Meet the Team

Members of the project team had a range of skills and experience. The team worked closely with the stakeholders to assist them in the process that culminated in recommendations for Marine Conservation Zones, and were responsible for the day-to-day running of the project. The core team was based in the project office at the University of Kent and included:

Project Manager - Sue Wells

Sue grew up on Chichester Harbour and learnt to sail in her father’s home made dinghy. She has extensive experience in marine protected area management. Recently, she spent five years in East Africa, working on projects that involved local communities, fishermen and other stakeholders in marine protected area planning.  Many of the issues she encountered are similar to those faced by stakeholders in south-east England and she will bring this experience to the MCZ work. Sue can be contacted on 07584 020775.

MPA Planner - Hannah Thomas

Hannah spent several years in biodiversity research and protected area management before joining Balanced Seas.  Her background is in Conservation Biology and she gained experience of conservation planning processes and decision support tools in South Africa’s Western Cape.

GIS/Data Officer – Greg Vaughan

Greg is a GIS specialist who has worked on a variety of scientific, government and commercial projects both in the UK and overseas.  Most recently before joining the Balanced Seas team Greg was working on the Thames Estuary 2100 project for the Environment Agency.  Greg’s role is to manage and analyse the geographical information for the project to support the planning process.

GIS Assistant - Anna Gibson

Anna works with Greg to analyse the geographical information for the project to support the planning process and producing the many maps used to facilitate discussions in the stakeholder meetings and published in the project reports.

Economist – Bernard Morizet

Bernard has had a long career at the World Bank and extensive experience of impact assessments and evaluating economic costs and benefits of projects. He is French and has a doctorate in Economics. Bernard has settled near Canterbury with his family.

Communications Coordinator - Phil Darrell-Smith

Phil is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has considerable experience of marketing and communications roles in various sectors such as publishing, IT, environment, and local government, including five years spent working with a regional conservation authority in the heart of the Great Lakes in Canada.

Communications Coordinator - Sally Moore

Sally’s lengthy work experience and marketing studies have provided her with a comprehensive understanding of the tools and techniques essential for effective communication.  New to the marine world, she feels one of her strengths is to challenge difficult language and convert technical jargon to plain English – she promises to make sure she understands something before asking others to do so!

Balanced Seas has two Engagement Officers who are hosted by other organisations in the project area:

Stakeholder Engagement Officer - Amy Pryor

Amy Pryor - hosted by the Thames Estuary Partnership, University College London (general stakeholder engagement and help with fisheries work); can be contacted on 07584 020771

With a background in Marine Biology, Amy first went to sea in 2000 as a fisheries observer and scientific sampler working on board deep sea fishing vessels in the North and South Atlantic.  After seven years, she moved to London to work for the Zoological Society of London as the project coordinator for the Marine and Freshwater Conservation Programme.  Amy is based in London, where she is well placed to help Balanced Seas engage with sea users throughout Kent, Essex and the Thames Estuary.

Fisheries Engagement Officer - Jules Martin

Jules Martin –hosted by East Sussex County Council, Lewes (co-ordinator for engagement with the fisheries sectors); can be contacted on 07584 020752

Jules, a master fisherman, began his fishing career in Sussex. He has skippered vessels and worked in the industry all over the world. At the age of 22 he was running a prawn trawler off West Africa.
Following a break from the sea to obtain a degree in Fishery Science he conducted a 2 year survey of the fish stocks around the Falkland Islands for the F.C.O., resulting in the establishment of the Falklands Interim Conservation & Management Zone, and the Fisheries Department in November 1986.
Jules then worked for J. Marr Ltd. in Hull, and more recently as a self-employed marine fisheries adviser. He was a member of the Cefas ‘Applied Fisheries Science & Technology’ team, based in Newlyn, Cornwall, before returning to Sussex to join Balanced Seas.