Clare Harvey is the Chief Executive. Leading the Trust gives her a fantastic opportunity to share her passion for physics with young people and to support schools, teachers and universities to share their physics enthusiasm too.
Prior to starting at the Trust in March 2017, Clare managed the education outreach programmes at the Royal Society and has also worked in university physics outreach.
Head of School Partnerships
Wendy Cox is the Head of School Partnerships. She oversees the primary and secondary school partnerships, as well as the associated programmes including Phiz Labs, primary CPD and trips to CERN.
Prior to working for the Trust, Wendy came from a career in banking, then teaching (both primary and secondary sector) and gained her headship qualification NPQH. She is currently studying for an MSc in Education (research design and methodology) at the University of Oxford, Brasenose College.
Kirstin is the Programme Manager based in the primary office in Redditch. She developed the Ogden EYFS resource, Science Talk, which she is delivering to all our primary partnerships up and down the country. In 2017, she moved out of her full-time primary teaching role after 15 years.
Charley is an Ogden Trust Programme Officer. She co-ordinates the schools partnership programme for secondary schools, sharing her passion for education and building young people’s self-confidence through fun, engaging and inspiring activities.
Charley returned to the world of physics education following seven years as the programme manager at a circus school. In an eclectic mix of previous jobs, she has working as a physics teacher, snowboard instructor, circus workshop leader and florist.
Amnah is an Ogden Trust Programme Officer with particular responsibility for the Teach Physics internships and the Ogden Outreach Officer programme. She is passionate about education, and physics in particular, and is excited about the opportunity to support students to benefit from research and teaching experience, and to support wider physics outreach.
Amnah has a PhD in physics and over 10 years experience carrying out outreach activities in schools; she has spent a lot of time working with the Science Museum in South Kensington.
Executive Assistant, Office Manager & Registrar
Veronica is Executive Assistant to Clare, Office Manager and Registrar. She is also responsible for the Alumni Summer Internship programme. Prior to joining the Trust she spent over 11 years at London South Bank University as the course administrator for the Education for Sustainability distance learning programme and Initial Teacher Training where she looked after PGCE students.
Erica Di Meo
Business Manager, School Partnerships
Erica is the Business Manager for the school partnership programme. She also manages the nationwide primary CPD training events. Prior to working for the Trust, she came from a career as business manager for a global packaging company.
Mel works freelance for the Trust and is responsible for publishing news stories on the website.
Before working with The Ogden Trust, Melanie worked in communications for the University of Cambridge and as Marketing Manager at Surrey Learning & Skills Council.
Teaching & learning
Jackie is a physics graduate and has been teaching in secondary schools and involved in running primary partnerships for over 20 years. She is Director of STEM at Chipping Campden School, a secondary comprehensive school in the North Cotswolds, where she teaches physics across KS3, 4 and 5.
Jackie leads the primary Phizzi and P3L CPD programmes for the Trust and is developing programmes to support secondary teachers.
She runs many Student Ambassador programmes in partnership with other organisations to improve students' science communication skills. Jackie is currently studying for an MSc in Teacher Education at Oxford University.
Laura will be reviewing the Phiz Lab programme and supporting partnership schools to set up a Phiz Lab. She will also be developing a framework and guidance to support non-partnership schools who wish to create their own lab space.
Laura has been a qualified primary school teacher for eight years, specialising in the sciences. She has taught in Year 6 since 2015 and has been KS2 phase leader for the past year. Laura’s role at Our Lady & Saint Kenelm Primary School includes teaching & learning, and senior leadership. Laura leads science across the school and across the Ogden Halesowen & Dudley Ogden Primary Partnership; she has been an Ogden Teacher Fellow since 2016. Our Lady & Saint Kenelm is the hub school for the Ogden partnership and has its own a Phiz Lab. Laura runs science workshops and experiences for pupils and staff across the partnership.
Amanda will be leading the development of resources to support our CPD programmes and to assist teachers in developing the teaching and learning of physics in primary schools, with a particular focus on progression in 'working scientifically' skills.
Amanda is a physics graduate and a qualified secondary physics teacher. She taught in secondary schools for over 17 years before moving to the primary sector, where she set up our first Phiz Lab at Shrubland Street Primary School in Warwickshire. Having run the Phiz Lab at Shrubland Street for five years, teaching science across all of the year groups, Amanda is now carrying out a PhD study at Warwick University to investigate the impact of science laboratories in primary schools.
James de Winter
Initial teacher education & early career teacher development
In his work with the Trust, James has a particular focus on physics teachers during their training and early careers. He leads the Early Career Teacher Development programme providing mentoring and support for those in the first five years of their teaching.
Previously a secondary school physics teacher, James has worked for many years at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge where he leads the Secondary Physics PGCE course, also teaching on the Primary PGCE and MEd courses. He is a member of the Physics Education Research group at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, researching the early career development of physics teachers. James has written a variety of materials for students and teachers in both the primary and secondary phase.
Henry will be working with the teaching and learning team on Ogden Trust secondary CPD, developing resources for secondary teachers to improve delivery of physics, writing ‘how to’ guides for secondary partnership activities for the Ogden website, and supporting physics teaching and partnerships in the London area.
Henry is a physics graduate who stated his teaching career delivering science shows for primary schools in a mobile planetarium in the south west of England. He then moved to London to train as a secondary physics teacher; since 2009 he has led physics departments and taught GCSE and A-level physics in three inner London secondary schools.
Sir Peter Ogden
Sir Peter Ogden founded The Ogden Trust in 1998 and is now a trustee, having stepped down as chair in 2017.
“It seemed natural to me that I should support education. It is the one thing that levels the playing field between people who have economic or social privilege and those who do not. I believe that education guarantees a fairer society.”
Sir Peter was educated at Lowerplace Primary School, Rochdale and Rochdale Grammar School, which he entered as an 11+ pupil. From there he went to Durham University to study physics where he was awarded the Pemberton Scholarship and graduated with a BSc in physics and a PhD in particle physics. He went on to complete an MBA at Harvard Business School before a career in investment banking in both the UK and the US, principally with Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. In 1981, Sir Peter co-founded the computer services company Computacenter PLC and in 1982 the financial software company Computasoft which was subsequently renamed Dealogic PLC. He was Executive Chairman of Computacenter from 1981–1997and Chairman of Dealogic until 2014.
The Trust has maintained strong links with Durham University through its support of physics education and has partnered with the University in the building of the first and second Ogden Centres for Fundamental Physics at Durham. Sir Peter is a Governor of Westminster School and a Patron of SHINE (Support and Help In Education).
Sir Peter received a knighthood for services to education from Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace on 9 February 2005.
Lady Catherine Ogden
Lady Catherine Ogden is a trustee of The Ogden Trust.
Cath is a qualified teacher and did her teacher training in Liverpool. In the past, she has taught in primary schools in Rochdale, County Durham and West London, as well as teaching in Boston and Chicago.
“The Ogden Trust is something I am very proud of. As an educationalist, it is very gratifying to be able help students achieve their goals especially in the world of physics. Hopefully some will give back in the world of teaching.”
Cameron Ogden became Chair of The Ogden Trust in April 2017.
“The Ogden Trust has been founded on very sound principles. We hope to build on that strong foundation and ensure we impact as many children wanting to pursue physics as possible. Physics as a subject has a huge importance in the world today and we must ensure that access to good quality teaching is about the ability to learn and not the ability to pay.”
Cameron has worked in a number of different roles in aviation, finance and the charitable sector. He began working in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in London. He then joined the charity SHINE, which is focused on raising attainment in education for disadvantaged children within the UK. He was made Chairman of SHINE Trust in 2014.
Cameron co-founded Blink in 2008, Europe’s largest air taxi service transporting business travellers to over 600 airports across Europe. The business was sold in 2016 to the Wijet Group. Cameron is part of consortium that has acquired Blackbushe Airport to develop an engineering and business aviation hub. Cameron received an MA in Economics from Edinburgh University and MBA degree from the Harvard Business School.
Edward Ogden is a trustee of The Ogden Trust.
"I hope through supporting a subject such as physics, so greatly needed in our society and providing crucial skills for our economy, The Ogden Trust and its alumni will make a valuable contribution to wider society."
Following his degree in politics and history at Durham University, Edward has forged a career in international recruitment. He has been with energy recruitment company Spencer Ogden since its launch in January 2010 and has extensive experience within the energy market. He was instrumental in the launch of the Houston office and responsible for its rapid revenue growth.
Since 2017, Edward has been Chief Sales Officer, responsible for the success of Spencer Ogden's 14 international offices. Edward also oversees the company's continuous improvement of operational excellence and enhancement of client services.
“As a trustee of The Ogden Trust, I take great pride in the charity. Sharing my father’s enthusiasm for education, I am as interested in the programmes as I am in following the paths of the alumni.”
Tiffany Chawner (née Ogden) studied both architecture and interior design and has brought them together in her interior design business, which she founded in 2007. The business focuses primarily on residential projects both in the UK and internationally, working with clients throughout the entire design and build process down to the final touches in the decoration. Tiffany has gained degrees in design from the KLC School of Design and in economics from the University of Manchester. She also has a Masters in Economics from University College London.
Tiffany commits a great deal of energy to raising funds for the cancer charity Action Against Cancer, for which she co-ordinates regular pop-up markets of boutique producers and a Movable Feast.
Having retired as Chief Executive of the Trust in 2017, Tim joined the board of trustees.
“I would like to think that The Trust has made a difference to the educational achievements and lifetime chances of thousands of young people and laid the foundations for some of them to go on to careers in international scientific research, but an ambition like this needs to be underpinned by interventions across the educational age range and it is our work with hundreds of schools and dozens of universities all over the UK of which I am most proud. As a Trustee, I hope to continue this involvement and look forward to supporting the new initiatives that will be introduced by my successor Clare Harvey.”
Tim was educated at Reed’s School in Surrey and then studied law at Selwyn College, Cambridge. After a brief career as a student barrister at the Inner Temple he worked for nearly 20 years in travel and tourism all over the Mediterranean, including as Company Secretary for various leisure developments in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy and Turkey. In 1994, he joined the University of Cambridge Development Office and first met Sir Peter Ogden when he asked him to become a donor to maths at Cambridge. In 1999, he was appointed inaugural Chief Executive of The Ogden Trust.