NLA is a Blue Economy solutions company creating concepts and projects to provide socio-economic benefit in the marine and maritime environments. We believe passionately in the potential of modern technology and we have a penchant for the application of satellite datasets.

Our experts curate and incorporate leading edge, exciting technologies in the design of innovative environmental and commercial projects spanning situational awareness and ground truthing in fisheries, smart connected aquaculture solutions and resilient position navigation and timing systems.

NLA understands the huge breadth of the Blue Economy, drawing on its unrivalled insights to offer advisory and delivery services to a broad range of customers, from tech start-ups, to corporates and governments. 

Our core team – supported where necessary by a broader team of associates – came together to make the most of their complementary skills, knowledge, experience and interests.

Rear Admiral Nick Lambert


A master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users' perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. Globally connected, Nick is a key thought leader on Blue Economy potential and tech innovation in associated domains.

He advises on a wide range of marine and maritime issues, including: the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies; the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability; near or real time situational awareness (especially from space based assets and applications), and maritime training and education.

Jonathan Turner


A focused, passionate leader of organisational change with a strong foundation in customer-focused organisational process design, lean methodology and performance measurement; Jonathan has a proven track record of delivering measurable benefit and business growth.

His analytical skills and practical use of data generate compelling management information that focuses leadership teams, thereby improving and evolving business performance and success through a blend of continuous improvement techniques and people development.  

Andy Hamflett


A journalist, researcher and expert fundraiser, Andy is a storyteller who helps organisations to articulate their needs and aspirations so they can set about meeting them. He has a particular penchant for fundraising and has raised several million pounds for socially responsible projects and organisations.

Andy also leads innovative research projects exploring the emerging potential of digital and data tools for social impact. He applies rigorous foresight research to immediate organisational challenges to inspire teams to develop solutions fit for the future.

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Carl is a gifted designer, artist and creative brand expert, with the ability to capture an organisation’s ‘brand truth’ in visual form. With a career spanning more than 25 years, he has developed powerful brands for large and small companies, including Adidas, Virgin, Lockheed Martin, Esso, Crewsaver, Powergen and The University of Surrey.

He has also led design projects for blue chip ad agencies like McCanns, Saatchis, Publicis, CDP and more. Carl studied design and illustration at St Martin’s School of Art in London.

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Lee Hardy is an acknowledged and highly regarded maritime warfare expert.  His Royal Navy career, of over 30 years, afforded him experience in frontline and staff appointments at sea as well as training environments.  As an intelligence specialist both in the UK and overseas he has defined and developed capability requirements and led procurement activities.  

His command experience included leading a UK Overseas Territory on behalf of the British Government. Since retiring from the military in 2015 he has performed several senior analysis and adviser roles in maritime enforcement for organisations such as the Overseas Territories Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Our unique approach to research helps us understand products and markets.  We uncover operational needs and explore value and impact, building rapport with local experts and investing in focussed testing and research that reveals thorough understanding and insights.


Our research reveals blue economy challenges all over the World.  We pull together consortium to address these issues, creating innovative solutions that fuse cutting edge technologies and services to deliver sustainable environmental, economic and social impacts.


We drive product and business visibility, provide end user perspective, develop strategy, project manage and design operating models.  Government departments, commercial organisations and NGOs use our maritime and marine expertise to support their projects and plans.