Ashford Astronomical Society is looked after by a committee of seven members. They’ll always be at least one (usually most!) at any given meeting. Make sure you say hello! In addition to the core Committee, there is an extensive team who contribute online and during the meetings.
Jason Thompson : Chairman
Jason has been fascinated by astronomy as long as he can remember. He joined the society in 2009 after presenting about the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, and became chair on his tenth anniversary at the society. Outside the society he works in the diagnostics industry, supplying health tests to hospitals and laboratories. He also has a keen interest in science fiction, and you can usually expect to see some reference to Star Trek or Doctor Who in his talks.
Steve Walker : Assistant Chairman
Steve has been a keen amateur astronomer from a young age and he has been a member of the society since 2008. Steve regularly presents the monthly night sky tour “Up-stares”, and he is always on hand to help guide members around the night sky or help them get to grips with a telescope.
Mark Kingsbury: General Secretary
Mark was introduced to astronomy through a friend, with his first purchase being an Astroscan. He quickly upgraded to a 10” Dobsonian and now hides any purchases so his wife doesn’t find out how much he is spending.
When not stargazing his other interests include most things with an engine, ranging from his old mini tractor to interesting cars, to helping as Ground Crew for Aero Legends at Headcorn Airfield looking after a range of aircraft from Tiger Moths to Spitfires.
Sarah Hall : Treasurer
Sarah, our Treasurer can be normally found at meetings in the kitchen helping serve the tea and coffee to our thirsty members.
She has been a member since 2008 and has a keen interest in all things astronomical.
Jon Clarke : Equipment Manager
Jim Babbs : Membership Secretary
Emma looks after the society’s Twitter feed @AshfordAstro and networks us with other Astronomers and societies around the globe. She also has an MSc in Astrophysics, so we get her to answer all the difficult questions!