What is your name and role at the National Marine Aquarium?
Hello there, my name is Roger Maslin and I’m the Chief Executive Officer or ‘CEO’, here at the National Marine Aquarium.
What does your job entail?
My role here at the NMA is a varied one, with key responsibilities including setting out a clear future, engaging at every level, giving everyone the tools to do their job, steering the ship, developing the best possible team, managing priority and risk.
What is your background?
I have a wide background of science, business, brewing, acquisition, stadia development (including managing Wembley Stadium) and project management in different countries. This includes 30 years of people management, problem solving, leadership and teamwork across different cultures. As a charity the NMA has its challenges and hopefully my previous experience will help make a sufficient difference, over time.
The National Marine Aquarium is a charity, but what is the purpose of the NMA?
The purpose of the NMA is to connect us with our Oceans, promoting pro-Ocean behaviour, creating healthier Oceans for the benefit and enjoyment of all. Ultimately our purpose is to make a difference. To make a difference you need to care about something and to care about something you need to know something about it.
And that’s where we come in, connecting us with our Oceans, enthusing everyone with the wonders and importance of the Oceans. Please remember that the oxygen of every other breath you take is derived from the Oceans, so if you want to keep breathing…
What do you see as the core assets of the NMA?
Our core assets are our Staff, our Animals, our Aquarium, our relationships and our privileged responsibility of being the National Marine Aquarium.
What exciting things are you looking forward to for the Aquarium in 2018?
I’m looking forward to piloting the national roll-out of our learning programme, enthusing our visitors with new technology , developing our conservation projects and celebrating our 20th birthday.
We hope you visit us in 2018 and help us celebrate 20 years of the NMA!