Mr. Chip Cunliffe

Director of Environmental Science Programs and Education, XL Catlin


Mr. Chip Cunliffe manages XL Catlin’s ocean science research and communications programmes that include both the XL Catlin Seaview and Deep Ocean Surveys. He also works with various external agencies researching and promoting the issues of Ocean Risk.

Primary research into key indicators of change, such as coral reef health and deep ocean resilience help us to better understand howOcean Risk (ocean warming, sea level rise, Arctic sea-ice loss etc.) will impact business, society and ecosystems in the future.

Chip has also established XL Catlin’s Oceans Education programme, a curriculum-led syllabus for students aged between 7-16, designed to introduce and support the teaching of ocean-related topics around the world. In three years, over 2.5 million children have engaged in the Frozen, Coral Oceans and Submarine STEM programmes, with a target to reach 10 million by 2020.

Between 2009-2011 Chip managed the Catlin Arctic Survey working with explorers and scientists to collect data from the Arctic Ocean during the winter-spring transition. He has also led expeditions to the rainforests of Borneo, central and south America and has spent time in the classroom as a geography teacher.