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Tech veteran is new chairman

Sibbald aims to keep Science Centre ‘relevant’

david-sibbald-stephen-breslinTechnology entrepreneur David Sibbald is to be the next chairman of Glasgow Science Centre.

He will succeed Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of Strathclyde University, who has stepped down after six years.

The board hopes the appointment of another leader from the business world will help to maximise the commercial opportunities for the Science Centre and attract additional investment.

In the six years under Sir Jim’s chairmanship, the Centre has grown its engagement programme to reach more people across Scotland and the north of England.

Glaswegian Dr Sibbald is currently the executive chairman of Aridhia and board chairman of Sumerian.

He is the founder and trustee of the education, care and micro-enterprise children’s charity the Kate MacAskill Foundation, and also the founder and chairman of the Johari Foundation.

Glasgow Science Centre chief executive Dr Stephen Breslin said: “The Centre is a charity with a mission to make science accessible for everyone.

“To maintain our momentum and to keep the Centre relevant in this fast-paced and commercially volatile world, we need a chairman who can guide the board and provide an entrepreneurial business focus to our activities.

“David is not only highly engaged with what we are doing, but is very driven in helping us achieve our ambitions.” 

Dr Sibbald said: “I like that the Science Centre helps to democratise science. The Centre is more than just a visitor centre – it will draw people through who might otherwise be ‘turned off’ or ‘scared’ of science.

“I believe that this outstanding venue will play a key role in driving forward education around the need to attract more people into STEM subjects and engaging kids, parents and teachers is part of that.”

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He added: “This is a really exciting time to join the team at the Glasgow Science Centre with lots of interesting plans in the pipeline as a visitor attraction and in increasing its corporate engagement.

“We need to keep the Centre relevant, and I am looking forward to getting my sleeves rolled up to move our plans forward to secure further funding and buy-in from external sources.

“It is vital that we engage with global industry and link with academics to offer them the opportunity to inform and engage the wider public in their work through the Centre’s skilled science communicators.”

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