Camden STEAM Commission

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

Creating Camden’s 21st Century Talent – report and recommendations of the Camden STEAM Commission

Camden Council wants to give local young people the best skills and opportunities so they can play a full part in the borough’s thriving creative, scientific and digital economy. A new report, ‘Creating Camden’s 21st Century Talent’ by the Council-led Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) Commission, sets out plans for how our young people can better benefit from the global organisations working in Camden. The report was launched at Google UK’s offices in King’s Cross on Monday, 12 June 2017, during London Tech Week.

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, said:

“World-renowned institutions, including the British Library, the Francis Crick Institute and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, alongside companies such as Google UK and ASOS, have the potential to inspire and support our young people to aim high and forge exciting careers in the 21st century economy. Succeeding in this economy will increasingly require young people to have a fusion of skills - creativity blended with digital and science ability.

“The STEAM Commission’s ambition is to link businesses strongly with schools and further education colleges to help deliver the 21st century talent they need and, in so doing, to guarantee the best opportunities and futures for all our young people.”

Background and membership

Camden Council, in partnership with the Knowledge Quarter, launched a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) Commission to bring together the borough’s businesses, schools and other key institutions.

The Commission is chaired by Dinah Caine CBE of Creative Skillset, and highlights Camden’s significance as a centre for the digital, creative and scientific industries. It seeks to improve career opportunities for young people, and ensure businesses are able to benefit from the range of talent in the borough.

Following a successful series of launch events last summer, the Commission has been sitting to consider the evidence submitted from a wide range of different bodies. Commissioners representing educational, industry and community bodies have now produced their report identifying actions for employers, schools and parents to help develop young people’s skills and opportunities in the STEAM sector.

The STEAM Commission includes the following representatives:

  • Dinah Caine (CBE), Commission Chair, Creative Skillset
  • Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council
  • Pete Dudley, Director of Education, Camden Council
  • Geraldine Davies, Headteacher, UCL Academy
  • Maureen Williams, Headteacher, La Sainte Union School
  • Rob Earrey, Headteacher, Fitzjohn’s Primary School
  • Andy Wilson, CEO of Capital City College Group
  • Carl Gombrich, Director of Arts and Sciences Bsc Degree, UCL
  • Louisa Pointon, Senior HR Officer, Arup
  • Saul Klein (OBE), Partner, LocalGlobe
  • Glen Saberton, Senior Artist, Rocksteady
  • Amanda Timberg, Head of Staffing Programs, Google
  • Catherine Knivett, Digital Skills Officer, GLA
  • Di Maxfield-Twine, Vice-President HR, Viacom
  • Diane Chang, Business Lead, Facebook
  • Lia Commissar, Project Manager: Education and Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust
  • Saba Asif and Eden Lunghy, Camden Deputy Youth MPs
  • Omid Shiraji, Chief Information Officer, Camden Council.

The Commission took evidence from a number of organisations involved in the STEAM industries, education and skills policy. Contributions have been gratefully received from:

Google, The Francis Crick Institute, Stemettes, The Guardian, Atkins, Camden Town Unlimited, Echo, Tile Yard Studios, BBC, BT, Penguin Random House, Creative Industries Federation, Future First, Founders4Schools, Torriano Primary School, Med City, WAC Arts College, Netley Primary School, Camden Centre for Learning, Castlehaven Community Association, Regent’s High School, Roundhouse, William Ellis School, the Knowledge Quarter, New Scientist, Rungway, Connexions, Camden Spark, Camden Into Enterprise, Virgin Media, Hampstead School, Eleanor Palmer School, Holts Academy, Inspire, Bio-Nano Consulting, Arcadia Group, Argent LLP, Arts Catalyst, Cockpit Arts, Brecknock School, Parliament Hill School, HOK.

Contact us

If your organisation is involved in the digital, creative, engineering or scientific industries, and you would like to know more about how you can get involved in the work of the STEAM Commission, please email steampledge@camden.gov.uk

If you have any general enquiries about the STEAM Commission and its work please email chris.bowles@camden.gov.uk

There is a range of support available for organisations looking to develop their relationships with local schools.

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