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’.
The Big Bang
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 Bellingham STEM Czar
Kate Bellingham 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 she is an adviser for WISE – Women into Science, Engineering and Construction.
In 1997 Kate Bellingham 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.