As Business Research Support Officer, I work with businesses across Devon, connecting them to the Marine Biological Association through the Marine Business Technology Centre, and supporting them through access to our facilities and resources.

Deborah leads on the compliance and financial performance of the Marine Business Technology Centre project on behalf of the University of Plymouth, drawing on her extensive experience working in European funded programmes. Currently, Deborah jointly supports the development and application of autonomous marine systems across a broad range of disciplines in Devon via the Marine…

Kieran is a Project Support Officer who will be helping facilitate showcases for businesses who are eligible for support as well as ensuring the project is compliant within ERDF regulations.

As KEO for the Marine Business Technology Centre, Kate is responsible for the Financial and Project Management of the Programme as well as coordinating the Knowledge Exchange Officer team and engaging with local businesses

Dr. Rowena Stern, Business Research Support Officer, Marine Biological Association Rowena joined the MBTC team in June 2020, taking over from Dr. George Graham and is a microbial ecologist within the Continuous Plankton Recorder division of the MBA. She has expertise in plankton and identifying harmful microbes using the latest genetic methods and has used…

Aaron Barrett

Specialist Technician

Aaron is the Specialist Technician in charge of the Autonomous Vessel at the University of Plymouth, run on behalf of the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC).

Technology transfer specialist

Steve is a technology transfer specialist and project manager within the University of Plymouth.

James Fishwick

Senior Technologist/Scientist

Dr James Fishwick is a highly regarded UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Senior Technologist/Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) where he is Head of Technology and Operations for the Western Channel Observatory (WCO).

Rob Watson - Director


As Director for the MBTC, Rob is responsible for the overall delivery and strategy for the programme.