Kate Bellingham didn't set out to become a TV presenter but was 'spotted' whilst working for the BBC as an electronics engineer and invited to audition for a Schools programme, 'Techno'. Having embarked on a career in 'show biz', her engineering background, along with a degree in physics from Oxford University and experience as a computer programmer, came in useful during her four years as a presenter on the BBC's flagship science and technology programme 'Tomorrow's World'.
She went on to present her own weekly programme on Radio 5 Live, 'The Big Bang' on Children's ITV as well as a science series for the Open University, an engineering series for BBC2's 'Learning Zone', 'Testing Times', a series for Radio 4 about the challenges faced on major engineering projects and a series on maths for BBC Schools Radio. She co-presented the BBC2 series 'The Museum of Life' a behind the scenes look at the Natural History Museum in London.
Among Kate's other projects has been her work as the National STEM Careers Coordinator, supporting the Department for Children, Schools and Families' (DCSF) STEM campaign. She is also currently Education Ambassador for the three year Bloodhound Engineering Adventure Richard Noble's latest World Land Speed Record attempt aiming for 1000mph.
Kate regularly hosts and speaks at conferences and seminars for major companies and is very much involved in projects promoting science, engineering and technology to the general public. She is President of Young Engineers, the national network of engineering clubs in schools and colleges, and is a Patron of WISE Women into Science, Engineering and Construction.
In 2011 Kate was awarded a 'Women of Outstanding Achievement Award' for Communicating Science, Engineering and Technology to Society by the UKRC. In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Technology by Staffordshire University. In 2003 she obtained an MSc in Electronics with distinction at the University of Hertfordshire. Kate was awarded the 'Public Promotion of Engineering' Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2004, and between 2006 and 2008 she qualified and worked as a secondary school maths teacher.
In 2012 Kate was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by the University of the West of England (UWE) at a ceremony at Bristol Cathedral.
“I am writing on behalf of the Academy to thank you for your hard work at the Awards Dinner¦. As usual, your impeccably professional presentation and enthusiastic work on the night contributed in large measure to the undoubted success of the event. Lord Broers FREng FRS President, Royal Academy of Engineering
“On behalf of Children in Scotland I would like to thank you very much for your valuable contribution to the Children in Europe Annual Conference. The event was a resounding success and we received some excellent feedback. Ruth Gibb Communications Manager Children in Scotland
“On behalf of everyone at the Design and Technology Association I would like to thank you for the fantastic job of hosting our Awards ceremony earlier this month. The evening was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended and your contribution was undoubtedly a major factor in this. Due to your ability to manage the presentations so smoothly we were able to read more of the citations than we had expected and finish ahead of time. You were also able to communicate the importance of the subject to everyone present. Chief Executive, The Design and Technology Association