During my Parliamentary career, after my constituency work, one of my key focuses has been the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in all its guises across Parliament.
Between 2010 and 2019 I sat on the Science and Technology Select Committee and chaired the Select Committee between 2016-2017, before the Lib-Dems took over the chairmanship.
Currently I chair the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee which publish ‘Science in Parliament’ quarterly, as well as co-chairing the APPG for Artificial Intelligence.
I have also strongly promoted and encouraged the STEM industry to embrace equality and diversity. In my role on the board of the CIC Big Bang Education I assists with organising the Big Bang Fair each year, an event to inspire young people from all backgrounds into STEM.
Awards and recognitions for Science and Technology:
- An Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the engineering profession
- Previously the Government Envoy for the Year of Engineering
- Awarded for Services to Innovation by the Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange
- An Honorary STEM Ambassador