National Oceanography Centre’s CEO Professor Ed Hill to retire

Professor Ed Hill CBE

Professor Ed Hill CBE will retire as Chief Executive Officer of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in 2024, after more than twenty years since he was first appointed Director of NOC.

Professor Hill, physical oceanographer by background, was appointed as Executive Director in 2010, previously holding the position of Director at NOC and the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (Natural Environment Research Council).

Since then, he has led the organisation to become one of the world’s top oceanographic institutions. In particular, Professor Hill steered NOC through its transition to become an independent, not-for-profit research institute, an evolution completed in 2019. Professor Hill was also appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2020 for services to ocean and environmental sciences.

Professor Hill said: “It has been a huge privilege for me to lead the National Oceanography Centre and to work over the years with so many fantastic colleagues in this wonderful institution as well as across the UK and worldwide. Four years after becoming an independent organisation, and with NOC in such very strong scientific and financial health with a great leadership team, I feel now is the right time for me to pass the baton on to someone with a fresh pair of eyes – and I feel very confident in doing so”.

Professor Hill will continue to actively lead NOC until a successor is in place, maintaining our reputation for excellence. The National Oceanography Centre has engaged the services of Odgers Berndtson for the search for a new Chief Executive Officer, for more information please visit their website.