We are extremely pleased to welcome our newest member of staff, Faron McLellan. Following a rigorous and competitive recruitment process, Faron has been appointed as the new National Coordinator for KIMO UK. After her first week in post, I had a chance to catch up with Faron and ask her a few questions:
Could you tell us a little bit about your background?
Well, I studied marine science at university at the Scottish Association for Marine Science specialising in aquaculture. Prior to KIMO I have been working in the oil and gas industry as an Environmental Consultant specialising in the movement of invasive species and marine growth on offshore structures.
What made you decide to apply for a job at KIMO?
My passion has always been to help protect and conserve the natural environment which is why I wanted to leave the oil and gas industry and be on the front line with an organisation like KIMO International. When I’m not working, I spend a lot of time trying to raise awareness of environmental issues so having the opportunity to be involved in policy making was something I couldn’t say no to.
What would you like to accomplish in your new role as KIMO UK Coordinator?
I’d really love to see the Fishing For Litter Project grow and accrue harbours and ports across the country. I’m also really looking forward to spending time giving educational talks to everyone – from the general public to those in industry. Primarily my focus at the moment though is to secure funding for the future of this role and to raise awareness of what we do.
It’s always invigorating for the organisation to get an injection of fresh talent and enthusiasm. I’m sure that Faron will excel in her new post and will convert her impressive credentials and her love for the ocean into helping us realise the KIMO vision of healthy seas around the UK and Europe. A hearty welcome!