Meet our trustees

Cambridge Science Centre relies on the support, expertise and passion of our staff, volunteers, Board of Trustees and Executive Council.

Our trustees are a respected group of individuals who are just as passionate as we are about supporting the next generation of scientists. Their input and support is crucial to the success of our work as an educational charity.

Dr David Cleevely CBE, FRENG, FIET

Founding Chair of the Cambridge Science Centre, Co-founder of Cambridge Wireless

As well as being the founding Chair of the Cambridge Science Centre, Dr Cleevely is also a founding Director of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. He has been a prime mover behind the Cambridge Network, co-founder of Cambridge Wireless, co-founder and Chairman of Cambridge Angels and he’s also a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Communications Policy Panel.

David has also founded or co-founded numerous companies, including the

web-based antibody company Abcam (ABC.L) with Dr Jonathan Milner. He’s Chair of four companies, including the award-winning restaurant Bocca di Lupo in Soho. He’s been a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and of the Ministry of Defence Board overseeing information systems and services. David studied cybernetics at Reading University and received a PhD from Cambridge. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET.

Professor Andrea Brand

Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge

Professor Brand is a Senior Group Leader at the Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge, a member of the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience and a Fellow of Jesus College. She is a Member of the Royal Society Schools Partnership Committee and a Patron of the University of Cambridge Science Festival, as well as being a member of the University of Cambridge Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Steering Group.

Andrea was a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow and Leukemia Society Fellow at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School.

In 2010, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and she is also a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization. She has received many awards during her scientific career including: the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award in 2006; the William Bate Hardy Prize, jointly with Professor Robin Irvine, in 2004; the Hooke Medal in 2002; and a Special Award of Excellence at the Wellcome Biomedical Imaging Awards in 2001. Andrea holds a BA in Biochemistry from University of Oxford and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge.

John Short

Founding Director of the Cambridge Science Centre, former Chair of Taylor Vinters

Was a corporate lawyer and highly successful Chairman and Senior Partner of Taylor Vinters – a law firm with offices in Cambridge, London and Singapore – until his retirement in 2013. He is a founding Director of the Cambridge Science Centre.

John’s broad experience has embraced most areas of corporate legal work over the

years but with an emphasis on early stage and growing technology companies. For a number of years he served as Deputy Chairman of what is now Alzheimer’s Research UK, the largest funder of research into dementia in the UK. Since his retirement from legal practice, he also serves as a trustee of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Dr Chris Lennard, MBA

Founding CEO of the Cambridge Science Centre

The outstanding team that he assembled and managed opened the first science and discovery centre for Cambridge in February 2013. Chris joined the Board of Trustees in 2015. This has allowed him to pursue his interest in impact assessment of charity financing. Chris is currently Executive Advisor to the Evolution

Education Trust and financial operations consultant to the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Chris holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from London Business School. Chris is also a graphic artist in his spare time when not fiddling about with old cars!

Amanda East

Entrepreneur in Ink Jet Technologies

Graduated from Wadham College, University of Oxford, in engineering in 1981. There were just 15 women in a 150-strong engineering department during her time at Oxford. She joined Cambridge Consultants Ltd – a technology and innovation company – before starting her own ink jet company. As she rose through the ranks, she found that being a woman in a male-dominated environment had its advantages: “You were always noticed and not forgotten,”

she says. After 18 years in Industrial Ink Jet, she left work to concentrate on bringing up her three children. Later she started a family property company, which she continues to manage. As well as being a Trustee of the Cambridge Science Centre, Amanda is a Governor of The King’s School in Ely. She also runs the Relithan Charitable Trust alongside her husband Warren East, CEO of Rolls Royce, providing generous support for our charity’s work over the years.

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