Joe Horwood has a background in mathematics and zoology applied in marine ecology and resource management. He was Chief Scientist at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), and Chief Fisheries Science Adviser to Defra.
Joe retired in 2010, but retaining a role as Non-Executive Director and Chair of CEFAS’ Science Advisory Committee to 2011. He has been a member of the Board of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) since 1998 and was President of ICES from 2006 to 2009. He was also on the Board of the Marine Biological Association from 1998 to 2001.
He has served on the science advisory committees of the International Whaling Commission, ICES and the EC, and on the UK’s Marine Science Co-ordination Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and a member of the British Ecological Society, the Challenger Society and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. He has published on a variety of marine issues including whales, fisheries and marine protected areas.
Joe has been appointed to the Natural England board until 30 September 2018.
Non-executive board member
Non-executive board members of Natural England have collective responsibility for the strategic direction and overall performance of the organisation. They make sure that Natural England is properly and effectively managed and provide stewardship for the public funds entrusted to the organisation.