Matt is MBA Deputy Director for policy and knowledge exchange, with particular responsibility for the Association as a membership organisation. He also has overall responsibility for the Science and Society programmes and works on MBA strategic development. Matt is a marine benthic ecologist by training, since focusing more on marine policy. The current post has a wide remit with key example activities as follows:
– policy advice and liaison: coordinating MBA policy work including responding to consultations; providing evidence (e.g. to parliamentary committees); and chairing numerous science/policy and stakeholder committees.
– policy related research: Marine Environmental Change Network long-term monitoring, Status Assessments (e.g. lead author on Charting Progress 2), indicator development (e.g. for the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive), climate change, marine legislation.
– governance: e.g. overseeing the transition of the Association to an organisation governed by Royal Charter. This entailed writing all stages of the application; liaison with Privy Council; liaising with many other organisations; drafting new Charter and Bylaws; implementing new membership and Association structure and overseeing all other aspects (e.g. publicity) of the transition.
– profile raising: raising the profile of the MBA to an external audience including expanding the membership base in the UK and internationally.
– publications: managing and overseeing MBA Journals and other publications (e.g. in 2013 he developed a new internationally distributed magazine ‘The Marine Biologist’ of which he is Executive Editor).
– general academic: numerous papers and reports, journal editing and refereeing, presentations at national and international meetings and conferences
– development of information resources: including the National Marine Biological library (NMBL) and the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN).
– conferences and training: running and contributing to national and international workshops on science-policy issues