Helen Sharman became the first British astronaut in May 1991 when she launched on a Soyuz spacecraft to spend eight days orbiting the Earth, most of that time on the Mir Space Station. After her return from space, Helen spent many years communicating science and its benefits by speaking, presenting on radio and television and by organising science events for the public. More recently, she has worked as a manager at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and at Kingston University London. Currently, Helen is the UK Outreach Ambassador for Imperial College London.
Roger is Principal Lecturer for Enterprise in the School of Psychology, at the University of Lincoln. He is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was the 2016 recipient of the Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence. His teaching, research and consultancy centre around Character Strengths and Virtues- the positive qualities of character related to psychological wellbeing. He works extensively in psychological consultancy in the public and private sector.
David was a consultant anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital before becoming the country’s first professor of children’s anaesthesia. Taking up magic after retirement, he is an Associate Member of the Magic Circle and currently their Welfare Officer. He won the Fellowship of Christian magicians’ stage competition in 2014, and is a founder member of Woodford Wells Ecumenical Church. He and his wife Rita have four children and eight grandchildren.
Joshua Jay is a magician, author and lecturer. He is a former world champion of the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. He fooled Penn & Teller on their hit show, Fool Us, and appeared recently on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Joshua has consulted on magic for the US Postal Service and Game of Thrones, and he has performed at President Barack Obama's Inaugural Ball. He is currently starring in Six Impossible Things, an immersive magic show in New York City.
Annabel makes demonically delicious cakes & chocolates that look like the things your mother told you not to touch - let alone put in your mouth.
While at Cambridge University studying Maths, Colin learnt how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance, although not all at the same time. Since then he has worked as a research mathematician, a computer programmer, and an electronics hardware designer, taking time to give presentations all over the world (over 20 countries and still increasing!) on a wide variety of mathematical topics, including "The Unexpected Mathematics of Juggling".
Elin Roberts is Head of Public Engagement at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. She is a passionate communicator with a wealth of experience producing and presenting science shows. She has worked with scientists, presenters, teenagers and teachers helping them produce engaging performances. She trains presenters, drawing on her experiences of stages large and small, tame and terrifying to get the most out of their own technique. As a practitioner of science communication she still enjoys the sensation of dried PVA on her fingertips and the smell of freshly applied sticky back plastic.
Neil Kelso is a writer, theatre-maker, magician, musician, artist and serial entrepreneur. His career has spanned solo performance, collaborative multimedia art productions, and creative consultancy. He is the co-creator of acclaimed political musical theatre cabaret show These Trees Are Made Of Blood, co-founder of cabaret collective The House Of Q, and is an Associate Artist at Theatre Delicatessen. He lives in London and Paris.