Ian joined the National Science-Technology Roadshow Trust (the trust) in 1992, after 12 years of secondary science teaching in Christchurch and Lower Hutt. He held positions of school science teacher, Head of Department and Science Advisor.
Ian has a total of 39 years of direct experience in the science and technology and promotion areas. In his early days with the Trust, Ian Managed the Telecom sponsored Technology-Science Roadshow. Ian has been instrumental in growing the activities of the Trust to the present day.
Under his stewardship the following major programmes of the Trust have been developed:
Ian has been Vice-President of the Australasian Science and Technology Exhibition Network as well as Treasurer of Association of Science and Technology Centres (NZ). He has received a Royal Society of New Zealand medal in recognition of his services to science and technology promotion and education and was also CEO of Joule — New Zealand's Science and Technology Promotion Hub. He has also served on UNESCO (NZ) Science Sub-commission.
While Ian’s role as Director is largely administrative, he can still be found behind the wheel of a class 5 vehicle, or presenting science education programmes to students and teachers.
Having come from a practical grounding, Dave commenced his working life as a Horticultural Cadet in the Kiwifruit industry. Having completed two additional qualifications in Horticulture at Massey University, he accepted a role with the Massey University Fruit Crops Unit, prior to moving to HortResearch (Plant & Food) as a Science Technician in the Environment Group.
Dave joined the Roadshow Trust in June 1999, employed as Assistant Manager for the Telecom IT Roadshow, and soon after appointed Manager. His duties with the Telecom IT Roadshow included:
Dave transitioned into his current role of Operations Manager for the Roadshow Trust in 2002.
His current role includes the following functions:
Dave has maintained the capability to perform all delivery roles within the Roadshow Trust and can be found on road from time to time. Dave also serves his local community, as a Volunteer Firefighter for Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
Maureen joined the Roadshow in 1997. Maureen is the primary point of contact for our external customers that are largely schools, corporate clients and government agencies. Leveraging a range of technologies and systems,
Maureen's role encompasses the following broad areas:
Caroline joined the Roadshow in March 2003. Caroline is an avid photographer and you can view some of her work here www.instagram.com/latentimagenz. Caroline has exhibited work in several group exhibitions and competitions, and has won a handful of awards for her efforts.
Caroline’s responsibilities include:
Mary joined the Roadshow in March 2021. She strongly believes science should be accessible for everyone, which is why she values this role and the work she has within the team. She has a passion for sustainability and the environment, and hopes to find her niche within the science communication sphere. Prior to joining the Roadshow, Mary worked within the biosecurity/biodiversity sphere throughout the Auckland region. In her spare time, Mary writes for The Lovepost — an alternative ‘slow media’ platform.
Bachelor of Arts in Media & Communications and Political Science & International Relations
Postgraduate Diploma of Science in Environmental Management (Distinction)
Campbell joined the Roadshow in February 2021. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry specialising in inorganic synthetic chemistry. He sees science as a lifetime passion and career. Campbell is thrilled to be travelling the country with the Science Roadshow providing children with a positive, interactive experience. He has a range of interests including philosophy, psychology and board sports. He looks forward to further engagement with all the characters one meets on the road.
Ben joined the Roadshow in August 2021. He believes that science should be something that is fun and accessible to everyone. Before joining the roadshow, Ben volunteered with the WHS Science Buskers, where he helped the up and coming scientists to expand their scientific knowledge as well as have fun in the lab. In his spare time, Ben enjoys flying drones, watching planes and experimenting with science in his kitchen.
Praveen joined the Roadshow in June 2021. He has a passion for science communications and loves connecting with people. During his doctoral studies at the University of Auckland, he has actively participated in science outreach programs across schools in Northland. His mission is to motivate and inspire public especially students to become excited and broaden their horizons in science and technology to distinguish good science from bad science and misinformation.
Before joining the Roadshow, he has worked on academic projects related to topics including nanomaterials in drug delivery, enzyme studies, renewable LPG, and sustainability. Recently, he worked for a big winery in Marlborough during the vintage of 2021 because of his interest in wine making. He has a range of other interests including movies and movie-making; acting and dramatics; cricket; football; F1 Championship; traveling and trekking.
Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology
Master’s Degree in Nanotechnology
PhD in Chemistry
Peter is an independent consultant and MOE Science Facilitator who runs his own publishing resource and consulting business, specialising in science education. Until recently he was Full-time Education Manager of the Roadshow Trust and prior to that:
Peter is the lead developer and presenter for the Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy. He has a long term relationship with the Roadshow Trust, prior to full-time employment and we expect this relationship to continue. His main area of interest is interactive hands-on science and how this enhances learning experiences.
Madeleine has been teaching for over 16 years. She has taught science at all year levels from year 0 to year 13, teaching in England, Switzerland as well as New Zealand. Her most recent full-time role was lead teacher of Science at Laingholm Primary School, where she implemented a broad science programme.
Madeline is currently an independent contractor in science professional development. She is deeply passionate about science and truly believes New Zealand is on to a winning formula with the Nature of Science in our curriculum.