Conference Speakers

The inaugural Academy9 Conference: Building a Legacy welcomed an inspirational line-up of industry and education speakers.

Rebekah Watson
Ambassador for Women in Aviation and Engineering, Menzies Aviation
With a background in aircraft engineering, flying, operations, commercial, and management, Rebekah brings a comprehensive and unique perspective in growing, innovating and developing business needs in the aviation industry, and now motivates and inspires others with a focus in STEM related development.


Ollie Bray
Global Director for Connecting Play and Education at the LEGO Foundation
With over 20 years of experience in all aspect of education, Ollie leads on the LEGO Foundation’s work related to education improvement through the use of technology and play. He was previously headteacher of Kingussie High School.

Click to view: Academy9 Conference – Keynote presentation – Ollie Bray, Lego Foundation


Kate Myers
Head of Skills and Employment at HS2
Kate leads the approach to skills, employment and education (SEE) for the £55bn HS2 programme, delivering objectives of the SEE Strategy, ensuring the supply chain meet their skills and employment requirements, and leading the HS2 education programme.

Click to view: Academy9 Conference – Keynote presentation – Kate Myers, HS2


Aileen Hamilton
STEM Learning
As Operations Manager for the STEM Ambassador Hub in the West of Scotland, Aileen oversees 2,800 volunteers from industry and academia who inspire young people into STEM subjects as part of the national STEM Learning programme. Prior to entering the education sector in 2001, Aileen worked within the private sector as a hardware design engineer.

Click to view: Academy9 Conference – Keynote presentation – Aileen Hamilton, STEM


Ian Menzies
Education Scotland
Ian is a Senior Education Officer within Education Scotland, the Executive Agency of the Scottish Government responsible for quality and improvement in Scottish education. Ian leads on supporting the science curriculum for 3-18 year olds, and contributes to the development of STEM approaches nationally to support the implementation of the STEM Education and Training Strategy.

Click to view: Academy9 Conference – Keynote presentation – Ian Menzies, Education Scotland


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