Advisory Bodies

NOC Stakeholder Advisory Board

The NOC Stakeholder Advisory Board is a non-executive body that advise on the strategic development of the NOC and its engagement with the wider community, including policy makers, industry and the public.

The board help the centre to maximise our impact and outreach via public engagement as well as advising on the development and delivery of the overall NOC strategy. They also work on behalf of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) to monitor and advise on the national leadership, co-ordination and facilitation remit of the centre, including the delivery of National Capability managed by the centre.

The expertise and experience the Members of the Advisory Council can offer us will be invaluable as we chart the way ahead.

Professor Ed Hill, Executive Director of the National Oceanography Centre

Current members of the NOC Stakeholder Advisory Board

Professor Dougal Goodman FREng, Dr James Baker, Professor Peter Liss CBE FRS, John Murray, Professor Peter Herzig, Dr Phil Heads, Professor Ajit Shenoi, Colin Grant, Dr Caron Montgomery, Professor Stephen Belcher

NOC Stakeholder Advisory Board TOR


Marine Facilities Advisory Board

The Marine Facilities Advisory Board (MFAB) has the task to develop a medium to long-term holistic strategy for future equipment requirements in Marine Science. This will respond to and reflect our community’s needs and to assess current and future funding.

Until 2011, the Natural Environmental Research Council’s (NERC) marine facilities were overseen by the Marine Facilities Review Group (MFRG), with advice on the National Marine Equipment Pool (NMEP) being provided by science requirements identified on small and medium sized enterprises forms and discipline-based User Groups. MFRG reviewed the delivery of cruises over the previous year, and took a forward view of equipment requirements for the delivery of future cruises and additions to the NMEP. While this provided a good mechanism for enhancing the NMEP, the remit of the Group was such that developing a strategic view of future equipment requirements was somewhat piecemeal and of short-term nature.

A medium to longer-term holistic approach to future equipment requirements is vital in an environment of burgeoning demands and erratic Government funding opportunity, especially where funding constraints are likely to become even more challenging in the future. Consequently, the processes of cruise review and strategy development has been separated, the latter activity being developed by the Marine Facilities Advisory Board (MFAB; membership listed below). Initially, its remit will involve an audit of marine equipment.

  • What is there?
  • What state is it in?
  • What has the usage been over the past 5–10 years?

This is essential information, both for current programmes, but also to anticipate the likely requirements for NERC-funded and other equipment facilities relevant to NERC sea-going science delivery in the near to medium future. Additionally MFAB will need to identify new and or emerging capabilities. Ultimately, we will develop a strategy that prioritises the equipment portfolio with regard to emergent and declining scientific requirements that will inform NOC and NERC senior management in their funding decisions.

Membership of Marine Facilities Advisory Board 2017

Name Affiliation email address Interest
Stuart Cunningham SAMS Physical Oceanography
Sophie Fielding BAS Pelagic Biology
Jackie Pearson NOC International and Strategic Partnerships Office
Robert Gatliff BGS Geology
Karen Heywood University of East Anglia Physical Oceanography
Mark Inall (Chair) SAMS Physical Oceanography
Erica Koning NIOZ O/S interests
Matt Mowlem NOC Geochemical Sensors
Phil Nightingale PML Air/sea exchange
Christine Peirce University of Durham Geophysics
Andy Rees PML Biogeochemistry
Captain Tim Stockings or Randolph Sliester British Antarctic Survey Operations Director
Randoph Sliester British Antarctic Survey Ships Programme and Ops Manager
Mike Webb NERC Science and Innovation Manager, Marine science
Russell Wynn NOC Chief Scientist Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems
Angela Hatton NOC Director of Science and Technology