Kate Bellingham didn’t set out to become a TV presenter but was ‘spotted’ whilst working for the BBC as an electronics engineer and invited to audition for a Schools TV programme, ‘Techno’. Having embarked on a career in ‘show biz’, her engineering background, along with a degree in physics from Oxford University and experience as a computer programmer, came in useful during her four years as a presenter on the flagship science and technology programme ‘Tomorrow’s World’.
Kate went on to present her own weekly programme on Radio 5 Live, ‘The Big Bang’ on Children’s ITV and other programmes for the Open University, BBC Schools and Channel 5. Subsequent broadcasts included a seven-part science series for the Open University, an engineering series for BBC2’s ‘Learning Zone’, ‘Testing Times’, a series for Radio 4 about the challenges faced on major engineering projects and a series on maths for BBC Schools Radio. Her most recent broadcasting work was co-presenting the BBC2 series entitled ‘The Museum of Life’ about the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum in London.
Kate is the former Government STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Czar. Currently she is the Education Ambassador for the 3 year Bloodhound Engineering Adventure – Richard Noble’s latest World Land Speed Record attempt aiming for 1000mph
Kate also regularly hosts conferences and seminars for major companies and is very much involved in projects promoting science, engineering and technology to the general public. She is President of Young Engineers, the national network of engineering clubs in schools and colleges, and sits on the Knowledge Management Board for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and is an advisor for WISE – Women into Science, Engineering and Construction.
In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Technology by Staffordshire University in recognition of her work. In 2003 she obtained an MSc in Electronics with distinction at the University of Hertfordshire. Kate was awarded the ‘Public Promotion of Engineering’ Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2004, and between 2006 and 2008 she qualified and worked as a secondary school maths teacher. In May 2011 Kate was awarded a ‘Women of Outstanding Achievement Award’ for Communicating Science, Engineering and Technology to Society by the UKRC.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Kate Bellingham
Richard Green, Chief Executive, The Design and Technology Association
On behalf of everyone at the Design and Technology Association I would like to thank you for the fantastic job of compering our Awards ceremony earlier this month. The evening was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended and your contribution was undoubtedly a major factor in this. Due to your ability to manage the presentations so smoothly we were able to read more of the citations than we had expected and finish ahead of time. You were also able to communicate the importance of the subject to everyone present.
Sir Michael Moore KBE LVO, Director General, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
I am writing to express my thanks and appreciation for joining us at the Shell Centre yesterday for the Institution’s Millennium Awards…. Your speech was precisely what we were hoping for. Engineering is so exciting and rewarding as a career and to hear you speak so eloquently about it can only help in inspiring more youngsters to enter the profession.