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 NOCs National Capability National and 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 is a Co-Chair of 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, which enables participation of representatives from developing states to participate in deep sea-floor exploration activities. Alan is a UK Delegate at the UN’s Intergovernmental Conference on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction and is the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) representative at the European Marine Board, where he was recently elected as a vice-Chair.