Beth joined the UK’s Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs in 2001 to manage the Flood Risk Management Research Programme. She then led the production of the UK Governments first assessment of the State of the Seas, Charting Progress and in 2005 launched two major public sector partnerships: The Marine Climate Impact Partnership (MCCIP) and the Marine Data and Information Partnership (MDIP) to initiate change, address long standing issues with data stewardship and transfer knowledge to policy. By establishing the UK-Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy in 2006 monitoring policy was brought to the forefront, and marine stewardship and science coordination tools were embedded in the new Marine Bill. Beth started her secondment, from Defra, to the Environment Research Funders’ Forum (ERFF) in 2007 and has used her previous experience to work with each of the 18 partner organisations to agree a way forward for all environmental observations. She is currently programme manager for the UK Environmental Observation Framework. Sharing data, knowledge and expertise are at the heart of the frameworks activities and therefore she now sits on the GEO Data Sharing Task Force on behalf of the UK.