Chairperson of Midlands Science, Dr. Craig Slattery said,
“On behalf of the current board of Midlands Science, I am pleased to welcome Caroline and Aisling to join us during this period of exciting growth. Both new members bring an incomparable wealth of leadership, experience and strategic vision in the relevant areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and their expertise will further enhance the proficiency of the board as we continue to build deeper relationships with schools, partners and colleagues within the STEM education sector here in this region and beyond. Science opens the doors to many jobs in a wide range of sectors but in order to ensure the availability of more skilled scientists and engineers locally, a sustained and collaborative effort of science education promotion is necessary. These new appointees will join existing members to guide Midlands Science in its wide array of programmes and partnerships to help foster the future local STEM workforce.’
Caroline Brazil is a native of Co. Offaly, a graduate of Waterford IT where she studied Languages & Marketing and is Global Business Owner for Time and Expenses in Accenture. Caroline is the current Chairperson of the Global Business Services Network of Ireland, a knowledge sharing forum of over 100 multi- national, indigenous & public sector companies.
‘I am very passionate about Inclusion and Diversity in all forms and am really excited to accept the board position with Midlands Science. I have been really impressed with the outreach work they are already doing in the Midlands and I am hopeful that I can use my experience and network to continue this fantastic work to our children in all of the Midland counties.’
Dr. Aisling Twohill has also been appointed to the board of Midlands Science and she is a lecturer in Mathematics Education, in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies at DCU. Aisling completed her PhD in DCU, wherein she examined the algebraic thinking of children attending primary school in Ireland, within the context of shape patterning. Her research interests encompass the complexities for teachers in facilitating meaningful mathematical thinking for all children, and also the perspective on mathematics held by teachers, children and others. Aisling encourages people to see both how enjoyable solving challenging problems can be, and how purposeful maths is in many areas of life.
Aisling said, “I am delighted to join the Midlands Science board and look forward to working together with my colleagues to continue to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education in the Midlands region and beyond. I am particularly interested in ensuring that as many children as possible grow to love maths as a subject and it is critical that this starts early, in younger classrooms, through fun and innovative ways of teaching at all levels. Maths is in high demand from employers recruiting across all industries and at national level, the government has become increasingly focused on stressing the importance of mathematical skills to Ireland’s economic future. It is important therefore for us to become more conscious of how to integrate maths into everyday activities and through my work with Midlands Science, I aim to ensure that we do more of this in the Midlands and really demonstrate that Maths is at the heart of so many careers and disciplines. We must continue to encourage our young people to embrace the subject which will hopefully help to lead them to a sustainable career into the future.’
Dr. Craig Slattery continued,
‘The addition of these directors complements our board of directors’ existing skills, energy and experiences and we are confident they will provide valuable perspectives and guidance as we continue to execute our strategy for the years ahead.’