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Meet the Directors


EGCP Chair - David R. Green


David R. Green is the Director of the Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science and Management (AICSM), Director of the M.Sc. Degree Programme in Geographical Information Systems, and Director of the UAV Centre for Environmental Monitoring and Mapping (UCEMM) at the Department of Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. 

He is past Chairman of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI); past Editor in Chief of The Cartographic Journal; past-President of the EUCC–The Coastal and Marine Union; past-Vice-Chair of the European Centre for Nature Conservation Scientific Committee (ECNC); Currently a Director and Chair of EGCP Ltd., and Chair of the CoastGIS 2018 Conference.


David is a specialist in the environmental applications of geospatial technologies with interests in geographical information systems, remote sensing (terrestrial and bathymetric), cartography/digital mapping, Internet and mobile GIS, coastal and marine resource management, hydrography, marine spatial planning (MSP),  and UAV technology.


He has published a number of books on Coastal Zone Management and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). David is also Editor in Chief of the Journal of Coastal Conservation, Planning and Management (Springer). 


Vice Chair - Mike Skitmore




Mike Skitmore is married, has four children and has lived in Aberdeenshire since 1978. Following a degree in Civil Engineering he worked for BP for 31 years in Aberdeen, London, the USA and Azerbaijan, mainly in production operations and projects. In Azerbaijan, he led the Shah Deniz gas project and then became Vice President for BP’s Offshore operations, before leaving BP in 2009. He joined Premier Oil in London in 2009 and then moved back to Aberdeen, where he became UK Country Manager and Director in 2012. He retired from Premier Oil in December 2015. Mike was appointed to the Peterhead Port Authority Board in January 2016. As well as being a director of EGCP he is a trustee of the Aberdeen safety charity Absafe.


My involvement at Peterhead Port rekindled by interest in the coast. In my early career I worked offshore for many years and the welcome sight of the Grampian coast returning from those trips was always a highlight for me. And now I have retired I have a bit more time to explore it.


Mike’s personal time is devoted to family, fishing, walking and cooking.


The East Grampian Coast is a wonderfully unspoilt resource and we have an obligation to ensure that any development, on or offshore, is done sympathetically to ensure that it stays that way. Making it accessible to people is also key, so that they can also become part of preserving that legacy.


Dunnottar Castle, south of Stonehaven


Director - John Watson

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I am currently Senior Health, Safety & Environmental Advisor for Centrica Exploration & Production, an oil and gas company. I have worked in various roles within Centrica, initially around the Cumbria and Lancashire coast and latterly for the wider European business.

Before studying Environmental Protection at university I ran my own business as an artist and illustrator.

I have always lived within a few miles of the sea and love that it is a very tangible demonstration of earth’s changing moods. My work and study has also added a realisation of the importance of the sea for ecology, community and transportation amongst many other things.

Much of my spare time is taken up organising and carrying out conservation activities, including litter pick events in both Aberdeenshire and Cumbria.  I enjoy running, hillwalking and photography.  I am also a qualified dry stone waller.

I want the coast to be appreciated and utilised by as many user groups as possible.  I hope the partnership can highlight the value of this coast and that it can thrive in a sustainable way.

Newburgh Beach - a beautiful beach where a short walk is rewarded by seeing a colony of inquisitive seals… yet only a few minutes’ drive from Aberdeen city centre.

Alan Mitchell

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