Meet the Team


Dr Ben Holt

Chief executive officer

Co-Founder of the Rock Pool Project, Ben is a prominent marine ecologist.


Alan Smith

Education director

Co-Founder of the Rock Pool Project, Alan is an innovative, passionate primary school teacher with a degree in marine biology.


Christophe Patterson

Science director

A PhD student at Durham University. Christophe loves the intertidal zone and works on the arrival of St Piran’s hermit crab.

Laura Coles

COMMUNITy Director

A PhD student at the University of Exeter.

Prentice England

Web guru

A keen technologist, Prentice has helped with ongoing developments to the project’s website.


Darren Sutton


A mature student at Falmouth Marine School, Darren is a passionate person with a deep love for the sea.

Jaimie Barnes

Science Officer

A recent Master’s graduate in zoology, Jamie helps analyse Rock Pool Project data.

Jack Renwick

plymouth coordinator

A recent Marine Conservation Master’s graduate, Jack runs our Instagram and is our Plymouth regional coordinator.

Anna Tomlin

Falmouth coordinator

A Conservation Biology and Ecology student at the University of Exeter, Anna helps with project coordination.

Imogen Bharucha

Falmouth coordinator

A first year Conservation and Biology student, Imogen helps to coordinate our monthly biodiversity surveys.

Rhiannon Davies

Science communication

A Master’s student in Marine Environmental Management, Rhiannon produces marine material for the public.

Cath Francis

Penzance coordinator

A true rock pool lover, Cath helps to coordinate the citizen surveys in Penzance.

Sal Atherton

PEnzance coordinator

Sal is also a rock pooling suparfan.




Dion Saayman

Marketing director


Will Forbes

Project Support

Olivia Elliot

Project support

Wenna Grigg

Project support

Natalie Lewis

Funding Officer

Hannah Gulliford

Project Support