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 friends, at festivals, or cycling.
Siân Aggett
Project Coordinator
Siân coordinates some of NCCPE’s projects. She is dedicated to engagement with research having worked in the field for most of her career. She has direct experience as a practitioner, researcher, funder and capacity builder. She has sat in informal learning teams of the museum sector, central public engagement teams within higher education and as a programme manager for an international portfolio of funding.  She brings to her role an interest in participatory and arts-based approaches, a commitment to social justice, and an impatience for change. Her personal time is spent by the sea or in some woods, practicing illustration or tidying up Lego. 
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.
Alyssa Chafee
Senior Project Officer
Alyssa coordinates projects, focusing on the NERC Researcher Engage Academy. Previously, Alyssa was the Community Engagement Coordinator at the British Science Association where she worked with communities and community leaders to engage with science on their own terms. She has also spent time working on the British Science Festival and For Thought leadership summit. In her spare time, Alyssa can be found working out, cooking a new recipe, or listening to and making podcasts.
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. Currently on maternity leave. 
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.
Kailey Nolan
Senior Comms Officer
Kailey manages the communications for the NCCPE, providing support to ensure communications delivers against key aims and priorities. Kailey is a strategic communications consultant across the research, health, technology and non-profit sectors. She has a BA in English Literature from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is passionate about inclusion and co-production, and has led on several initiatives to improve how we address and communicate inequalities in health and research.
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Asphodel Denning
Executive Assistant
Asphodel provides general assistance and diary management to NCCPE Co-Directors Sophie and Paul, as well as performing any other tasks that crop up. Originally trained as a historian, she worked in various roles in museums both in the US and the UK, including the Seattle Art Museum and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In her spare time Asphodel can be found doing yoga, working on multiple writing projects, or desperately trying to improve her Dutch.