Professor Ed Hill CBE is Chief Executive of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), having been appointed as Executive Director in 2010, previously holding the position of Director at NOC since 2005 and the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (NERC) in Liverpool 1999–2005.
He has a research background in physical oceanography, specialising in the circulation of continental shelf seas and participated in over 20 research expeditions. Professor Hill received his MSc and PhD degrees in oceanography from Bangor University and his BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Sheffield, and subsequently recognised by both universities with the award of an Honorary Fellowship (Bangor) and an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Sheffield).
Professor Hill has served, and continues to serve on numerous national and international advisory bodies. He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2020 for services to environmental sciences.