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 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.
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 handles Sophie & Pauls diary. Jules was previously an Executive Assistant at the Centre for Academic Child Health within the University of Bristol where she supported the Professor of Child Health with their research studies within CFS/ME and 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.
Daryn Carter
Project Officer
As well as coordinating a portfolio of NCCPE projects, Daryn oversees marketing and communications for the centre and looks after the Public Engagement Professionals (PEP) Network. Having worked at UWE Bristol for a number of years supporting Students out on Placement, Daryn has also programmed and delivered the annual Bristol Pride festival for the last 10 years. If he does have any spare time you’ll find him tending to a very needy cat or out and about enjoying the Bristol Harbourside.
Anja Dalton
Project Officer
Anja oversees the Engage Academy, Community-University Partnerships Initiative (CUPI), Engaging Libraries, Wonder Match and the UKRI Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement (EPPE) funding call. Before coming to NCCPE, Anja worked as a Researcher Developer, gained a doctorate in cycling and gender, and spent many years working in the voluntary sector for environmental, development and arts-based charities. Outside of work, Anja can be found baking, at the allotment, and watching films or live music.
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.
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.
Joan Passey
Project Officer
Joan supports the Engage Conference and oversees the Engage Researchers' Academy, training opportunities, Wellcome Centres Public Engagement Support Programme, and What Works initiative. Joan previously trained as a researcher in literature and taught in Higher Education, and has a particular interest in facilitation, training, and interdisciplinary public engagement. In her spare time she can be found cooking, writing short stories, learning languages, and running incredibly slowly.