We go by many names, but you can be sure that the good people who make up our fantastic team are agile, ambitious and extremely talented. Get to know us a little more and find out who you need to speak to below. You never know what you might discover!
Michelle DowManaging Director
Michelle 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 & 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.
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.
Michelle is bi-lingual...she speaks fluent Scottish being married to Scotsman. She also likes cake.
Alison ChristofferOperations Manager
Ali 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.
Although she denies it, after a recent trip to Euro Disney, Ali now wants to be a princess.
Tim WrightEvents & Engagement Manager
We run events to inspire young people, support teachers and allow industry to showcase career pathways. From the smallest gatherings to our largest showpiece event Tim gives them all the same level of love and attention. He knows what a headache school trip paperwork can be from personal experience and is always looking for ways to make teachers’ lives easier and students’ experiences more enriching!
Contact Tim if your organisation wants to be a part of BIG BANG NORTH WEST.
Tim manages the main stage at an award winning music festival. In a previous life he was once a rock climbing instructor!
Zoë ChapmanProject Manager
In a busy, growing and evolving organisation you need a Zoe. She is our special agent who we can parachute, at a minute’s notice, into any situation knowing that she will be able to engage, excite and enthuse whoever lies in her path. Zoe’s science communication skills and experience are invaluable as most of her time is spent talking to teachers, businesses, organisations, ambassador and… well, anybody who’ll listen!
Contact Zoe if you are a teacher who wants to know more about how MerseySTEM can enrich your school or would like to know how to set up a STEM Club.
Want to bring your school to BIG BANG NORTH WEST?
Interested in the National Science and Engineering Competition?
Zoe is the one with all the info
Zoe's record Rubik’s cube time is under a minute! She also loves a bit of CrossFit.
- 0151 527 3823
Laura PilgrimStrategy Manager
Laura is an interloper from the Visual Arts world.
Her background in events and participation projects helps keep MerseySTEM 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 MerseySTEM, she keeps us all focused and charging forward!
Get in touch with Laura if you want Ambassadors to attend your event/school or if Michelle hasn’t answered your email…
Laura starts making Christmas cakes in August each year. Without fail.
- 0151 527 3823
Angela JacquesFront of House
Angela is our front of house and welcoming voice.
Whether it’s answering the phone, logging ambassador’s activity on their behalf, delivering inductions or managing our office day-to-day. Angela makes sure that the ‘MerseySTEM experience’ is Business Class rather than economy. Using her background in corporate hospitality training for the aviation industry she makes everybody who deals with us feel like they’re getting the V.I.P. treatment!
Get in touch with Angela if you are a STEM Ambassador who needs to log their activities.
Angela once won a 'Miss Personality' competition for the Merseyside region! She has also featured in a double page makeover for a national magazine.
- 0151 527 3823
Helen McCannSTEM Ambassador Manager
Helen 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.
- 0151 527 3823
Selena LedgertonMedia, Web & Marketing Manager
Selena is our 24/7 web, media and marketing overlord.
It is essential in today’s social and connected age that MerseySTEM 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 #STEMtastic tales of celebration far and wide (and in 140 characters). Whether it’s 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. #MerseySTEM
Selena is a self confessed geek and expert level gamer!
- 0151 527 3823
We are passionate people with a clear vision
MerseySTEM do amazing things working with schools and businesses to promote exciting and rewarding Science, Technology Engineering and Maths opportunities, inspiring young people right across the North West!
MerseySTEM is making it happen across Merseyside, Cheshire and Warrington. We work on lots of different projects to bring exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to schools across the region, linking them with business and industry expert volunteers inspiring the next generation of STEM specialists.
Described as the ‘hidden wiring in the system’, we work hard to build and maintain relationships with our schools, businesses, industry, colleges and universities so that we can strategically match-make opportunities with need.
Cutting through the noise is what we’re all about, making sure that schools and industry have easy access to the information and events they need in order to support, enrich and enhance the work they’re doing.
We are experts in our field. A marketing manager might say that we offered ‘tailored solutions’, but honestly… we just talk with the right people, work hard and make it happen.