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
Director - Business and Strategy
Sophie oversees the work of the centre including communications, partnerships and externally-funded NCCPE projects. She develops and manages key NCCPE programmes to embed engagement into the higher education sector, including the Watermark, and co-edits Research for All. A physicist by training, Sophie has worked in engagement all her career, including at the Science Museum in London; Science Year; and the BBC, where she managed the creation and delivery of national engagement campaigns.
Paul Manners
Paul Manners
Paul Manners
Director - Policy
Paul is responsible for the strategic direction of the centre. Originally he trained as a secondary English teacher, then 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.
Jules Andrews
Assistant Operations Manager
Jules ensures delivery of the centre’s products, services and projects, by streamlining administration processes and managing budgets. She also manages the Engage Watermark Award and Sophie & Pauls diary. Jules was previously an Executive Assistant at the University of Bristol Medical School where she supported the Director of the Centre by organising events that encouraged multidisciplinary collaboration. In her spare time you can find her socialising with her friends, at festivals, or cycling.
Maddy Foard
Project Manager
Maddy manages the NCCPE’s portfolio of external projects, as well as leading on the Engage Conference. Before coming to the NCCPE, Maddy was at The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres managing the delivery of both national and international projects such as Explore Your Universe and CIMULACT. Maddy also spent five 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.
Emma Griffin
Research Fellow
Emma is a researcher in the centre, working across different projects to understand how to support high quality public engagement in the higher education sector. Before joining the NCCPE team Emma worked as a researcher in both university and charity settings. Her previous research focused on the role of communities in creating affordable housing, and the relationship between gender equality and the built environment. Outside of work, Emma’s time is spent training aerial circus, climbing and out walking with her dog.  
Jack Kerrigan
Team Assistant
Jack is the Team Assistant, providing support to NCCPE’s Assistant Operations Manager. Before joining the NCCPE, Jack studied English, Music and Creative Writing at the University of Southampton. His free time is often spent exploring Bristol, writing fiction, and making lots of noise with too many guitar pedals.
Steph Todd
Senior Project Officer
Steph coordinates projects including the Wellcome Centres Programme. 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.