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Meet the NCCPE team

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 managing our national conferences. Lisa is a regular cyclist and also enjoys running.
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.
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Heather Lusardi
Senior Project Manager
Heather is responsible for the development and delivery of key NCCPE products and services, including our professional development programme and events programme. A political scientist by training, Heather previously managed the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP), an international research initiative. Her work included building communities of practice and embedding collaborative research processes into all aspects of the program. When not at work Heather can be found walking her dog, testing out new recipes in the kitchen or working on her garden.
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
Laura Steele
Project Officer
Laura manages the NCCPE’s communications, as well as coordinating projects such as the Ambassadors Scheme and Engage Competition. 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 doing pilates, or attending the occasional life drawing class.
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 victims 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.