The museum's Trustees and staff oversee the running of the museum and work in partnership with the volunteers and local community.

 

Our Trustees

Jennifer Barback

Jennifer is an experienced museum professional.  She completed her first degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University in 2002 and then went on to study Heritage Management.  Jennifer is also an Associate Member of the Museums Association.  She has worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge before taking on her current role as Curator of Whittlesey Museum.  In her spare time she acts as a mentor to museums which do not employ a museum professional.

Katy Bailey

Katy is an artist and psychotherapist based in Cambridge.  Her family has been involved with the Pumping station since 1902 when her great grandfather, Charles Copeland, was the Engineer in Charge and lived in the Engineer's House.  For many years her uncle, Roger Bailey, was also a trustee.  Katy organies the annual Open Studios summer art exhibition at the Museum which attracts hundreds of visitors.  She is now heading the committee to raise funds to restore the Engineer's House. 

Mike Blackburn

Mike is a Chartered civil engineer with over 40 years’ experience of developing, supervising and managing civil engineering projects, mostly in the water and wastewater sector. After graduating from Leeds University in 1972 he worked as a construction engineer for contractors in the North of England. In 1975 he joined the Anglian Water Authority, Ely Sewage Division as an Assistant Engineer.

In 1977 he joined consultants Sir M MacDonald and Partners (now Mott MacDonald - MM) in Cambridge as an assistant engineer designing buildings, reservoirs and pipe networks for projects in the Middle East and Africa. From 1980 until 1989 he was based overseas, initially as a Resident Engineer supervising construction of water supply schemes in the Middle East, then as a project manager in Malaysia managing the design of 50 water supply projects in Northern Malaysia.

He returned to the UK in 1989, and in 1992 was appointed Divisional Director, responsible for strategic planning, business development, financial planning and management of a part of the Mott MacDonald Group. Up to 1996 he was instrumental in developing MM’s UK water business, after which he became increasingly involved in overseas work, until by 2005 he was responsible for planning and management of MM’s international water and wastewater business. In 2009 he was appointed Group Practice Manager, responsible for the technical performance and development of the Group’s water and environmental sector, which comprised 2500 staff with an annual fee turnover of £190m. Mike retired from Mott MacDonald in 2013.

Peter Filby

Peter Filby is a longstanding member of the Cambridge Industrial Archaeology Society and many other historical and heritage bodies. He worked for many years at the Science Reference Library of Cambridge University and has an extensive knowledge of local history. 

John Little

John Little started volunteering at Cambridge Museum of Technology in 2009. He has been leading the Heritage Lottery Fund project Sewage, Steam and Semiconductors and became a Trustee in order to oversee the bidding, procurement and appointments of contractors, architects etc.  His last paid role was as a director of Cambridgeshire County Council. He recently completed a Diploma in Local History at Cambridge University and also has interests in, and has published on, the history of Teesside. 

JOSEPH DIVANNA

Joe DiVanna is the Managing Director of Maris Strategies, Ltd., a Cambridge-based think-tank for business and financial services.  He provides strategic consulting services worldwide to the banking industry, technology companies, governments, educational centres, professional service firms, manufacturing companies and many other businesses.  Joe has lectured across the world at institutions including Harvard Law School (Harvard University) , Møller Centre, Churchill College (University of Cambridge), All Souls College (University of Oxford), Heriot-Watt University, Gordon Institute of Business Sciences (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Dubai University College (United Arab Emirates), University of Jordan (Jordan) Strathmore University (Kenya).

John Sheppard

John is a Chartered mechanical engineer and Fellow of the IMechE with over 40 years of experience working in the water industry both in the UK and overseas. He left school at 16 and completed a technical apprenticeship with Reynolds Tubes in Birmingham before undertaking a full time degree in mechanical engineering at Sussex University.

In 1979 John joined VSO as a volunteer in Bangladesh teaching and maintaining farm and irrigation machinery. After 2 years he returned to the UK and joined Sir M MacDonald and Partners in Cambridge as a graduate engineer. He spent the next 5 years working on irrigation projects in Indonesia and Bangladesh before moving to Haiste Consulting engineers to work in the UK water industry for the design and implementation of clean and dirty water treatment and pumping stations.

In 1992 John moved to Atkins Consulting engineers as the mechanical and electrical team leader, continuing to work in the water industry and specialising in large pumping station design and implementation. One of John’s most notable achievements was the overall project manager and lead designer for the feasibility, design and implementation of the £44M St Germans pumping station near Kings Lynn which pumps 100 Cumec and is one of the largest land drainage and flood alleviation pumping stations in Europe. John Retired from Atkins in 2019 as Head of Technology (Mechanical) and Chief Engineer.

Our staff

Pam halls

Pam Halls has been involved with Cambridge Museum of Technology since 2000, as a museum mentor, consultant, and volunteer. She was appointed Curator of the Heritage Lottery Fund project Sewage, Steam and Semiconductors in 2015. Her passion is Cambridge local history and her working life has been dedicated to it. Before coming to Cambridge Museum of Technology, Pam worked at the Museum of Cambridge and with the County Archaeologist, Alison Taylor. Pam also pursues her passion in spare time, working on a pet project about the social history of the building trade in Cambridge.

Morgan BEll

Morgan Bell was appointed Assistant Curator in April 2017 after volunteering at the Museum for three years. Before joining the Museum of Technology full-time,  she was Heritage Research Officer at Northamptonshire County Council, researching local history and heritage. She also previously worked for Norfolk Museums Service, the Florence Nightingale Museum, and the National Mining Museum Scotland. Her background is in social history, but she also loves big machinery and industrial buildings so Cambridge Museum of Technology is the perfect place for her.

Jinx St. LÉger

Jinx has been with the Museum since July 2017 and was appointed as Education Officer in January of this year. She has degrees in mechanical engineering, medical physics and education, and was previously Assistant Principal of a STEM college. Jinx also does engineering on a small scale, taking broken Victorian silverware and repurposing it to make beautiful and unique objects.