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Dr Ajay Sharman Chair of Trustees

Dr Sharman is Regional Lead for STEM Learning Ltd across London & South East. Dr Sharman manages the key operations for STEM Learning across the region, including; managing the STEM Ambassadors programme, volunteers from a wide range of STEM related jobs and disciplines across the UK, offering their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers; managing nine Science Learning Partnerships, supporting continuing professional development for teaching staff and the STEM Clubs programme. The organization ensures all young people have a positive attitude to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), so that they are more likely to choose STEM careers in the future.

Previously Dr Sharman was Technical Director of Viridian, commercialising solutions for treatment of contaminated air, land and water, winning Kent Business Innovation and Environmental Awards. Dr Sharman then joined an FMCG, Reckitt Benckiser, as Global Technology Manager, in Household Cleaning and Healthcare, specialising in Biologics. This was followed, by a Commercial Technology role at Oxford, before supporting and leading on SEEDA’s STEM skills agenda before moving to STEMNET. Dr Sharman has been Chair of Governors at Parkside Community School in Canterbury for over 4 years, overseeing two Ofsted inspections. He remains a Governor at the Whitstable School, in addition to his role as Chair of Trustees at the Dartford Science & Technology College. He is a passionate sportsman, playing squash, golf and football in his spare time, often seen cheering on his beloved Chelsea at the Bridge!

Anne Davis

Anne Davis is the Principal of Dartford Science and Technology College. Anne started her career in Welling teaching Maths at the school she once went to. She moved on for promotion at Townley Grammar School for Girls and then spent three years there before moving to Dubai to work at a girls’ school in this fast developing country. After a further three years, Anne took up a Head of Maths post at Longfield Upper School, which then became Axton Chase School. Here she moved through the ranks, still teaching Maths but becoming a Senior Leader and eventually Deputy Head. Once the school became part of The Leigh Academy Trust, Anne was a founding Principal of the Matisse College within the newly formed Longfield Academy. She joined DSTC in September 2016 after 7 years as Principal at Longfield.

Anne’s interests include – swimming, cycling and boot camp style training and enjoys reading and going on long walks with friends.

Geoffrey Prout

Geoffrey Prout is the Chair of Governors at DSTC.

Tony Smith

Tony Smith was educated at the Gilberd School, Colchester, and the University of Hull, later gaining an MA in Education at the University of Greenwich. He began his teaching career at a boys’ secondary modern school in Clacton-on-Sea and went on to work in three Essex comprehensive schools, two as Head of English, and one as Deputy Head. For 23 years he was Head of Dartford Grammar School, which had high community involvement, for example in its development of joint-use facilities for sport and the arts.

Since retiring in 2009, he has worked as a consultant and a Senior Secondary Improvement Adviser for the Kent County Council.

Lorraine Smith

University of Greenwich, Programme Leader for Secondary and Lifelong Learning Teacher Education.

After completing my PGCE at Durham University, I worked in Toyohashi, Japan for a couple of years teaching English to a wide age range of learners and in different contexts. After returning to the UK I completed my induction as a secondary science teacher in Buckinghamshire. At this time I progressed to subject leader and head of department roles. Since completing my EdD I moved into higher education at the University of Greenwich as the science subject leader then the programme leader for secondary and lifelong learning teacher education where my experience of secondary education and working with other age ranges in other contexts have been beneficial.