BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Robert has over 40 years’ experience of the Cornish fishing industry and has owned, crewed and operated inshore trawlers. The company Wing of St. Mawes and its brand Cornish Fishmonger, were started in the mid 1980’s, championing Cornish fishermen and sustainable fishing practices. Robert is chair of the board of commissioners who manage the fishing port of Newlyn and is passionate about the local fishing industry and marine biology.
Founding Chairman of NLH & Former Chief Officer for Cornwall IFCA
Edwin Derriman MBE
Edwin started his career at sea as a “decky learner” when he was just 15 years of age. He worked on vessels fishing the Norwegian Deeps and the North Sea for the first decade and a half of his career, while working his way up through the ranks. He obtained his Skippers Certificate (Class 1, Deck Officer (Full)) in 1979 and went on to work as master of several vessels around the world including an eight month voyage to the Falkland Islands in 1989. He spent a total of 26 years at sea. In 1990 he changed direction in his career and became a Fishery Officer with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and two years later was made the Chief Fishery Officer in 1992 for the local authority in Cornwall, a post he retired from in March 2015. Edwin was the main initial driving force behind the Hatchery and has been working on this project since 1992.
Baroness Wilcox heralds from a Plymouth fishing family and has been involved in the fishing industry all her life. She has spent over 20 years in the international food industry. The Baroness is a member of the House of Lords, President of the National Federation of Consumer Groups, Governor of Imperial College, a member of the All Party Fisheries Committee of Parliament and Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry, Energy and Science in the Lords, President of the Institute of Trading Standards, a non executive Director of Carpet Right Plc and Johnson Services Plc, a member of the governing body of the Institute of Food Research and a member of the Council of the Federation for Science and Technology. The Baroness is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds an Honorary Science Doctorate from the University of Plymouth.
Treasurer & Company Secretary
Peter Hodgson, CBE, FCA, D.L.
Peter Hodgson is a senior partner of chartered accountants, Hodgsons, and a former Chairman of University College Falmouth. In addition to his role at Hodgsons, Peter is a director of various private companies. He is also involved in a number of voluntary organisations and charities. Peter was Chairman of University College Falmouth from 1999 to 2007, having been a governor since 1997 and Chairman of the Finance Committee between 1998 and 1999. During his term as governor and then Chairman, Peter oversaw the purchase of the Tremough Campus and the subsequent decision to share the space with the University of Exeter. He also presided over the achievement of Taught Degree Awarding Powers and the name change from Falmouth College of Arts to University College Falmouth. Peter was instrumental in the merger with Dartington College of Arts in 2008. Peter was appointed High Sheriff of Cornwall in 2005 and Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall in 2006.
Lord St Levan
James lives at St Michael’s Mount, which attracts over 300,000 visitors each year and is managed in partnership with the National Trust. As well as operating the visitor activities on the Mount, his family business comprises a 600 year old agricultural estate, Cornish Heritage Builders, the Godolphin Arms and the Mount Haven Hotel in Marazion. He is the founder Chairman of Pirate FM, from which has grown UKRD Group, the fourth largest commercial radio group in the UK. He is Chairman of Visit Cornwall, and negotiated the transfer of its operations from the public sector to a community interest company. James also keeps a watchful eye on his seven lobster pots in Mount’s Bay.
Jo Henley BSc, MSc, PhD
Dr Jo Henley is a marine scientist, with a PhD in marine science communication. Jo has worked in marine education in Cornwall since 2005, designing marine interpretation and educational resources for schools, museums and charities across the county. Jo is also Senior Lecturer in BA Marine and Natural History Photography at Falmouth University, where her research interests include ocean optimism, blue health and public engagement in blue spaces. Jo has worked with the hatchery on their educational programme and visitor centre design since 2011 and is now delighted to be taking on a more advisory role in visitor engagement and learning as a trustee. Jo engages with the marine environment in all elements of her life, being a Divemaster, a paddleboarder, the wife of a Naval Commander and a mother of two mini marine biologists.
Edward Coode MBE, BSC (Hons), Dip.Law
Ed has been a solicitor with the Cornish firm of Coodes LLP for the last ten years having previously completed his training at Burges Salmon LLP in Bristol. His ‘first love’ however is marine science and he studied Marine Biology and Oceanography as an undergraduate at Newcastle University. After Newcastle University Ed spent his twenties rowing for Oxford University, Leander Club and the GB national team. He is a double world champion and Olympic champion and retired from rowing after winning at the Athens Olympics in 2004 in the 4- with Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell and Steve Williams. Ed grew up near Bodmin and now lives near Wadebridge with his wife Clare and four children.
Charles has over 40 years experience working in private equity and investment. He is still currently a Partner at Inflexion Private Equity where he is a member of the Investment Committee. This business and investment background is invaluable to the National Lobster Hatchery as we strive to move forward in our business plan in order to become a more financially self-sustaining organisation. Charles has many interests and is an enthusiastic sailor. He strongly believes in giving something back to society and is an extensive supporter of Mellon Educate (building schools in South Africa) and the Pace Centre (supporting children with cerebral palsy).
Since she was a child, Amie has had a passion for protecting the environment. She has worked for several environmental charities, including WWF and Keep Scotland Beautiful. Prior to moving to Cornwall, she was a political advisor to local authorities on climate change and zero waste. Amie is currently the Director of Cornwall Operations for the University of Exeter based in Penryn. She provides support to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor to deliver the University’s strategy and vision for education and research in Cornwall. Amie is the Chair of the NLH Research Committee, and brings skills in higher education, risk management and financial reporting.
Fundraising, Development Manager, Eden Project
Dan James BA (Hons)
Dan joined Eden Project in September 2002 to manage its funding activity across a number of sectors including Public funds, Trusts and Foundations. His role includes raising funds to pay for programmes and projects that deliver against Eden’s charitable mission, as well as playing a leading role in the establishment and maintenance of key regional stakeholder relationships. Prior to joining Eden, Dan spent 5 years working in local regeneration for Cornwall Enterprise and Government Office for the South West.
Geoff comes from a long line of Newquay fisherman who date back to the pilchard industry of the 1800’s. In the seventies he worked an under 10m Toms built vessel, the Shirley Anne, potting and trawling from Newquay and then handlining on the south coast for mackerel during the winter months. Later he went into teaching but retained his love of the sea and commitment to seafarers giving 20 years of service to the RNLI as both crew and now DLA. He was also station officer for the Newquay Coastguard rescue team from 1980 until 2005, during which time he was twice awarded the Chief CG Commendation for Meritorious Service. Retiring from full-time teaching in 2005, Geoff returned to his first love of potting with the Spirit of Cornwall and also assisted his son with his shellfish export business. Elected to Cornwall Council in 2009 Geoff now works to support seafarers as a member of the Harbours Board and as vice-chairman of the CIFCA.
Dr Phil Le Grice, PhD, BSc
Dr Phil Le Grice is Director of Trials and Research at Duchy College. Joining in 1998, his role has been to develop Duchy College’s role in research and development, and extension activities. This work has led to the college working with a huge range of industry and academic partners in training, organic research, horticulture, diversification activities leading to the formation of the Rural Business School. More recently Phil has worked to establish close links with farmers and food processors to help establish the Agri-Food innovation Centre, and its staff teams at Duchy College.Phil’s role with the NLH is to help advise on partnership activity, funding for and planning of research and education projects.
Chairman of the NLH Scientific Committee & Director of the European Community Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases at Cefas
Dr Grant Stentiford, BSc, PhD
Grant is the Director of the European Community Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases based at the CEFAS Weymouth Laboratory. Grant joined Weymouth in 2000 and his career highlights include; leading the development of molecular pathology within his team and the introduction of bio-informatics as a key requirement in linking pathology into the emerging technologies in molecular biology, such as proteomics. This is in addition to continuing to develop his skills as a crustacean pathologist.
Lecturer in Environmental Social Science, University of Exeter
Dr Rachel Turner, BSc, MSc PhD
I am an environmental social scientist focusing on marine resource governance, small-scale fisheries and coastal communities. My research uses social science methods to understand how socio-economic and environmental contexts drive resource-use behaviour and responses to change. The aim of my research is to inform management and governance systems, and help address challenges of sustainable natural resource management.
Professor of Ecology & Associate Dean of Education, University of Exeter
Prof Dave Hodgson, BSc, PhD
I am a quantitative ecologist, with a research focus in two fields. I study the maintenance of phenotypic variation in natural systems, such as viruses in insects, antiherbivore metabolites in plants, and niche specialists in bacterial microcosms. I also study the robustness of empirical models of population and community dynamics, with application to strategies of conservation management and the exploitation of natural resources. My goal is to lend ecology a predictive framework, and to help explain (and conserve) biodiversity.
Principal Scientific Officer for CIFCA
As the Principle Scientific Officer for Cornwall’s regional Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (IFCA), Colin leads the organisation’s research team, who conduct statutory and investigative environmental surveys of the area’s diverse coastal marine habitats in order to provide evidence with which to inform local fisheries policy, legislation and its enforcement. Colin’s lengthy hands-on experience as a fisheries officer in the field mean he is well placed to provide expert advice on marine habitats, environmental impact monitoring and fisheries conservation enforcement, as well as providing a current link to the local fishing community.
Emeritus Fisheries Scientist, Cefas
Dr Colin Bannister BSc, Hon DSc
I am a career fisheries scientists who started at the then MAFF Fisheries Laboratory, Lowestoft in 1964, and retired from it in CEFAS days in 2004. To begin with I worked on tagging and assessing flatfish stocks at Iceland and in the North Sea, but also spent 1976-77 as the first scientific advisor to DG9 and DG14 in Brussels during the formulation of the CFP.My association with SAGB dates back to 1981 when I became head of the shellfish science team at Lowestoft when Eric Edwards became SAGB Director. I attended the SAGB committees, and became deeply involved with advice to MAFF, SAGB and SFCs on the containment and eradication of Bonamia, lobster management and stock enhancement, the management of cockle, oyster, scallop, whelk and razor fisheries, and projects on gravel dredging at Race Bank and Hastings Shingle Bank, to name just some of the highlights that culminated in the Walne Lecture of 1999. During that period I also attended the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea in Copenhagen as Chair of the Shellfish Committee, and later of the Consultative Committee, which reorganised ICES science in the 1990s.Since ‘retirement’ I have returned to the shellfish fold, taking part in a range of MSC assessments of shrimp and lobster fisheries in North America and Greenland, attending the SAGB committees, and writing contract reports on the Shellfish Industry Development Strategy, the National Shellfish Resource Group, and the Management of Brown Crab fisheries, on which I am currently leading for SAGB.Along the way the SAGB has been kind enough to appoint me as an Honorary Life Member and Council Member, and in 2009-11 I was chair of the Crustacean Committee, and also an honorary auditor.
Shellfish Scientist, Cefas
Ros McIntyre, BSc, MSc
Ros is a fisheries scientist and has worked with shellfish at Cefas since 2009. One of her main roles is to produce regional stock assessments for lobster, and it is her ongoing mission to improve the quality and quantity of the data so we can get the best out of the assessments. Ros is also a member of the ICES crab and lobster working group, as well as being involved in a wide range of research, from tagging crabs, to intertidal surveys and whelk maturity studies.
Dr Adam Powell, PhD, BSc
Adam is an aquaculture researcher/manager with specific interest in hatcheries, novel species, welfare, pathogens and disease prevention, immunology, crustaceans. After completing his PhD on culture techniques and health of crabs, Adam spent a decade working for Swansea University, where he helped develop their Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Gothenburg’s Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences.
Retired - Head of Strategic Economic Development in Cornwall, University of Exeter
Jean Taylor, MBE, BSc (Hons), Dip Data
Prior to her retirement in 2015, Jean spent twenty one years working for the University of Exeter, based at their campus in Cornwall. Her role involved engaging the business community in Cornwall with the academic expertise, promoting opportunities for collaboration, research and development and higher level skills development. She became Head of Strategic Economic Development in Cornwall for the University, focussing on EU funding and the contribution of higher education to the economic development of Cornwall. In her early career in South Africa, she was Research and Development Manager for a corporate involved in the manufacture of high temperature materials for the metallurgical industry. Her particular areas of interest for NLH include strategic planning, the development of the research programme, public sector funding opportunities and intellectual property.
Research & Development Manager, NLH
DR CARLY DANIELS, BSc, PhD
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, NLH
Dr Charlie Ellis, BSc, PhD
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.