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We share the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) with the University of Southampton. If you cannot find who you are looking for, it may be because they work for our collaborative partner, Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Please check the Ocean and Earth Science website.

Centre Directors

Chief Executive
Director of Data, Science and Technology and Chief Scientist
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Associate Directors

Corporate and Business Support
Science and Technology
NOC Innovations
Digital Ocean
National Marine Facilities

Science and Technology

Marine Physics and Ocean Climate

Prof. Sheldon Bacon
Group Head
Prof. Penny Holliday
Associate Head
Dr Laurent Amoudry
Associate Head

National Marine Facilities

Logistics Technical Group

Tyrone Vernon
Group Head

Programme Management

Research Ship Operations

Guy Dale-Smith
Head of Research Ship Operations

Strategic Projects

Colin Day
Group Head



David Boot
Group Head


Samia Burridge
Group Head

Corporate and Business Support

Legal and Governance

Rachael Whitaker
Head of Governance and Contracts

Strategic Business Development and Innovation

Strategic Business Development

Huw Gullick
Head of Strategic Business Development and Innovation

Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

Mark Hamson
Innovation Centre Manager

Marine Information Products and Services

Layton Quinton
Head of MIPS