Tim has worked for Natural England, its predecessor English Nature and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee for over 20 years in various management and specialist roles. Roles have covered:
- marine ecology
- marine and terrestrial nature conservation
- protected areas designation, management and regulation
Tim has a PhD in Marine Ecology (University of Liverpool) and a joint honours degree in Marine Biology and Zoology (University College North Wales).
Tim has been a member of Natural England’s leadership team since March 2008, with former roles including Director Regulatory Services and Access and Director of Evidence. Tim has been Natural England’s Chief Scientist since 2011.
The Chief Scientist’s role is to maintain and build Natural England’s scientific and technical capability, maximising the practical application of our evidence and specialist skills. Responsibilities include:
- leading the development of scientific and technical capability
- setting standards for the generation, use and application of science and evidence and holding the organisation to account for the use of good science and evidence
- advising Defra and wider government on external evidence strategies, priorities and programmes
- defining and monitoring specialist support to operational delivery
- ensuring external access to our evidence