Meet the Team

CURRENT TEAM MEMBERS

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Dr Ben Holt

Chief executive officer

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

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Alan Smith

Education director

Co-Founder of the Rock Pool Project, Alan is an innovative, passionate primary school teacher.

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Christophe Patterson

Science director

A Masters’ student at the University of Exeter in Cornwall, Christophe loves the tidal zone.

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Nicola Kneebone

Business director

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

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Meaghan Castledine

Rock Pool Safari Guide

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

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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.

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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.

Jamie 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.

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Eleanor Turner

Project Support

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

PAST TEAM MEMBERS

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Dion Saayman

Marketing director

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Will Forbes

Project Support

Olivia Elliot

Project support

Wenna Grigg

Project support

Natalie Lewis

Funding Officer

Hannah Gulliford

Project Support