Nicola serves as the Deputy Head of Secretariat for the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel). Made up of 14 serving heads of state and government who together represent 30% of the world’s coastlines, the Ocean Panel is advancing a transformative action agenda for a sustainable ocean economy, which prioritises a healthy ocean alongside sustainable production to benefit people everywhere.

Nicola is a marine scientist with experience of working in over 20 different country contexts and with a range of partners at local, municipal and regional scales to design effective marine protection, with a particular emphasis on community-led marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries and strategies to stop plastics entering the ocean.

Prior to joining WRI, Nicola was the Head of Global Marine Programme for Fauna & Flora International overseeing the development of a global marine programme and providing strategic and technical support to marine projects in all regions. Formerly Acting Director of the International Coral Reef Action Network, Nicola supported an applied global learning network for coral reef research, management and education.

She has published a range of toolkits and reports relevant to tropical marine ecosystems and ocean management.

Nicola holds a degree in Marine Science from the University of Southampton, and lives in Cambridge UK.