Caroline is Director of the Face Lab, a research group that carries out forensic/archaeological research and consultancy work including craniofacial analysis, facial depiction and forensic art. Caroline is accredited as a forensic anthropologist Level I (craniofacial specialism) by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) and is an experienced forensic practitioner.

Talat Yaqoob

Director, Equate Scotland

Talat Yaqoob is the Director of Equate Scotland, the national expert on women and STEM. She has a background in public affairs, campaigning and research on equalities. She has previously worked on education rights, women’s representation in politics, tackling violence against women and mental health and wellbeing