Wendy is the founding Director of science made simple and a lecturer in Science Communication and Engagement at Cardiff University. Wendy is passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and communicators, and making STEM subjects accessible to more diverse audiences.
Wendy is a fellow of the RSA, University of Wales Trinity St. David, and the ERA Foundation and was formerly a member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales. She was the Chair and co-author of the Task and Finish report on STEM engagement in Wales and was part of the group behind the ‘Talented Women for a Successful Wales’ report for the Welsh Government.
Her first degree was in Physics and Music and she has always had an interest in combining science and the arts. She led the idea of an innovative non-verbal theatre show called The Experimentrics which has toured to over 15 countries and been a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has presented to a vast number of people internationally on various aspects of science and music including work with opera singer Greg Tassell to demonstrate the secrets of the human voice, and a project with Deafness Research UK to look at what we understand about hearing. She has an MSc in Science from the Open University with a dissertation on the long-term impact of science demonstration shows. Wendy is one of just a handful of people who is an EU Descartes Laureate in Science Communication – along with two of her own heroes David Attenborough and Bill Bryson. She has won a number of awards including the Leading Wales Award (Social Enterprise), Welsh Woman of the Year (Science and Technology), WISE Excellence Award and UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement.
Wendy loves to share her passion for the importance of diversity in science with audiences of all kinds, from pre-school nurseries to politicians after-dinner. She is a LAMDA accredited public speaker at the highest level, and she experiments with her own vocal chords with the wonderful Sing and Inspire choir.