We are very proud of the fact that Linda is the first woman from Europe to be elected as Chair of the Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC), a body which represents more than 660 centres from over 50 countries. Linda is also a former board member of the European Collaboration of Science and Discovery Centres (Ecsite) and former Chair of its UK equivalent.
In recognition of her outstanding service to science and science education in North East England, she was awarded an MBE in January 2016.
“The MBE honour is not only a personal achievement, but also a reflection of the esteem in which the Centre for Life is held regionally, nationally and internationally. It is as much for the staff as for me.”
- Linda Conlon
To support Life’s mission to make a positive economic, social and cultural contribution to North East England and its communities, Linda volunteers her time to several local organisations. She is a business mentor for small charities and voluntary groups in the region and an executive member of NE1, the Business Improvement District company for Newcastle. Linda is also a governor of Laidlaw Schools Trust, which oversees several schools in Newcastle and Sunderland. From 2004-2008, she served as a non-executive director of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Before entering the science centre world, Linda worked in regional development and urban regeneration. She was involved in the creation of major high-profile waterfront developments, helping to attract £1 billion of investment. Before that, she ran her own marketing consultancy and, in her early career, worked for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the multinational company Procter and Gamble.