New Executive Secretary

New-Executive-Secretary-Gill-NormanAs reported in Spaceflight recently (Vol 57 No 11 p437), the BIS has sought a replacement for Executive Secretary Suszann Parry, who will shortly be retiring after 30 years at the BIS. The Council of the BIS has reviewed all applications and reached a decision on her replacement from April this year and their choice is Gill Norman.

Gill completed her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Bath and entered a career in finance, at Lloyds of London and Morgan Stanley. She qualified as an accountant, working in derivatives, business analysis, project management and application design.

She received her Master of Science in Astrophysics from Queen Mary College, University of London, as a part time, mature student and moved into a training role at Morgan Stanley, becoming head of Learning and Development for European Finance. She was a senior contributor to the Firm’s Organisational Development initiatives and enjoyed the opportunity to strengthen her relationship management, facilitation and negotiation skills.

She left in 2008 to focus on writing, business management and various short term assignments. Examples range from co-director of Finance and Marketing for a start-up IT company in Mauritius through to design and delivery of client service training in Singapore.

During her period at Queen Mary College, Gill met Kelvin F. Long and Jeremy Clark, two of the current directors of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies (i4is). She joined them as a volunteer in April 2014, serving as a director of i4is until September this year, when she decided to focus on the return to full time employment.

While her plan was to go into project management, she had started volunteering for the BIS in early 2015 and when the Executive Secretary role at BIS was advertised, it proved too great an opportunity to resist.

A BIS member since 2012, Gill is also a StemNet ambassador, tutors maths on a voluntary basis and enjoys being a space advocate to family and friends – especially their children. She has a passion for the advancement and enjoyment of science and believes that it should start at as young an age as possible.

Gill tells us that she is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the role of Executive Secretary and building on Suszann’s immense efforts during her time in that position.

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