Glasgow Science Centre has appointed three new trustees to its board ahead of its busiest year to date.
The new trustees are Craig Clark MBE, founder of Scotland’s first space company Clyde Space; Dr Victoria Hollows, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure and Mark Goudie, an award-winning electrical and mechanical engineer with Atkins.
The appointments bolster the board of Glasgow Science Centre at the start of a landmark year. Its new, permanent exhibition Idea No 59, which is dedicated to innovation, will open in March 2020. The centre will also host a range of events on behalf of the Scottish Government before COP 26, the UN climate change summit happening in Glasgow next November.
David Sibbald OBE, chair of Glasgow Science Centre’s board of trustees said: “Craig, Victoria and Mark are excellent additions to our board and bring varied and invaluable experience.
“It’s an important time to join the Glasgow Science Centre. Idea No 59, COP 26 and our Connect strategy, which will lead to transformational change over the next three years, are all on the horizon.
“At Glasgow Science Centre we believe that science is for everyone, with the power to empower and enrich the lives of each of us. Appointing trustees who challenge the status quo and share their insight to help us reach a bigger, more diverse audience is critical to our success.”
“Our vision is a Scotland where all people feel empowered through learning and engagement with science to make positive differences in their lives, their communities and to society as a whole.”
Craig Clark said: “I am extremely honoured to join the board of trustees and will do my best to support the Science Centre to continue its great work for Glasgow and Scotland.
“Science and technology play an increasingly important role in education and the economy, and the Science Centre plays a massive part in inspiring our future scientists and engineers.”
Dr Victoria Hollows said: “I am delighted to be joining the board of Glasgow Science Centre, particularly as it improves access for local communities by broadening its approach to future programming.
“We have a vital role to play in ensuring people are actively engaged in matters that affect their daily lives, be it health, climate change or innovation in technology.”
Mark Goudie said: “It’s a great privilege to be able to give back to the Science Centre – a Glasgow institution that helped inspire me to pursue an engineering career.
“Supporting the Science Centre, especially during this time of transformational change, will help me give back to the communities we serve and encourage future generations of scientists and engineers.”
The Glasgow Science Centre is a charity and one of Scotland’s most successful visitor attractions with five-star Visit Scotland accreditation. The centre attracts over 330,000 visitors to its exhibitions and events each year and regularly takes its science activity on tour across Scotland.
In recent years the Glasgow Science Centre has diversified its programming to attract a wider range of visitor groups through community engagement and learning programmes, adult only events and tie-ins with broader cultural programming in Glasgow.