She is a passionate advocate for nature and has a wealth of experience in UK marine conservation. For 15 years she lead on policy at the Marine Conservation Society with successes including the Marine Act and Marine Conservation Zone network as well as managing their parliamentary work. She has also worked for Seas at Risk, Scottish Natural Heritage and Chichester Harbour Conservancy. She holds a BA in Politics and Government and an MSc in Coastal and Marine Resource Management. She is a keen sailor and occasional diver and grew up around and in Chichester Harbour.
Melissa will help us to navigate the policy making of the UK as it exits the EU and work to ensure that the political situation is used as an opportunity for rebuilding fish stocks and achieving more effectively managed MPAs. As part of Oceana’s Policy Team in Europe, she will work in close collaboration with the Brussels & Madrid team as well as working closely with other NGOs in the UK.