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Management team

We view PISCES as a project being delivered for and by the stakeholders of the Celtic Sea. WWF-UK, WWF-Spain and The Environment Council are working in partnership with collaboration from SeaWeb and the Coastal & Marine Research Centre to coordinate and facilitate the process. Together we make up the core PISCES management team.

Lyndsey Dodds

Dr Lyndsey Dodds

Project Manager, WWF
Lyndsey manages and co-ordinates the PISCES project and has been with the project since 2009. She has been working with WWF since 2007. Prior to PISCES she was working on a campaign to deliver a UK Marine Act, where she was instrumental in ensuring that WWF’s concerns were considered at Westminster. She completed her PhD research at the Scottish Association for Marine Science where she researched the ecology and physiology of the deep-sea coral ‘Lophelia’. She studied for a Masters degree in Marine and Fisheries Science at Aberdeen University.

Toby Roxburgh

Toby Roxburgh

PISCES Policy Liasion Officer, WWF
Toby was coordinating author of the PISCES ecosystem approach guide. He led the guide development and drafting process and coordinated views and input from PISCES stakeholders, team, advisory group and external reviewers. Toby also provided marine policy advice and support across the project, maintained dialogue with government and industry stakeholders, coordinated and facilitated advocacy work in the project countries and co-organised project outreach events. He represented the project at a wide range of conferences, workshops and meetings. Toby has 15 years’ experience in marine policy, governance, planning and management in over 20 countries. He has an MSc in Applied Marine Science from Plymouth University.

Jane Ewing

Jane Ewing

Communications Officer, WWF
Jane Ewing is covering Jodie Harris’ maternity leave, as the PISCES Communications Officer, producing messages to spread the word about PISCES. She is based in the WWF Cymru office and joined the team in March 2011. She brings a breadth of communications experience from a corporate and academic background and has previously worked for Cardiff University and the Welsh Assembly Government. Jane has a BA in English Literature.

Claire Lowe

Claire Lowe

Web Producer, WWF
Claire provides web project management and support for the online activities of the PISCES project, alongside delivering other WWF-UK web projects such as Earth Hour. Claire has previously worked for Lloyd’s of London and the Law Society of England & Wales. She has a BSc in Environmental Science and an MPhil in Environmental Education.

Shelley Stevens

Shelley Stevens

PISCES Administration Officer, WWF
Shelley provides administrative support to the PISCES team. She joined WWF in January 2011 and worked for several years in administrative roles for various organisations before returning to study for a degree with the Open University. She holds a BSc in Environmental Studies - where her dissertation focused on sustainable fishing. She gained an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College, London studying carabid beetles and edge effects. She has worked as a resident naturalist in the Tambopata reserve in Peru and spent time volunteering on a turtle conservation project in Kefalonia in Greece.

José Luis García Varas

José Luis García Varas

Head of Marine Programmes, WWF Spain
José Luis has been Head of Marine Programmes for WWF Spain since 2002. Previously, he worked on projects in Latin-America and Africa as an Agronomic Engineer for WWF. He is now an expert in marine issues including Marine Protected Areas, fishing policy, coastal management, and shipping. In 1995, he worked on a proposal for a Representative Network of Marine Protected Areas in Spain and in 1998, he participated in the preparatory meetings to create Spain’s first off-shore Marine Protected Area. He has also been involved in the creation of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Canary Islands. José Luis participates in international meetings with ICCAT, IMO, IWC and represents WWF on the Spanish Minister’s Environmental Advisory Council for marine and coastal issues. He also finds time to manage the communications for WWF Spain’s marine programme and gives regular interviews on TV, radio and in newspapers.

Carlota Viada

Carlota Viada

PISCES Officer - WWF Spain
Carlota Viada is a biologist, based in Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain). She works as a environmental consultant and is currently supporting WWF-Spain to develop the PISCES project in Spain. She has experience of managing European projects and coordinating stakeholders participation in environmental initiatives. She previously worked in the Spanish Ornithological Society for 10 years, dealing with site protection, dissemination, and conservation campaigns.

Coral García Barón

Coral García Barón

Press Officer, Communications Department, WWF Spain
Coral has been based in Madrid since 2002. She focuses on marine and forest communications issues for WWF Spain and coordinates events. She is in charge of the Spanish media work for PISCES, communicating the importance of this initiative to journalists and raising the profile of the project in the media.

Tim Morrell

Tim Morrell

Tim Morrell - Lead Facilitator, The Environment Council
Tim spent 10 years working as a consultant, coach and facilitator in corporate business, before leaving to complete an MSc in Business Psychology. He joined The Environment Council in 2009 and has been involved in a number of high-profile stakeholder projects. He is first and foremost interested in people, their backgrounds and their perspectives. As a facilitator his approach is pragmatic, and his priority is always to help people find their own solutions - individually or collaboratively - to the issues they face.

Erica Sutton

Erica Sutton

Project manager - The Environment Council
Since joining TEC, Erica has worked predominantly on dialogue and engagement projects with a wide range of national and local stakeholders and with members of the public. Erica has worked on many different topics that have included energy and decommissioning; local planning and land management issues.

Gerry Sutton

Gerry Sutton

Deputy Director, Coastal and Marine Resources Centre
Gerry has a degree in Marine Biology and Zoology, a Masters in Marine Resource Management and GIS, and a Diploma in Applied Project Management. As a professional hydrographic surveyor between 1989 and 1998 Gerry surveyed and co-produced numerous bathymetric and geophysical survey charts and reports, Environmental Impact Assessments, and Oceanographic Site Investigations. Over the last 11 years as a research scientist and certified project manager at CMRC Mr. Sutton has led and published research focussed on the application of high resolution seabed mapping techniques and the development of innovative GIS data management and dissemination methods to address key issues concerning the sustainable management of living and non-living resources. Gerry has recently completed two major research projects of direct relevance to PISCES objectives (Irish Sea Marine Aggregates Initiative-IMAGIN; and Advanced Acoustics re Fisheries Management-ADFISH). He currently chairs the ICES working group on Marine Aggregates, and is a WP leader and SC member for three current EU projects in the marine domain.

Cathal O Mahony

Cathal O’Mahony

Research Scientist, Coastal and Marine Resources Centre
Cathal is a member of the coastal governance group within the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre (CMRC) and since joining the CMRC in 2001 his research has primarily focused on capacity building and developing mechanisms for implementation of integrated coastal management. Cathal’s research experience also includes participation in projects focused on climate change adaptation in coastal and marine environments, sustainable tourism in coastal areas, environmental education, marine resource management and the use of remote sensing for marine and coastal applications. Cathal is a part-time lecturer for the MA course in Geography (Integrated Coastal Zone Management and GIS), and is also Managing Editor for the Journal for Nature Conservation. Cathal holds a BSc. in Earth Science, and a MSc. in Environmental Resource Management.

Sarah Twomey

Sarah Twomey

Environmental Scientist, Coastal and Marine Research Centre
Sarah joined the CMRC’s coastal governance group in 2010 working as a research scientist on various EU funded coastal and marine projects and contributing to the maintenance of the Marine Irish Digital Atlas (MIDA), an online directory of marine and coastal zone resources. Prior to this position, Sarah worked with the International Cooperation Unit of the Irish Marine Institute, operating an EU Desk and Information Service, publishing directories and providing advice and training to researchers to maximise Irish participation in competitive EU funded marine programmes. Sarah holds a BSc. in Geography and Sports Science from Loughborough University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology and an MA in Integrated Coastal Zone Management and GIS from University College Cork. Her research focuses primarily on stakeholder engagement, marine law and policy, marine renewables and maritime spatial planning.

Kristian Teleki

Kristian Teleki

Vice President - Science Initiatives, SeaWeb
Kristian has a diverse background in marine science and conservation, and his field experience extends from the polar to tropical environments. He is particularly interested in the relationship that humans have with the ocean and promoting the sustainable use of its resources. Kristian is on the Editorial Board of Aquatic Conservation, is a member of the Resource Users Group for the European Project on Ocean Acidification and is a Steering Committee member of the Global Islands Partnership and the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands. He is also a member of the Board of the Centre for Rural Empowerment and the Environment and its Scientific Advisory Committee, and is an advisor to Community Centred Conservation.

Elisabeth Vallet

Elisabeth Vallet

European Director - Seafood Choice Alliance, SeaWeb
Elisabeth joined the Seafood Choice Alliance in October 2006 to work with industry leaders and NGOs across continental Europe to increase the market for sustainable seafood. Elisabeth comes from a communications, policy and trade association background. She spent nine years as the Communications and Project Manager of the European Council of Young Farmers, an association based in Brussels that represents young farmers throughout the EU member States. In that role, she worked with private industry, policymakers, consumers, NGOs and other associations. She implemented a pan-European educational project, which aimed to raise the awareness of schoolchildren concerning European agriculture. Most recently, Elisabeth worked for the European Commission at DG Environment. Before her Brussels work, she helped to establish a trade association on biofuels in France.

Daria Siciliano

Dr Daria Siciliano

Director of Science, SeaWeb
With expertise in coral reef ecology, marine spatial planning and remote sensing, Daria holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Biological Oceanography and a Bachelor of Science in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She works to synthesize and communicate marine science, bridging the worlds of academia, the media and policymakers.

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