The Association for Science Education

Chief Executive

Shaun Reason Biography - ASE Chief Executive 

With a degree in chemistry at Durham University followed by a PGCE at Cambridge University, Shaun entered the teaching profession providing twenty years of service to schools. He achieved roles as Head of Chemistry, Head of Science and Deputy Headteacher before taking on the challenges of headship at a failing school; the school quickly improved, receiving two positive Ofsted Inspections and achieving a dramatic increase in reputation and student numbers.

After seven years as a successful headteacher, Shaun made a career change to become Chief Executive of a careers company of 240 employees.  The role expanded and he became Chief Executive and Trustee of a Group Charity, where he was concurrently overseeing five companies across the education, not-for-profit, commercial and charitable sectors. In the educational sector, his recent work has included the delivery of careers guidance and work-related services to over 300 schools across seven local authorities.

Shaun has overseen the achievement of three ‘One Star’ awards and one ‘Highly Commended’ award from the Best Companies (the name behind the Sunday Times "Best Companies to Work For) and he has led successful Ofsted Inspections from the perspective of the leader of a school, a training provider, a Connexions service deliverer and a National Careers Service provider.  Further recognition has included national Training and Social Inclusion awards for a specialist educational service for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome; the Education Business Excellence Award for work-related learning provision; the National Work Experience Organiser’s Award, and the Matrix quality standard for the delivery of guidance services to both young people and adults. Until recently he was an active NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership) Consultant for the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers) and for the LftM (Leading from the Middle) national programme for middle managers in schools. 

He is currently a member of the Science Education Forum, the National Curriculum Science Expert Group, the National Science CPD Forum and the Education and Skills Policy Panel of the IET (Institution of Engineering & Technology).  Shaun also sits on the Schools University Partnership Initiative (SUPI) Advisory Board, the National Network of Science Learning Centres & Partnership Steering Group, as well as the Science Learning Consortia (Central England; London & SE England) Executive Board.

Throughout his diverse career, Shaun has retained his passion for science and has a keen interest in the support and resources required to facilitate excellence in the teaching and learning of science. Shaun’s interests outside education include running, swimming, surfing and attending sporting events. Shaun is married with four children.