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.


Nicola Hearn

Business director

Nicola has a lot of experience in the tourism sector, and helps out with our marketing and communications.


Meaghan Castledine

Rock Pool Safari Guide

An evolutionary biologist researching evolution in microbial communities, Meaghan has grown up rock pooling. 


Darren Sutton

Rock pool safari guide

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

Prentice England

Web guru

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


Eleanor Stanton

Project support

A marine biologist at the University of Exeter, Eleanor helps out with project support.

Imogen Bharucha

Falmouth coordinator

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

Laura Coles

Science communication

A Masters by Research student at the University of Exeter, Laura is one of our Science Communication Officers.

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.

Cath Francis

Penzance coordinator

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

Rhiannon Davies

Science communication

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


Eleanor Turner

Project Support

A student at the University of Exeter, Eleanor works behind the scenes helping out with project support.

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