About Our Panel

Steph McGovern

Steph McGovern

BBC Broadcaster

Award winning broadcaster, Steph McGovern has been working in financial journalism for over 13 years and has been part of the BBC Breakfast family for the last five. Steph travels all over the UK to cover economic and business news for the BBC and since joining Breakfast has broadcast live from over 500 businesses.

Steph co-presents on BBC One’s ‘Watchdog’, and on top of BBC Breakfast Steph also presents her ownprimetime BBC One programme called ‘Shop Well For Less’ and a children’s TV show 'Pocket Money Pitch' for CBBC.

Originally from Middlesbrough, Steph's first taste of BBC life came aged 19, when she made a guest appearance on a programme about women in science. Steph had just won the title of Young Engineer for Britain, after saving Black & Decker money on a design she created for their Leaf Hog product.

Along with her now daily news duties, Steph is also involved in BBC community projects, such as BBC Outreach and BBC School Report. She is also a mentor for young people in Teesside and regularly runs workshops for schoolchildren around the North East, making her perfectly suited for a panel position for the Young Imagineers competition.

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Greg Foot

Greg Foot

Science Presenter

Greg is a Science Presenter on YouTube, TV, Stage and Podcast. He develops, writes & presents spectacular science shows and keynotes on stages around the world. He has made YouTube content for Honda Racing F1, AXA, Nekton and more.  

Greg is the regular host for the BBC’s Earth Lab channel. As the Science Guy on Blue Peter and a regular on Channel 4, he’s run on custard, made a comet, and dissected a (jelly!) brain. Greg also hosts BBC Three / BBC Worldwide’s Secrets Of Everything and recently launched a podcast- ‘The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?’ that investigates the bold claims being made by promising products.

After living in the Lake District for 10 years, Greg went on to study natural sciences at Cambridge University and then to do an MSc in Science Media Production at Imperial College London. 

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Lopa Patel

Lopa Patel

Digital Media Entrepreneur  

Lopa Patel is a digital entrepreneur with a lifelong love of science and technology and an evangelist for STEM, innovation and bridging the skills gap in business.  

Lopa is founder of direct marketing services company DMS Direct Ltd, founder & CEO of Diversity UK; a Non-Executive Director of EMBG (Ethnic Minority Business Group) and a Trustee of educational charity Raha International. She is a Technology Ambassador for STEMNET, helping to encourage girls to take up science careers.  

Lopa sits on the Board of Trustees for the Science Museum Group. She was previously a Non-Executive Director of Becta (British Education Communications and Technology Agency), Deputy Chair of global volunteering initiative Sewa Day; a Board Member of social enterprise venture TSBC (The Small Business Consultancy); a Board Member of Tamasha Theatre Company and a Mentor for Young Enterprise UK, assisting girls on the national entrepreneurship programme. It is this experience that will make Lopa the perfect panellists for the Young Imagineers.  

Lopa’s work has been recognised through the ‘Windrush Award’ in 2003, ‘Asian Woman of the Year’ in 2005 and an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2009. In 2015, she was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. 

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Jill Tully

Jill Tully

Investment Manager, New Energy Solutions, Statoil

Statoil Energy Ventures aims to be an attractive partner for growth companies. They want to work with innovators and disruptors, partnering with entrepreneurs to shape the future of energy. It is this forward thinking and desire to learn new things, challenge capabilities and assumptions that makes Jill well suited for a position on the panel for the Young Imagineers.  

Having graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2007 with a BA in Business and Economics, Jill has worked at Enterprise Ireland as an International Trace Advisor and at IHS as a Management Consultant before joining Statoil in 2013. In 2016, the Irish Times selected Jill as one of forty Irish Women of the World in law and business.

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