The ASDC Team

The ASDC team is based in Bristol, and can be contacted using the details below each of their profiles.


Shaaron Leverment
Deputy CEO

Andy McLeod

Shaaron has 18 years' experience working in science engagement and education. She is the former president of the British Association of Planetaria and holds a first class honours in Psychology & Zoology, qualifications in astrobiology and research methods, and a recent Masters in Applied Neuropsychology.

Shaaron is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the founding partner of 'Explorer Dome', a hands on science outreach business in Bristol that engages 50,000 school children every year. As presenter, trainer and consultant, she has worked with schools, universities, science centres and museums for many years, as well as nation-wide professional associations and Government agencies. She continues to represent UK planetaria internationally, and has organised international events to strive for excellence in science education and presentation.

Shaaron is delighted to now be part of the team at ASDC. With motivation that comes from an honest fascination in the subject matter and a firm belief in the value of science education for all, it is fantastic for her to be involved with this vibrant and valuable Science Centre community!

You can contact Shaaron on 0117 925 9752 or via email.

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Andy McLeod
Special Projects Manager

Andy McLeod

Andy is the Special Projects Manager for the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), currently coordinating the Wellcome Trust funded project, The Crunch; a national programme of events and activities aimed at getting people talking about our food, our health and our planet.

After graduating from Edinburgh University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Andy started working with Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) as a Touring Science Communicator. He then worked in a number of roles for EISF over the next five years, including Events Developer, Production Assistant, Staff Manager and performing and presenting a variety of workshops and shows.

Andy gained a Masters in Science Communication from Dublin City University in 2014, which included a research thesis on why people attend science festivals. He then moved to Bristol, and prior to joining ASDC was a member of the Live Science Team in At-Bristol Science Centre.

His interests lie in learning and engaging with science in informal settings, and how people communicate in education and in conversation. In his spare time, he can be found playing hockey, indulging in folk music or spending time with his family.

You can contact Andy on 0117 925 9753 or via email.

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James Summers
Special Projects Manager

James Summers

James is the Special Projects Manager for the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), currently coordinating the Explore Your Universe: Atoms to Astrophysics project; a national strategic partnership with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to inspire young people and families with the physical sciences. James is also coordinating the National Astronaut Programme; a national partnership with the UK Space Agency to engage UK families with the amazing stories of human space flight and the achievements of Tim Peake, the European Space Agency's first British Astronaut.

James joined ASDC in January 2015 after working at Techniquest as a Projects developer and was the primary developer of Techniquest's Fulldome planetarium shows.

Before joining ASDC, James complete his Masters in Environmental Conservation Management and was an hourly paid lecturer in Tropical Ecology at The University of South Wales. He has worked abroad training students in Borneo in Tropical Ecology, and worked with the Nevada Department of Wildlife radio tracking and studying Flying Squirrels at Lake Tahoe State Park.

You can contact James on 0117 915 0184 or by email.

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Madelon Foard
Project Manager

Madelon Foard

Maddy is the Project Manager for the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), currently managing CIMULACT; a European-wide citizen consultation project providing input to the Horizon 2020 research and innovation agenda. She also delivers ASDC's national events and co-ordinates communications.

Before joining ASDC, Maddy graudated with a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol and went on to gain an MSc in Science Communication from The University of the West of England.

After graduating, Maddy joined the Live Science Team in At-Bristol, where she delivered informal programming such as planetarium shows, family shows and science busking. This was followed by a year co-ordinating school inspections as an Inspections Officer for Ofsted, involving managing inspectors, and editing and releasing reports. Maddy then took on the role of Science Festival Assistant for Cheltenham Festivals where she supported the team in co-ordinating the hundreds of events that make up the science festival.

Maddy's interests lie in both developing and delivering innovative events that engage the public with science, especially in unexpected places such as festivals. As well as working for ASDC, Maddy is the Solar Stage Manager for Einstein's Garden at Green Man Festival and a Freelance Event Manager.

You can contact Maddy on 0117 915 0181 or by email.

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