The Team

Name: Ben Rhodes
Role: Chief Executive
Description: Ben has a strong academic background in marine science and technology, with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and an MSc in Applied Marine Science. Having begun his career at the National Marine Aquarium working as an Aquarist and Diver, Ben has since spent a significant amount of time working in the USA as a founding member of Alicia Submarines LLC, before returning the UK in 2008. Ben’s career...
Name: Karen Woodward
Role: Head of Operations
Description: Karen has an academic background in Food Science and Technology having achieved her BSc (Hons) at Leeds University in 1990. After this Karen went into the food manufacturing industry with United Biscuits (KP Foods) undertaking several production management roles and specialist projects, including helping to set up a new Hula Hoops factory in Ashby de la Zouch. Karen is passionate about people...
Name: Mike Elsey
Role: Senior Account Manager
Description: Mike has a broad commercial background encompassing various senior roles in the advertising and media sectors, and latterly over two years fundraising experience in the conservation charity sector.  A career in the advertising business spanning some 30 years included board level positions at both agencies and as a media owner. He has spent the bulk of his working life in London, employed with...
Name: Andrew Searle
Role: Accounts
Description: Andrew is an experienced director with multiple disciplines having acted as MD, FD and Director of Engineering. Andrew has 20 years experience of taking responsibility for financial; IT; project management; risk management and mergers & acquisitions and in taking a lead role in responding to crises and opportunities.  Andrew works for DCBC on a part time, self-employed basis helping them to...

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