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, Susan Davies
Susan was appointed as Chief Executive in January 2019. Her career has been in the public sector firstly for the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) (1989-2000) and then in a range of operational, policy and science roles in Scottish Natural Heritage (2000-15) and latterly was the acting Chief Executive. Susan then moved to the third sector (2015-2018) as the Director of Conservation with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and led a wide variety of land and marine-based activities. Susan is also Chair of Venture Trust and a trustee of the James Hutton Institute.
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.
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.
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.
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. As a long-term volunteer with SOS Puffin, she is pleased to be able to use her skills and enthusiasm to raise funds to increase the work of the charity.
Project Officer, Dora Roden
Having enjoyed membership of the Seabird Centre for many years, Dora was delighted to join the staff team in February 2016. She studied Georgraphy at University of Edinburgh, followed by a Masters in GIS. In her role as Project Officer, she draws upon her experience on a wide-range of projects at both British Airways and Standard Life.
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.
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.
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.