HMS Beagle Team

The HMS Beagle Project’s patrons and trustees include internationally renowned researchers, explorers, educators and naval experts. If you are interested in joining this committed group, please contact


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Dr Simon Boxall

Science team and Executive Committee member

Lecturer in Oceanography at National Oceanography Centre, UK. Worked with UNESCO, EU Research Centre, World Bank, British Council, European Space Agency.

Ian Campbell

Ship-build team and Executive Committee member

Director of MTMC Ltd, naval engineer and historian. Long experience working with the Chilean Navy. Contributed to the design and build of Protector 33 patrol boats.

Bob Clarke

Partnerships team member

Chemical Engineer. Former oil company executive and chair of Milford Haven Port Authority.

Dr Karen James

Co-founder. Science team, Online and US Outreach

Biologist, Visiting Staff Scientist, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, USA. Former Postdoctoral Researcher and Darwin200 Science Coordinator, Natural History Museum, London.

David Lort-Phillips

Co-founder and Executive Committee member

Trustee and co-founder of Darwin Experience, Wales. Relative of Admiral John Lort-Stokes, last captain of HMS Beagle.

Liza Lort-Phillips

Sponsorship team member

Advisor at the Centre for Intelligence on Sustainable Markets, (, Incae Business School, Costa Rica. Sustainability consultant with expertise in global CSR strategies. 20 years experience across China, the UK, and the Americas.

Peter McGrath

Co-founder and UK outreach

Co-founder of the HMS Beagle Project. Zoology graduate, author, yachtmaster.