Our President 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.

President

HRH The Prince of Wales KG, KT, GCB

Board of Trustees

Emily Cunningham

Emily’s career has taken her from the isolated beaches of Ascension Island to the halls of power in Westminster, always championing our coasts, seas and coastal communities. She is passionate about creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to enjoy our beautiful seaside first-hand and to participate in its conservation. In recent years, she has developed two major schemes in northern England that will do just that, benefitting both wildlife and coastal communities.

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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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Jonathan Hall

Jonathan’s background is in environmental policy advocacy, marine protected areas and invasive species, with a long-term focus on building NGO capacity and strategic development. He is currently Head of UK Overseas Territories for the RSPB, delivering the terrestrial and marine biodiversity conservation programme, which is active on the ground in 11 of the 14 Territories. The Territories hold a quarter of the world’s penguins, and a third of the world’s breeding albatross, plus the largest coral atoll on earth. Together with the UK they represent the fifth largest marine estate in the world.

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Vice Chair: 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 scuba 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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Joyce Lorigan

Joyce has spent more than 25 years in communications. Recent London-based roles include VP Global Communications of FTSE 100 company Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG plc) and European VP Corporate Communications for the Walt Disney Company. Joyce also spent three years based in Paris as Director of Alliance Marketing for EuroDisney SCA. She is currently Group Head of Corporate Affairs for Springer Nature, a global organisation which publishes the latest thinking, most relevant research and most important data to improve lives, the planet and society. In this role, Joyce also heads sustainability for the company.

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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 the Chief Executive of Manx Wildlife Trust (Isle of Man), part of the federation of 46 Wildlife Trusts spanning the British Isles, with a broad marine remit and a strategically important position in the centre of the Irish Sea.

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Chair: Amanda Nobbs

Like so many of us, Amanda has always been inspired by the sea and has many happy associations: a childhood on a pacific island, rock pool discoveries on rugged Welsh and Scottish beaches, the awe and wonder of snorkelling and whale watching…

As a geographer with a Masters in Conservation, concern for the environment has been a strong theme running through Amanda’s career which has straddled the charity, public and private sectors. As Chief Executive of the Council for National Parks, she successfully campaigned for better legislation and for the South Downs and New Forest to become National Parks. She has been appointed by Ministers and the Environment Agency as a conservation member on various committees relating to tourism, waterways, water and environmental protection. Roles included chairing the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee for eight years transforming the way partners worked together and championing more joined up approaches to managing water. Amanda is currently a Commissioner overseeing electoral arrangements and boundaries in Local Government across England and is a St George’s Leadership Fellow.

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Will Oulton

Will is the Head of Responsible Investment for global asset manager, First State Investments. He studied zoology at university, with a particular interest in marine zoology. These interests have continued in how biodiversity and natural capital can be identified and valued by both investors and civil society. He believes that without our biodiversity we are in trouble.

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Seth Richardson

Seth is an experienced executive and technologist with a track record of founding, building and scaling successful businesses in the AdTech and digital space. He currently runs his own consultancy business aimed at helping businesses develop products that deliver on purpose. Alongside this, he is also developing and launching Mr Hippy, a vegan soft serve ice cream with the aim to create a sustainable, ethical, super tasty and affordable alternative to dairy based soft serve.

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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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Stefano Tiratelli

Stef left Cambridge University with a degree in Modern Languages, a diving instructor qualification from the university diving club and a magical experience on a diving expedition to map the Red Sea coral reefs on the Egyptian coast. He has since spent his career in the advertising industry, working on clients from jeans to ice-cream and from beer to cars. He is currently CEO of a WPP company managing clients across the globe.

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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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