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Ben Ward

Winchester Science Centre, chief executive

Having taken up his new post in November 2016 after four years understanding the workings of Science Centres as Director of Operations, Ben is steering Winchester Science Centre on a new and exciting path.

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Ben has previously worked for local authority, managed his own businesses, and led teams for a major high street bank.  Most of Ben’s career has been in the arts, working with young people and adults in arts centres and theatres, recently as production manager for Blue Apple Theatre.  An inclusive theatre company comprised of learning disabled adults.  Ben was production manager for the first major tour of a learning disabled cast into mainstream theatres which was subsequently made into a BBC documentary.

He is a Trustee of the Association of Science and Discovery Centres.  A school governor, parent of two science mad boys.  Ben has a hearing impairment and suffers with tinnitus and is a campaigner for hearing loss awareness.


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Dr Nicolas Bonne

Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth

Nic is a visually impaired astronomer.  His main research focus is on Galaxy Evolution, in particular, in the calculation of luminosity functions of large galaxy populations, separated by various physical parameters (colour, morphology, star-formation etc.)


Nic’s current activities involve engaging with local A-level students and teachers using the resources offered by Isaac Physics, and developing props to engage vision impaired and blind people with current astronomy research. He is the current lead of The Tactile Universe project.


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Professor Diane Newell OBE 

Winchester Science Centre, trustee and Chair of the discovery and learning Committee

Professor Diane G. Newell developed a research interest in zoonotic diseases, especially those transmitted via food, firstly while working for the UK Public Health Laboratory Service and then for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Her research has generated over 170 publications mainly on the immunology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, control and prevention of intestinal infectious diseases caused by agents including Campylobacter, Helicobacter, Yersinia, and Esherichia coli.

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In 1992 she was awarded the F C Donders Chair at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She has also held Visiting Professorships at the Royal Veterinary College, London and Bristol University Veterinary School and is currently Visiting Professor at Surrey University Veterinary School and at the Royal Agricultural University. During 2003-2008 Diane planned, implemented and directed MedVetNet, a European network on zoonotic diseases; co-ordinating the research of over 500 scientists from 16 institutes in 10 countries.

In 1992 she was awarded the F C Donders Chair at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She has also held Visiting Professorships at the Royal Veterinary College, London and Bristol University Veterinary School and is currently Visiting Professor at Surrey University Veterinary School and at the Royal Agricultural University. During 2003-2008 Diane planned, implemented and directed MedVetNet, a European network on zoonotic diseases; co-ordinating the research of over 500 scientists from 16 institutes in 10 countries.


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Martin Hollins

stemm dac, chair

STEMM DAC is a partnership of organisations who have made a clear commitment to increasing disability access for people studying or working in STEMM. Member organisations include:

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, Campaign for Science and Engineering, General Medical Council, Institute of Physics, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Science Council, Royal Society of Biology and Wellcome Trust. 


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Ian Loynes

Spectrum Centre for Independent Living, CEO

Ian is the Chief Executive of the SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living in Southampton. 

Ian is actively involved with several other organisations controlled by Disabled People, including being a trustee of Disability Rights UK. He has served on a number of influential bodies, locally and nationally, and co-founded the South East Network of Disabled People’s Organisations.

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Ian describes himself as evangelical about the Social Model of Disability, the importance of a strong and vibrant Disability Movement, and the development of User-Led Organisations. He sees these as tools to enable the emancipation of Disabled People from the daily discrimination and oppression they face. 


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Dr. Stephen Duckworth OBE PhD, MSc, LRCP, MRCS, FDSRCS

Disability Matters Global, Chief Executive

Stephen Duckworth is an academic and entrepreneur. In the 1980s his MSc and PhD were instrumental in influencing the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation in the UK. In the voluntary sector he helped establish local user led organisations and was a Trustee of both regional and national charities. In the 1990s Stephen set up the Bridge Recruitment Agency and led a regional recruitment initiative to support disabled people into employment. He also became a non-executive director of a finance company supporting disabled people in the purchase of wheelchairs and scooters. In the 2000s, Stephen became a Board Director of the Olympic Delivery Authority to ensure the appropriate governance of health, safety, environment, equality and diversity issues across the £9.2 billion expenditure of public funds. His new business, Disability Matters Global, has a simple vision to "Create a more inclusive world". Stephen became a powered wheelchair user at 21 when a medical student before qualifying as a doctor and is paralysed from the neck down.


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Dr. Steve Dorney 

University of Southampton, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN RESEARCH

Dr Steve Dorney is Principal Public Engagement Fellow within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Steve Dorney joined the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment in 2011 after 5 years at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research developing science communication and public engagement activities in acoustics. He has worked previously in engineering, education and the third-sector. Current activity extends to impact enhancement, student employability and outreach, as well as core support for Public Engagement with Research (PER).

"Bringing Research to Life" Roadshow, touring up to 9 research-based activities each year to destinations including Cheltenham Science Festival.


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Dr. Matthew Wright BEng PhD FIOA FIMA FHEA

Director of Acoustical Taught Programmes, The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton

Dr Matthew Wright is Senior Lecturer in Acoustics in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, and Director of Acoustical Taught Programmes.


Matthew first came to the ISVR in 1986 as an undergraduate Acoustical Engineering student and, apart from a short but enjoyable spell at Trinity College, Dublin, he’s been there ever since, on the principle that he came here to learn about sound and vibration and he says he doesn’t yet understand it all. As well as researching and teaching Matthew gives talks to schools and science festivals about acoustics, particularly musical acoustics.


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David Livermore OBE

David read classics at Cambridge before joining IBM where he became Sales Director and Group Staff Director. He then was Group Managing Director of the RAC Motoring Services and a non-executive director of Triplex Lloyd and Doncasters. In the NHS he served as Chairman of Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust, and, in the charity world, Chairman of the RNID, Deafness Research UK, AbilityNet, and locally of Winchester Science Centre when it was formally known as Intech Science Centre and the Newbury Spring Festival. He was also a trustee of Naomi House and governor and Deputy Chairman of the Mary Hare School for the Deaf and is now Chairman of the Hampshire Archive Trust. He is married to Gina, who is a lay reader, and his interests include golf, fishing, music and reading.


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Professor Yvon Bonnefant

University of WinchesteR

Yvon Bonenfant makes art from voices. He invites audiences to voice. He researches the ways in which the human voice touches us, and the mechanisms that permit this touching to happen. The end results of these processes are sometimes performances, sometimes digitally-animated installation artworks, and have included video art and an iPad app. He also publishes and speaks widely about his work, what it means, and its consequences. He has recently become especially interested in how we reach marginalised audiences and invite their voicing into creative processes, and as such, is currently undertaking a collaboration with Rosewood Free School, Southampton, to test and refine a specially developed artwork for children with profound and multiple learning disability, that invites them to co-make sophisticated voice and touch art from their own sounds. In recent years, he has increasingly collaborated with health and engineering scientists to realise his projects. He has held Wellcome Trust Large and Small Arts Awards, and funding from Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and many others. In 2016 he co-founded the company/charity Tract and Touch to facilitate wider audience reach. He is artistic director of Tract and Touch and Professor of Artistic Process, Voice and Extended Practices at the University of Winchester. 


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Amanda Casson-Webb

Director of Communication Services and Community Development, Royal Association for Deaf people

A Child of Deaf Adults (CODA), Amanda grew up in a profoundly Deaf household and is a native user of British Sign Language who spent a great deal of her formative years in and around Romford Deaf Club.  Amanda is Director of Communication Services at the Royal Association for Deaf People.