Linda Conlon joined the Trust in 2011 as a governor. In her day job, Linda is responsible for managing the International Centre for Life (ICFL), a £90m science village in the heart of Newcastle.
Life Science Centre at ICFL welcomes around 300,000 visitors each year, with the aim of inspiring people to make sense of the world and to encourage the next generation of STEM professionals. It offers a comprehensive programme of science engagement that follows the ethos that learning only takes place when people choose to engage. To that end, exhibitions at Life Science Centre offers a ‘free-choice learning’ environment for visitors, with hands-on exhibits that can be used in a variety of ways, enabling participants to shape their experiences.
The Science Centre also supports formal learning, with more than 100 curriculum-linked science workshops available to local schools and colleges in state-of-the-art laboratories. Life Science Centre works closely with the West End Schools Trust, offering science outreach and a weekly science club to encourage children from disadvantaged communities and under-achieving schools to aspire to a STEM career.
Linda is a former Chair of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, a body representing more than 600 science centres from about 50 countries; a former board member of the European Collaboration of Science and Discovery Centres (Ecsite); and a former Chair of its UK equivalent.
In 2016 she was awarded an MBE for services to science and science education in North East England.