I became Head of Institute in March 2019 and I am the academic lead for their role in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal. Together with colleagues in Aquaculture, we won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2019 and got an Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2020. Previously, I was Dean of Postgraduate Research and Public Orator at Newcastle University (2004-2019).
I also act as the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor for the Marine Management Organisation and led the joint Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council bid to host its Head Quarters helping to create 320 local jobs.
My interdisciplinary personal chair in Marine Governance and Environmental Sciences was given at Newcastle University in 2010. I am a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and have held a number of senior academic leadership positions including serving on Council, Senate, Athena SWAN U-SAT, representing the PVC Research in RENKEI (Japan/UK Russell Group Initiative), Director of Research and Innovation and Director of EPSRC and NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships where I initiated interdisciplinary sandpits.
My published research focuses on science policy and governance. I have has won several awards for my work including the European Aquaculture Society’s highest honour, the Distinguished Service Award for research on balancing global food security and biodiversity conservation to achieve the UN SDGs. My policy work has influenced major international policy change giving advice to the Permanent Secretary of the Seychelles on its Blue Economy Strategy. In Oman, I received the highest award for developing an open innovation tool for measuring research impact.
I am a former President of the European Aquaculture Society, Chair of the Scottish Government’s Science Advisory Board, Non-Executive Director and Ministerial Appointed Scientific Advisor.