We’re ‘over the moon’ to introduce some new faces to the team at Dynamic Earth! We wish them all the very best as they embark on their new roles, and we are looking forward to working together!
First and foremost, meet Mark Bishop, who has been appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer! Mark is joining us from the National Trust for Scotland where he has been Director of Customer & Cause since 2015, with responsibility for membership, marketing and fundraising. With his background in marketing, fundraising and many years of experience in leading roles of non-profit organisations, Mark is well equipped for his new role.
Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: “I’m delighted to be joining an important charity that is committed to inspiring children into STEM and a career in science, as well as making people of all ages aware of the wonders of the world. The importance of science has never been greater due to the threat of climate change, which is going to require the best brains to tackle the issues we face. The Charity understands this and going forward Dynamic Earth will not just tell the story of how Earth came to be, but what impact we can all have in determining its future.”
Professor Sir Pete Downes OBE, Chair at Dynamic Earth, added: “We’re thrilled to have Mark joining us at Dynamic Earth. He has vast experience in organisational leadership and fundraising, with a fantastic network in Scotland and across the UK, which will be of huge benefit to our organisation. We look forward to seeing him, together with the team, build on the solid foundation that he inherits, and we’re excited to work with him.”
We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks and best wishes to our outgoing CEO, John Simpson, for his incredible work and devotion to Dynamic Earth since we opened in 1999. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
New Trustee Appointments
Dynamic Earth is a charitable trust that works on a not-for-profit basis, and as such. we rely on the kind support of donors and funders to continue this important work. Our Board of Trustees are appointed on a voluntary basis for a fixed term, to help us achieve the goal of making our unique educational experience accessible to all. Trustees help us to set our strategic direction, and review & monitor Dynamic Earth’s work and activities, both financial and operational, supporting and challenging the Management Team in meeting the organisation’s mission and vision.
Our Trustees play a key role by bringing their own wealth of experience to inform strategy and to act as ambassadors & facilitators for Dynamic Earth. We are therefore delighted to welcome the following four people to our Board!
Candice Donnelly is Director of Corporate Law at Edinburgh technology company Skyscanner, where she has responsibility for corporate matters, including managing Skyscanner's global governance obligations and advising on the group's employee share schemes, intellectual property and real estate. She spent over eight years working in the strategic projects team at a UK challenger bank, and previously was a lawyer in corporate and commercial teams in private practice. Candice is a trustee and adviser for several local organisations, including a charity for young people with additional needs, and teaches on the postgraduate legal diploma at the University of Edinburgh.
Heather Reid is a physicist and meteorologist who spent 15 years as BBC Scotland's chief weather forecaster and presenter. During this time, she combined her TV role with promoting science and the impacts of climate change to young people and the general public. She now uses her science engagement experience as a freelance education consultant with a variety of organisations. Heather is a former Trustee of Glasgow Science Centre and a Past Chair of The Institute of Physics in Scotland. She is currently a Board Member of NatureScot, and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority.
Iain McCorquodale is the Head of Core Solutions for NatWest, accountable for the technology delivery and operations for the core of the bank. Iain joined RBS in 1994, working in one of the most heavily regulated, organisationally and technically complex and challenging industry sectors, and has held a number of senior roles in the Technology leadership team. Prior to joining RBS, Iain held roles in the defence sector (Ferranti and GEC Marconi Avionics) and Finance sector (Standard Life). He is the co-sponsor of Services’ Ethnically Diverse working group, and also co-sponsor of the Technology Climate group.
Dr Jenni Harrison
A PhD-qualified medicinal chemist and MSc qualified in digital education, Jenni is an inclusive, strategic thinker who leads on national STEMM initiatives, whilst mentoring others. In 2020, Jenni was a Women in Technology Western Australia (WiTWA) Tech[+]20 winner. Jenni is passionate about inclusion in STEMM – she is a current STEM Ambassador, an Athena Swan leader, a member of Women in STEMM (Australia), UN Women and WiTWA. Jenni is an Australian Institute of Company Director graduate, with substantial governance experience. She is also the former Chair of SHINE (Inspire Achieve Belong), a West Australian organisation supporting young female students to continue their education. Jenni is a former Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development Australia and Member of the University of Western Australia Academic Board.