Annette Smith has been Chief Executive at ASE since 2009. Previously, she was Director of Regions with the British Association for the Advancement of Science with responsibility for, amongst other things, the Young People's Programme, National Science and Engineering week, the CREST awards and the regional team. Her first degree was in Physics from the University of Liverpool and she subsequently gained a PGCE and a Masters in Science Education. Annette has wide experience of the world of science education, with teaching experience in adult and further education as well as in secondary school science. She has been a lecturer in primary science education, an LEA laboratory technician and worked in industry in environmental health physics and safety. Recently, she held the role of President of the European Science Events Association (EUSCEA) and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.