Meet Our Team
Jessica Lee - Education Officer
I have always had an interest in science growing up and learning how things work. I went to university to study Physics to pursue this interest. I was one of a small number of female students and I realised that people’s perception of who a scientist/engineer is, is completely wrong and I wanted to help change that. I worked as a STEM Ambassador at a variety of events telling people about STEM subjects. I realised I loved sharing my interest with others and doing so through practical activities. The STEM events offered by Smallpeice allow children to design and build their own ideas from scratch in a way which allows them to learn through their own creating. I really enjoy being a part of this and seeing people’s confidence grow as they explore skills they did not realise they had.
Tom Adams - Education Officer
I'm based in Scotland and deliver most STEM days in schools and educational venues in and around the area. In addition, I develop new engineering projects and run residential engineering courses at universities across the UK. Communicating the importance of science and technology to young people seems like a worthwhile way to combine my love of science with my ability to explain things and enthuse other people about subjects that I’m passionate about.
I studied Geology with Geotechnics at university, but decided I’d rather work with people than with rocks.
I am a naturally curious person, and if you want to know anything, the scientific method is the best way of finding out. Engineering is how science expresses itself in all of the amazing design and technology which has transformed our lives and which we take for granted every day.
Emma Culey - Education Officer
I deliver STEM workshops in schools to encourage young people to pursue a career in engineering.
I also invent new STEM based activities and programmes to enhance students’ skills.
I have always enjoyed working with young people and have a lot of experience creating exciting and inspiring activities for students.
I studied journalism and media enhancing research and delivery skills which are invaluable when delivering STEM. I also play a big part in the forging of new scientific projects and the organisation of the education team.
I’m really interested in learning how things work and creating new projects using the latest technology. I like to be an advocate for female students in demonstrating that they’re just as good at STEM as any of their male peers.
Jenny Hatcher - Education Officer
I spend most of my time delivering STEM sessions in education venues across the UK.
I am originally from the South Wales coast (Cymru am byth) and moved to England to do a Secondary PGCE in Geography.
I was the only girl doing Computing and Geology A-Levels making me more determined to do well (for the girls). I discovered that geology is science and nature combined, so I took my love and completed Geology BSc (hons) degree at Cardiff University.
I love finding out all about the world around us. Science allows me to understand the workings of our planet. Technology and engineering gives ways to how we can use the natural resources around us. Maths is an important subject for me; being dyslexic I can find words difficult but maths speaks to me; there is logic and sequences that make sense to me.
Jon Bowmer - Education Officer
Following an enjoyable time working in Learning and Development at Bournemouth University, I recently took on the role of Education Officer for The Smallpeice Trust. The opportunity to spend time working with young people and to inspire them to dare to imagine is a dream come true for me. I have always been passionate about education and firmly believe that talking to students early in their academic life can make a big difference to their aspirations. At Smallpeice, our aim is to inspire and enthuse young people to study and take up careers in engineering. Being a parent myself I know how important it is to inspire and support young people to succeed.
I enjoy planning and running residential courses as it allows you to see how students progress in confidence and skill in just a matter of days.
Ashley Rowley - Education Officer
Since graduating from university where I studied Sport Business Management, I have spent the majority of my career to date working in the retail management sector. I have never found my previous roles particularly fulfilling but since joining the Smallpeice Trust working as an Education Officer, this has completely changed.
Working with young students to inspire them to explore engineering as a career and to ignite a passion for STEM is an incredibly rewarding experience. Working as part of a brilliant team, my job is to deliver STEM days across the UK and to lead on our residential courses over summer and Easter. Working in this capacity has opened up a new world to me and I understand the importance of my role to inspire tomorrow’s engineers.