Michelle DowManaging DirectorEmail MichelleMichelle is our Managing Director. If you’ve met her then you will already know what she is about. In fact, she has probably got you involved in the quest to inspire and engage our young people. If you’ve yet to met her…then what are you waiting for? There is always cake on standby.
Always one for the non-traditional approach Michelle began her career as an apprentice Gas Service Engineer in the early 90's and was quickly identified as one to watch. Moving swiftly through the ranks she swapped her gas van for a BMW and began the challenge of management in a large organisation.
Fast forward a few years & the first incarnation of the company, MerseySTEM was born out of the need to take action to provide a translation and engagement service between industry & education that is honest, effective & innovative. As the reputation and geography of 'her patch' grew All About STEM became the natural successor and the new name and vision was launched in 2016. Merseyside and beyond!!
Businesses need to attract new talent in a fast paced technological world and schools need to equip our young people for the future at the same pace. But, critically, both are often inundated with information whilst facing their own sectors’ evolving challenges.
Alison ChristofferOperations ManagerEmail AlisonAli keeps the wheels turning and keeps us all on course. Always on the go and with a special talent for translating strategy into action. Ali oversees our working relationships, engagement with and advice to schools & teachers. It’s her personal mission to ensure that it is relevant, supportive, and purposeful.
With a twenty year teaching career, much of which spent as a Head of Department in a large secondary school, Ali has a deep understanding of and a sharp insight into the evolving educational landscape as well as the implications of policy and the day to challenges these present to teachers at the chalk face.
It was this passion and understanding of teachers’ needs that inspired Michelle to poach Ali to become her ‘right hand man’ and embark upon the MerseySTEM adventure. Together they have successfully grown the business from scratch with a people centred approach.
We believe that good communication is key in achieving our aim to be the trusted voice for teachers, filtering out the noise. Ali’s talent for remembering names and faces is legendary, as is her ability to relate and ‘speak human’, but you probably already know this!
Contact Ali if your company wants to engage with the Ambassador Programme.
Tim WrightEvents & Engagement ManagerEmail TimOur events inspire young people, support teachers and allow industry to showcase rewarding career pathways. From the smallest gatherings to our largest showpiece event Tim gives every one the same level of love and attention. He provides an end-to-end events management service. Whether that is engaging schools & teachers, liaising with sponsors and exhibitors or dealing with production schedules, venue floor plans & contractors. Tim always endeavours to make teachers’ lives easier, students’ experiences more enriching and our stakeholders’ engagement deliver on objective!
Contact Tim if your organisation wants to be a part of BIG BANG NORTH WEST.
Helen McCannSTEM Ambassador ManagerEmail HelenHelen is our STEM Ambassador Manager
Processing thousands of applications, DBS renewals and arranging hundreds of inductions with our industry partners with a Hawk’s eye for detail Helen ensures that our STEM Ambassadors have a smooth and enjoyable experience from application to induction. She then waves them off, like a proud mum at the school gate, as they embark on their first activities with schools.
Get in touch if you have any questions about your STEM Ambassador application, induction or DBS check.
Selena LedgertonMedia, Web & Marketing ManagerEmail SelenaSelena is our 24/7 web, media and marketing overlord.
It is essential in today’s social and connected age that All About STEM stays current and you stay up to date with what we are doing. Too often great inspirational things happen in our schools that nobody ever finds out about. Selena’s job is to spread the #STEMsational tales of celebration far & wide (and in 140 characters). Whether it’s news, ideas, event coverage, live tweeting or shouting about the invaluable work our STEM Ambassadors do, Selena is your girl.
Get in touch to share what you are doing or celebrate being inspirational. @AllAboutSTEM
Laura PilgrimStrategy ManagerEmail LauraLaura is an interloper from the Visual Arts world.
Her background in events and participation projects helps keep All About STEM on its toes with her creative thinking.
With her fingers in lots of different pies across the organisation, she is the go-to-gal for fresh eyes on a problem, creative approaches to projects and quirky ideas that set us apart.
With her strategic overview of the many spinning plates in the world of All About STEM, she keeps us all focused and charging forward!
Get in touch with Laura if you want to discuss how we can help your business or if Michelle hasn’t answered your email…
Dave ArmsonProject ManagerEmail DaveDr Dave (it isn't just a fun nickname, he really is!) is all about partnerships. Dave meets with business and finds how they can support schools to strategically facilitate careers provision and keep them informed of the opportunities available to them. He can be meeting with a school leadership team one day, demonstrating nano-technology to a class the next or meeting with the LEP to join the dots regionally.
Liz KnightSchools Engagement OfficerEmail LizWith a degree in business and a background in hospitality and events, 'our Liz' provides invaluable support to the All About STEM team and is the first port of call for teachers and Ambassadors. She's the smiling face that connects our schools to who & what they need!
Liz loves cooking, walking, travelling and adventures!
"Both my parents are Chemists and have a background in STEM related fields, stepping into this role and into the world of STEM was a slightly unexpected turn but my parents are very pleased (as you can imagine) and I think the unexpected turns in life can have the best outcomes. I am really loving being part of this team and world as I am learning so much every day and meeting some truly inspiring and amazing people!"
If you are a teacher who wants to know about upcoming events or would like to have an Ambassador come into school, then get in touch!
Kev McCannProject Manager - Design, Print, BrandEmail KevKev is all about BRAND. He is our go-to-guy when we want something with that extra special All About STEM sparkle! When the rest of the team think they have past the finish line on a piece of work, its really Kev who gets the final baton and is up till all hours giving all our work the polished look that you know and instantly recognise.
King of Copy, Prince of Print, Master of the pull up banner... call Kev if your business or school needs some help with any type of design, print or brand.
Paul SetonProject ManagerEmail PaulPaul comes to us with a wealth of experience in both the electronics industry and education.
A man of many talents, Paul has green fingers and light feet! He enjoys gardening and is an award winning Ballroom and Latin dancer who for fun also likes jumping off the North West’s hillsides in his paraglider!
Call Paul if you want to know all about apprenticeships.
Laura EvansProject AssistantEmail LauraLaura has joined us part-time as our Project Assistant; in her other life she is a PhD student studying African parasites and has a keen interest in public health.
Having been involved in science for several years, Laura loves engaging with the public and sharing her passion for all sorts of creepy crawlies and critters. In her spare time Laura loves sports, reading, and cuddling animals.
Jemma GrindlayProject Support OfficerEmail JemmaIs she our resident CSI or legal eagle?
After completing a Masters Degree in Forensic & Analytical Chemistry, Jemma is now studying to become a Master of Law.
Not only does this mean she's productive, analytical & efficient (perfect for Team All About STEM) but it also means we won't be 'borrowing' her stapler or eating her sweets... because she'll know.