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
Lord Peter Melchett
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 has worked in the conservation sector for 12 years. In his current role of Director of Programmes for Earthwatch, Steve oversees a range of large-scale partnerships with business and government, working to support high quality field research whilst engaging people from various walks of life in hands-on science. Steve has experience of developing and delivering partnerships in the UK, sub-Saharan and West Africa, China, Brazil and – most recently – the Middle East.

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Professor David Kipling

Having originally trained as a zoologist, David is now a Professor at Cardiff University, where his lab investigates how the diversity of the natural world can give insights relevant to human health. He has been a diver for nearly 20 years, 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 studied Town & Country Planning at Newcastle University. He joined the Nature Conservancy Council in 1983 and was appointed Head of Policy at English Nature in 2002.

Shortly after Natural England was established in 2006, James became Director of Policy before being appointed as its first Director of Marine in 2008.

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Leigh Morris

Leigh is Chief Executive of the National Land Based College (UK), which supports training and development for land based industries (from agriculture to horticulture, and animal care to fisheries). Leigh has a wide biodiversity and education background, previously directing education and learning at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where he also managed a number of international conservation and capacity building projects. Leigh’s career started in horticulture and he is a Past-President of their Chartered Institute.

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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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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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