Dr Ajay Sharman is Regional Lead across the South East for STEM Learning Ltd, a UK-wide organization that works with thousands of businesses and schools to promote all aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to young people, so that they are more likely to choose STEM careers in the future. STEM Learning also ensures that industry and research organizations that employ STEM-educated role models (STEM Ambassadors), are productively linked to schools and colleges to inspire a new generation.
Previously, following the completion of a PhD, Dr Sharman eventually became Technical Director of Viridian, a spin out company of the University of Kent, commercialising solutions for treatment of contaminated air, land and water, globally, working across a number of key businesses and research organisations. While at Viridian, Dr Sharman was part of a team developing a biotechnology solution to clean up solvent contaminated air, through a BIOVOX system, winning Kent Business Innovation and Environmental Awards. In addition Viridian supported the development of a process to remediate contaminated land containing heavy metals with BNFL. Dr Sharman then joined the FMCG, Reckitt Benckiser, as Global Technology Manager, in Household Cleaning and Healthcare leading on team within the New Technology Group, specialising in Biologics and supporting the drive for innovation in healthcare and household cleaning. This was followed, by a Commercial Technology role at University of Oxford, aiding academic researchers develop and commercialise opportunities, supporting ‘spin-outs’ and ‘spin-ins’ and catalysing key industry relationships at the Begbroke Science Park. This role led to a secondment with Regional Development Agency, SEEDA, to drive forward the South East’s STEM skills agenda, before moving to STEMNET (formerly SETNET) and then STEM Learning Ltd.
Dr Sharman has been a Governor and Chair of Governors at Parkside Community School in Canterbury for over 8 years, overseeing two Ofsted inspections. Dr Sharman continues to be a long standing Governor (over 12 years), formerly Chair and Vice Chair of Governors at The Whitstable School. Currently a trustee at Dartford Science & Technology College (and former Governor), a new trustee for the AAAT and new Member of the Turner Schools Trust, while remaining on the pool of Governors for Kent County Council, after completing the National Chairs of Governors Leadership Development Programme. Dr Sharman balances a busy family life with playing sport himself and as passionate football fan, cricket fan, an American Football freak and an over-enthusiastic squash player, he is often seen ‘cheering on’ his beloved Chelsea at the Bridge!!!