Alan is Head of the International and Strategic Partnerships Office (ISPO) and a Marine Science Policy Adviser at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK.
With responsibility to deliver the ISPO’s National Public Good agenda, key roles include engaging with the global marine community by way of participation at international fora, bi-lateral relationships, project collaborations, engaging with foreign government agencies, the UK Overseas Territories and regional organisations with an interest in marine environment and research programmes.
Alan was a member of the UK technical team responsible for delivering the UK’s continental shelf submissions and was a member of the UK delegation during meetings with the UN’s Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. He provides advice relating to Marine Scientific Research in accordance with Part XIII of UNCLOS, as well as enabling the provision of the transfer of marine technology, as in accordance with Part XIV of UNCLOS.
Alan is the Alternate Head of the UK Delegation at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and sits on the IOC Group of Experts on Capacity Development. He is a member of the Advisory Panel of the UN’s International Seabed Authority (ISA) Endowment Fund, with responsibility for allocating capacity development funding to those with an interest in deep seafloor mineral exploration and exploitation. He has been a UK delegate at the UN’s Preparatory Committee on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction and at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference. Alan is the alternate Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) representative at the European Marine Board and the NOC representative to EuroGOOS.