Members of the NOC Directorate between them have management responsibility for the Centre’s entire budget and their responsibilities span the full mission of the Centre.

Executive Director: Professor Ed Hill OBE

Ed took office as Executive Director of the NOC in April 2010 and has overall responsibility for the management and leadership of the Centre. In that capacity he is a member of the Executive Board of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). He is also a Professor of Oceanography at the University of Southampton.

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Director of Science and Technology: Professor Angela Hatton

Angela joined the NOC in December 2016. Angela is a microbial biogeochemist with a specific interest in the role microorganisms play in the production and removal of environmentally significant trace gases. Angela has participated in numerous seagoing research expeditions as part of international scientific programmes including OMEX, LOIS, ESCAPE and DISCO as well as field based studies in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

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Chief Operating Officer: Julie Pringle Stewart

Julie Pringle Stewart is the National Oceanography Centre’s Chief Operating Officer. Julie joined the NOC in 2006 from the Natural Environment Research Council’s Corporate Finance Team working on Dual Support Reform with BIS (then DST) and introducing best practice management accounting for sustainability and cost control.

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Chief Information Officer: Dr Graham Allen

Dr Graham Allen is the Chief Information Officer at the National Oceanography Centre and Head of the British Oceanographic Data Centre. Graham has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Southampton and a MSc and PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Wales, Bangor. Graham began his career as an observational physical oceanographer studying the physics of fjords and the role of mixing in coastal dynamics. He has held academic positions at the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, New Zealand. He then embarked on a career pivot, spending the next 10 years in senior management positions in commercial IT companies. Having returned to marine research at NOC in 2014, Graham now blends his scientific and commercial IT expertise to provide strategic leadership of data management and the use of IT at NOC. Graham serves on the GEBCO Guiding Committee, is a member of the NERC Information Strategy Group and chairs the NOC IT Board.


Associate Director, National Marine Facilities: Leigh Storey

Leigh Storey is the Associate Director, National Marine Facilities at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Leigh has a first degree in Marine Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the IMarEST and a Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. The majority of his career was spent in the Royal Navy as a Submariner. He joined the NOC in 2014 and has responsibility for the operation of the Royal Research Ships, the National Marine Equipment Pool and the associated structures that ensure it is available to support the UK Marine Science community.


Associate Director Enterprise and Research Impact: Kevin Forshaw

Kevin Forshaw has been engaged in supporting the Marine and Maritime sector for over 15 years, acting as the interface between Universities, Research Organisations and Industry. He established a Marine Thematic Group while working for the European Commission’s Innovation Relay Centre, and has since worked for 3 Universities before joining the NOC. He has established numerous collaborative research projects focused on vessel efficiency, and now increasingly Marine Autonomous Systems, that have leveraged many millions of EC and UK public funding.

Kevin also sits on various UK national and regional committees including the Marine Industries Leadership Council, Marine Industries Leadership Group and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership’s Solent Marine and Maritime Working Group. His work is focused on economic development, and how the NOC and other Research Organisations can assist with the development of high-value marine science businesses that will stimulate job creation and benefit the UK economy.


Associate Director for Government, International and Public Engagement: Prof Russell Wynn

Prof Russell Wynn is NOC’s first Associate Director for Government, International and Public Engagement, and is responsible for advising UK Government and a wide range of industry partners on NOC’s science and technology capabilities. He oversees the NOC Communications team and the International and Strategic Partnerships Office. Russell was previously Head of NOC Marine Geoscience at NOC, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed science papers on topical marine matters, including submarine geohazards, marine conservation, and novel use of MAS technologies. Russell is also an Honorary Professor at University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD in marine geoscience in 2000.


Associate Director - Corporate and Business Support: VACANCY

Overseeing a broad range of customer focused corporate services, the role will have a significant emphasis on business partnering and contract relationships, both internally and externally, delivering outstanding and sustainable outcomes. The role also has responsibility for overseeing a variety of business-critical projects and as such the opportunity for impact is extensive. A second key aspect is to have full oversight of all risk and compliance issues. Building strong relationships with key internal stakeholders is an essential element of the role. Based in Southampton, the role will require some travel to the NOC site in Liverpool.

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