Chief Executive, Tom Brock OBE
Tom has been the Chief Executive since before the Centre opened in 2000. With extensive experience in zoology, tourism and sustainability, he led the opening of the Centre and its impressive award-winning track record of success and continuous improvement. He is working with partners on exciting visions for the Centre's future. Tom is also a trustee of Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Head of Operations, Nigel Ward
Nigel joined our team in February 2013, bringing with him 35-years senior management experience in customer-service orientated businesses such as visitor attractions, retail and catering. His experience from within the visitor attraction sector is vast, including working as Operations Director at Deep Sea World and the Blue Planet Aquarium. More recently, he was developing visitor attractions in North America, Europe and Australia. Nigel’s role is a key new position to ensure effective management and development of the popular gift shop, café, Discovery Centre, boat trips, membership, education and the office.
Fundraising and Business Development Manager, Charlie Marshall
Charlie’s role focuses on securing essential funds to support the education and conservation work of the charity and to fund exciting new projects and attractions. Recent success includes securing £30,000 for Plan Green Zero, an environmental project to reduce our carbon footprint and utility costs. He works closely with a number of partners and supporters, including Scottish Natural Heritage and East Lothian Council.
Marketing Manager, Laura Adamson
Laura’s role incorporates a number of different elements as she develops and implements a strategic programme for PR, marketing and social media activity. Shortlisted for CIPR Young Communicator of the Year and with experience at a range of 5 star visitor attractions and consultancy, she focuses on developing partnerships and creating innovative and interesting marketing activity for the Centre. Laura also writes and edits the members’ magazine.
Education Officer, Jenny McAllister
Jenny started at the Centre in 2009 and her main role is running educational sessions for nursery, school and university groups. These can be indoors or outdoors but are always lots of fun. If you see a lot of children or hear a lot of noise when you are visiting the Centre, Jenny is usually the one at the centre of it. Jenny is also one of the leaders of our award-winning wildlife club which runs every Friday. During the school holidays you may be able to spot her in disguise as Professor Egghead or Tammie the Puffin.
Membership Secretary and Office Manager, Teresa Martin
Teresa has been working at the Centre for over 10 years and over this time has developed a popular membership package. Teresa is the key contact for over 6,000 members and issues emails about what her ‘friends’ need to know. She also looks after the office, managing the admin staff.
Board Secretary and PA, Jill Dryburgh
Jill joined the office team in 2011 and quickly found her way around the many diverse activities that this team handles. Late in 2012 she took on additional responsibility, supporting the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive. The variety that she encounters on a daily basis means that Jill rarely has a dull day at the office.
Chef, Kristofer Marr
Kris’ day-to-day job involves researching and preparing interesting and varied food, planning menus and creating the meals not just for the café but also weddings and parties held at the centre. He has been chef at the Centre for over 3 years and in his spare time he likes to play golf.