We’re delighted to introduce you to Tom Milner, who recently made the move to F1 in Schools, having worked in commerce and education. After a university degree in Design Practice Tom started his career in graphic design working in the fashion industry. He then opted to change direction, retraining as a teacher and quickly seeing the opportunity, and need, to improve D&T, recognising the value of creative arts and engineering through STEM projects such as F1 in Schools. After eight years in teaching, latterly as an Assistant Head, Tom joined F1 in Schools.
Tom explains his reason behind the move saying, “My passion for providing young people with a modern and relevant Design & Technology and Engineering experience brought me to F1 in Schools, where the opportunity to work with and challenge young people nationally was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”
And his goals, “The main aim for me as the UK National Project Manager is to provide aspiration for young people from any walk of life, to reach those in places of the country that don’t have access to the same opportunities as a lot of young people of a similar age. I want to inspire and encourage, through F1 in Schools, young people to get into STEM careers, not only in Motorsport but in the Engineering sector. I would like to share this amazing competition with STEM leaders and teachers across the country to support the modernisation of the subject area to ensure that Design & Technology and Engineering education has a sustainable future.”
When he’s not working, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 year old daughter. He supports Leicester City, says Pepperoni Pizza is his favourite food and loved visiting Copenhagen with its combination of cycling, street food and beer, and the last song on his Spotify was Maribou State by Scarlett Groove, does that make him trendy?!
Tom will be spearheading the UK F1 in Schools programme, so if you’re competing this year, you may see or speak with him during the course of the competition.