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A common purpose

Champion­ing equal opportun­ity

For those with a passion for technology and a desire to engineer a better world.

The Foundation will enhance and improve our charitable giving at a global level and will also support our operating companies and individual employees in their fundraising efforts. We recognise that the economic impact of COVID-19 may lead to barriers being raised for some young people to enter the field of science. To tackle this challenge, a key aim of the Foundation will be to improve access to a quality STEM education, to enable a cleaner, healthier and more productive world.

Foundation staff

Rebecca Levy

Rebecca Levy - Foundation Manager

Rebecca has over 12 years of experience working in the charity sector with a dual specialism in international logistics and fundraising. She has worked in the fields of animal welfare, healthcare and education; securing over £1,000,000 in funding for organisations and managing the delivery of services around the world.

Our Trustees

Derek Harding

Derek Harding - Chair

Derek is chief financial officer at Spectris plc and Chair of Spectris Foundation. Previously he served as group finance director at Shop Direct, CFO at Senior plc from 2013 to 2017. He previously held a number of group roles, including group financial controller, director of group strategy and investor relations, and head of mergers and acquisitions. Derek qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC.

Andrew Heath

Andrew Heath

Andrew is CEO of Spectris plc. He previously served as CEO of Imagination Technologies Group plc from 2016 to 2018 and before that was CEO of Alent plc. Prior to this, Andrew had a 30-year career with Rolls-Royce where he held a number of international and senior management roles, latterly serving as the President of Energy from 2010 to 2015. Andrew has a BSc in engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Loughborough University.

Yasmin Ali

Yasmin Ali

Yasmin Ali is a chartered chemical engineer in the energy sector, with experience in power generation, oil and gas, district heating, and managing energy innovation programmes. She is passionate about the future of energy, and an avid promoter of engineering careers. She has featured on television and radio, regularly presents at events, and writes about the achievements of engineers.

Karen Usher

Karen Usher

Karen Usher is a serial entrepreneur having designed and launched several companies in the human capital arena. Her most recent 10-year project involved the design, development and founding of NMITE, a new engineering higher education institution based in Herefordshire. Karen is focussed on ensuring that education at all levels is equitable, helps to truly prepare young people for their future lives, and educates them to effectively and meaningfully contribute to the challenges that they will face as our world evolves.

Kate Rylance

Kate Rylance

Kate is a senior user researcher at Monzo and previously led the Research and Design teams at The Very Group. With a background in consumer and organisational Psychology she is passionate about crafting experiences based on human behaviour and helping organisations to build digital products that customers love. Outside of work Kate plays an active role in the wider community as a women in tech mentor, she ran the first InnovateHer in-school tech for good course for 13-16 year olds and leads a bi-monthly Ladies that UX Liverpool meetups.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith CBE

Colin is an internationally recognised engineering leader with over 40 years' experience.

Having joined Rolls Royce as an engineering apprentice, Colin advanced to be Group President in 2016 serving on the main board since 2005 as Director Engineering and Technology. He was awarded the CBE for services to Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Amit Argawal

Amit Argawal

Amit joined Omega in 2020 as President. Prior to joining Omega, Amit spent over 20 years with Thermo Fisher. He started his career in finance, before spending fourteen years managing global businesses based in the US, Australia and India. Amit holds an undergraduate metallurgical engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India), a graduate engineering degree in materials science from the University of Houston, and an MBA in finance and strategy from Carnegie Mellon University.