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11 May, 2022 - 18:51 By Tony Quested

Weatherup and Marsh boost Cambridge Science Centre board

Serial entrepreneur Amy Weatherup and lawyer James Marsh of Birketts have joined the board of Cambridge Science Centre. Their expertise adds key skills to a board chaired by Dr David Cleevely and follows the end of tenure for long-serving John Short, formerly of law firm Taylor Vinters.

Amy has held senior sales, marketing and business development roles in startups and multinational companies and now focuses on helping to commercialise university research.

As reported in the Business Weekly Cambridge Torchbearers initiative, Amy was co-founder and marketing director of STNC, a venture-backed startup that was the first company in the world to put web browsers onto mobile phones and was acquired by Microsoft in 1999. 

More recently, she has focused on the commercialisation of university inventions and on helping the next generation of entrepreneurs develop the appropriate skills. 

She founded and runs the Cambridge University i-Teams programme where multi-disciplinary teams of students work to assess the best route to market for new university inventions; the initiative has already resulted in over 90 technology and life sciences startups taking wing.

Amy continues to work with technology startups as a Non-Executive Director at Audio Analytic, which brings a sense of hearing to a wide range of electronic products, and as a regular advisor to Martlet Capital, DeepTech Labs and TechNation. She said: “As a school governor for the past decade, I am focused on ensuring that all children, whatever their backgrounds, have multiple opportunities to learn and gain new skills. 

“The mission and vision of Cambridge Science Centre is to make STEM exciting and accessible to every child and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of their next stage of growth.”

James Marsh is a senior associate in the Private Client Advisory team at Birketts, a top 100 UK law firm, based in Cambridge. He has extensive experience in wills, trusts, tax, and probate. 

His clients include academics, business owners, high net worth individuals and other professionals. James has been a committee member of the Cambridge Law Society and the Cambridge branch of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). He has also been an enthusiastic volunteer to several organisations and museums. 

He said: “Given my lifelong love of learning, my enjoyment of museums, and my passion for inspiring others, I look forward to working alongside my co-trustees at Cambridge Science Centre to encourage a love of STEM subjects amongst school children.”

Chair and serial tech entrepreneur David Cleevely added: “I am very pleased to welcome Amy and James to our board. They bring the skills and expertise we need to achieve our ambitious strategy and objective to break down barriers to STEM and show future generations that no matter what their socioeconomic background, gender or ethnicity, STEM is exciting, inclusive and is ‘for them.’  

“Both will significantly impact and help us continue to improve and grow our services to the public, schools, and our local communities.”

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