New Chief Executive for ASE

Following the announcement by Shaun Reason, the current Chief Executive, that he will retire at the end of August 2019, we are delighted to announce that Hannah Russell will become our new CEO from September. Hannah joins us from the Biochemical Society where she is currently Director of Society Programmes, leading the Society’s outward-facing activities, including education, training, policy, public engagement, conferences, marketing and communications. Having originally trained as a secondary science teacher, Hannah moved into learning and development at Barclays before returning to science in 2003 as an education manager at Wellcome. There she worked on projects as diverse as the development of the National Science Learning Centre (now National STEM Learning Centre) and ‘Primary Horizons’ research which set out to explore teacher’s views and experiences of primary science education and identify ways in which it could be improved. After taking a short career break to look after her two children, Hannah returned to STEM in 2013 as part of the Gatsby-funded EngTechNow project, a major UK initiative to raise the profile of engineering technicians through professional registration. She joined the Biochemical Society in 2015 as Head of Education & Training, moving into her current role as Director of Society Programmes in 2017.

Commenting on her new role, Hannah said:

‘I’m delighted to be joining the ASE as Chief Executive and to have the opportunity to work with the staff team, Trustees, Committees and wider membership to take forward the excellent work led by Shaun. It is a privilege to be joining such a well-loved and well-respected organization, especially one in an area so close to my heart. I look forward to building on the ASE’s strengths and exploring new opportunities to support our community.’