Plymouth National Marine Aquarium CEO to step down after seven years

Roger Maslin, chief executive of the National Marine Aquarium
Roger Maslin, chief executive of the National Marine Aquarium -Credit:Penny Cross

The chief executive of the charity which runs the National Marine Aquarium has announced his retirement after seven years at the helm.

Roger Maslin is to step down from his role as CEO of the Ocean Conservation Trust at the end of this summer, having navigated the organisation through choppy waters including an enforced closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Maslin originally came on board as the chief executive of the National Marine Aquarium, but has overseen the creation of the Ocean Conservation Trust and made ocean advocacy the forefront of the charity's work.

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The charity has begun the recruitment process for its next leader who will take over at the end of the summer. The team at the OCT is now fundraising for and creating landmark ocean initiatives including seagrass restoration and nationwide education programmes.

Mr Maslin said: "It's been an honour and a privilege to work alongside such an inspiring team, and this has not been an easy decision to make, but the timing feels right to pass the reins to the next CEO.

"The organisation does such vital work and I feel I have been given an incredible opportunity to make the Ocean a healthier place. It's been a truly rewarding experience and I will always be completely committed to our cause. I know that the OCT and the NMA will continue to flourish and grow."

Mark Lomas from the Board of Trustees said: "Roger's visionary leadership and dedication to marine conservation and education has been inspiring to see.

"Everyone who knows him (and his octopus costume at presentations!) will understand why his enthusiasm for the ocean has been infectious.

"The Board of Trustees of the OCT would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to him for his exemplary leadership and determination. As the OCT closes this chapter, we look forward to welcoming his successor to continue on with the mission: to protect our oceans."