Mr Alex Whatley


Mr Alex Whatley

Project and Knowledge Exchange Manager

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Alex is a Project Manager in the Faculty of Science and Engineering project office, brokering collaborative research and development projects by connecting businesses to our expert academics and specialist facilities. 

Currently focused on working with marine technology and floating offshore wind companies, especially those working on Celtic Sea projects, Alex has a strong understanding of the marine sector developed from a wide range of experience in the industry, including marine renewable energy, small craft naval architecture, project & production management and the implementation of technology in composite manufacturing. This marine sector focus is underpinned by a lifetime of seagoing, including many years working as the commercial skipper of sailing vessels, power craft and small passenger ferries.

Alex came to the University of Plymouth from FaBTest, the Falmouth Bay Test Site where he was the Operations Manager, and in addition to his industry experience he has a background of teaching, departmental management, business engagement and knowledge transfer activity within Further and Higher Education.


BSc (Hons) Yacht Manufacturing and Surveying, Southampton Institute
PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training, University of Plymouth
Level 7 CPD modules, Marine Technology Education Consortium

Commercially-endorsed UK Certificates of Competency as Master of sail and power vessels up to 200 gross tonnes, operating in unlimited worldwide service

Professional membership

Royal Institution of Naval Architects