The Team

The Team

At UK STEM we are proud to bring in team members from different creative backgrounds. By bringing together a wide range of expertise into STEM innovation, the STEM Partners can manage significant education development projects and achieve levels of engagement that hasn’t previously been explored in STEM Activities.

Mike Cargill

Director

“What makes me tick? The development of people through exciting, challenging, appropriate and engaging activities. This applies to both young and old and to those from all walks of life”

Ali Cargill

Director

Ali’s first degree with Exeter University was in English with Drama and Education, and she went on to earn a master’s degree with Distinction in Creative Writing. She has previously published a novel for young adults and a study guide on ecocritical theory, and has written online and print A-level resources for the education resource provider, York Notes. She has also worked with a brain-injured client to assist him in writing his memoir.

Ali is now in her third year as doctoral researcher in creative writing with the University of Hull; her thesis explores the dynamic potential in both created and remembered fiction to articulate the pain of grief. Her work is underpinned by  postmodernism, feminism and the Gothic. Ali also has research interests in women’s contemporary nature writing.

Sally Richardson

STEM Associate leading on Global STEM Award and International Links

Caroline Fielder-Shattell

Business Development and Partnership Manager

“It’s chicken soup for my soul”

Beckie Cargill

UK STEM Associate

“I get to be a role model for females in engineering. Seeing the look on someone’s face when they realise they are are doing engineering – and enjoying it – is really rewarding”

Beckie graduated from the University of Hull in 2020 with a first-class BA in Criminology with Forensics. During her time there, she was awarded ‘Best Finalist in Criminology 2020’ and three academic performance awards in the following modules: Understanding and Interpreting Qualitative Data Analysis; Learning Together: Desistance from Crime; Sex Work, Policy and Crime. In addition, her dissertation was published on the Student Research Journal for Criminology and Sociology at Hull.

In 2021, Beckie completed a PGCert at the University of Manchester in a PGCE Primary with Maths. Although choosing not to go into the classroom to teach, she continues to be passionate about education (in particular maths and computer sciences). The values she brings into her work at UKSTEM reflect her belief that education should be accessible and enjoyable to everyone.

Beckie is now partway through an MA in Applied Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she hopes to look at the impact that education could have on some of the more vulnerable groups in society.

Chloe Cargill

UKSTEM Educational Resources Developer and Conservation Advisory

Chloe is a graduate in Conservation Biology and Ecology from the University of Exeter (2018) and a voluntary STEM Ambassador for the Yorkshire & Humberside and South West Peninsula regions. She has a working background in community-led conservation in rural Sri Lanka and, most recently, as an Intern and Research Assistant with the Kaikōura Ocean Research Institute in New Zealand. Her research interests are ornithology and ecosystem ecology, with a special enthusiasm reserved for penguins and other marine birds. She strongly believes in the importance of communicating primary research effectively through public engagement and education, particularly that which empowers young people. It is these values that she channels into her work for UKSTEM whilst developing the Global STEM Award and assisting with outreach sessions.