Co-ordinators

IOP's international co-ordinators are volunteer members working on capacity building projects in the developing world supported by the Institute.


David Richardson
IOP International co-ordinator, Rwanda

David Richardson

David Richardson has been a Physics teacher for 13 years, and currently works at Clifton College in Bristol. 

He has a passion for enthusing teachers and young people in enjoying Physics, and spent 15 months touring the country for the Stimulating Physics Network with the “Ever Wondered Why? Roadshow”. 

He first became involved in Physics teaching in Africa in 2004 when he saw the need for practical apparatus in Rwanda. 

In the years since then he has worked on developing a workshop for producing apparatus in Kigali, training teachers and helping with projects in Rwanda, Addis Ababa and most recently Juba, South Sudan. 

He is married to Rachel and has a daughter called Olivia, and enjoys playing trumpet and driving his Kit Car (when the weather is good enough).


Gerry Blake
IOP International co-ordinator, South Sudan

Gerry Blake

After completing a Physics degree at the University of Reading Gerry taught science in Ethiopia with VSO, before returning to train at Chelsea College. His teaching career was based in Suffolk, spending over 20 years as Head of Science at the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles. In recent years he has written science text books, developed on-line A-level Physics resources and delivered professional development for the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme. He has helped present the Advancing Physics revision days and currently works for the IOP as a teaching and learning coach and as the teacher network coordinator in Norfolk and Suffolk. 

In July 2012 he returns to South Sudan for a second summer of Physics teacher training with David Richardson and is grateful to the IOP, the Diocese of Salisbury, and his wife for allowing him to go. Apart from teaching students and teachers, what gives him a buzz is designing apparatus, Norwich City FC and seeing his grandchildren on Skype from thousands of miles away.


David Wolfe
IOP International co-ordinator, South Africa

David Wolfe

Prof. David Wolfe holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at the Universities of Chicago, Washington, and New Mexico in the US. He served as Department Head at New Mexico for six years. His research was in high-energy experimental physics, working at most of the large accelerator centres throughout the world. Since coming to the UK in 2000, he taught at several secondary schools in and around London. He is presently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cape Town. He also lectures in the Summer School programme of UCT. He is also a founding member and current Director of the Oppenheimer Institute for Science and International Cooperation, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to problems in nuclear non-proliferation


Prof. Richard de Grijs
IOP International co-ordinator, China

Prof. Richard de Grijs

Richard holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. After postdoctoral research fellowships at the Universities of Virginia (US) and Cambridge, he spent nearly seven years as a member of staff at the University of Sheffield. Following intense collaboration with Chinese colleagues since 2002 and an honorary post as adjunct professor at the National Astronomical Observatories of China since 2005, he now holds a full-time professorship at the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, an international research institute associated with Peking University in Beijing. In addition to his scientific research achievements, he is heavily involved in making science accessible to the general public through numerous public-outreach engagements.


Christine Cleave
IOP International co-ordinator, Ethiopia


Dr Bill Poole
IOP International co-ordinator, Ethiopia

Dr Bill Poole

After an initial visit to Addis Ababa during October 2007, Bill is active in assisting the Institute in setting up support to schools in Ethiopia including teacher training and provision of equipment and resources. The model successfully used in Rwanda, provides the basis for the Ethiopian development work. Bill has 30 years experience in industry and works for DeltaRail Group in Derby as a consultant in wheel-rail contact mechanics and adhesion.


Laurie Mansfield
IOP International co-ordinator, The Gambia

Laurie taught physics for 35 years in a variety of English schools, for the last 21 years as Director of Workington Sixth Form Centre. He is an experienced A level and GCSE examiner, with an interest and involvement in curriculum development and assessment. He is making his first, exploratory visit to The Gambia in April 2011.

 


Roger Green
IOP International co-ordinator, Ghana

Roger Green

Head of Physics at City and Islington Sixth Form College for 20 years. After retirement from teaching was employed as a consultant by International Training and Education Consultancy (ITEC) responsible for teaching of physics teachers in Ghana 2008/9. From Nov 2009 to Nov 2010 was seconded to the Ghana Education Service as a science education consultant.

 


David Swinscoe
IOP International co-ordinator, Ghana

David Swinscoe

David has taught since the mid-1980s. Most of his career has been in the further education sector where he teaches physics and electronics. From 2004 he was coordinator of science at City and Islington College in London. In 2011 he took on a national role as Strategic Director for Science on the LSIS STEM support service, part of a team working with teachers to improve STEM teaching and learning in colleges and the wider learning and skills sector in England.

He works closely with several professional bodies and learned societies to promote and improve science, technology, engineering and maths education. For many years he has organised and run professional development courses for teachers. He is also a senior examiner and has wide experience of the formal assessment system in England with various bodies and works on curriculum development.

David gets around by bicycle whenever he can. When he is not writing or working he enjoys making things in wood, metal or stone.


Anna-Ulla Jansson
IOP International co-ordinator, Malawi

After completing her PGCE in combined sciences at the University of Bristol - during which she participated in a teaching trip to The Gambia - Anna has worked for IOP Publishing. She is working with fellow co-ordinators Eileen Nugent, Kristin Lohwasser and Olivia Roche in preparing physics workshops for teachers in northern Malawi.

 


Kristin Lohwasser
IOP International co-ordinator, Malawi

Kristin Lohwasser

Kristin is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford and is assisting fellow IOP co-ordinator, Eileen Nugent in putting together the workshop, finding teaching materials and inexpensive physics experiments for usage in Malawi. 

 

 


Eileen Nugent
IOP co-ordinator, Malawi

Eileen Nugent

Eileen is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford and is working together with a Charity called Ripple Africa (based at Mwaya beach in the Nkata bay region of Malawi) to provide physics and mathematics teaching workshops for the local schools. 

 

 


Olivia Roche
IOP International co-ordinator, Malawi

Olivia Roche joined the Institute of Physics Publishing after completing a DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Oxford in 2009. She is the publisher of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. She started work on the Malawi Project in 2010 and is currently focussing on writing a lab manual for physics teachers in Malawi along with the other co-ordinators: Eileen, Kristin and Anna.


Ellie Kirby
IOP International co-ordinator, Rwanda

Ellie Kirby, IOP International Co-ordinator, Rwanda

Ellie has enjoyed teaching physics in York and Leeds for 6 years. She has also taught Matriculation Physics in Cape Town. Working with fellow co-ordinator, Mike Vella, she is hoping to continue a successful project in Kigali, Rwanda which was set up 6 years ago by David Richardson. So far the project has included setting up a workshop to make practical equipment, teacher training workshops and sharing ideas with Rwandan schools. 


Joe Brock
IOP International co-ordinator, Tanzania

Joe Brock has 20 years teaching experience in both comprehensive schools and sixth form colleges but was originally trained as an Electronics engineer working in the process control and defence industries. Joe, whose subject specialisms are in Physics and Electronics, is Head of Faculty for Science and Maths at the College of Richard Collyer.

The sixth form college gained Beacon status for Science in 2006 part of which involved training non specialist Physics teachers to teach Physics. Joe received the Industrial Trust Award in 2007 and a National Teaching Award in 2008 both in recognition for his work with industry - college links.

Joe has written a number of training books including ‘How to Teach Waves’ and ‘GCSE Electronics’ and has worked with Nelson Thornes in producing electronic resources for A level Electronics. Following work in The Gambia with the charity PAGEANT Joe has developed a project that shows how to teach practical physics in any location using everyday items. The book ‘How to Teach Physics Anywhere’ to support the project is now in its third edition. Joe has coordinated the Institute of Physics project since 2009.


Mark Johnson
IOP International co-ordinator, Uganda

Mark Johnson

With a 1st in Physics and a PhD from University College London, Mark took a postdoc position at the Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart, and then joined the permanent staff at IBM’s New York Research Centre. In 1985 he returned to Europe, setting up a tech-spinout of the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, and later managed a development team at United Utilities. 

Since 2000 he has been self-employed, developing custom opto-electronic systems for industrial users, mostly in Germany and France.  Along the way he has benefited from Visiting Prof positions at the Universities of Salford and St Etienne, and from the IOP Africa project in Uganda.  His book “Photodetection and Measurement” was published in 2003.  One day he will decide whether he prefers working in industry or academia.


James Barr
IOP International co-ordinator, Uganda

Following an 8 year career as a pilot in the British Army, James began teaching physics at Highgate School, London, in 2009. He is working with a school in south west Uganda to establish a resource centre which will provide many other schools within the local area with access to physics equipment.

The centre already offers courses for teachers on how best to use apparatus and gives guidance and support on the inclusion of exciting, challenging but achievable practical physics in their lessons.


Stephen Wright
IOP International co-ordinator, Uganda

Stephen Wright

Stephen is a retired physics teacher having taught at eight very different institutions. He particularly enjoyed developing new experiments for school use including a Nernst calorimeter, an apparatus for Coulomb's law, several versions of a single crystal furnace and a copy of the Royal Institution wave machine.

 


 

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