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Our Board

The SAERI Board of Trustees comprises many partners who are key strategically and scientifically. The structure includes a Board of Trustees and two sub-committees which not only leverage international relationships but also ensures science best practice.


Peter was Attorney General for the Overseas Territories of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands from 2014 -2017.

Peter qualified as a lawyer over 20 years ago.  He began his career as corporate/ M&A lawyer before taking his first Board level appointment in the public sector in 2002.  Peter has held a number of senior leadership roles – executive and non-executive – in the Public, Higher Education and Third sectors since then.  He is internationally recognised for his expertise in public law, public procurement and an public governance having worked in the UK, EU and further afield on a wide range of projects.

Peter was voted UK In House Lawyer of the Year in 2010 by the Lawyer Magazine and was appointed MBE in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012.

Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree and postgraduate qualifications in English Law and a Master’s Degree in International and European Law. He is a accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

PAUL BRICKLE – Executive Director

Dr Brickle is currently the Executive Director at SAERI as well as Reader in Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. Paul formed part of the initial task-and-finish group which reognised the need for a world-class research institute in the Falkland Islands and the wider South Atlantic Overseas Territories, and has led the organisation since its inception in 2012. He has taken the organisation from a starting point of one-and-a-half employees and a small grant from FIG to the organisation it is today.

Paul’s interests include the ecology and oceanography of the southern Patagonian Shelf, particularly the reproductive biology, age and growth, population dynamics and the population structure of marine species inhabiting the waters of this region. He also has a keen interest marine parasites and their use as biological tags for investigating the population structure and migration of fish hosts. Paul forms part of a number of trophic studies of marine fish around the Falkland Islands and is interested in the environmental and fisheries impact on trophic structures in communities. His interests include shallow marine ecology, community ecology and biogeography of small isolated islands particularly those in the South Atlantic. Paul is an active scientific diving member of the Falkland Islands-based Shallow Marine Surveys Group.



Stuart is Professor of Molecular Ecology & Evolution and the Director of Research in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.

His research interests are in using DNA variation among individuals, populations and species to gain novel insight into the behaviour, evolution, conservation and biology of a broad range of animals from both marine and terrestrial habitats. He has published over 150 articles in scientific journals as well as several book contributions.

He has been elected as Fellow of a number of learned societies, and sits on the editorial boards of several international scientific journals. He also Chairs key national and international research grant awarding bodies. In his spare time, he enjoys diving, climbing, photography and beer.


Stuart is Founder and Chairman of the Fortuna group of companies in the Falkland Islands.

In the course of his career he has been a member of The Islands Legislative Assembly and Executive Council and for eight years was a member of the Board of the Falkland Islands Development Corporation. Stuart was Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee for two years following its establishing legislation.
He is currently also Chairman of the Falkland Islands Fishing Companies Association.

His free time interests include trout fishing, gardening and South Atlantic Politics.


Teal Riley has almost 30 years’ experience in the geology and geochemistry of many aspects of continental and oceanic volcanism. He has worked for the British Antarctic Survey for almost 25 years and has been involved in 16 Antarctic field seasons and has led two marine geology/geophysics cruises in the Scotia Sea. His recent research has investigated the origins of silicic volcanism in the Antarctic Peninsula and Patagonian South America, the geochronology and geochemistry of Gondwana break-up magmatism, and volcanism of the South Sandwich intra-oceanic island arc. He has over 70 publications since 1997 in refereed journals.


Richard is currently serving as the Director of the ICOS Ocean Thematic centre based at NORCE (the Norwegian Research Centre) in Bergen Norway and as a senior scientist at the UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC), a position he has held since August 2019. Prior to that he was the chair of the NOC Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems group between 2012 and 2019, a research scientist in NOC between 2000 and 2012 and a PhD student and graduate researcher in the department of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia between 1993 and 2000. He has broad research interests in the ocean carbon cycle including the biological carbon pump, the mechanisms by which the ocean stores carbon biologically, sea surface carbon fluxes, fluxes of organic Carbon from land to ocean via rivers and the storage of carbon on land in coastal habitats. Recently he undertook fieldwork in the Falkland Islands associated with the latter elements.


Andrew has been the Director of Policy and Economic Development for the Falkland Islands Government since November 2019. His responsibilities include not only Policy and Economic Development but also oversight of the Environment, Public Health and National Archive units.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Andrew moved to Canada in his mid-twenties where he raised a family in the Canadian Northwest Territories. After working for many years in economic development in the NWT, Andrew moved to Yukon in 2008 where he held a number of posts with the federal Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency including that of Manager of Economic Development for Yukon, as well as Director of Business and Industry Development and Director of Regional Development with the Territorial Government’s Department of Economic Development.

Andrew holds a Joint Honours Degree from the University of Bristol in History and Economic and Social History. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Athabasca.
In his spare time, he enjoys walking, reading, watching EPL football and playing chess.