Linda Conlon Linda is responsible for managing the International Centre for Life, a £90m science village in the heart of Newcastle. Linda is the first woman from Europe to be elected as Chair of the Association of Science and Technology Centres, a body which represents more than 660 centres from over 50 countries. Linda is also a former board member of the European Collaboration of Science and Discovery Centres and former Chair of its UK equivalent. In recognition of her outstanding service to science and science education in North East England, she was awarded an MBE in January 2016. From 2004-2008, she served as a non-executive director of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Before entering the science centre world, Linda worked in regional development and urban regeneration. Before that, she ran her own marketing consultancy and, in her early career, worked for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Procter and Gamble.