Before his election as Labour MP for Pembroke in 1992, Nick worked in Pembrokeshire’s energy industry from 1973, initially as deputy operations manager of an offshore oil exploration base in Pembroke Dock, then later as a contractor on the Milford Haven oil terminals, berthing and connecting ships. A branch secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, he was elected to Dyfed County Council in 1981 and served until 1993. After Labour’s victory in 1997, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to three Welsh Secretaries until 2001 when he was appointed a Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury and government whip at the Wales Office and DEFRA, where he was responsible for the Commons stages of the Hunting with Dogs Act. After the 2005 election, he served as Minister at the Wales Office and piloted the Government of Wales Act through the Commons. In 1996 he won the BBC Environment Campaign of the Year Award for his fight to get an independent inquiry into the Sea Empress disaster. He left government in 2007 and served on the Treasury Select Committee until 2010, taking part in the major inquiries into the banking crisis. He now volunteers with the South and West Wales Wildlife Trust.
Hannah is an Associate Director of employment law at Morgan LaRoche Solicitors. She has acted for many of Wales’ Top 300 businesses. She was born and still lives in Pembrokeshire. She has taken part in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Member Mentoring Scheme, is a mentor with Business Wales, is part of the CIPD Wales Committee and a Board Member of ateb Group. Hannah is also a guest lecturer at University of Wales Trinity St David. In 2017 Hannah was named by Wales Online as one of Wales’ top 35 young professional woman and one of 30 young lawyers to watch.
John is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years’ experience with leading consultancies, banks and advisory firms. He specialises in providing support for offshore renewable energy projects, and early stage technology companies. This includes work for the UK’s first commercial scale tidal energy project, wave energy projects and several large (1 GW+) offshore windfarms. He has also worked on the Offshore Wind Accelerator programme identifying future improvements that could reduce the costs of marine energy. Among his other roles, he is a member of the ICAEW Strategy Board for Wales. John has strong family links with Pembrokeshire having been born and raised here.
Charles has worked in Pembrokeshire for the National Park Authority (at that time part of Dyfed County Council) since 1990 in a variety of roles starting as Ranger Team Leader, moving to Head of Recreation, Head of Recreation and Tourism and finally as Head of Park Delivery until his retirement in 2017. He was team leader for most of the practical work carried out by the National Park Authority and was responsible for the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and the production of the Recreation Plan. The team also included the National Park Ranger Service, working with local communities, schools and volunteers to engage people with the National Park and to manage issues arising from the priorities of the Park. During his time at the National Park Authority, Charles has been involved in starting numerous partnerships and initiatives – mainly to do with recreation and recreation management. Some of these, such as the Outdoor Charter and the Marine Code are coordinated by the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum.
Martin is a Chartered Engineer who has spent the great majority of his career in the marine sector, firstly serving as a Marine Engineering Officer in the Royal Navy for 12 years and since then, 25 years in managerial positions in industry. Martin joined Tidal Energy Ltd as Managing Director in 2009, the company who developed, built and commissioned DeltaStream in Ramsey Sound in Pembrokeshire. Within the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, Martin is Chair of the Marine Energy Wales (MEW) Forum. Martin served as President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in 2015 -2016, is now the Honorary Treasurer and remains a member of the Board of Trustees. He is active as an independent consultant in the marine renewable energy sector.
David is the Marine Portfolio Manager for The Crown Estate. He has gained a wide range of experience from working in marine resources management for over twenty years within a diverse range of organisations – including NGOs, industry, universities and government agencies. David heads a development and asset management team working on offshore energy projects, innovative coastal management schemes and critical marine infrastructure. He previously led the strategic advice to the Crown Estate business portfolios across the UK on topic areas including: marine spatial planning, consenting, marine conservation initiatives, along with new legislation and marine policy. David’s previous experience focussed on marine pollution, specifically bathing and shellfish water quality and marine plastic pollution.
Kath works for Atkins and has 20 years’ experience in environmental management and assessment, specialising in marine, fisheries and coastal issues. Kath has managed and worked on coastal and maritime EIAs, policy reviews and coastal and marine planning projects in Wales, the UK and overseas. During her career, she has worked for large and small consultancies as a fisheries and marine consultant and for Tidal Lagoon Power on the development of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Kath worked on the development of the Marine and Coastal Access Act as part of a previous role in marine and coastal policy and legislation at the Welsh Government and has also worked in Assembly Parliamentary Service, gaining experience of policy and legislation from both sides – political and civil service. Kath loves the sea, the people that use it, the things that live in it and wants to make the way we manage and regulate it better in whatever she does. Kath joined as Director of Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (PCF) to help support an organisation that does good things for marine and coastal management in Wales.