Leslie Whyte-Venables is Regional Network Lead for STEM Learning in London. Leslie has a background in volunteer management; education business link and work related learning. She has been involved with the STEM Ambassadors programme since its inception and has Local Authority Education policy and planning experience as well as a corporate banking and CSR background.
Leslie takes a lead across STEM Learning to raise awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion issues across programmes, partners and organisation. Recent successes include engaging STEM Ambassadors, their employers and the STEM Learning team in Google’s #IamRemarkable programme to raise awareness of personal achievements and self-promotion for under-represented groups. Through her work with Teach Computing she is helping to raise the profile of exciting careers in digital and computing for girls; as well as working to encourage more girls to consider Maths A-level and Further maths.
STEM Learning’s vision is to achieve a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK. Supported by a unique partnership of Government, charitable trusts and employers, we are a national not for profit organisation dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers. We facilitate STEM inspiration activities and CPD for educators including face-to-face and online CPD, student placements with employers and academia, resources, STEM enrichment and engagement activities for young people and manage the STEM Ambassadors programme of some 30,000 + STEM related volunteers. Our UK- wide networks include STEM Ambassador Hubs, Science Learning Partnerships, Computing Hubs, partners in SWANI, employers and supporters.