Former EA bathing water expert joins marine charity to head up conservation work

Marine Conservation Society welcomes new Director of Programmes.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, has appointed a former Environment Agency (EA) lead on bathing waters as its new Director of Programmes.

Dr Christine Tuckett joins the Herefordshire-based charity with over 20 years’ experience of environmental protection. She has worked for government bodies on a wide range of issues from air quality to water resources. Between 2010 and 2013, Chris was the EA lead on bathing waters during implementation of the revised Bathing Water Directive, when she worked closely with MCS.

More recently Chris led for the EA on agriculture and land management, tackling water pollution from agriculture. Improving bathing water quality has been at the heart of MCS’ conservation work for over 30 years. Its online Good Beach Guide, which was originally published in book form, has worked to improve bathing water standards and was instrumental in getting stricter guidelines introduced for British beaches. In her new role of Director of Programmes, Chris says she hopes to bring her experience and enthusiasm to help MCS spread its influence even further: “I hope we can work closely with government to make sure that the protection of our seas is not overlooked during these turbulent times. I’m really looking forward to working with and learning from the skilled staff at the charity - helping to raise the profile of their work and improving the marine environment as a result.”

MCS Chief Executive, Sandy Luk, says the charity is delighted to welcome Chris to oversee its conservation teams: “”We are thrilled to welcome Chris into the MCS team. Her experience is going to be invaluable in helping us achieve sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, clean seas and ocean recovery.” Chris, who grew up in Devon, says she’s has always had a passion for the sea and marine environment and is ‘chuffed’ to be joining MCS. “It feels a bit like coming home”, she says.

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