Alan is currently the Marine Science Policy Advisor within the International and Strategic Partnerships Office. However prior to January 2016 he was a Senior Scientist where he specialised in application of UNCLOS articles.
Having worked on all United Kingdom Continental Shelf submissions, pursuant to UNCLOS Article 76, for the generation of continental shelf areas beyond 200 nautical miles, Alan was a member of the United Kingdom’s delegation attending sessions with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) at the United Nations, New York, during the defence of two of the four UK submissions, namely the Celtic Shelf and Ascension Island.
Following the successful completion of the joint submission for the Celtic Shelf, Alan continues to support the FCO as technical adviser in relation to delimitation of the area of continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles as part of the UK delegation during negotiations with Ireland, France and Spain.
Alan has provided advice on interpretation and implementation of UNCLOS Article 76 to more than 20 foreign governments, which resulted in the completion of a number of submissions for continental shelf. He was also a member of the Barbados delegation during the defence of their submission.
In addition, Alan provides advice relating to Marine Scientific Research, in accordance with Part XIII of UNCLOS, in particular in relation to information included in diplomatic clearances for research expeditions managed by the NOC.
Alan is particularly interested in developing relationships with the UK Overseas Territories to develop capacity in areas of specialised marine science.
Alan is also leading the NOC contribution to the UK Prime Ministers initative to help Commonwealth Small Island Developing States develop their Blue Economies and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The initiative is a collaborative programme between the NOC, CEFAS and the UKHO.
Alan has contributed to a number of major EU programmes. He was regional coordinator for the Celtic Sea region in EMODnet Bathymetry, he also lead the Marine Spatial Planning tool element of the EU ACCESS project.