Siân Limpenny

Middle East Operations Director

Executive Director with over 25 years of marine science research experience and has published widely in the scientific literature. Dr Limpenny has led multidisciplinary programmes advising on the sustainable development of marine resources; publishing widely in the scientific literature. Dr Limpenny has led and contributed to the development of commercial and government research/advisory contracts, and delivered high quality science using multidisciplinary teams from across The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas). Over this career, she has worked closely with UK Government (and latterly with the Kuwait EPA) to ensure that the Cefas R&D, scientific advice and monitoring portfolio is policy-relevant.

Currently, Cefas’ Middle East Operations Director based in Kuwait with responsibilities for overseeing a multi-million programme undertaken by Cefas that will upgrade and transform the Kuwait Environment Public Authority’s (EPA’s) marine environmental monitoring, assessment and management capabilities. This is required for the EPA to meet national and international policy commitments for sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and environmental management. As Cefas’ Kuwait lead has responsibilities for negotiating the operational, commercial and financial aspects of an ambitious marine environmental monitoring programme on behalf of the Kuwait EPA.

Dr Limpenny has extensive experience of marine environmental management in the UK and Europe (ICES, EC), and has Chaired many Working Groups and Study Groups in ICES.

She led the development and delivery of a partnership agreement between Cefas and Natural England (NE). Whilst a Divisional Director, Dr Limpenny oversaw Cefas’ co-ordination of Defra’s Marine Protected Areas data and evidence collection programme. Dr Limpenny also led Cefas’ contribution to bi-lateral partnership agreements with Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. This included the provision and interpretation of data in support of the designation of Marine Conservation Zones and Special Areas of Conservation. Successfully led new marine science research and applied science opportunities with East Anglia Offshore Wind Limited, The Crown Estate, Research Councils (NERC & EPSRC) and various other public and private sector clients.

Enjoys working as part of Cefas’ Management Board as an Executive Director offering constructive feedback and challenge on issues of strategy, policy, resources and standards of conduct whilst ensuring all performance measures are met.

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