JNCC Directors


Marcus Yeo - Managing DirectorMarcus Yeo - Chief Executive


The main responsibilities of the post are to:

  • Chair the Executive Management Board and provide leadership to the JNCC Support Company.
  • Maintain overall responsibility for business management and company performance, and manage major risks.
  • Act as Accounting Officer for JNCC.
  • Work with the Chair and Committee Members to develop and renew the Committee's strategic direction, statements and plans, and ensure that these are translated into JNCC’s corporate and business plans.
  • Provide advice and guidance to the Chairman and Committee Members across the whole range of Committee business.
  • Develop and maintain sound and effective relationships at a senior level with key stakeholders, including the country conservation bodies, Defra and other Whitehall departments, devolved administrations, other statutory bodies, and non-governmental organisations.



Professor Christine Maggs - Chief Scientist


The main responsibilities of the Chief Scientist post are to:Professor Christine Maggs

  • Lead JNCC’s science, evidence and advice functions ensuring JNCC's work is underpinned by high-quality science and evidence
  • Promote learning and development and building JNCC’s scientific and technical capability in critical areas
  • Champion innovation to test new techniques and approaches
  • Encourage activities that diversify and increase income and leverage resources through collaboration with partners
  • Be a high-profile and influential advocate for JNCC’s science, evidence and advice, promoting JNCC’s reputation as a scientific authority on UK and international nature conservation
  • Develop relationships at a senior level within the environmental science and policy communities, including UK and devolved governments, the wider public sector, NGOs and research organisations.



Chris Brooks FCA - Director of Finance and Resources


The main responsibilities of the post are to:Chris Brooks, Director of Finance and Resources

  • Serve as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and provide leadership to the JNCC Support Company
  • Ensure effective development and delivery of JNCC’s work programmes and manage corporate risks
  • Finance and Procurement
  • Human Resources and Facilities
  • Communications
  • Marketing and business development
  • Maintain and develop systems of control, including policies and procedures 
  • Support the Chief Executive  and Chairman in managing and developing the Committee and company Board, including acting as Company Secretary
  • Provision of advice to the Chief Executive, Chair and Committee on corporate strategy
  • Represent JNCC externally at a senior level with key stakeholders (including country conservation bodies, UK Government departments and devolved administrations, non-governmental organisations and others)



John Goold - Director of Marine Operations


The main responsibilities of the post are to:John Goold - Director of Marine Operations

  • Oversee JNCC's marine protected areas and identification programmes, marine species work, post-designation support work and offshore industries advice.  These activities include support for the development of fisheries management measures for marine biodiversity protection and advice to industry and competent authorities on oil and gas exploration, production and decommissioning; marine aggregates extraction and marine renewable energy development. 
  • Scotland based with a proportion of stakeholder relationships geographically focused on Scotland.
  • Former experience in marine scientific research, thematic research programme management, academia, and marine consultancy.
  • Serve internally a member of JNCC’s Science Management Board.
  • Serve externally a member of the offshore wind programme board, established out of the cross government cost reduction task force recommendations.
  • Qualifications: Joint Honours Degree in Marine Biology & Zoology, PhD in Oceanography, and peer reviewed publications record.




Paul Rose – Director of Standards and AdvicePaul Rose – Director of Evidence & Advice


The main responsibilities of the post are to:

  • Serve as a member of the Senior Management Board and fulfil associated corporate duties.
  • Support and provide leadership to JNCC’s programmes of work for International Advice, Marine Ecosystems and Assessment, Ecosystems Analysis, Overseas Territories and Natural Capital.
  • Ensure that work is effectively planned and communicated to deliver JNCC’s strategy and achieve priority outcomes.
  • Oversee and advise on the allocation of approximately 50 staff for JNCC’s work.
  • Support and provide strategic advice to the Chief Executive, Executive Leadership Team and Committee.
  • Meet income targets.
  • Represent JNCC externally at a senior level with key stakeholders.