Rachel Riley

You may recognise Rachel as the numbers expert on Channel 4's long-running quiz show Countdown and co-presenter of ITV's science show It's Not Rocket Science.

Brought up in Thorpe Bay, Essex, Rachel graduated from Oriel College Oxford with a degree in Mathematics.

Rachel is passionate about supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) among young people. That is why she is the ambassador for The Bright Ideas Challenge, supporting Shell's competition which aims to inspire the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

'Young people are unhampered by conventional thinking and this makes them a fountain of ingenious ideas. It's so important that we tap into that natural creativity and fire young people's natural curiosity about the world around them. Like Shell, I want to encourage more young people to pursue science and engineering and use these skills to help create a brighter future for everyone.'

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