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Catalyst Science Discovery Centre appoints new CEO

visitor economy 03/08/2022

Dr Lee Juby will take the reins as CEO

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum is delighted to announce that Dr Lee Juby will take the reins as CEO from 1st August. Lee succeeds former Chief Executive Martin Pearson who led Catalyst through the recent £1m refurbishment programme and re-opening after Covid.

Welcoming Lee to Catalyst, Chair of Trustees Dr Diana Leitch said “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Dr Lee Juby as our new CEO at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum in Widnes. Lee, who lives locally has an electrical engineering background and a wealth of experience and contacts in various industries which will be invaluable to Catalyst in its next phase of development. Together with the Trustees he will be carrying forward our strategic priorities set last year and working with the local community and organisations to further Catalyst's role as a scientific education centre, museum and major visitor destination for Halton. We all look forward to working with him”.

Dr Lee Juby said “I have spent over 25 years in the commercial development of advanced technology with a focus on energy efficiency and carbon reduction. I have assisted and led a number of start-up businesses bringing new solutions to address these issues. Throughout my career I have been faced with two significant challenges: Communication of science and technology solutions to the market and the recruitment of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teams to support the growth of this exciting sector. Catalyst stimulates interest in STEM through the significant heritage of local industry and builds upon this with exciting and engaging up to date activities to address the challenges of informing and educating. I am privileged to be appointed CEO and I welcome the opportunity to bring my commercial and leadership skills to support the dedicated team at Catalyst”.

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