Dr Julie Hyde CChem FRSC


Dr Julie Hyde started her chemistry career as an Analytical Chemist working for a large chemical company for several years, she also studied part-time on day release courses to achieve entry qualifications for University.  Julie studied full-time for her first degree in pure Chemistry at Queen Mary College, University of London.  After graduating, Julie moved into lecturing/teaching Chemistry in Further Education (FE), during the final 5 years at College she was Head of Department for Dental, Science and Animal Care.  Whilst teaching in FE, Julie studied part-time study for a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry and Crystallography at The University of Sheffield, which she finished after 9 years.  In 2007, Julie joined The University of Sheffield Chemistry Department as a University Teacher and was promoted to Senior University Teacher in 2014.  Julie manages the Schools Liaison Outreach Team, is the Course Director for Chemistry with Study in Industry also, Laboratory Manager for the joint BSc with Nanjing Tech University where she teaches in China for 3 months each year.

Julie’s involvement with the RSC started whilst at University. After graduation she became MRSC CChem and by 2001 FRSC. Julie has been a committee member for the Sheffield and District local section for many years holding various positions both locally and nationally, she is currently Chair.  Julie spent 6 years on the RSC National schools and colleges committee and 5 years on the NERED committee where she was involved in putting on national and regional meetings for teachers.  After being on the Curriculum and Assessment Group for a number of years, Julie was concerned that there was no place for chemistry teachers nationally to network.  Working with the RSC and the group committee, as Chair, Julie started the Secondary and Further Education Group (SaFE) which was launched in 2015.  Currently having three successful National Conferences in Sheffield and Birmingham, this group aims to do more to support teachers.

Mr Peter Calder MRSC


Now retired I was a Chemistry teacher for over 40 years. I studied Chemistry at Bangor University before working overseas. For the first 6 years I worked overseas in Uganda, Tanzania and Lesotho finishing off with 12 years in Papua New Guinea as a teacher, headmaster and curriculum advisor. Back in the UK I worked at Leek High School and Newcastle Under Lyme school. I was a professional mentor for Keele (Science and Psychology) and for MMU (Science). Whilst at Leek we ran a very successful Millennium Group with Staffordshire WI running 2 science conferences for 3 years.

I am an active member of the RSC and have contributed to N. Staffs local section at all levels, was Chair of the Midlands regional group and sat on the national Networks committee for 4 years. I was a Gatsby fellow and am a member of Miranda Net.

Other pastimes include walking and travel particularly to the Australian outback.

Dr Peter Hoare MRSC


Mrs Jessica Ball CChem MRSC

Ordinary Member

Jessica Ball studied for her Chemistry degree at Queen Mary College, London. Following brief periods as a laboratory technician in R&D at the MOD and ICI Paints Division, she took a career break, then worked part-time for several years as a school laboratory technician covering the 11-18 age group.

From 1995, she worked as a chemist for a waste management company where she gained practical experience in the management of hazardous wastes. She provided scientific and technical support on hazardous waste management, assisted at emergency incidents and carried out environmental monitoring. In 2001, she joined the RSC and gained chartered status.

From 2002, she became self-employed to work as a vocational assessor and trainer, achieving chartered waste manager (MCIWM) and her assessor qualifications. She has worked in this role for the past 15 years, assessing vocational qualifications in a wide range of industries and workplaces. She has been involved in the development of the vocational occupational standards for the waste management industry as well as writing course materials and providing training.

Jessica joined the SaFe group to help raise awareness of the range of vocational pathways available to students, including apprenticeships, through networking and the very successful national conferences.

Mr T Birt CChem FRSC

Ordinary Member

Retired Head of Science with Chemistry as principal subject. Teaching career has been mainly in schools but also, after retirement, in a tutorial and local college as a part-time lecturer. Throughout most of this period carried out duties as an assistant examiner and team leader for several examination boards including AQA [formerly NEAB], OCR and International Baccalaureate.

RSC roles have included Assessment and Curriculum Group secretary, Midlands Region Education Division secretary and treasurer and Birmingham and West Midlands Local Section secretary.

Dr Caroline Evans MRSC

Ordinary Member

Ms Julia Hatto BEM CSci CChem FRSC

Ordinary Member

My career has been a fusion of applied organic synthesis and the creation of industry-education partnerships in the pharmaceutical industry. I developed a series of flagship initiatives aligned with the education curriculum for students aged 9-18 which have inspired a future generation of young scientists. I also founded a successful Science Apprenticeship Scheme at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Horsham, which was regarded as an industry model for Higher Apprentices.

I am an Ordinary member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Council and former member of the Science, Education and Industry Board. I also an ex officio member of both the Secondary and Further Education group and the Downland Local Section. I was recognised with the Inspiration and Industry Award in 2009, received the Award for Service for creativity and passion in promoting chemistry in 2013 and was honoured with the British Empire Medal for service to the chemical sciences in the 2016 Queen’s birthday honours list.

I am now semi-retired and invest my energy in promoting chemistry at both public and education outreach events. I am also involved in promoting apprenticeships to both students and employers through my network and am an assessor for professional registration at RSciTech, RSci, CSci and CChem.

Mr D J Jones CSci CChem FRSC

Ordinary Member

Former Senior Teacher at Handsworth Grammar School (Birmingham) with responsibility for Staff Professional Development Performance Management, NQT Induction and the Titan SCITT Programmes, previously Head of Chemistry and Coordinator of Science. For several years was an Associate Tutor for PGCE Chemistry students in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, and was also the Villiers Park Educational Trust’s West Midlands Coordinator for Mathematics and Science.

Member of the RSC Education Division Secondary & Further Education Group Committee (and its forerunners, the Assessment Group and Curriculum & Assessment Group in various roles including Secretary and Treasurer). Vice-Chairman of the RSC Education Division Midland Region until the English Regions were dissolved in 2016. At one time was an RSC Birmingham & West Midlands Region Section Committee member.

Examiner and Area Moderator over the years with several examination boards at various levels in Chemistry and Science; former Chief Examiner for GCSE Chemistry. Currently a GCSE Team Leader and an Advanced Level examiner in Chemistry.

Secretary of the West Midlands Chemistry Teachers’ Centre, based at the University of Birmingham, and a member of the Association for Science Education West Midlands Region Committee.

Dr Andrew Markwick CChem FRSC

Ordinary Member

Dr Jane Morrell MRSC

Ordinary Member

Dr David Paterson CSciTeach MRSC

Ordinary Member

David is a Chemistry teacher at Aldenham School, Elstree, with a particular interest in making practical work more effective as learning activities, and in teacher support and development. He has worked with OCR and CLEAPSS to increase the amount of microscale practical activities used for teaching GCSE Chemistry, and writes a personal blog on a variety of aspects of teaching and learning. David has previously worked as Head of Chemistry and Science in schools in North Hertfordshire, and two years as a Chemistry Subject Advisor at the UK exam board OCR.

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Dr Keith Ryan CSciTeach CChem MRSC

Ordinary Member

Mr Samantha Turner CSciTeach MRSC

Ordinary Member

Samantha Turner has been a secondary school Chemistry Teacher since 2002. She undertook an Applied Chemistry degree at Nottingham Trent University, including a year in industry at a large oil formulation company in Derbyshire. She followed this up with a PGCE from the University of Nottingham and is currently working at one of the highest achieving state schools in the East Midlands as Key Stage 3 Science Coordinator having previously been Head of Chemistry and BTEC Coordinator.

Samantha achieved Chartered Science teacher status in 2015 due to the extra work she does in her department and outside of school, including links with University of Nottingham Chemistry Department. Samantha joined the Secondary and Further Education (SaFE) group of the RSC in 2015 after their first Chemistry Teacher conference and has helped to organise the 2nd and subsequent conference.