Alex Whatley

Alex Whatley

Knowledge Exchange Officer

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 operating in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly via the ERDF supported Marine-i and Cornwall Floating Offshore Wind Accelerator 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 and 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

Roles on external bodies

Steering group member for Plymouth Marine Tech EXPO 2020/2021

Steering group member for the ERDF funded Propel project, delivered by Cornwall Marine Network 2017-2019



Research interests

I am a post-graduate research student in the School of Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences, investigating the applicability of innovation/knowledge economy clusters in rural regional development - particularly Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activity in the marine technology & engineering sector of Cornwall and wider SW UK.