Introducing the Team

The Devon Maritime Forum  is run by a small, dedicated team that  answers to over 750 members representing over 250 organisations across all maritime sectors in Devon, the South West and beyond.


Professor_Maltby_pic2Forum Chair: Prof. Ed Maltby 

Prof Edward Maltby is Emeritus Professor of Wetland Science, Water and Ecosystem Management, University of Liverpool. He has over 40 years’ experience in scientific research with skills in multidisciplinary/international working and the linkage of natural science to social sciences and policy innovation with particular reference to the functioning of water and wetland ecosystems. He has provide technical advice and advocacy at the Conferences of Parties and technical working groups of The Convention on Biological Diversity, The Ramsar Convention and other policy and legislative fora at international, supranational and national levels. Ed played a key role in the development and implementation of the Ecosystem Approach (CBD/IUCN), the Wise Use concept (Ramsar) and horizontal guidance for wetlands under the EU Water Framework Directive.


Forum Coordiantor Forum Coordinator: Dr. Steve Guilbert

Steve joined the DMF in January 2013 having previously worked in academia and undertaken a number of social/environmental research projects including a three-year doctoral study of Devon’s estuarine salmon seine-net fishery.  Starting work for the DMF in Exeter, Steve remarked, represented a personal return to the county of his birth and a professional return to the marine and coastal sector: both of which he felt passionate about and hoped to be a strong advocate of!




Acting Forum Coordinator: Lou Hoskin

Lou is a BSc Marine Geography graduate who joined the DMF as Acting Coordinator in August 2018, bringing the Forum back to function after a prolonged period of inactivity.  With a background in tropical marine ecology she has undertaken research in the Philippines and Malaysia and is passionate about community-led conservation practice.






The Steering Group

The Steering Group oversees the business and management of the Forum, agreeing work programmes, funding schemes and budgets.  Together with the Chairman, the high-level professionals involved in the Forum through the Steering Group also provide invaluable input in to the development of the Forum, guiding the design, content delivery of projects and core services.