Techniquest makes new appointment to spearhead engagement opportunities

Educational charity Techniquest has appointed a community engagement officer in a bid to accelerate engagement and participation opportunities.

Kelsey Barcenilla recently joined the Cardiff-based science discovery centre to transform the way it engages with new audiences and community members.

She’ll be responsible for generating new volunteering opportunities as the organisation pushes ahead with its multimillion-pound renovation project, called Science Capital.

As part of the partnerships and engagement team, Barcenilla will work closely with local communities to deliver events, participation research sessions and collaborative project. Before joining Techniquest, she taught in China and held a role with Cardiff Institute for the Blind.

Mrs Barcenilla said she was over the moon about the role: “I’m thrilled to be joining Techniquest at such a pivotal and exciting time.

“I’ve over the moon to be joining such an iconic organisation, which has helped shaped my own learning over the years. Growing up, it was always somewhere which ignited excitement, curiosity and learning, and I couldn’t be happier to be involved in its journey.

“I’m looking forward to creating lasting and rewarding relationships with the local communities and really discovering what matters to them. It’s incredibly important to me that I harness these wonderful relationships and create meaningful opportunities for both Techniquest and the community.”

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO at Techniquest, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Kelsey to the team for what is set to be a game-changing year for our organisation. With her expertise and natural talent for cultivating relationships, we’re looking forward to seeing her flourish in her new role.”