What We Do
TeenTech runs lively initiatives with a supporting Award scheme to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology. We work collaboratively with companies, Universities, business organisations and education business partnerships to build sustainable and imaginative programmes focussing on regions of greater social need in the UK and Europe.
We are an award winning, industry-led organisation, founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help the “X Factor” generation understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary workplace.
All our activities are part of a coherent structure which enables learners, teachers and families to take new found interests and enthusiasms further.
TeenTech has won several awards including Best Engineering Event in Science and Engineering Week and has been recognised for the quality of our work to improve diversity by WISE, who presented CEO Maggie Philbin with an award for Best Outreach and Engagement.
Our alumni shine nationally and internationally, acting as powerful TeenTech ambassadors, helping thousands more young people recognise and develop their potential.
Who We Are
HRH Duke of York , KG – Patron of TeenTech CIC
We are delighted to have had HRH the Duke of York KG as an enthusiastic patron since 2013 . Our TeenTech Award winners are hosted by the Duke of York at Buckingham Palace every year.
Board of Directors
Maggie Philbin – CEO and Co Founder
Maggie Philbin has worked for over 30 years as a science and technology reporter, from Tomorrow’s World to Bang Goes The Theory. She has consistently worked to help improve diversity in Science, Technology and Engineering and co-founded TeenTech in 2008. She is President of the Institute of Engineering Design, Chair of the UK Digital Skills Taskforce, serves on the STEM Commission for Haringey and is an honorary member of the Women’s Engineering Society. Maggie says:
Britain is in the midst of another industrial revolution and only by engendering the spirit that allowed us to thrive so well in the first will we succeed in the next. For this to happen we need our young people to see technology and related applied sciences as a future not which they might just benefit from but which they can help create. If you have the right skills, if you have the right network, if you have the right attitude, this is a time of opportunity. We have to make sure we equip everyone in the UK for the digital revolution. Not just a fortunate few
Beverley Tew, Non-Executive Director TeenTech CIC
Beverley is a chartered accountant and former Group Finance Director of the BBC. After a 20 year career at the BBC she is now a Crown Representative for the Cabinet Office helping central government manage their large commercial contracts in the technology sector. She has also worked in the children’s charity sector for over 10 years, as the Trustee Treasurer and Audit Committee Chair for Children in Need and as a member of the Finance Board of Plan UK, the international children’s charity. She qualified as an accountant with Ernst & Young and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) and a fellow and Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Procurement (CIPS).
Beverley says: There is nothing more rewarding than inspiring and supporting young people to become the best that they can. Here in the UK we need to do more to encourage our next generation to pursue a career in science and technology and TeenTech is helping to do just that by showing our young people the array of exciting opportunities that are open to them. I am proud to play a small part in this important initiative.
Andy Wilson, Chair and Non- Executive Director TeenTech CIC
Amy Wettenhall, Non- Executive Director TeenTech CIC
Amy is Commercial Director of Ericsson’s global Consulting and Integration business and has over 10 years’ experience in the Media, Telecommunications and Transport sectors. Amy has a detailed understanding of technology sourcing business models, of varied complex technologies at an enterprise level, and is considered a strong commercial specialist. She is responsible for commercial strategy setting for the vast portfolio of Ericsson’s consulting, ICT services and integration offerings in addition to providing thought leadership, tools, and working with regional leads to build commercial competence in this key growth business line of our business
As a global community business priorities across all sectors are increasingly dependent on technology, many forms of which are converging and interdependent. This raises the profile of STEM disciplines in many varied career opportunities of the future. We have a collective responsibility to prepare students for this as maturity in the these disciplines will be critical to social, economic and environmental progress for future generations. Having been involved in the Teen Tech awards I recognise first hand a model which is successful in fostering knowledge sharing, mentoring, and building a working community which benefits students and teachers. I’m excited to be part of the TeenTech journey and to continue to be inspired by the bright minds of our future.
Darren Thomson, Non-Executive Director TeenTech CIC
Darren is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice-President of Technology for the EMEA region at Symantec Corp. With overall technical responsibility for strategic propositions at Symantec,he is currently responsible for the development and delivery of IT Risk Management, Cloud Computing & “Internet of Things” programmes to major clients. He is currently active in “Smart City” projects across Europe and is a founding board member of the UK’s “Hyper/CAT” IoT Advisory Board (technical advisory to the UK Government and the Mayor of London in 2016). Darren is a regular contributor to various media publications and appears regularly on podcasts, television and radio programmes across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa. His is also a regular blogger and his recent blogs can be found here : http://www.symantec.com/
Darren says: I’m passionate about he cause and the methods employed at TeenTech and, in particular, I’ve always been impressed by the way the TeenTech Awards not only encourage students to develop high quality tech projects but to become powerful ambassadors for the industry. At Symantec, we have continued to work with winners from previous years giving them opportunities to further develop their technical skills and explore the range of career possibilities that are available to them in the IT sector. I’m very proud and honoured to be part of the team.
Sandra Cooper, Non- Executive Director TeenTech CIC
Sandra has extensive experience of building relationships between schools, businesses and the local community. Whilst Director of Humber Education Business Partnership she collaborated with us from 2011, helping to take TeenTech from a local initiative to one running nationally. She has great understanding of the best ways to build a community around an initiative, helping to ensure its sustainability and greatly magnifying its long term impact.
Sandra says : TeenTech is inspiring in so many ways. Although intended to motivate young people, we know that teaching staff and employers learn so much from being involved. This has helped to rejuvenate the school curriculum and given a real boost to Science and Technology subjects. TeenTech helps students clearly see different pathways and provides opportunities for quality interactions with apprentices and graduates to understand the advantages of respective routes.
Fiona Hopkinson, Non- Executive Director TeenTech CIC
Fiona is an award-winning marketer, with over 15 years’ marketing programme management experience predominantly in the technology sector, for a diverse range of companies from IBM to start-ups. Fiona has worked in the UK and overseas, with international leadership roles covering Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. Her commercial sector experience has included a global role for the academic market, where she successfully established an industry-recognised programme for the university sector. Most recently Fiona worked at Alton Convent School, Hampshire as Development Director, where she drafted and collaboratively delivered the schools inaugural science and technology outreach programme – a community wide effort to generate awareness, interest and demand for opportunities in the sector.
‘ TeenTech was instrumental to the cultural transformation which took place at Alton Convent School. The programme provided a powerful framework to build mutually beneficial relationships with other schools and businesses – locally and internationally, – opening the eyes of all to a plethora of exciting possibilities. Through TeenTech, core skills of tenacity, communication and teamwork were further developed, recognised and celebrated. The students gained a ‘hands on’ understanding of the end to end process of technology development from initial concept, research and development, to marketing and finance. An insightful precursor to traditional work experience, creating an informed talent pipeline. The reach and impact extended significantly beyond the direct participants to the wider community of pupils, parents and teachers. I am delighted to support TeenTech’s mission to inspire the next generation of innovators – I have seen first hand the difference it can make’
Dani Longhurst, Project Manager – TeenTech Awards
Through my experience of working at an Education Charity, and as a parent of teenagers, I know just how vital it is to engage students in an innovative way about the world of work. TeenTech does this in a very exciting and hands-on way and I am thrilled to be part of the team delivering these experiences to students across the country.
“I am very excited to join TeenTech, as it has a great track record of inspiring school children to discover a wide variety of career options and have fun along the way. I really admire how it uses its wide network of trusted partners to deliver on an impressive scale across the country. I look forward to supporting the team, especially as it moves into its 10th year of operation.”
Anna Sheard, Event and Programme Development, TeenTech CIC
I have been lucky enough to work with TeenTech over the last 4 years and have witnessed first hand it’s transformative effect on the lives of young people. TeenTech brings together a powerful group of companies to engage and inspire the next generation of technologists, engineers and scientists as well as supporting educators to help facilitate young peoples journeys to fulfilling their potential. If you are a young person who would like to find out more, or you work with young people, get in touch and start your TeenTech journey today!
Helen Wilson, Project Manager, TeenTech CIC
Working for an EBP and talking to employers it is essential that young people find out more about the world of work before they make important choices in their lives. TeenTech provides an amazing opportunity to enthuse young people to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow and I am proud to be part of the team.
TeenTech Advisory Group
“In my role as Founder of Tech London Advocates, Teen Tech is one of the most well-run and popular digital learning initiatives for young people that I have come across. Maggie’s leadership of the organisation is outstanding, and both the young people and the teachers involved with the Teen Tech events benefit enormously from the programme. It is a great asset for schools…and frankly for the nation”.
Russ is the Founder of Tech London Advocates, a global advocacy group of 2,500 senior leaders in the tech community, created to champion and accelerate the growth of London’s technology sector. Russ is a non-executive director and on the Advisory Boards of the L1Technology Fund, E2Exchange and Founders4Schools. He was appointed a London Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London in 2014. He is an angel and venture capital investor with Ariadne Capital. Previously, Russ held senior management positions at Skype, Telefonica/O2 and American Express and was CEO of a later stage mobile startup called Mobileway.
Professor Alan Woodward – Visiting Professor University of Surrey Alan began as a physicist at the University of Southampton. However, he developed an interest in computing early on through signal processing for gamma ray burst detectors, and so switched to engineering after his BSc. Hence for his post graduate research, he moved to the engineering faculty to develop computer based techniques for analysing and recovering complex signals, including audio and structural vibrations.
After leaving university Alan worked for the UK government for many years, for whom he still provides advice. He has particular expertise in, and continues to conduct research into, cyber security, covert communications, forensic computing and image/signal processing. Alan has been involved in some of the most significant advances in computer technology which have seen him gain a number of professional accolades such as being made a Chartered Engineering, Chartered IT Practitioner, a Chartered Physicist, and Eur Ing, as well as academic awards such as being elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Royal Statistical Society and British Computer Society.
Alan says :
Technology and Engineering are our future. TeenTech is so rare in recognising this. There are numerous initiatives to involve young people in understanding science but TeenTech is one of a very select few that shows the next generation how it can be applied. I was delighted to be asked to be part of what I see as a vital task: engaging young people to be part of shaping our future rather than just being passengers on someone else’s journey.
Sue O’Hare, European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre Operations Manager at STFC – STFC
Dr Sue O’Hare is a knowledge transfer professional working in innovation and enterprise at the interface between research and business. She currently manages the European Space Agency’s UK business incubator (the ESA BIC) at the STFC Rutherford Laboratory at Harwell, Oxfordshire She has worked in universities and companies, was a non-exec director of TeenTech for four years and is also Immediate Past Chair of the knowledge transfer professional association PraxisUnico, a Tech London Advocate and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators.
“TeenTech opens eyes, bridges gaps and builds new relationships. I first saw it in action in East London creating a buzz, raising aspirations of young people and teachers, and inspiring a blog by one of the business ambassadors saying how it had relit his fire. I’ve had so many opportunities through my career in technology and I’m delighted to help inspire the technologists of tomorrow.”
“I’ve spent much of my career working in Technology at the BBC and was privileged to serve on the TeenTech board for five years. TeenTech enthuses the Scientists, Engineers and Technologists of tomorrow that the UK so badly needs and to help UK industry to bridge the gulf to attract and retain them”.