Leadership

Members of the NOC Executive between them have management responsibility for the Centre’s entire budget and their responsibilities span the full mission of the Centre.

Executive Director: Professor Ed Hill OBE

Ed took office as Executive Director of the NOC in April 2010 and has overall responsibility for the management and leadership of the Centre. In that capacity he is a member of the Executive Board of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). He is also a Professor of Oceanography at the University of Southampton.

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Director of Science and Technology: Professor Angela Hatton

Angela joined the NOC in December 2016. Angela is a microbial biogeochemist with a specific interest in the role microorganisms play in the production and removal of environmentally significant trace gases. Angela has participated in numerous seagoing research expeditions as part of international scientific programmes including OMEX, LOIS, ESCAPE and DISCO as well as field based studies in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

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Chief Operating Officer: Julie Pringle Stewart

Julie Pringle Stewart is the National Oceanography Centre’s Chief Operating Officer. Julie joined the NOC in 2006 from the Natural Environment Research Council’s Corporate Finance Team working on Dual Support Reform with BIS (then DST) and introducing best practice management accounting for sustainability and cost control.

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Chief Information Officer: Dr Graham Allen

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. Graham serves on the GEBCO Guiding Committee, is a member of the NERC Information Strategy Group and chairs the NOC IT Board.

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Associate Director, National Marine Facilities: Leigh Storey

Leigh Storey is the Associate Director, National Marine Facilities at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Leigh has a first degree in Marine Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the IMarEST and a Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. The majority of his career was spent in the Royal Navy as a Submariner. He joined the NOC in 2014 and has responsibility for the operation of the Royal Research Ships, the National Marine Equipment Pool and the associated structures that ensure it is available to support the UK Marine Science community.

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Associate Director for Government, International and Public Engagement: Prof Russell Wynn

Prof Russell Wynn is NOC’s first Associate Director for Government, International and Public Engagement, and is responsible for advising UK Government and a wide range of industry partners on the NOC’s science and technology capabilities. He oversees the NOC Communications team and the International and Strategic Partnerships Office. Russell was previously Head of Marine Geoscience at NOC, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed science papers on topical marine matters, including submarine geohazards, marine conservation, and novel use of MAS technologies. Russell is also an Honorary Professor at University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD in marine geoscience in 2000.

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Associate Director, Corporate and Business Support: Natalie Campbell

Natalie is Associate Director of Corporate Business Support, which provides a comprehensive, professional, seamless support infrastructure to facilitate the core business of the NOC. Natalie received a BSc in Ocean and Earth Science from the University of Liverpool and an MSc in Oceanography from the University of Southampton. After graduating Natalie progressed through several roles with the Natural Environment Research Council learning how technical project support skills are essential to all successful funding applications and science expeditions. In 2013 she became the Head of Science and Project Support at the NOC and advanced to Associate Director in 2018 demonstrating her passion and commitment to the diverse teams of professionals enabling world-leading science and engineering. Natalie has now graduated on the Project Leadership Programme delivered by Cranfield University School of Management, the purpose of which is to develop a new cadre of elite project leaders.

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Associate Director for Strategic Business Development: Dr Pushkar Wadke

Pushkar has a background in technology transfer with over fifteen years experience in the commercialisation of research. Most recently, his focus was on developing forward looking technology transfer strategy, identifying gaps and recommending novel initiatives to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Imperial College London where he was Associate Director, Technology Ventures (Aug 2016- Aug 2018). Previously Pushkar was Technology Transfer Manager at Queen Mary Innovation (June 2012 - Aug 2016) and prior to that Commercialisation Executive at the University of Manchester Intellectual Property (June 2008 - June 2012).

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Associate Director for Research: Prof. Doug Connelly

Prof Doug Connelly joined the NOC Executive team on 1 July 2019 as Associate Director for Research. Doug has worked in Southampton for 19 years, initially for the University of Southampton and for the NOC since 2010. Doug trained as a geochemist specialising in trace element cycling in marine systems. He has extensive experience in running collaborative research projects across Europe, having coordinated three large European funded projects alongside other NERC and commercially funded research. Much of Doug’s work has been in the development of in situ sensor technology development for marine applications, from hydrothermal vent research to offshore carbon capture and storage. Prior to starting work in Southampton Doug spent a number of years as a research scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. He has worked with a range of academic and industrial partners over his time at the NOC and is involved in a number of staff-focussed groups at the NOC especially around staff development, equality and diversity.

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