Our Team

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The National Space Academy team is made up of the following:

  • Lead Educators, outstanding full-time subject specialist teachers seconded to the Academy from their schools for a number of days each year
  • Project Scientists and Engineers, who help provide the space contexts and whose time is allocated to the project as an in-kind contribution from their home organisations
  • Space Engineering course tutors, who deliver the unique post-16 course for students wanting to join the space sector
  • The core team, who facilitate the work of the network from the Academy's headquarters at the National Space Centre in Leicester and peripatetic office at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell

Work with us: The National Space Academy is not actively recruiting new Lead Educators at present, but if you would like to know more about this role, or if you would like to submit a speculative application, please click here.


The Core Team

  • Professor Anu Ojha OBE

    Anu Ojha OBE

    Director, National Space Academy

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  • Andy McMurray

    Andy McMurray

    Head of Teaching and Learning, National Space Academy

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  • Dr Kierann Shah

    Kierann Shah

    General Manager, National Space Academy

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  • Sophie Allan

    Sophie Allan

    Lead Physics Teacher, National Space Academy

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  • Lisa Colford

    Lisa Colford

    National Space Academy Administrator

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  • Lorna Palmer

    Lorna PalmerNational Space Academy Administrator

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  • Ali Panju

    Ali PanjuOgden Teacher Fellow, Gateway College, Leicester

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Lead Educators

  • Allan Reid

    Allan ReidPhysics and Science Teacher at Elgin Academy, Moray

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  • Steffan Tudor

    Steffan TudorHead of Physics and Astronomy at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St. Asaph

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  • Sarah Llewellyn-Davies

    Sarah Llewelyn-DaviesSubject Leader for Astronomy at Castell Alun High School, Flintshire

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  • Robert Woodman

    Rober Woodman

    Head of Science at Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Fishguard

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  • Andrew McDonald

    Andrew McDonald

    Science and Physics Teacher at Stirling High School, Stirling 

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  • Ian Tippey

    Ian Tippey

    Physics teacher at Framwellgate School, Durham

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  • Hayley Smith

    Hayley SmithLead Educator with the National Space Academy 

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  • Robin Mobbs

    Robin Mobbs

    Lead Educator and SPN Mentor

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  • Mike Grocott

    Mike Grocott

    Lead Educator with the National Space Academy

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  • Conor Davies

    conor daviesHead of Physics at Ashville College, Harrogate

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  • Keeley Arundel-McConachie

    KEELEY ARUNDEL-MCCONACHIEHead of Science at Sir John Gleed School, Lincolnshire

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  • Nicole Cozens

    Nicole CozensMathematics Teacher at Varndean College, Brighton

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  • Caroline Molyneux

    Caroline Molyneux

    Deputy Headteacher at Sharples School, Bolton

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  • Chris Carr

    Chris CarrBiology Teacher at John Leggott College, Scunthorpe

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  • Ruth Rowsell

    Ruth Williamson

    The Priory Academy LSST and Consultant for Lincolnshire teaching alliance

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  • Lee Sheldon

    Lee SheldonVice Principal (Teaching and Learning and Pastoral) at Ibstock College, Leicestershire 

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  • Kevin Abbott

    Kevin AbbottPhysics Teacher and ICT Coordinator at Thornhill College, Derry

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  • Leanne Hawthorne

    Leanne HawthornePhysics Teacher at Belfast Boys Model School, Belfast 

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  • Chris Beard

    Chris Beard2Assistant Principal at Bolton UTC, Bolton 

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  • Judith Green

    Judith GreenScience Teacher at Kingsthorpe College, Northampton

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  • Eleanor Edwards

    EleanorEdwards200Biology Teacher at Belfast High School, Belfast

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  • Steve Althorpe

    Steve AlthorpeTeacher of Science at Robert Smyth Academy, Market Harborough   

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Project Scientists

  • Professor John Bridges

    john bridgesProfessor John Bridges, Reader in Planetary Science, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester

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  • Dr Chun Keat Yew

    Chun Keat yewChun Keat Yew, Postdoctoral researcher, School of Environment Sciences, University of Hull

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  • John Holt

    John Holt 200John Holt, Research Engineer, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester

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  • Dr Hugh Mortimer

    HughMortimer200Space Science and Atmospheric Scientist, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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Thanks to sponsorship from PPG we are offering £300 bursaries for schools towards one of our Masterclasses for 10 - 14 year olds - find out more here.