The Team

Dr Martin Bloxham PhD

Martin has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Plymouth University. In his early career, he was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University. He worked for a number of years as a marine chemist (trace metals and nutrients) for the Irish Marine Institute.


Since 2001, he has worked as a United Nations international expert during which time he has been involved in a range of successful international and national projects for organisations such as UNDP, UNIDO, UNOPS, FAO, IAEA and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). His work has focused on the strategic sustainable development of shared water resources including rivers such as the Dnipro, the Kura Aras, the Okavango, and the Niger, and marine areas including the Black Sea, the Guinea Current, the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), the Caribbean LME and the Humboldt Current LME.


Martin is also an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow of the School of Marine Science and Engineering, Plymouth University.


Contact: martin@barefoot-thinking.com or


Peter Redstone MBA

Peter has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has years of practice as a management consultant, formerly with McKinsey & Co, and has extensive experience of business strategy and problem solving, with a variety of clients including SME's, NGO's, Government organisations and individuals. He is dedicated to the communication and practice of creative thinking skills in the workplace.


Peter has also been an organic dairy farmer during which time he co-founded and ran the UK's first organic ice cream company (Rocombe Farm Fresh Ice Cream Ltd since incorporated into Yeo Valley Ltd). A keen supporter of Social Enterprise, he is a trustee of three pioneering South West UK environmental organisations – Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Transition Town Totnes Ltd and the CarbonSense Foundation.


Contact: peter@barefoot-thinking.com or


Professor Martin Attrill - scientific and academic advisor

Martin is a marine ecologist whose primary research interest is focused on the mechanisms behind long-term change and large-scale spatial patterns in marine assemblages and populations. He has been working with long-term data from marine fish and invertebrate populations within a range of habitats such as the Thames Estuary, Brazilian coral reefs and the open Atlantic Ocean, including investigating the role of climate variation on fish, corals and plankton.


He has published over 100 papers in the prime literature, primarily on fish and benthic systems such as seagrass, and has also current projects investigating the roles of Marine Protected Areas, such as the new Defra designation in Lyme Bay.


He is biodiversity impacts coordinator for the Wave Hub project through PRIMaRE (Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy), extending his interest in human impacts to large scale offshore renewable developments and how we can effectively and suitably monitor their interaction with the environment.


Since May 2009, Prof Attrill has been Director of the Marine Institute at the University of Plymouth, a multidisciplinary organisation comprising over 150 academic staff working in marine and maritime areas, 250 researchers and PhD students and 2600 students enrolled on marine and maritime courses.


Contact: M.Attrill@plymouth.ac.uk

Dr Martin Bloxham PhD

Peter Redstone MBA

Dr Martin Attrill

"The toolbox I took away from the course is of great use. The added unexpected bonus was how inspiring it was to spend 3 days in a room full of engaged, smart, forward thinking people. An incredibly positive and enlightening situation to be in."

Organic Chemist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, January 2014