The Marine Natural Capital Forum Scotland (MNCFS) brings together a range of technical and policy experts to share knowledge and expertise on marine systems, conservation and management to enhance the collective understanding, development and application of marine natural capital in Scotland.

Group members  
Adele Shaw
Crown Estate Scotland
Amy McQueen
Head of Marine Analytical Unit and Senior Economist, Marine Scotland
Annie Breaden
Head of Policy, Crown Estate Scotland
Calum Duncan
Head of Conservation Scotland, Marine Conservation Society
Cathy Tilbrook
Head of Sustainable Coasts and Seas, NatureScot
Chris Leakey
Marine Sustainability Manager – Planning and Policy, NatureScot

Daniella Laing
Programme Management Officer, Marine Scotland


Edward Noble
Assistant Economist, Marine Scotland


Emma Hedley
Marine Planning Policy Officer, Marine Scotland


Hannah Grist
Lecturer in Socio-Environmental Systems, SRUC


Hannah Rudman
Co-Director Thriving Natural Capital Challenge Centre, SRUC
Iona Campbell
Policy Manager, Blue Economy and Aquaculture Policy Units, Marine Scotland
Janet Khan
Marine Biodiversity Ecologist, SEPA
Jennifer McNulty
Programme Manager – Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment, JNCC
Jessica Jones
Living Seas Manager, Scottish Wildlife Trust
Julia Clough
Project Development Officer – Scottish Forum on Natural Capital
Lucian Fernandez Slade
Marine Natural Capital Project Placement, NatureScot

Lucy Law
Marine Science Advisor, Scottish Government


Marion Harrald

Mark Barnett


Ness Smith
Head of Practice for Natural Capital, Howell Marine Consulting
Nicola Melville
Senior Specialist Scientist, SEPA
Philip Boulcott
Deputy Head of Science at Marine Scotland Science
Sally Rouse
Head of Offshore Energy Environmental Advice, Marine Scotland
Sam Collin
Principal Consultant, Howell Marine Consulting
Sinead Sheridan
Marine Planning and Policy Officer, NatureScot
Tavis Potts
Dean for Environmental Sustainability, University of Aberdeen
Vicky Morgan
Leader, Marine Natural Capital, JNCC

William Austin
Professor of Geography and Sustainability, University of St Andrews




Group Objectives

• To create a network of marine experts to advance marine natural capital and ecosystem service thinking, research and practical implementation in Scotland.

• To provide a platform for experts in technical advancement (particularly researchers in academic institutes) and policy development (e.g. Marine Scotland) to communicate and collaborate.

• To encourage representatives from projects/programmes with an interest in marine natural capital to share knowledge and best practice, encourage collaboration and identify knowledge gaps.

The group meets quarterly to share updates and guide activities towards objectives.

Join the Network

Sign up for Scottish Forum membership (it’s free) if you’d like to join the Marine Natural Capital Network on Basecamp, a platform for technical and policy experts to share knowledge of and expertise on marine systems, conservation and management.

Further Reading

The Orkney Marine Natural Capital Assessment and Summary Report.

Oceans of Value project article

Our History

MNCFS was formed in late 2022, as an outcome from the Oceans of Value project led by The Scottish Wildlife Trust and is part of the Living Seas Programme.































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The group is coordinated by Julia Clough from the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital –, and Lucian Fernandez-Slade, Marine Natural Capital Project Placement at NatureScot –