The Scottish Seabird Centre has a very experienced team, with extensive knowledge and skills drawn from a wide range of relevant sectors and backgrounds.
With up to 55 staff (32 full time equivalents), the Seabird Centre is a major employer in North Berwick and East Lothian. The Centre also supports further employment through the preferred use of local suppliers.
Seabird team members include:
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 and a director of the Forth Estuary Forum.
Discovery Centre Manager, Alex Turnbull
Alex joined the Seabird Centre team in 2014. He studied Geography at University of St Andrews followed by a masters in Ecological Consultancy at Newcastle University. Starting off as a volunteer in the Discovery Centre, Alex has progressed to become Discovery Centre Manager. He is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Discovery Centre as well as management of the team.
Education Officer, Andrew Grieveson
Andrew joined the Seabird Centre team in June 2015. He studied Zoology at Cardiff University, writing a dissertation on insects and studying bird territories in southern Spain. Now a qualified teacher, with secondary school experience, he has led a number of biology and ecology trips to coastal wildlife reserves, zoos and museums. Andrew leads all education activity at the Centre.
Administration and Marketing Officer, Carrie Bevan
Carrie joined the Scottish Seabird Centre as Administration Assistant in May 2015. With a varied background in chemistry, communications, marketing and more recently bringing up two lively children, she brings a wide range of transferable skills to this role. Carrie moved to North Berwick in 2000, the year the Scottish Seabird Centre opened and after enjoying many visits to the Centre she is very happy to be part of the team.
Boat Manager, Caroline Doran
Caroline joined the team in 2016. She studied Human Physiology at St Andrews University with a dissertation on Squirrel Monkey behaviour. With a background in pharmaceuticals and quality assurance, Caroline brings a number of transferrable skills to the role. As a volunteer with SOS Puffin, she decided to move to a career in conservation in 2016 and started working in our boat office.
Fundraising Manager, Charlotte Bray
Charlotte joined the team in April 2016. Her experience in the charity sector includes leading successful major building appeals, as well as fundraising for education, conservation and welfare projects. Charlotte's main role will be working with the team to secure support and match funding for the National Marine Centre. As a long-term volunteer with SOS Puffin, she is pleased to be able to use her skills and enthusiasm to raise funds for the ongoing work of the Centre.
Project Officer, National Marine Centre, Dora Roden
Having enjoyed membership of the Seabird Centre for many years, Dora was delighted to join the staff team in February 2016. In her role as Project Officer on the National Marine Project, she will be able to draw upon her experience on a wide-range of projects at both British Airways and Standard Life.
Project Director, National Marine Centre, Grace Martin
Grace joined the Centre in January 2015 to lead the development and delivery of the National Marine Centre project. This project will enable the Centre to expand the current education and conservation programme as well as enhance the overall visitor experience. Grace has extensive experience in delivering large programmes and projects and will be working hard to secure relevant support and funding.
Retail Manager, James McHardy
James joined the Seabird Centre team in September 2016 having recently moved to East Lothian. He brings over 10-years of retail experience, most recently with his own award-winning retail company in Ireland. James is responsible for buying and overseeing the day-to-day running of the Centre's retail operation.
Business Support Officer, 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.
Marketing Manager, Laura Adamson
Laura develops and implements a strategic programme for PR, marketing and social media activity. Winner of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions Marketing Award (ASVA) in 2014, shortlisted for CIPR Young Communicator of the Year and with experience at a range of 5 star visitor attractions, and in consultancy, she focuses on developing partnerships and creating innovative and results-driven marketing activity for the Centre. Laura writes and edits the members’ magazine, is a Board member of ASVA, and committee member for North Berwick Business Association and East Lothian Tourism Attraction Group.
Science Communicator, Malcolm Watson
Mal joined the Seabird Centre team in 2013. He studied Dramatic Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), leaving with an honors in Acting. He worked as a Science Communicator for 14 years, performing in such places as Orkney, Abu Dhabi and New Zealand. He is now responsible for delivering fun science shows for all ages within and around the Centre.
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 ensures effective management and development of the popular gift shop, café, Discovery Centre, boat trips, membership, education and the office.
Finance Assistant, Rosamunde Attwood
Rosamunde joined the finance team in August 2016. She brings with her many years of experience working in finance roles in varying fields of industry.