Rachel Mulholland

Senior Policy Advisor

Providing scientific and policy advice to UK Government, Regulators and Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies on potential risks and impacts to the marine environment of a wide range of human activities in the context of Marine Spatial Planning.

Rachel is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Evidence for Marine Management and Policy Team at Cefas. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography and Master’s Degrees in Environmental Law and Management (LL.M) and International Relations (MA). Rachel provides advice on marine policy, planning and management activity both within the UK and internationally.

Rachel has a background in environmental law and terrestrial planning as well as land-sea planning and management interactions. She has experience of working within UK local government providing technical and policy advice on all aspects of the planning process including Environmental Impact Assessments, licensing requirements, potential cumulative impacts of development, and appropriate mitigation strategies. She has a working knowledge of marine and terrestrial planning policies and regulatory frameworks and experience of development assessment and management.

Rachel is actively involved in the development and implementation of marine planning policy in the UK with a particular focus on integrated coastal zone management, land-sea interactions, cross-border and transboundary considerations. She has also worked with Defra on the designation of Marine Protected Areas around the UK and on policy and evidence development for offshore wind and marine renewable energy.

Rachel has delivered training and provided advice on marine management and the assessment of environmental impacts to overseas governments and organisations around the world including in Kuwait, Oman, Antigua, Montserrat, and the British Virgin Islands. She is also a UK delegate to the ICES Working Group on Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management.