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.

Forum Chair: Professor Ed Maltby

A picture of Professor MaltbyProfessor 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 provided 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.

Coastal Support Officer: Eleanor Ward

A photo of our coastal support officer: Eleanor WardEleanor joined the DMF team in April 2024 on secondment as part of the University of Exeter’s ‘Graduate Business Partnership’ scheme. Prior to starting her role, she graduated from Cardiff University in 2023 with a first class BSc honours degree in Marine Geography.

Having always lived a short distance from Devon’s beautiful landscapes, Eleanor developed a genuine fascination for local wildlife and coastal areas from an early age. Her studies have fostered a particular interest in coastal formations, marine wildlife and ecosystems. In her spare time, Eleanor enjoys bodyboarding in North Devon, kayaking down the River Exe and snorkelling in the south-west and abroad.

In her role, Eleanor will be helping to co-ordinate the marine element of Devon’s Local Nature Recovery Strategy as well as running educational sessions along the Exe Estuary for Devon’s primary schools. Eleanor is also helping Steph to coordinate projects for the Exe Estuary Management Partnership.

Part-time Intern: Franziska (Anna) Reichert

Picture of Anna (Part-time coastal intern)

Anna began her involvement with the DMF in February 2024 as part of the University of Exeter’s “Business Partnership Scheme”. She has just finished her bachelor´s in sustainable business and has a great passion for marine management.

Anna has been fortunate to live and study in Cornwall for the last few years and is a passionate surfer and coastal hiker. Before her studies, she spent some time in Portugal working in marine conservation and organising beach clean-ups and educational sessions.

In her role, Anna will be helping the team to coordinate projects for the Devon Maritime Forum.

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.