Ashford Astronomical Society is looked after by a committee of seven members. There will always be at least one (usually most!) present 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.
You can contact us by email or via our social media channels (Facebook group, Twitter or Instagram).
Jason Thompson: Chairman
Jason has been fascinated by astronomy for 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.
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
Ewan became an amateur astronomer to keep his mind active after a car accident left him with spinal injuries and other disabilities. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Ewan is the AAS equipment specialist; someone who’s there to help people get started in astronomy and astrophotgraphy, teach them how to use the kit they have, or have borrowed from the society, as well as finding cheap & simple solutions to make the hobby possible for those that are less able.
Jim Babbs: Membership Secretary
Emma Thompson: Social Media Co-ordinator
Emma looks after the society’s Twitter feed ashfordastro, our Instagram page ashfordastronomy, 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!