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Beth has experience working at all levels of marine management and policy, and is particularly interested in applying her experience of working on ocean policy at local, national and inter-governmental levels to overcome challenges and barriers to delivering ocean sustainability that stem from complex policy and governance landscapes.
After getting her MSc in Applied Marine Science from Plymouth University, she joined Plymouth City Council to lead their Marine Recreational Impacts programme, working with local and regional stakeholders to develop and implement an integrated, evidence-based monitoring, management and engagement strategy for the Plymouth Sound MPA.
Beth then moved from local to national government joining Defra in 2018. As Senior Policy Advisor for Marine EU Exit, she was responsible for the delivery of the Marine Environment (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 and marine elements of other EU Exit legislation. She was also the Defra Marine lead on International Climate Finance and the development of the UK Government Green Finance Strategy, integrating ocean priorities into long-term government strategies.
In 2019, Beth was appointed Defra lead on ocean-climate negotiations and international engagement. She was a member of the UK delegation at the UN Framework on Climate Change Commitments (UNFCCC) Pre-COP and COP25, the UK delegate at the UNFCCC Ocean-Climate Dialogue (Dec 2020), and was responsible for developing ocean negotiations, policy and engagement strategies for the UK COP26 Presidency.
Prior to her career in marine policy, Beth spent 12 years in marketing and communications. She has volunteered on marine science and conservation projects in the UK, Mexico and Indonesia, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for UK marine conservation charity Sea-Changers, having served as Chair from 2018-2020.