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Comms Team


Maya Plass

Maya Plass, MSc, Mem.MBA, HonFBNA

Head of Communications

Maya Plass, MSc, Mem.MBA, HonFBNA

Head of Communications

Maya Plass

maypla@mba.ac.uk

I lead a team who are responsible for establishing the Marine Biological Association as the primary voice of the marine biological community. My ambition is to increase the MBA’s visibility through strengthening our brand, increasing media outputs and targeted marketing in support of our strategic goals.

I have always been passionate about the ocean both in my free time and professionally. After my studies in marine sciences, my career started by reviewing coastal tourism of Peninsula Valdes, Argentina followed by working on a European water catchment project for Devon County Council. I went on to establish my own venture “Learn To Sea” in 2008 which evolved to my becoming an author, media broadcaster and an independent voice for our marine environment. My passion for communicating the importance of life in the ocean and its vital role to society led to my role as patron of marine charities. 

I am excited to apply my experience and skills to my role at the Marine Biological Association (which I have been a proud member of for over 20 years). I have had the privilege of leading on the development of our new website and rebrand of the MBA in 2022.

Neri Blower

Neri Blower

Communications Officer

Neri Blower

Communications Officer

Neri Blower

nerblo@mba.ac.uk

With almost 10 years’ experience working in public relations, journalism and marketing, I have a wealth of communication knowledge which I use to promote the world-leading research and science innovation from the Marine Biological Association.
My key areas of expertise are: news stories, press releases and distribution, web editing, working with the media, digital design and graphics, video editing, social media advertising and promotions.

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Gemma Brice, MSc

Plankton Analyst / Design and Communications Officer

Gemma Brice, MSc

Plankton Analyst / Design and Communications Officer

Gemma Brice, MSc

Email: Gemma.Brice@mba.ac.uk

alix-harvey

Alix Harvey

Ecology Laboratory and Research Aquarium Manager / Digital Content Officer

Alix Harvey

Ecology Laboratory and Research Aquarium Manager / Digital Content Officer

Alix Harvey

Email: alilec@mba.ac.uk

Jennifer Leigh

Jennifer Leigh

Communications and Marketing Officer / Plankton Analyst

Jennifer Leigh

Communications and Marketing Officer / Plankton Analyst

Jennifer Leigh

Email: jenski@mba.ac.uk

Maggie Thomas

Maggie Thomas

Receptionist

Maggie Thomas

Receptionist

Maggie Thomas

Email: reception@mba.ac.uk

jenny-thompson

Jenny Thompson BSc (Hons), MA

Communications Officer

Jenny Thompson BSc (Hons), MA

Communications Officer

jenny-thompson

Jenny.Thompson@mba.ac.uk

I oversee delivery of the Water Column, the internal newsletter, and the writing of the Annual Report.

I have a BSc (Hons) in Marine Ecology and Conservation (Bournemouth University) and an MA in Nature and Travel Writing (Bath Spa University). I have written extensively about the natural world for a number of publications, and in 2021 and 2022 was nominated for New Travel Writer of the Year .


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