Paul Manners - Director, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, UK

Paul Manners is Associate Professor in Public Engagement at the University of the West of England, and  founding Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). The NCCPE was established in 2008 to support universities to embed innovative approaches to involving the public in their work. 

Paul oversees the NCCPE’s coordination of a range of culture change and capacity building projects.  He has a particular interest in approaches to supporting organisational change, partnership working, impact assessment and innovation in engagement.  He is a member of a number of advisory groups, including the Sciencewise Steering Group.  He is regularly called on to provide expert advice or facilitation by policy makers and funders, and to lead high level strategic conversations within universities, working with senior management teams to help them assess their options and to develop appropriate plans for change. 

Paul has a Master’s in Education, and a long track record designing and delivering engagement and culture change projects for organisations including the BBC, where he worked for 18 years.  He trained as a secondary English teacher and after teaching in London for five years, joined the BBC at the Open University as a producer of educational television and multimedia, where he worked for 12 years.  His credits include the long running BBC2 series, ‘Rough Science’.  He then joined BBC Learning as an executive producer, responsible for a number of broadcast-led public engagement campaigns, including the People’s War project, gathering tens of thousands personal reminiscences about WWII into an online archive; and projects with the Natural History Unit, to inspire public involvement with nature.  He is chair of the National Trust’s advisory group on Collections and Interpretation.