Our Team

David Dangoor CBE
Honorary President

Dangoor Education provides opportunities across the entire learning spectrum, with sponsorship of Westminster Academy, Open University Massive Open Online Courses, STEM university scholarships, the Dangoor Centre for Medical Education at the Royal Society of Medicine and the Dangoor Centre for Personalised Medicine at Bar Ilan University. Dangoor Education’s sponsorship of the SSEF includes sponsorship of the new enviro challenges as well as UK, EU Space Design Competition and Galactic Challenges builds on the esteemed legacy of Sir Naim Dangoor, who supported the Competition for a number of years.

Marcus du Sautoy FRS, OBE

Prof. du Sautoy is the  Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Formerly a Fellow of All Souls College, and Wadham College, he is now a Fellow of New College, Oxford. He was previously President of the Mathematical Association, an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and a Royal Society University Research Fellow. His academic work concerns mainly group theory and number theory. In October 2008, he was appointed to the Simonyi Professorship for the Public Understanding of Science, succeeding the inaugural holder Richard Dawkins.

Dr Randall Perry
Founder of SSE²F

Dr Perry founded the charity, Space Science Engineering Foundation (to be become known as SSE²F, (E² adding “environmental”). The charity runs an array of STEM activities, such as the EnviroDC, within the UK and in the EU, Africa, and other international students. Dr Perry was a Royal Society Fellow at Imperial College London when he held the first design settlement event in 2008-9. An alumnus of the University of Washington, Dr Perry has held the US and Canada National Science Foundation Fellowship at Oxford University. His current focus is on education for students as potential industry professionals, utilising STEM.

Alison Ahearn

Director of Education

Alison Ahearn is  the SSE²F Programme Developer and chair of the SSE²F Advisory Board. She remains as a Principal Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London, teaching undergraduates and postgraduates in civil engineering law and management. At College level, she works with the Educational Development Unit on teacher-development and the formalising of systems for recognising the learning achieved by students outside the classroom. Alison joined UKSDC for its first London final and brings boardroom experience from her 10 years as Chair of the Zebra Housing charity (student accommodation).  Alison has a particular interest in industry-academic partnerships and versimilitude in project-based learning.

Jenny Lyons


Jenny Lyons has been with SSEF for more than a decade, evolving from a volunteer organiser into Director of Education and, latterly, CEO with a team of staff.  Jenny is an expert in the delivery of secondary school science education, having worked as part of a ‘flying squad’, sent to science departments to assist in raising standards. It was whilst working as a science teacher that Jenny brought a team of students to an SSEF event: the impact was so immediate, obvious and powerful that she became a Volunteer, assisting at competitions. 

As a Volunteer, Jenny became known for her skill in liaising with the trustees, the SSEF’s founder, the other volunteers, the sponsors, the UK Space Agency, diverse schools and regional universities. Enthused by the SSEF mission, she utilised her expertise, managing the educational and organisational change which has been fundamental to the expansion of SSEF’s work around the UK, EU and Africa, and in building a staff team whilst maintaining the ethos of a volunteer-strong charity. After a decade of events for school students, Jenny still takes a teacher’s delight in interacting with the students and in seeing the transformational impact of SSEF activities upon those young people.

Initially recognised and recruited by SSEF Founder, Randall Perry, Jenny maintains and promotes the founder’s original vision of a high impact, widely accessible industry simulation which provides an experience beyond any typical ‘school project’. With the staff team,volunteers, trustees and founder, Jenny has helped SSEF expand its efforts around the UK, into the EU and, recently, into Africa, whilst expanding across age groups, across disciplines and whilst handling the need to find income to fund the expansions. 

Beyond this, and because of this, Jenny is a champion for the power of SSEF as a volunteer-rich organisation, and finds joy in working with the large, diverse pool of talented volunteers and competition veterans who are so much a part of the SSEF’s world.



Sam Hession

Head of Events and Administration
Secretary to the Trustees and Board Administrator

Sam originally joined the SSE²F as the programme coordinator of the Global Space Design Challenge (GSDC), who’s sole purpose is to support the SSE²F charity. She has since become the secretary for the SSE²F and its overall Programme Coordinator. Sam is calm and efficient and as our Programme Coordinator, she enjoys using the super organised side of her personality to ensure that all our events run smoothly. Previously she spent 25 years providing world class customer service in the air with British Airways. Now that her wings have been clipped she is looking forward to being involved in all phases of the SSE²F charity programmes as well as organising and running the GSDC with the rest of the team. On her days off she can be found hanging out at the beach, paddle boarding, or officiating a basketball game.

Bethan Mann

IT, Web Master and Administration

Bethan has 12 years of experience in customer relations, working most recently for HSBC bank. She has also worked within adult and paediatric health care settings and has spent time abroad caring for children with special needs. Bethan is also an avid cook and has enjoyed employment as a chef and has even catered for re-enactment events in the past. Her focus is on developing worldwide Environmental Design Challenges (EnviroDC) for 15-18 year olds and Eco Meets (Eco Meet) for 9-14 year olds.
When Bethan is not working she likes to spend her free time with her family, taking her young son on trips out to national parks, sea-life centres and the zoo.

Corinne Barker

SSEF Junior Programmes Director

Corinne first competed in UKSDC in 2016/17 and was part of the EU team at the 2018 ISSDC. Since then Corinne has volunteered at in person and online UKSDC’s and GSDC’s, and ran the World Space Week Space Rangers competition. She finished her masters in Physics from Oxford University and now focuses on Galactic Challenge programmes for 9-14 year olds as part of our team. Corinne is often found rowing or coxing on the river and enjoys playing netball.