Chair of the Association

The Chair is a vital role to our Association and the elected chair provides an authoritative voice for the thousands of members ASE supports and the wider science education community. Elected candidates remain part of the chair trio for three consecutive years. The roles are assumed from the 1st August each year. 


The Chair Trio

ASE Chair 2020/21: Simon Quinnell

Simon is a teacher trainer at the University of York, but many members will remember Simon from his time at STEM Learning (formerly The National Science Learning Centre) where he ran numerous courses. These included practical work and biology, but he also played a central role in raising the professional profile of school science technicians through the STACS programme. Simon is a member of Yorkshire and the Humber region ASE committee, serves on the national technicians committee and runs popular hands on workshops at ASE conferences.

ASE Past Chair 2019/20: Janice Griffiths

Professor Janice Griffiths leads the Mathematics and Science Learning  Centre at the University of Southampton. She has been an active member of ASE since 2000 and has served on local and national committees and boards. She is passionate about developing regional activity to support members in their locality and promoting ASE membership to science educators.


Chair Elect 2020/21: Jane Turner

Jane Turner taught in primary schools in Hertfordshire and London. She co- instigated and is the director of the Primary Science Quality Mark, based at the University of Hertfordshire where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Education.  Jane is an Honorary Member of ASE and is the lead author of the 2011 ASE guide to Science Enquiry; It’s Not Fair Or Is it? which significantly influenced the Primary National Curriculum for Science, has contributed to several primary and early years education publications and research projects and is series editor for Snap Science. She has worked as an advisor to the DfE, the BBC and the Learned Bodies on primary science assessment and curriculum.