Governance & Reporting

Nekton operates as a wholly transparent and ethical organisation, governed by strong principles and values, operating in the service of the ocean, humanity and our planet. 

We strive for efficient and productive operations, linking funding directly with measurable performance, and ensuring a high impact and return on investment. The management team is accountable to the Trustees and responsible for making sure all funding is invested to maximise our ability to meet the charitable objectives.

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Rupert Grey, Chair is a leading Intellectual Property lawyer with an associated specialism in expedition related legal matters. Formerly Legal Counsel for the Royal Geographical Society, Operation Drake, Raleigh and others, Rupert also represents Magnum Pictures and is the board of The Mary Rose Trust and other charities.

Juliet Burnett (Larcombe) was the Director of the Shoals of Capricorn Programme, a mutli-disciplinary and multi-year field research initiative undertaken by the Royal Society and Royal Geographical Society in the Indian Ocean. She is a marine scientist and founding Trustee of a marine educational charity in the Rodrigues.

Paul Crowther is CEO of Atlantic Marine, owns and operates a fleet of offshore vessels and specializes in subsea operations for the offshore wind construction industry. Paul overseas all areas of operational ship management, charter sales and corporate oversight as an experienced corporate director in both public and private companies. Paul is a ship's Master, YachtMaster and Aviation pilot with 30 years of experience as both a ship owner / manager, and super-yacht manager.

Paul Jardine is CEO of XL Catlin UK and Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer of XL Catlin Group. Paul was previously Catlin’s Chief Operating Officer and has responsibility for XL Group’s Communications & Marketing function, Claims and Distribution Strategy. Paul joined Catlin in 2001 with responsibility for the development of new financial products. He was appointed chief executive of the Catlin Syndicate in 2003 and chief operating officer of Catlin in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society. XL Catlin are a Founding Partner of Nekton.

Emily Penn is an oceans advocate and skipper. She co-founded Pangaea Explorations, helped to discover unknown oceanic gyres and huge areas of plastic pollution accumulation. She runs eXXpedition - a series of all female voyages which focus on the relationship between plastics and toxics and female health - and working on solving the ocean plastics issue with Parley for the Oceans and other corporate clients. Emily was honoured with the Fitzroy Award at the 2016 Ocean Awards and is also the youngest and only female recipient of both the Yachtmaster of the Year, awarded by HRH Princess Royal, and the Seamaster of the Year award.

Alex Rogers is Professor of Conservation Biology at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, Scientific Director of the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, and previously Chief Scientist for the Global Ocean Commission. His marine policy work includes projects for the UN International Seabed Authority, UN Division of Oceans and Law of the Sea, the IUCN, High Seas Alliance and the G8+5 Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE).

Nigel Winser is a Life Scientist with a career directing international geographical field research programmes at the Royal Geographical Society, London and Earthwatch International, Oxford. Nigel has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Westminster University for services to the environment and conservation and the Royal Geographical Society's Gold Medal.