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Helen Obee Reardon known as Helen Obee Reardon

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Qualifications

MSc Communicating Science
BSc(Hons) Environmental Pollution Science
PRINCE2 Practitioner

About

I gained a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Pollution Science from the University of Glamorgan in 2001 and followed this with five years’ experience as a Sustainable Development Officer with Groundwork Caerphilly. This gave me an extensive knowledge and understanding of sustainable development in the public sector as well as within community, educational and organisational settings. After being awarded a scholarship from Science Shops Wales, I returned to the University of Glamorgan to study for an MSc in Communicating Science where I specialised in sustainable development and climate change communications, going on to teach part of the course the following year. In September 2008 I joined the Project Team at The Works, one of the biggest regeneration projects in Wales, as Community Engagement Officer. Following many adventures in engagement at The Works involving communities, contractors, engineers, architects, students and the Austrian Ambassador I joined the First Campus team as STEM Coordinator and finds myself back in a very familiar stomping ground.

Experience

I have a wide experience of workshops, talks and events on various subjects, including time spent as a freelance science communicator producing workshops and exhibitions on the Science of Romeo and Juliet and as an Adult Tutor teaching an introduction to Forensic Science.

Responsibilities

I co-ordinate, develop and deliver STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities and events for the First Campus Partnership. I work with secondary schools in SE Wales with a high proportion of Communities First pupils to show them the opportunities for and advantage of continuing with STEM education in Further and Higher Education.

Memberships

I am an Associate Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and the John Snow Society. I am a member of Cardiff Conservation Volunteers and a member of the Soil Association.

External

I am actively involved in sustainability through membership of Cardiff Transition Core Group as well as participating in the Orchard Cardiff project and Taffs, the community currency for South Wales. I am a founder member of Farm Cardiff and can sometimes be found on Riverside Community Garden.

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