Prof Edward Hill

Position: 
Executive Director
Group: 
Directorate
Email: 
ehill@noc.ac.uk
Location: 
Southampton
Telephone: 
+44 (0)23 8059 5105

Professor Edward Hill is Executive Director of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in the United Kingdom.  The NOC is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and has a remit to provide UK national capability to undertake and enable large-scale oceanographic sciences from coast to deep ocean.  His research background is in physical oceanography where he specialised in the circulation of continental shelf seas, during which time he participated in over 20 research ship expeditions and led half as Chief Scientist.

Professor Hill has served on numerous national and international advisory bodies including the International Steering Group of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the European Marine Board (EMB), the cross-Government UK Marine Science Coordination Committee (MSCC), the Governing Board of the National Centre for Ocean Forecasting (NCOF) and NERC’s Executive Board and Science and Innovation Strategy Board (SISB).

Professor Hill received his MSc and PhD degrees in oceanography from Bangor University (Marine Science Laboratories, Menai Bridge) and his BSc in applied mathematics from the University of Sheffield.  He was subsequently recognised by both universities with the award of an Honorary Fellowship (Bangor) and an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Sheffield).  He was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 for services to environmental sciences. . 

Committee and Board Memberships: 

Ed serves on a number of national and international bodies and advisory panels some as Director of NOC and some in a personal capacity, including;

Chair:

Science Alignment Working Group UK Marine Science Coordination Committee (2010-2012); Governing Board of the National Centre for Ocean Forecasting (2006-2008); Programme Executive Board  of the Oceans 2025 Strategic Research Programme (2007-2011);  Mid-term Review Panel for Ocean Networks Canada for the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (2014); Drafting Group for the “Rome Declaration” Euroceans (2014).

Vice Chair:

European Marine Board (2007-2012)

Member:

NERC Executive Board (since 2002); NERC Science and Innovation Strategy Board (2008-2011);

UK Marine Science Coordination Committee (since 2009); Scientific Advisory Group of the Met Office Hadley Centre (2007-2010); Scientific Advisory Board: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (since 2010); Strategic Programme Board for the NERC/Met Office Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme (since 2013).

Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (since 2003); Scientific Advisory Panel of the Helmholtz (formerly Leibnitz) Centre for Ocean Research (GEOMAR), Kiel, Germany (since 2009); Science Advisory Panel: Japanese Agency for Marine Earth Science & Technology (2013); International Steering Group of the Global Climate Observing System (2007-2010).