The ASE has received a single nomination for the position of Chair-Elect 2019-2020. The person nominated is Simon Quinnell, who many of you will know. Simon is currently curriculum area lead for science PGCE at the University of York and he is also an independent education consultant.

Simon’s career in science education is quite unique. He has worked as a technician, senior technician, teacher, professional development leader and science PGCE lead. These roles have been across the sector in secondary, Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE). Simon is also a primary school governor with a science and safeguarding focus. In 2005 Simon joined the ‘new’ National Science Learning Centre (later to become STEM Learning) as the senior technician, then senior professional development leader designing and delivering CPD on effective practical work, teaching and learning, science spaces, technical services and leadership and management. Since 2018, Simon has led the science PGCE at the University of York supporting the next generation of teachers in their first few years of teaching.

His two nomination supporters are very positive about what Simon is able to offer the ASE Membership as the following comments make clear:

  •  “I think he would make an ideal Chair of the Association, particularly with his understanding of so many sectors of our membership.”
  •  “I find his expert knowledge supports me because he is able to comment from the many points of view that his current and past roles have provided.” 

The Trustee Body are due to consider the nomination for a decision to be made on July 17th when they next meet. As there has been a single nomination, the membership are invited to express their support or otherwise in writing or by email. Any comments received will be taken into account when the Trustee Body meets to confirm the appointment of the Chair-Elect. 

ASE members are able to support (or not) this application either by letter to the Elections Officer, ASE, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AA or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Friday 12th July 2019. Please add a subject title: ‘Chair Elect Nomination 2019/20’; and in the body of the letter/email state whether you wish to ‘support/ not support this nomination’.

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