Howard Wood

Howard Wood, OBE is co-founder and trustee of COAST The Community of Arran Seabed Trust and also co- founder and trustee of SIFT Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust in Scotland.

Howard’s passion for diving around the Isle of Arran in Scotland since 1974 ultimately led him to become a marine environmental campaigner. His photographic skills, use of citizen science and philosophy of empowering his community, led to Scotland’s first fully protected marine reserve being created. Howard and COAST’s success also inspired a network of coastal communities  around Scotland, which slowly influenced the way Scotland manages her seas.  In 2015 he was awarded the International Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe , and for his services to the marine environment an OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II