Our President, Vice Presidents and Trustees

MCS is governed according to charity law by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are unpaid volunteers. The Trustees are also directors of MCS according to company law.


HRH The Prince of Wales KG, KT, GCB

Honorary Vice Presidents

Professor David Bellamy OBE, Phd, FLs, FIBiol
Professor David Nichols

Board of Trustees

Chair: Hugh Raven

Hugh Raven has lived by the Hebridean Sea for much of his life.

He is a director of his family’s business, Ardtornish Estate, a trustee of the John Ellerman Foundation, a director of Corrour Estate, and chair of the Open Seas Trust.

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Tara Aldwin

Tara Aldwin qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 1998 and initially worked in a managerial role for a firm of Chartered Accountants in Luton, moving on to Audit & Compliance director in the firm. She looks after the audit, accounting and tax affairs of a portfolio of businesses and individuals ranging from small sole-traders, to medium sized manufacturing and service companies, to charities with assets of ten of millions of pounds.

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Steve Gray

Steve is Delivery Director with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. In his role, Steve oversees programmes and partnerships that support delivery of the Authority’s purposes – to conserve and enhance natural beauty and promote public understanding and enjoyment, whilst also fostering economic and social well-being of local communities.

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Mark Haviland

Mark’s principal area of expertise has been in international marketing, change management and restructuring with global brands including Walt Disney, CNN and Rakuten. He is currently EVP Global Development Officer for Rakuten for the EMEA region, with a focus on building the company’s profile and purpose.

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Professor David Kipling

Having originally trained as a zoologist, David spent over twenty years at Cardiff University, where his lab investigated how the diversity of the natural world can give insights relevant to human health. He has been a suba diver for several decades, initially training in Scotland in order to honeymoon in the Red Sea, and now does all of his UK diving via Seasearch.

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James Marsden

James is an independent environmental advisor, Welsh Government appointed member of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and Vice Chair & MMO appointed member of the Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority.

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Leigh Morris

Leigh is currently based for 2-years on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, one of the UK’s Overseas Territories. Leigh is spending half his time working as a consultant in the Marine Section of the Saint Helena National Trust and the other half assisting the St Helena Govt in their botanical conservation work.

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Giles Robertson

Giles Robertson’s expertise is in marketing and partnerships. He founded Green Banana Marketing, a company which solves marketing challenges in the ethical and sustainable sectors. Giles has previously worked as Marketing Director for environmental website, Greenvoice and as Head of Marketing and Communications at WWF.

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Susan Ronaldson

Susan is a chartered accountant and currently Director of Engagement & Change at the National Audit Office, with areas of expertise including financial management and audit, risk and change management, and governance. Previous roles have had responsibility for the audit of a range of public bodies including the Cabinet Office and Home Office, and included travel all over the world, from the Falkland Islands to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Other highlights include meeting Larry the Cat at Downing Street and auditing the Palace of Westminster.

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Alex Wilson

Alex is a founding partner of a commercial law firm in the City of London, Powell Gilbert LLP. In his role in establishing the firm and its day-to-day management, he has gained experience of a wide range of legal, commercial and operational issues which face an office of 50. He uses his technical background in biochemistry to advise clients in the Life Sciences industries.

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