Meet the NCCPE team

Find out more about the NCCPE team members and get in touch with us - we'd love to hear from you.
Sophie Duncan
Sophie Duncan
Deputy Director
Sophie manages the overall work of the centre including communications, partnerships and NCCPE projects. A physicist by training, Sophie started her career at the Science Museum in London where her work included exhibition development and public programmes. She became a programme manager with Science Year, before joining the BBC, where she managed the creation and delivery of national learning campaigns. When not at work you may find her enjoying her own wildlife garden, or battling with her vegetable patch.
Maddy Foard
Project Manager
Maddy manages the NCCPE’s external projects, including the Museum-University Partnerships Initiative and NERC’s Engaging Environments. Before coming to the NCCPE, Maddy was at The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres managing the delivery of projects such as Explore Your Universe and CIMULACT. Maddy also spent four years working with Einstein’s Garden at Green Man Festival to curate experiences inspired by science and nature. In her spare time she can be found at a festival, playing music, or at her pottery class.
Joe Gillett
Administrative Assistant
Joe provides administrative support to the team; he assists with financial reporting, the organisation of events, and the administration of projects. In his spare time, he enjoys taking part in reading groups and doing Parkrun.
Paul Manners
Paul Manners
Paul Manners
Director
Paul is responsible for the strategic direction of the centre. Originally trained as a secondary English teacher, he worked for twelve years at the Open University as a producer of TV, radio and multimedia before joining the BBC as an executive producer of a number of national public engagement campaigns. He advises a number of national organisations on learning and engagement, including the National Trust and the Science Museum, and attempts to relax through a combination of playing blues guitar, football, reading, sharing music and pottering in the garden.
Laura Steele
Project Officer
Laura manages the NCCPE’s communications - looking after our website, media, data and resources. She also coordinates projects such as our Public Engagement Professionals Network and our Images of Public Engagement competition. Before joining our team, Laura was the Operations Director at national charity Student Hubs, working at the intersection between youth social action and higher education. In her spare time she can be found doing pilates or exploring Bristol.
Steph Todd
Project Officer
Steph coordinates projects including the Catalyst Seed Fund and Wellcome Centres. Prior to joining the team she worked as a Restorative Justice Coordinator providing victims with a safe space to communicate with their offender. This included working to embed the service throughout the victim's journey of the criminal justice system. Steph’s free time is spent practising yoga and pilates and hunting for vintage clothes to add to her ever growing collection.