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.
Steve Jackson : Chairman
When he’s not helping to run the society or buying too many watches he can be found presenting a Request show on Radio Ashford.
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
Aimee Babbs : Membership Secretary
Aimee looks after all of the membership details. If you want to join or buy any of the membership gift vouchers, she is the one to speak to.
Vacancy : Merchandise & Publicity
Emma Thompson : Social Media Co-ordinator
Emma looks after the club’s Twitter feed @AshfordAstro and hooks us up 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!