THE OFFICE TEAM
Dom Boothroyd, BSc, MSc
Dom is responsible for the day to day management of the business, from raising the public profile of the charity, to writing research proposals and lending a hand in the hatchery. Dom was born and raised in North Cornwall, gained an Honours Degree in Fisheries and Ocean Science, a Masters Degree in Fish Biology, and then worked in Aquaculture for a few years before working in the ornamental industry and eventually public Aquaria. Before coming to the NLH Dom was the Curator of the Aquaria at the World famous Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai.
Business Development Officer
Clare Stanley, BSc
Clare was born and bred in Padstow and loves nothing more than to be beside the sea. After graduating from university with a degree in biology (specialising in marine biology) she took off travelling before moving to London where she spent 13 years working in music, marketing and PR. Clare returned to Cornwall in 2009 to raise her son Oscar, who has certainly inherited her love for the sea. It was actually during her visits with Oscar to see the ‘baby lobsters’ that Clare developed such a passion for The National Lobster Hatchery and realised her academic background combined with her marketing skills could come to valuable use.
Education & Outreach Officer
Cat Wilding, BSc, MRes
Cat has spent the past ten years working in various marine conservation, education and research roles, including a brief stint fishing for lobsters in the Bristol Channel! Since graduating with a BSc and MRes in Marine Biology from Plymouth University, Cat has shared her passion for the sea by working for the Marine Biological Association and then Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Cat is keen to combine her enthusiasm for all things marine with her communication skills, in order to promote responsible fishing practices and educate visitors about the importance of a thriving marine environment.
Finance & Website Coordinator
Sarah has worked with a wide diversity of aquaculture and marine related organisations from a trout farm on Exmoor, Tropical Marine Centre the biggest tropical fish importer for the aquatic trade (in London), a tilapia fish farm that also grew ornamental goldfish, carp and sturgeon in Derby. Sarah worked at the Endangered Breeding Centre for Arabian Wildlife in Dubai. Mostly in an administrative and financial role but often hands on with the livestock.
Closer to home across the border into Devon, Sarah worked at the University of Plymouth on European Funded projects, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs. She joined the lobster team in 2006.
Finance Assistant for Lobster Grower
David originally hailed from the South East and moved to Cornwall in 2016 and joined the NLH in April 2017 as bookkeeper. He studied Agriculture in East Sussex and Shropshire before becoming an Accountant in the Agricultural Supply Industry at various locations across the country for the majority of his career.
VISITOR CENTRE & SALES TEAM
Public Education Assistant
Anne has been a very successful business woman and is locally known for her charm when she was landlady of the ‘Ring of Bells’ in St Issey, that went on to win the Pub of the Year. She has brought fresh ideas and great enthusiasm to the Visitor Centre.
Public Education Assistant
Jane comes from an art/creative background but has also worked for local government and the NHS. She enjoys sourcing local seasonal food and has worked in farm shops throughout the Country. Her main passions are beachcombing, foraging and the sharing of knowledge.
Visitor Centre Assistant
Jordan COOPER, BSc
I’ve lived in Cornwall since I was 10 years old which ultimately led to developing a strong interest in the ocean environment through spending the majority of my free time participating in water sports, rock-pooling and reading about the sea. A hobby transformed into a passion where I then studied Marine Biology and Ecology at College and then went on to gain an Honours degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography in 2017.
Web Sales Assistant
If you’ve received your web order then its more than likely Sarah packaged it up and sent it off with a bit of lobster love included.
Senior Hatchery Technician
BEN MARSHALL HND, FDSc, BSc
Ben joined us here at the National Lobster Hatchery in February 2013. Originally from Manchester, Ben moved to Cornwall to study Marine Aquaculture (FdSc) through Cornwall College, which he completed in 2007.
During his studies, Ben was employed as an Aquarist at ‘Blue Reef’ Aquarium in Newquay. On completion of the course, he was promoted to Senior Aquarist and helped develop the sites captive breeding programme and was heavily involved with the rehabilitation and repatriation of marine turtles stranded in the U.K. whilst in this role.
Ben is now fully focused now on helping the team to increase production of lobsters to enhance local stocks and aid the conservation of this very important species.
Dr Jacky Tyler, MB BS, BSc
Originally trained and worked as a GP. After moving back to Cornwall Jacky took an honours degree with the OU, with modules in Oceanography, evolution and Pollution control. Enjoys water sports such as sailing, kayaking and diving. Jacky started work at the hatchery in the visitor centre during our busy summer months and fortuitously managed to get the job as hatchery technician.
Ann McMillan, BSc, MRes
Hatchery Technician, Newlyn
After Ruth's Biology Degree in the USC (Spain) and two specializations (Animal and Marine Biology, with a publication in Populations Ecology), she took an Aquaculture Title in I.Ga.F.A. (Illa de Arousa), where she discovered her love for the larval rearing. Originally from Galicia, she went to Cornwall to do her practices for the Aquaculture Title in the NLH during three months, as a Hatchery Technician Assistant. One month later, and with the Aquaculture Title in her hands, Ruth took the position of technician at the new Hatchery in Newlyn, and in her spare time she is discovering the beautiful landscapes of her new home and learning about Cornish History.
Hatchery Support Technician, Newlyn
Chris Weston, BSc
Chris joined the team as a technician at our new hatchery in Newlyn. A keen surfer and freediver in his spare time, he has previously worked at Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay and completed a degree in Zoology, focussing on marine conservation and the impact of pollution.
Research & Development Manager
DR CARLY DANIELS, BSc
Carly has been on the hatchery team since 2004 when she joined us as a student to undertake her graduate project. She stayed with the team as a research technician and has been the driving force behind much of the hatcheries research work. Carly completed her PhD in 2011 which was funded by the NLH, the Great Western Research Fund, the Fishmongers Company and the University of Plymouth. Moving on from Senior Hatchery Technician in 2012 Carly became Research & Development Officer driving our research forward and overseeing the research undertaken in-house and by students. Now she is heading up Europe’s largest lobster research project as Principal Investigator of Lobster Grower 2.
Post Doctoral Research Assistant for Lobster Grower 2 Project
Dr Charlie Ellis, BSc
I am a marine biologist and fisheries scientist with a broad experience in applied ecological research. I specialise in research and education, especially in areas of crustacean fisheries conservation, sustainable aquaculture, genetics and social enterprise science.
Project Officer for Lobster Grower 2 Project
Jake Scolding, BSc, MSc
Jake recently re-joined that Hatchery team in his role as Project Officer on the Lobster Grower 2 (LG2) project. He previously worked at the NLH as a research technician from 2008 to 2010 investigating disinfection protocols for rearing larval and post-larval lobsters. For the past 5 years Jake has been employed by the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research at Swansea University conducting research on the early life stages on a number of fish and shellfish species as well as being part-time crew on the University’s Research Vessel Noctiluca. Jake currently works alongside Dr Carly Daniels and Charlie Ellis as part of LG2, a project investigating methods of using sea-based container culture to grow lobsters at sea.
Adam Bates, BSc, MRes
Adam joined the team in 2016 and is playing an important role focusing on health, nutrition and water quality to improve the practical operation of the stocking programme and further develop culture techniques. We are delighted to have a dedicated member of staff to support the research and hatchery team. Adam’s work is funded by The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.