Our Team

HQ Team

Since 2018, Arkwright Engineering Scholarships have been administered by The Smallpeice Trust, the UK’s leading STEM Education Charity with over 50 years’ experience of helping young people develop the confidence to fulfil their potential. The team responsible for administering Arkwright Engineering Scholarships has been based at The Smallpeice Trust’s office since 2001.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships programme team, led by The Smallpeice Trust’s Chief Executive, is an integral part of the Trust and supported by a UK wide team, as shown below.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Programme Team:

 Front row, left to right:

  • Angela Bailey - Business Development Administrator
  • Poppy James - Administration Co-ordinator
  • Kate James - Senior Operations Co-ordinator
  • Georgina Hare (MInstF) - Third Sector Partnerships Manager
  • Katie Taylor - Administration Co-ordinator

Back row, left to right:

  • Simon Wilson - Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Programme Manager
  • Dr Alan R Begg (FIMechE FIMMM MA PhD)  - Company Chairman
  • Dr Kevin P Stenson - Chief Executive
  • Steve Kay - Private Sector Partnerships Manager


UK-wide Schools Liaison Officers

Liaison Officers are the 'backbone' of Arkwright's interaction with schools.

The team of Liaison Officers is made up of retired Headteachers, Teachers, Careers Advisors and Engineers. Liaison Officers are the face of Arkwright at local level, liaising with new and already-affiliated schools and mentoring our Scholars. The team is actively involved with the selection of candidates, delivery of Arkwright's events, and provides the Chief Executive with an up-to-date view of affiliated schools and Scholars.

Affiliated schools can direct any questions about the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships to the programme team or to their local Liaison Officer.

The Liaison Officers' team consists of:

  • North Scotland Region - Graeme Mitchell
  • South Scotland Region - Ian Bell
  • Northern Ireland Region - Sean Connolly
  • Cumbria & Lancashire Region - Phil Taylor
  • North East Region - Andrew Hayday
  • Cheshire, Wirral & Merseyside Region - Graham Collins
  • Yorkshire Region - Andrew Day
  • North Midlands, Peak District & Sheffield Region - Donna Barker
  • East Midlands Region - Tim Hayday
  • West Midlands, Worcestershire & Warwickshire - David Wright
  • East Anglia & Cambridgeshire - Sharn Crane
  • Herefordshire, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire - David Oyns
  • South West Region - Nick Moon
  • Mid Central Region - Carlton Forbes
  • North East London & South Essex - Stephen Cornish
  • South London & Kent Region - Matt Woodward
  • Middlesex & North West London Region - John Coleman
  • South East & South West London Region - Tricia York


Teachers' Working Group

The Working Group consists of highly-experienced teachers of Design & Technology and Engineering Science who, with the full backing of their Headteachers, ensure the rigour of the Arkwright Aptitude Exam.

The group consists of, from left to right in the above photograph:

  • Bob Johnstone, Whitgift School
    Director of Design Technology
  • David Dunn, Yarm School
    Associate Lecturer, T307 Innovation: Design for a Sustainable Future, Open University
  • Tessa O'Shea, Wimbledon High School
    Assistant Principal Moderator AQA GCSE Graphic Products
    Moderator AQA AS/A2 Product Design
  • Chair: John Coleman, Merchant Taylors' School Northwood
    Chief Examiner AQA GCSE D&T: Product Design
    Principal Moderator AQA GCSE D&T: Product Design
  • David Sherriff, Alva Academy
    Faculty Principal Teacher of Technology
     Until October 2016 - replaced by Bill Cumming, Principal Teacher of Technical, Hyndland Secondary School, Glasgow; Principal Assessor National 5 Engineering Science; Senior Verification Team Leader National Qualifications - Engineering Science; Team Verification Leader National Qualifications - Design & Manufacture
  • Jeff Draisey, Balcarras School
    AQA GCSE D&T: Product Design - Assistant Principal Moderator, Controlled Assessment Advisor, online trainer/in-school support
    AQA GCSE D&T: Short Course - Assistant Principal Moderator, Controlled Assessment Advisor
    Co-author AQA endorsed, Nelson Thornes GCSE D&T: Product Design textbook
    Co-author Nelson Thornes KS3 D&T Resistant Materials textbook
  • Amanda Attfield, Park High School
    Head of D&T
  • Keith Wilkin, The Perse School
    Head of Engineering Technology
    Teacher of GCSE and 'A' level Systems and Control

With their expertise in the fields of Design & Technology and Engineering Science across the country they set the Aptitude Exam, mark the candidates' scripts and assist with the interviewing of shortlisted candidates. The group provides advice on the developments in the various UK STEM curricula, to ensure that Arkwright is providing affiliated Schools and Sponsors with a scheme which supports their needs.