Meet our training team

NCCPE Training Team

Sophie Duncan
Deputy Director
Sophie is an experienced trainer and facilitator. 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.

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Kim Aumann
Kim Aumann has worked as a manager of third sector organizations, a community worker, parent support practitioner, trainer and supervisor. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Brighton where she has successfully forged creative links with different university partners to tackle issues of disadvantage and inequalities together. Kim has drawn on this experience to co-write journal articles and book chapters about partnership working from a community partner perspective. Kim continues to work with parents of children special educational needs, providing a consultancy and training service.
Helen Featherstone
Helen Featherstone, PhD, is the Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath, Public Engagement Unit. She works across the university supporting engaged research and creating the conditions for engaged research to flourish. The Public Engagement Unit’s work operates across four areas: Doing Public Engagement, Learning about Public Engagement, Celebrating Public Engagement and Leading on Public Engagement. Prior to this, Helen worked at the University of Exeter and has also been a post-doc researcher at UWE, Bristol looking at the publics' roles in public engagement. Helen continues to teach on the MSc Science Communication course at UWE.
Ann-Marie Houghton
Ann-Marie Houghton is an established academic and educational developer with experience of teaching postgraduate, undergraduate, academics and outside university working with adult learners, primary and secondary school aged learners. Director of REAP (Researching Equity, Access and Participation) a research group based in Lancaster University’s Department of Educational Research.  Experience of training and dissemination of research findings and engagement activities relating to RCUK’s School University Partnership, research and evaluation relating to widening access and inclusive curriculum.  I enjoy working with learning from and with others and sharing ideas I have gathered along the way.
Jasmine Hunter Evans
Dr Jasmine Hunter Evans is the manager of the Researcher Development Programme at Bath Spa University. Her own research is based in English Literature and Classics and she continues to publish and lecture in this area. Jasmine has created and facilitated training across a wide range of topics to support research communities of all levels of experience, and one of her specialisms lies in training around public engagement with research, impact and the REF. Her experience particularly suits the leadership of workshops for academics in the fields of Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Creative Practice.
Suzanne Spicer
Suzanne Spicer joined the University of Manchester’s Beacon for Public Engagement in 2008. She is now working on a social responsibility initiative with public engagement as a key priority. Originally a teacher, Suzanne spent over twenty years working in museum learning gaining experience in management as well as developing training for fellow professionals. She regularly develops and delivers training workshops on public engagement and evaluation, as well as facilitating sessions for both Manchester and other organisations such as the NCCPE, UKRI and the Nuffield Foundation.
Penny Vincent
Penny is an experienced and qualified trainer, committed to public and community engagement, and the co-production of high quality, inclusive learning opportunities for community and professional development. Penny has many roles including Director of All the Small Things CiC, facilitator of 1000 Lives, a city-wide community network for volunteers and activists, community educator, development manager, and Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University. She specialises in community development, volunteering, mentoring and participatory research. In her spare time she is an active volunteer/ charity trustee/ campaigner/ community artist.