Oxford University Physics graduate, Kate started out as a trainee audio engineer for the BBC. She completed her training in the early 1990’s – despite already achieving success in front of the camera as a presenter for Tomorrow’s World. In 2003 she was awarded an MSc, studying at the University of Hertfordshire.
Kate’s presenting skills came to the attention of BBC producers in the early 1990s. She was talent-spotted taking part in a series of engineering lectures for schools. Her success in the BBC Schools series Techno led to her being offered a prize job in broadcasting – fronting the weekly live show Tomorrow’s World from 1990 to 1994! Building on her popularity with younger viewers, she went on to host the children’s ITV science programme Big Bang and then Radio 5 Live’s The Acid Test.
In 2010 Kate returned to the BBC to feature as a reporter for the Museum of Life – a 6 part documentary series on the amazing work behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum. Kate continues to present programmes and features as a contributor and commentator for news and current affairs.
While working for the BBC, Kate Bellingham was appointed President of Young Engineers and continued to promote science and engineering via a network of clubs in schools and colleges. Then, in 2010 Kate was appointed National STEM Careers Coordinator for the Department of Children, Schools and Families. Her focus was to enable all young people to be able to make informed STEM subject and career choices, and her report “Discovering talent, developing skills – Helping STEM employers engage with schools and colleges” created a roadmap for effective employer-education engagement.
In recognition of her contribution to promotion of STEM careers in the UK, Kate was awarded the UK Resource Centre for Women in STEM’s prestigious Women of Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011.
Kate continued on her personal mission to promote cross-STEM careers awareness to young people, parents and teachers, while finding new ways for employers to work with education: By 2004 Royal Academy of Engineering had awarded her its medal for the Public Promotion of Engineering. Then, in 2012 the Academy appointed her to work on a new engineering outreach development project, and she was invited to join its Cutting Edge Skills for Further Education Group. During 2014 Kate led STEM Innovation for Gazelle Colleges, combining this with her many speaking appearances and roles on various boards.
Since 2014 Kate has been focusing her huge energy and many talents on her personal goal – to encourage the involvement of girls in Engineering.
Kate regularly speaks at events, both for businesses and educational establishments, inspiring audiences as to what a career in the engineering field can offer from her own experiences and those of people she has worked with.
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