Stuart is a marine scientist who has worked for government as an adviser for many years. Stuart qualified from the University of Bristol with a degree in Botany and Zoology in 1985, and following his PhD research into fish ecology he began working for MAFFs’ Directorate of Fisheries Research Laboratory at Conwy, North Wales.
Following a period developing a flatfish stock enhancement programme, Stuart led the England and Wales young fish survey and developed expertise in the population dynamics of juvenile sole and plaice, and inshore seabed ecology.
In 1993 Stuart moved to the Lowestoft laboratory and joined the team responsible for the assessment of eastern channel and southern north sea flatfish stocks. He was actively involved as a technical expert in drafting the EU marine strategy framework directive, and has led teams that provide regulatory advice on the impacts of a wide range of human activities.
Stuart has published over 70 articles in the scientific literature and is regularly involved in the EU and ICES advisory process. He has contributed to and chaired a range of technical and advisory working groups, and currently provides advice to Defra and the European Commission on the implementation of the EU marine strategy framework directive and the interpretation of good environmental status.
Stuart is currently the Chief Scientist and an Executive Director at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), and is accountable for science quality and for the science and evidence strategy. He is also the Defra-nominated governor of the UK marine biological association. Stuart has a position as honorary chair at the University of East Anglia School of Environmental Sciences, and is actively engaged in programmes that enable academic research to support policy delivery.
Chief Scientific Advisor, MMO
Evidence, data and technical advice are required for Marine Management Organisation (MMO) operational functions. These can consist of:
- quality assuring evidence presented by licence applicants
- peer reviewing licensing advice provided by advisors or applicants
- acquiring or procuring new data or information assets to underpin MMO decisions
- providing technical advice on a range of topics to support MMO functions
- commissioning research or technical advice for marine planning, licensing, conservation enforcement and fisheries management