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Scottish Seabird Centre Announces New Trustees


Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, announces the appointment of two new trustees, who will take up their post with immediate effect.

Joining the Board are Dr Bill Sanderson and Chris Arnold. These appointments come at an important time for the Centre, as it aims to create a national marine centre for Scotland (a working title). It also comes at a crucial time for marine wildlife which is increasingly under threat. A new Centre would inform and inspire people about Scotland’s amazing marine wildlife and highlight the need to look after it for future generations. It would explore marine life above and below the waves, provide a national hub to communicate ground-breaking marine research taking place around Scotland and deliver new education and conservation programmes across the country.

Dr Bill Sanderson is well placed to support the proposed new attraction, as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Life and Earth Science, at Heriot-Watt University. With over 17 years working in government agencies as a marine ecologist, his research has concentrated on species and habitats of high conservation importance such as biogenic reefs, lagoons and habitats that support higher predators.

He has led government applied science and monitoring projects and programmes at the forefront of UK marine conservation implementation and Marine Protected Area development. Bill has authored more than 50 scientific reports and papers as well as a book.

Within the MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science Technology for Scotland) programme, his work focuses on developing the research needs associated with new conservation legislation such as the Marine Bill and the National Marine Strategy, concentrating on the ecology and societal importance of priority habitats and species. Bill has served on UK government monitoring groups such as the Interagency Marine Monitoring Group and the UK Technical Advisory Group.

Dr Bill Sanderson said: “The Scottish Seabird Centre’s plans for a marine centre are not only fascinating, but vital. Now is the time to inform and engage people of all ages about the importance of the marine environment and the cutting-edge research that is taking place around Scotland. The Centre’s plans to signpost other locations and attractions, as well as providing enhanced education programmes and outreach, is an excellent way to further increase collaboration and partnership not only within the marine community, but with the general public.”

Chris Arnold brings a very different, and complementary, set of skills to the Board. A semi-retired lawyer who was previously a partner in two major Scottish law firms specialising in construction contracts and major projects, he has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a construction specialist. He is now involved in a number of different fields including advising a business start-up, a Council Member of Mortonhall Golf Club and a Vestry Member at Christ Church, Morningside. 

Chris Arnold said: “The Board of Trustees at the Scottish Seabird Centre is extremely varied and diverse, with a whole host of skillsets. I am pleased to bring my own skills to the table, particularly my experience of delivering major construction projects. As the Centre progresses with plans to enhance the current buildings, I look forward to working with both the Seabird staff and the extended team to make this as smooth a process as possible.”

The Scottish Seabird Centre opened in May 2000 and has won multiple awards for tourism and sustainability. It has led a range of high profile conservation and education projects as well as providing a well-used facility both for locals and visitors all-year-round.

The Scottish Seabird Centre is an independent visitor attraction as well as a conservation and education charity dedicated to inspiring people to enjoy, learn about and look after our wildlife and natural environment. Further information can be found at

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