Marine Spatial Planning Project Manager
Neil graduated from the University of Stirling with an honours degree in Marine Biology and went on to gain an MSc on Marine Resource Development and Protection at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. An experienced marine ecologist and scientific diver, Neil has led on a range of projects, from mapping near-shore habitats in Northern Ireland with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, through to developing the circalittoral rock habitat classification for Britain and Ireland. He went on to lead and manage JNCC’s offshore seabed survey programme – commissioning surveys as well as collaborating with other Government institutions and academic research bodies to gather scientifically robust seabed evidence to underpin and support the designation, monitoring and management of the UK’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network.
Neil was previously seconded to SAERI, where he worked with local stakeholders on Phase II of the Marine Spatial Planning project to realise the development and implementation of a Falklands Marine Spatial Plan. He now leads the Coastal Mapping project, a three-year Defra (Darwin Plus) funded project mapping the coastal habitats of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.