New Head of BODC

Dr Graham Allen
Dr Graham Allen ©

24 July 2014

We are delighted to welcome Dr Graham Allen as the new Head of BODC. Graham will be taking up his post on 04 August 2014.

BODC's mission is

To develop, coordinate and provide specialist data services for the UK and international marine science communities, to facilitate innovative use and re-use of data, and to ensure long-term curation of valuable and unique marine data resources.

As Head of BODC, Graham will be responsible for ensuring BODC's work enables research outcomes of the highest quality, as well as making sure that the data and knowledge derived from it informs stakeholders such that they derive maximum impact from marine science, benefitting the environment, society and the economy.

Graham comes to BODC with an early career background as a physical oceanographer, having gained his PhD from the University of Wales, Bangor in 1995. In recent years he has managed diverse teams in the commercial IT business sector, most recently as General Manager for product development at a New Zealand company providing software systems to the global oil retail industry.

Graham commented, "I am excited about returning to oceanography after having spent the last few years in commercial software management. Whether business or environmental, data are expensive to collect and manage so we should always look to maximize its value through re-use. The BODC team have clearly established themselves as world leaders in the management of marine data and I am looking forward to working with them."