Natalie Palmer – Partnership Manager
Natalie is a passionate senior environmental planner who has worked for numerous countries and legislative jurisdictions applying various planning and environmental management’s acts for private, public and academic institutions. Leading on stakeholder engagement and community consultation activities, Natalie utilises a collaborative approach in her work. Natalie has been involved with the assessment of environmental and social risks associated with infrastructure projects; including projects located in various coastal environments in Scotland, New Zealand and Fiji.
Originally from the Beauly Firth area, Natalie is keen to apply all that she has learned to the sustainable development of the Moray Firth. This will include working to conserve the coastal environment, supporting local initiatives and promoting the enhancement of the sustainable use of our seas.
Joanne Allday – Inverness
Joanne is a Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Born in the Lake District, she moved north of the border in 2012 to live amongst the spectacular scenery, wildlife and people of the Highlands. She is an ambassador for the region and actively promotes sustainable development in the area through her current role as the Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Port of Cromarty Firth. Her interests include balancing the needs of business, communities and wildlife to create growth that benefits all, and educating the future workforce in the complexities of modern business and social responsibility.
Sarah Lamb – Wick
Born and raised in Wick, Sarah has a strong connection to the fishing industry. Since graduating from Heriot Watt with a degree in Marine Biology Sarah has worked in various aspects of the fishing industry including a research position studying the local brown crab and lobster fishery in Orkney through to the commercial side working with seafood exporter Scrabster Seafoods Ltd. In her current job Sarah supports groups and businesses apply for funding through the European Maritime Fisheries Fund to support the sustainable development of our coastal communities and maritime industries as Development Officer for the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). In her spare time she can be found travelling the coast enjoying life in her campervan.
Ian Williams – Macduff
The first part of Ian’s career was at sea in the Merchant Navy as a deck officer, then coming ashore to both commercially and technically operate ships of all types worldwide, before moving into the offshore industry. As a consultant Naval Architect Ian designed several mooring and pipeline systems in the UK and worldwide, project managed a number of cutting edge UK oil exporting systems, sat on industry marine committees and acted as the Marine Technical Authority for a number of UK FPSOs. Ian has had a lifelong interest in marine wildlife and since early retirement volunteers in several local charities; he has a special interest in marine planning and the sustainability of the Moray Firth and its coastal communities.
Mike Kendall – Cawdor
Mike is a marine ecologist with a broad track record of research, teaching and consultancy. In the late 1970s he joined a project studying the ways in which the distribution of seashore animals was set by a changing climate and this led to extensive field work around Caithness and Sutherland. This continues to the present day producing one of the world’s longest running data sets on the impacts of climate on marine invertebrates. His academic specialities centre around the detection, monitoring and management of change in the sea-floor communities although if asked, he would say “I’m fascinated by worms and snails”. His research has taken him around the world with projects ranging from tsunami impacts in Thailand to studies of the impacts of high Arctic glaciers on the ocean floor and as a dedicated natural historian, and sometime diver, he has been delighted to find himself working alongside many of the charismatic species that dominate TV documentaries. He still tries to get out on the ocean whenever he can.