DR AL DOVE: Georgia Aquarium

Dr. Dove is a broadly trained marine biologist and conservationist and a leading authority on the biology of whale sharks.  As Vice President of Research and Conservation, Dr. Dove is responsible for overseeing all research and conservation activities for Georgia Aquarium and administering collaborative partnerships with other institutions; he also supervises the staff and activities at the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station near St Augustine, Florida.  Dr. Dove obtained a 1st class Honors degree in Zoology and Parasitology in 1994 and a University Medal for his PhD in Parasitology, both from the University of Queensland, Australia.  Since joining the Georgia Aquarium team in 2006​ his research interests have continued on the theme of “health and diversity in aquatic animals” from individuals to ecosystems, with a current focus on the biology of whale sharks. He has published over 50 scientific articles and several book chapters and is currently editing a book on whale shark biology and conservation. He is an adjunct professor at Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia.

ELIZABETH CLINGHAM – St Helena Fisheries Corporation (SHFC)

Elizabeth has recently assumed the position of General Manger of the St Helena Fisheries Corporation since July of this year.  Prior to this for seven years Elizabeth held the position of Marine scientific and later marine conservation officer for the St. Helena Government.

Elizabeth has had a varied career which has facilitated her progression into her current position.  The general manager of the St. Helena Fisheries Corporation has the responsibility for the strategic, financial and business direction of the organisation which includes the ensuring product management, systems and processes and other supporting systems ensure that the organisation is run as efficiently as possible.

As Marine Conservation Officer Elizabeth wrote and project managed a recent Darwin Plus funded project entitled “the Sustainable development of St. Helena Marine Tourism and Fishing during which time she was deployed as a fisheries observer, undertook collection of scientific fisheries data and biological sampling and supported in the development of St. Helena’s Fisheries Sector strategy with various local and international stakeholder.   Elizabeth was part of the team that wrote St. Helena’s Marine Management plan which was the bases in declaring St. Helena’s Category Six Marine Protected Area.

Elizabeth has enjoyed a working career spanning some 18 years only four of which were spent aboard all academic achievements have been attained on island or via distance learning.  Prior to employment in the marine industry Elizabeth worked as an retail mercantile manager for local private sector, a Business Advisor for the then St. Helena Development Agency now (ESH) and a legal assistant  for the SHG and has been employed on the Falkland islands for a brief period.

Elizabeth is a self-proclaimed water baby and has from a very young age been a proactive member of the St. Helena scuba diving, yachting and recreational fishing community.  Elizabeth is a mother of two and has been married for almost 9 years much of her free time is spent generally on or by the sea with her family.

TARA PELEMBE:  South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI)

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Tara’s role as Deputy Director of SAERI focuses on developing new partnerships and projects to expand the scope of work that SAERI undertakes. She also oversees the implementation of a number of these new initiatives including regional and multi-territory programmes of work and is collaborating with other Overseas Territories to promote the establishment of ‘sister’ environmental research institutes. Tara was previously the Head of the Conservation Department on Ascension Island and the Director of the  Environmental Management Department on St. Helena. Tara’s interest and experience covers the whole spectrum of environmental management from conservation and biodiversity to waste management and climate change. She has considerable experience in the management of both small-scale and larger scale multi-disciplinary projects and 9 has led and/or contributed to a large number of programmes and projects that range from on-the ground implementation initiatives to multi-party partnership working platforms. She is also is an experienced in communication, networking, stakeholder engagement, workshop organisation and facilitation, project and programme management. Tara has an MSc from the University of Exeter in Conservation and Biodiversity and a BSc. (Hons) in Geography from the University of St. Andrews.

KIRSTY JOSHUA MBA- Enterprise St Helena (ESH)

With a background in private sector development in specific, strategy, business management and training and development combined with experience in an economic development environment. Kirsty has spent the last 11 years working on behalf of Enterprise St Helena (ESH) to improve the economic and social well-being for the people of St Helena. Kirsty has led on the development of ESH as a professional body representing economic development in working to achieve ‘Economic Excellence’ to become on par internationally. Positively impacting on the overall efficiency and effectiveness of ESH and enhancing the customer/stakeholder experience and the management of performance, progress and principal risks whilst taking a holistic strategic perspective. Kirsty has a Global MBA from Durham University Business School and most recently published a Teaching Paper in Strategy/Economic Development with Ivey Publishing, entitled – St Helena: Landing a future for a South Atlantic Island https://www.iveycases.com/ProductView.aspx?id=91549.

NICOLE SHAMIER – St Helena Government 

Nicole Shamier is an economist, holding an MSc Economics from London Metropolitan Business School and a BA Economics and Economic and Social History from the University of Manchester. For her Master’s thesis, she wrote a paper entitled ‘Does deriving more information lead to better decision making?’ which compared results of resource intensive versus ‘quick and dirty’ economic valuations of changes in the water environment and the decisions made as a result.

Nicole worked as an environmental economist for England’s Environment Agency, Ricardo and Capita, focusing on flood risk and water quality economics and then expanding out to work on the economics of climate change, air quality and pollution. She is the author of England’s ‘Water Appraisal Guidance’ and co-author of the ‘Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) cost-benefit analysis tool’.

She now works as an economist for the St Helena Government, where she co-manages the St Helena renewable energy procurement project, as well as helping set the Minimum Wage, Revenue Collection policy and St Helena’s Sustainable Economic Development Plan.

BARRY HUBBARD – Connect Saint Helena

Barry HubbardBarry Hubbard arrived on St Helena in August 2009. Originally he was recruited as a ‘Technical Cooperation Officer’ working for St Helena Government as their ‘Head of Energy’.  A Chartered Electrical Engineer by trade he was responsible for the development and management of St Helena’s electrical infrastructure and played a pivotal role in the creation of Connect Saint Helena Ltd.  In 2013 St Helena Government divested electricity, water and sewage activities to Connect where Barry has been the Chief Executive Officer since the business was formed.  After eight years living on this beautiful island, having overseen significant investment in renewable energy and the islands water security he is ready for the next challenge which is to further reduce the islands reliance on diesel.

SHAYLA ELLICK MSc – St Helena Environment and Natural Resources Directorate 

Shayla has worked within the St Helena Government’s environment department for the past five years, since her return to the island following completion of a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Management with the University of Hertfordshire. During her undergraduate programme she also spent a year working at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, within the UK Overseas Territories team.

While working on St Helena she has gained considerable experience in a diverse range of environmental areas, with a focus on terrestrial conservation. During this time she also gained an MSc by Research from the University of York, researching the potential of the Island’s endemic Gumwood tree in sequestering carbon in an island community restoration site (http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/9337/). Shayla currently works on a largescale local conservation project which provides essential environmental mitigation for the airport construction through habitat creation, restoration and compensation.

NESS SMITH: South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI)


Ness holds a Biology degree from the University of York and an MSc in Tropical Coastal Management from Newcastle University. She has a broad range of experience in both tropical and temper

ate marine scientific research and management, with an emphasis on the study of complex socio-ecological systems.  Working alongside Defra and the Marine Management Organisation, Ness helped to pioneer new methods in marine spatial planning (MSP), including the integration of strategic assessment into the planning process, and the development of new national seascape character assessment guidelines. Ness has helped to develop courses and lectured on MSP to students and professionals at a number of UK institutions. Her interest in the ecosystem services approach developed as a result of her MSP experience, and she went on to manage a large interdisciplinary European project which developed a framework to value marine ecosystem services. The project explored how these values could be applied to MSP and management through scenario development. More recently, Ness has worked with governments and intergovernmental organisations to address the high seas governance reforms needed to reduce the global impact of IUU fishing. Ness works for the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, based in the Falkland Islands, and is the project manager for the St Helena Natural Capital Assessment.


MS AMANDA GREGORY: Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)


Amanda is a scientific officer in the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), a UK Government agency that supports the UK Government’s policy objectives in the Overseas Territories, specifically through support for the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the FCO.  Amanda has worked in the Caribbean Overseas Territories for the last 2 years leading specifically on the Natural Capital assessment projects in Montserrat and Anguilla.  In 2012 Amanda facilitated the ‘Greening the Economy’ project in Anguilla.  Amanda has represented the UK at the European Environment Agency as the National Reference Centre for Biodiversity, provide the secretariat for the European network of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) and as the UK National Contact Point for the EU LIFE Funding Programme.

EMILY HANCOX: Department of Mineral Resources, Falkland Islands Government (FIG)

EmilyEmily is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Governance at Stirling University whilst on sabbatical from her role as Offshore Environmental Advisor for the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) Department of Mineral Resources. She graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc Hons in Environmental Biology and began her professional life as a Fisheries Observer, before working for SAERI. Her subsequent position with FIG has been focused on environmental regulation of the prospective hydrocarbons industry, in particular the proposed offshore Sea Lion development. Emily has a keen interest in natural heritage, inspired by growing up with the wildlife and landscapes of the Falklands. Passionate about the environment, she has been a community member of the Falkland’s Environmental Committee for several years.

ALISTAIR MCVITTIE: Land Economy, Environment & Society, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

AlasiterAlistair is an environmental economist with over 15 years experience of applying economic analysis to a range of policy issues related to land use and the natural environment. His current research focuses on natural capital and ecosystem services, in particular the development of natural capital accounts for Scotland. His previous research has included work on public goods from agriculture, climate change mitigation and adaptation, marine protected areas, and animal welfare. Alistair has also contributed to large scale studies including The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-on.

CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS: Durham University Business School

Christopher WilliamsChristopher Williams is Associate Professor in Management at Durham University Business School in the UK where he leads the Management Consultancy pathway on the MBA program. His research interests include innovation in international firms, knowledge creation and transfer, offshore outsourcing and national systems of innovation. Dr Williams’ studies have been published in a range of journals including Asia Pacific Journal of Management, International Business Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business and Research Policy. He has also published over 25 teaching cases on strategy and innovative issues in international contexts (Ivey Publishing) and is author of Venturing in International Firms: Contexts and Cases in a High-Tech World (Routledge, 2018) and Management Consultancy for Innovation (Routledge, forthcoming). Before entering academia in 2007, Dr Williams spent nearly two decades in industry, mostly in innovative and international environments, including international project management and consultancy.