New Directors appointed to the Sandbox board.

It’s been all change at Sandbox over the last month, not only have we moved to our new premises in Brasenose Road, but we’ve made some additions to our staff and board too.

Chris Huffee has joined the board as an executive director working alongside Helen to manage the day to day running of Sandbox and Little Sandbox.

Chris has been involved with Sandbox since 2014 as a freelance programmer, and it was his vision of running activities to inspire kids to explore technology that lead to Little Sandbox being born. Chris has been running Little Sandbox sessions since September 2016 and has given up a lot of his own time to develop activities for the clubs. He’s also been instrumental in starting our Maker Night.

Helen is fond of saying “Chris puts the tech into tech club. Without Chris, we’re just a kids club.”

Soosie Holden is the parent of one of our regular Little Sandbox members, and has witnessed the changes and development of the clubs since the first pilot year. She’s passionate about gender equality and wants to see more spaces, like Little Sandbox, for girls interested in technology. She is committed to helping us grow, by helping us understand what parents expect from us and to give us an insight into the impact our clubs have on the kids.

Prof. Matt Wilson is a Technologist, Business Adviser and Business Owner, specialising in Telecoms, the Internet of Things and Renewable Energy & Power Systems. He is a visiting professor at Liverpool John Moore’s University and the University of Essex in both Entrepreneurship and Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

Matt has always been interested in technology, teaching himself from an early age. He says he wishes Little Sandbox had been around when he was young.

Helen and Matt were in the same class at school for 11 years and it was Helen’s memory of Matt all those years ago, that inspired her to start Little Sandbox.

“Chris wanted to get kids into technology, but then Matt popped into my mind and I realised kids who were already into technology needed a place they could meet other kids who shared their interests. So a regular club became our goal. I reconnected with Matt recently and invited him to visit our club, I was so pleased he approved. To have Matt join our board and provide strategic support is an amazing thing for us. I’m very, very excited.”

A huge thank you to our leaving board members: Elaine, Clare, Keith and Paul who have supported Sandbox since it started in 2010.