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Meet the NCCPE team

Claire Wood
Claire Wood
Project Officer for SUPI
Claire coordinates the School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI), which is funded by Research Councils UK and coordinated by the NCCPE. Prior to joining the NCCPE she studied for a doctorate in Victorian Literature and spent several years in various research and university teaching roles, including a term as Research Associate at the Charles Dickens Museum. Favourite pastimes include reading long novels and shopping for vintage homeware bargains.
Laura Steele
Laura Steele
Project Officer
Laura coordinates the Engage Competition and Public Engagement Ambassadors Scheme, as well as supporting the NCCPE’s communications and other projects. Before joining our team, she was a director of national charity Student Hubs, working at the intersection between youth social action and higher education. In her spare time she can be found listening to science and comedy podcasts, or attending the occasional life drawing class.
Lisa Adlington
Lisa Adlington
Lisa Adlington
Administrator
Lisa provides administrative support to the team. If you call the centre you are likely to speak to Lisa, as she acts as our main point of contact! Lisa also supports our events programme, including our national conferences.
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.
Sophie Duncan
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. Highlights included People's War and Breathing Places, a campaign which led to the creation of over 1000 new community wildlife spaces. When not at work you may find her enjoying her own wildlife garden, or battling with her vegetable patch.