I have many years working at a high level in strategic development and national and international policy. I work extensively on international matters specialising in networking and science diplomacy and sit on a number of national and international committees related to marine policy and coordination. I chair the UKs primary marine climate advice body (the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership) as well as its Overseas Working Group and led work with the UK Overseas Territory governments to produce the first-ever climate assessment across all the UK Overseas Territories. As President of the European Network of Marine Stations (MARS) I also led on the establishment of the World Association of Marine Stations (WAMS), working with global partners to bring together marine station directors (with UN IOC-Unesco) in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. I am particularly interested in marine biology being recognised as a vital discipline to address global challenges and on seeing a more equitable use of and access to global capacity.
Originally trained as a marine biologist, I am also a trained commercial diver and have published over 160 journal papers, book chapters, reports, and articles as well as giving over 100 invited conference talks.