Who we are: meet the team page

Meet the team

We The Curious is all about people, find out a bit more about the passionate professionals who make up our Leadership team...

 


 

 

The team

Lydia Ladbrooke

Lydia Ladbrooke

Head of Operations

A bit about me...
With a background in independent retail, I joined what was At-Bristol in 2000 as one of the Visitor Services team. 18 years and 2 children later I’m still part of an exciting adventure and looking forward to the next steps in building a culture of curiosity.

Best Thing about working in We The Curious
I love that We The Curious is a charity, and everything we do is around positive change. We have big ambitions, and a passionate team of people to drive us forwards.

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Simon Ridge

Simon Ridge

Head of Estates

A bit about me...
I began my working life in the hospitality industry in New York but after spilling soup on a now current world leader I decided it probably wasn’t the career path for me. Subsequently I followed my dreams and ended up touring the world in the music industry.

The world of Estates Management seemed to find me and I spent a number of years in Student Accommodation across the UK.

On joining We The Curious I knew I’d found a fantastic place when in my first staff meeting there was a dragon breathing fire and lasers, I felt instantly at home. I get a great buzz in knowing that the diverse, often unseen, and sometimes curious work myself and my great team deliver 24/7, has a huge impact in enabling everyone to work, visit, and enjoy their time in We The Curious and its outdoor spaces. Being the custodian of such a large Estate is a real honour.

Best thing about working in We The Curious?
It’s cliched I know but hand on heart, the people. The passion everyone has that works here is truly something special.

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Chris Dunford

Chris Dunford

Head of Sustainable Futures

A bit about me...
After dabbling in biochemistry, I fell in love with engaging the public in all things science and so went on to study science communication. This led to a range of adventures with science festivals, FameLab and stand-up comedy before my homing instinct as a Bristolian brought me back to We The Curious. Whilst working here I became obsessed with two truths: Firstly, that sustainability problems such as climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are the greatest threats to our species, and secondly, that science centres are the ideal place to experiment with sustainable solutions and engage the public with these issues. As such I have spent the last seven years working to make We The Curious a leading science centre in sustainability and partnering locally, nationally and globally to create sustainable futures for all. I’m a Director of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and Mentor of Arizona State University’s Sustainability in Science Museums Fellowship. And, sadly for audiences, I still occasionally do stand-up comedy.

Best thing about working in We The Curious?
Knowing that this is a place where we can create the unique spark that results in positive changes to someone’s life.

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Rosalie White

Rosalie White

Head of Programming

A bit about me...
Before joining We The Curious in 2017 I was a Creative Producer for ten years, working with independent artists and arts organisations across disciplines including live art, contemporary dance, festivals and theatre. I developed commissions that have toured nationally and internationally and worked as a Producer at The Place, Battersea Arts Centre and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). For most of my life I’ve felt like science ‘isn’t for me’ and while I may have come round to some of its joys, I still try to think carefully about those who may feel excluded from the work that we do and how I can change that.

Best thing about working in We The Curious? 

Being part of an organisation that is going through such an exciting period of change. It feels like a momentous time of reinvention, and I’m so glad I get to be part of that.

 

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Josie Forsyth

Josie Forsyth

Head of Development

A bit about me...
Coming soon. 

 

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Nicole Bullock

Nicole Bullock

Head of Audience

Andy Appleby

Andy Appleby

Head of Finance

A bit about me...

Coming soon

 

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Helen Huertas

Helen Huertas

Head of Projects

A bit about me ... 

Coming soon 

 

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Anna Starkey

Anna Starkey

Creative Director

A bit about me...

I always dreamt of being an astronaut, (still hoping), and meantime I’ve been orbiting a world of arts and sciences before landing in At-Bristol, as it was back then. I started out with a Physics degree and a love of sketch comedy, and have zig zagged through particle physics communication, producing the BBC Proms for TV and live cinema broadcasts for the Royal Opera House, working as Director of Impossible projects for a public neuroscience laboratory and most recently, series producing BBC Young Dancer. I get excited about connecting people and ideas - my mission is to reposition science in our culture and create some great experiences along the way.
 

Best thing about working in We The Curious?

The questions that people ask us about the world, the people who work here and the chocolate brownies in the cafe.

 

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Donna Speed

Donna Speed

Chief Executive Officer

A bit about me...

I joined At-Bristol when we opened in 2000 and had previously worked in Leisure Management at Alton Towers. I am responsible for the commercial success as well as the smooth and safe operation of We The Curious; to ensure we can continue the wonderful work inspiring our visitors and clients. I oversee the Marketing, Visitor Services, Retail, Venue Hire and Estates teams.
 

Best thing about working in We The Curious?

Not a precise moment but many moments every day of being very proud of where I work and who I work with.