Educational charity Techniquest has recruited a brand-new Head of Engagement and Partnerships ahead of a “game-changing” 2019.
The appointment is the result of an open recruitment process which saw one of its longstanding employees, Clare James, being promoted to this exciting new role. Clare was previously the centre’s Fundraising Manager.
As part of her new role, Ms James will lead the charity’s stakeholder engagement programme across its wide range of partners, including corporate sectors, academic institutions, and local communities.
Working with relevant organisations and STEM partners, Ms James will develop crucial relationships and provide essential support in shaping Techniquest’s programmes, demonstrating the relevance of science to people’s everyday lives.
After securing £5.7million in funding, the organisation will now march forward with its Science Capital project, set for completion in 2020, which will encompass a radical transformation and extension of its current building in Cardiff Bay.
Discussing her new role, Ms James said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be taking on this new role during such a pivotal and exciting time for Techniquest. I’ve worked diligently to support the charity on its mission to inspire generations of scientists and great thinkers to come, and I’m looking forward to taking on a new challenge and building upon our recent achievements.
“While Techniquest has always been loved by young children and families, we’re now diversifying our audiences and we’re working with our partners, particularly within our communities, to find out how to make science relevant to them and the assets they bring to the partnership.
“2019 is set to be a game-changing year for our organisation. After an incredible year in which we secured a mammoth £5.7million in funding, we’re looking forward to seeing our Science Capital project come to life.”
Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO at Techniquest said: “We’re delighted to see Clare achieve such great success during her time with us. With her unique insight and expertise, her work as Fundraising Manager has made an incredible difference to the charity.”
“Since starting at the organisation in 2016, Clare has been committed to helping us on our mission to create a scientifically literate society across Wales. Nurturing positive relationships with incredible partners, Clare has been instrumental in our recent successes and we’re all thrilled that she has been successful in this recruitment process.”