Steve champions activities that generate positive impact for people and the planet, both within UNEP-WCMC and beyond. He leads the fundraising, communication and partnership functions of UNEP-WCMC and oversees the strategic direction of the Centre’s portfolio of activities.
Steve has worked extensively with the UN family of ocean and biodiversity conventions, governments, agencies, businesses, universities and a wider network of international conservation organisations. He has over 20 years’ experience of ocean conservation research and practice. In recognition of this he was appointed as marine lead of the International Resource Panel by UN Environment and awarded of a full research professorship by Plymouth University. He has a strong track record of introducing effective organisation-wide management initiatives that generate positive directional change.
Steve is the technical lead of a Global Environment Fund funded project to consider the application of area-based planning techniques to areas beyond national jurisdiction. The outputs of this project will directly inform the UN process to develop legally binding measures for the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Steve led a community-based project to develop a marine plan for the waters surrounding the island of Alderney in the English Channel. This has created a step-change in the priority placed on the sustainable use of marine resources around the island.