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. Recently seconded to SAERI, Neil has taken up the mantle of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in the Falkland Islands, working with local stakeholders on Phase II of the project to realise the development and implementation of a Falklands Marine Spatial Plan.