Dr Graham Allen

Chief Information Officer
British Oceanographic Data Centre
+44 (0)151 795 4896

Dr Graham Allen is the Chief Information Officer at the National Oceanography Centre and Head of the British Oceanographic Data Centre. Graham has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Southampton and a MSc and PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Wales, Bangor. Graham began his career as an observational physical oceanographer studying the physics of fjords and the role of mixing in coastal dynamics. He has held academic positions at the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, New Zealand. He then embarked on a career pivot, spending the next 10 years in senior management positions in commercial IT companies. Having returned to marine research at NOC in 2014, Graham now blends his scientific and commercial IT expertise to provide strategic leadership of data management and the use of IT at NOC.

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Graham serves on the GEBCO Guiding Committee, is a member of the NERC Information Strategy Group and chairs the NOC IT Board. He also sits on the IT & Data Management Merit Promotion Panel



Mayer, Larry; Jakobsson, Martin; Allen, Graham; Dorschel, Boris; Falconer, Robin; Ferrini, Vicki; Lamarche, Geoffroy; Snaith, Helen; Weatherall, Pauline. 2018 The Nippon Foundation—GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project: The Quest to See the World’s Oceans Completely Mapped by 2030. Geosciences, 8 (2). 63-81.https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8020063