Masterclass team news

News on the Masterclass team in autumn 2014

  • Masterclasses for both primary and secondary school ages.

    Credit: Tim Mitchell

The Masterclass team

It has been a busy and successful summer and autumn with exciting Masterclass activities taking place up and down the country. We have undergone some changes within our team this autumn, with new members of staff joining us and others sadly saying goodbye as they move on to new adventures.

Dr Diane Crann retired as Clothworkers’ Fellow in Mathematics in mid-October. She would like to say thank you to everyone who sent such wonderful messages and well-wishes.

We were delighted to welcome Makhan Singh as the new Clothworkers’ Fellow in Mathematics at the start of October. Makhan spent a month getting to know the team, but unfortunately came to realise the commute left him with too little time to spend with his family in Birmingham. We wish Makhan all the very best for the future. Diane is returning to the Ri to look after the team in the interim, and we plan to re-advertise this post early in the New Year.

Computer Science

We are very excited to introduce our newest team member, Ben Dornan, who is the Causeway Computer Science Associate managing our brand new Computer Science Masterclass network. Ben joined us last week and is already fully involved in organising three new masterclass series for the spring. You can find out more about Ben here. If you would like to get involved in the new network please do get in touch with him.


After nearly seven years working at the Royal Institution, our primary specialist Amy Hooker is relocating to Switzerland. Amy said: “Working with our wonderful network of organisers, who put so much time and effort into really making a difference to pupils’ experiences of mathematics, has been a pleasure and a privilege.”

We will miss having Amy in the team and really appreciate all of her hard work and dedication in building up the Primary Masterclass network: organising series in London, training speakers and helpers, supporting local groups and helping to produce resources such as our primary resource book, which was sponsored by the Mercers’ Company. We wish her well in her new home in Zurich.

Samantha Durbin, who looks after our Secondary Mathematics Masterclass network (outside of the Ri-managed groups in London), will also be managing the Primary Mathematics Masterclass network until we recruit a new primary specialist in the New Year. She is looking forward to working with all of the primary organisers to support them with their Masterclass series. Sam will be in touch this month to hear about the exciting activities that each group is doing, what their plans are for this academic year and how she can help.

Sam will continue to support the Secondary Mathematics Masterclass groups across the UK, working alongside Joe Bailey who coordinates our expanding network of Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses in London.


Rachel Dorris coordinates and supports our Engineering Masterclass network, which has expanded rapidly since Rachel joined us in 2013 and now includes 16 series across the country. You can read more about the news from across our four Masterclass networks here.

Contact us

You can get in touch with us via or by ringing 020 7670 2942.