About Our Panel

Steph McGovern

Steph McGovern has been working in journalism for over 13 years and has been part of the BBC Breakfast family for the last five. Steph travels all over the UK to cover economic and business news for the BBC and since joining Breakfast has broadcast live from over 500 businesses. After graduating with a degree in Science Communication and Policy from University College London, Steph became the main producer for daily financial news on the Today programme on Radio 4 and has since covered the developments of the financial crisis. Steph is also involved in BBC community projects, such as BBC Outreach and BBC School Report. She is also a mentor for young people in Teesside and regularly runs workshops for schoolchildren around the North East, making her well suited for a panel position for the Young Imagineers.

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Jill Tully

Equinor Energy Ventures aims to be an attractive partner for growth companies. They want to work with innovators and disruptors, partnering with entrepreneurs to shape the future of energy. It is this forward thinking and desire to learn new things, challenge capabilities and assumptions that makes Jill well suited for a position on the panel for the Young Imagineers. Having graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2007 with a BA in Business and Economics, Jill has worked at Enterprise Ireland as an International Trace Advisor and at HIS as a Management Consultant before joining Equinor in 2013.

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Lopa Patel

Lopa Patel is a digital entrepreneur with a lifelong love of science and technology and an evangelist for STEM, innovation and bridging the skills gap in business. Lopa is founder of direct marketing services company DMS Direct Ltd, founder & CEO of Diversity UK; a Non-Executive Director of EMBG (Ethnic Minority Business Group) and a Trustee of educational charity Raha International. She is a Technology Ambassador for STEMNET, helping to encourage girls to take up science careers.  Lopa’s work has been recognised through the ‘Windrush Award’ in 2003, ‘Asian Woman of the Year’ in 2005 and an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2009. In 2015, she was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

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Barry Fitzgerald

Barry Fitzgerald is a research scientist and superhero enthusiast. He is currently a researcher in the Process & Energy department in the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE) at Technical University of Delft (TU Delft). He has given hundreds of scientific talks in Ireland and the Netherlands at schools, universities, and public events such as Dutch Comic Con, Xmas Comic Con and Science Week Ireland. In 2016 Barry self-published his first book “Secrets of Superhero Science” in which he describes the fundamental science and advanced scientific research that could yield superpowers in the future. He has also written a book about the science behind Santa Claus entitled “Secret Science of Santa Claus”, published in October 2016.

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Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell is a broadcaster who presents some of television’s most popular factual programmes including: The Gadget Show, Bang Goes The Theory, The Sky At Night, Stargazing Live and The Science of Stupid. His documentaries, which include Supersized Earth, the aviation series City in the Sky, and Britain Beneath Your Feet, reveal the awesome scale and wonder of our man-made world. Over the years he’s given audiences a unique backstage pass to some of the planet’s most extraordinary stories, people, and locations. Dallas has also written a book, Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet. It's the perfect gift for anyone who needs to get off the Earth quickly, or even just dreams of doing so. For Dallas science isn’t a subject. It’s an adventure. He has a lifelong passion for understanding how the world works and for exploring our relationship with science, technology and engineering – past, present and future.

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