Simon Segars

Simon Segars


He was the company’s 16th employee and has held a variety of roles from junior engineer to leadership positions in engineering and business development. He also led the development of early products such as the ARM7™ and ARM9™ CPUs that powered the first digital mobile phones, and holds patents in the field of embedded CPU architectures.

Simon is driven by a vision of technology that invisibly empowers people and businesses to improve social, economic, education and health outcomes for a globally connected population.


Matthew Postgate

Chief Technology Officer, BBC

As Chief Technology Officer, Matthew Postgate is responsible for the BBC’s technology strategy and all of its broadcast technology and IT services and systems.

Prior to his current role within the organisation Matthew was Controller, Research & Development. He was part of the management team that launched BBC iPlayer and was in charge of BBC mobile where he was responsible for building the corporation’s world leading mobile services.

Before joining the BBC, Matthew worked as a telecommunication consultant, was the director of an internet infrastructure start-up and worked at a digital strategy agency for clients including the Royal Mail, BT, Lloyds TSB, Visa and Qinetiq.

Matthew is being replaced by Ralph Rivera, Director of BBC Digital.


Dr Meghan Groome

Executive Director, Global STEM Alliance

Dr Meghan Groome is the Executive Director of Education at the New York Academy of Sciences which includes programs for primary, secondary and post-graduate students. Dr Groome is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous National Science Foundation Grants. Dr Groome joined the Academy in July of 2010 after spending almost three years at the American Museum of Natural History in the Government Relations and Education Departments.

Previous to her work at AMNH, Dr Groome was a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Governors Association.  Dr Groome completed her PhD at Teachers College Columbia University in Science Education and was a 2012 International Education Policy Fellow in China for the Institute for Educational Leadership.  Dr Groome graduated from The Colorado College in 2000 with a major in biology and theater and is a certified science teacher with experience teaching PreK through Graduate school.


Tom O’Leary

Director of Learning, Science Museum

Tom is the Director of Learning for the Science Museum Group* where he is responsible for developing, articulating and delivering the Group’s Learning philosophy, strategy and plans across all museums, all platforms and for all audiences. He joined in March 2015 from the Houses of Parliament where he was Head of Learning and Public Engagement for 8 years. Before this Tom worked at The UK National Archives for 10 years in a variety of roles, finishing as Head of Online Services and Education. Prior to this Tom taught history in the state sector. He is an experienced TEDx curator, a fellow of the RSA and has served as a trustee for the RAF Museum and Culture 24.

*The Science Museum Group consists of the Science Museum, National Media Museum, National Railway Museum and Museum of Science and Industry.


Maggie Philbin

Broadcaster and CEO, Teentech

Most people will know Maggie from her work on the much loved Tomorrow’s World and she has stayed on the pulse of science and technology ever since. Most recently a reporter on BBC 1’s Bang Goes The Theory, over the past five years she has also reported for BBC Breakfast, BBC Webwise, as well as heading up the BBC’s Digital Switchover. In 2008 she created an interactive science and engineering event TeenTech, which now runs across the UK, with a supporting Award scheme. The initiative has won several national and international awards. TeenTech are one of the partners for the BBC’s 2015 Make It Digital and micro:bit initiatives and work with over 5000 students every year. At the WISE Awards in 2012 she won the Communication and Outreach category of Women of Outstanding Achievement. In the same year she received an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from De Montfort University for “bringing a greater understanding of science and technology to the public.

In 2013 she was included on the Tech City Insider list of 100 people who are making digital London tick, and she was recognised by the Institute of Engineering Design for her work with TeenTech in promoting engineering design and the Institute invited her to become President, an office she took up in July 2014.


Prof. Danielle George

Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, University of Manchester

Professor Danielle George is Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and a Professor in the Microwave and Communications Systems research group at the University of Manchester. Danielle’s expertise in radio frequency and microwave communications has a wide range of applications across a number of industries.

To date most of her research and development work has been carried out on a variety of aspects relating to ultra-low noise receivers for Space and Aerospace applications. She is involved in the $1B astronomical instrument, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), is the UK lead for amplifiers for the $1B Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and has worked with NASA and ESA on the development of instrumentation for researchers exploring the Big Bang. She has also worked with agriculturists on the development of instrumentation to measure water usage, and with a number of multi-national companies such as Rolls Royce where she worked on industrial gas turbine engines.