Our Team

Sarah Hancock

Sarah Hancock

Sarah leads the team at Seiche Training and oversees all its UK and international activities. In her two years running the company, she’s expanded the range of courses on offer and is continually exploring new partnerships and opportunities in the marine sector.

Previously Sarah worked at the RAW Group, an environmental contamination company based in Exeter, in their Environmental Science group. She graduated from Plymouth University with a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences.
Stephanie Barnicoat

Stephanie Barnicoat

Stephanie was awarded her BSC in Marine Biology from Bangor University, and subsequently her MSc in Biological Diversity from University of Plymouth. She is a valued member of the Bioscience Group at Seiche as a specialist in bioacoustics and marine mammals. With extensive experience working offshore as an environmental consultant, she carries out visual and acoustic surveys on seismic exploration projects, windfarm installations and in marine mammal research around the world.

Stephanie also develops and delivers courses for Seiche Training, including the PAM Levels 1 & 2, the MMO and PSO courses. Her other roles include: data analysis for the presence of marine mammals in acoustic data, environmental monitoring, and the installation and operation of PAM systems in the field. With her wealth of knowledge on various PAM hardware systems and software, Stephanie provides technical support for offshore operators.

In her spare time, she is a member of the British Diver Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team where she assists in the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned or injured seal pups and other marine fauna. She is also on the committee for a local conservation group where she carries out marine mammal surveys.

Loraine Grant

Loraine Grant

Loraine was awarded her M.Sc. in Environmental Science and B.Sc. (hons) in Zoology from University College Dublin, Ireland. She is a passionate biologist with extensive experience as an environmental scientist, managing and developing many research projects for numerous NGOs in Central and South America. Loraine has spent the past number of years working as an offshore environmental representative on seismic exploration projects in the roles of MMO and PAM operator. She has in-depth knowledge on various PAM hardware systems and software including PAMGuard and Ishmael, as well as a knowledge of GIS.

Loraine now delivers our PAM Level 1 and Level 2 courses. She also develops our education workshops and projects for primary and secondary level students. Her experiences as an educator include training teachers on how to introduce marine biology into the classroom in an educational manner. As a wildlife rehabilitator and with her enthusiasm for wildlife education she has developed our educational workshops to introduce the younger generations to the wondrous world of our oceans.

Lorenzo Scala

Lorenzo Scala

Lorenzo delivers our PAM Level 1 and also Level 2 courses. He is a lead offshore technician at Seiche and provides technical support for acoustic systems and offshore operators. Lorenzo completed his masters in Marine & Fisheries Science from the University of Aberdeen in 2008.

Lorenzo has worked as a consultant to the offshore industry and renewables sector in the roles of PAM operator and MMO for several years. He has specific expertise in the installation, maintenance and deployment of acoustic hydrophone systems on seismic surveys and offshore piling and explosives decommissioning projects. He also has experience in sound source verification (SSV) surveys and installing infra-red camera monitoring systems for detection of marine mammals.