Members Profile

Annabel Lawrence
Annabel
Lawrence

Community Association of Lochs and Sounds (CAOLAS)
Annabel is a maritime archaeologist. She trained as a commercial diver and joined the Archaeological Diving Unit (ADU) as a professional maritime archaeologist in 1995. From 2005-2015 Annabel established the Lochaline Dive Centre as a top destination for recreational diving. The Centre provides in depth interpretation of the shipwrecks in the Sound of Mull using sonar and archaeological techniques.

Annabel was nominated in the Institute of Directors, Female Director of the Year 2013. She also instigated the SMARTdiving.co.uk project which proposes to sink a decommissioned British Naval Destroyer in the Sound Of Mull, West Coast of Scotland to create the first artificial reef from a decommissioned Naval vessel in Scotland, and only the second in Europe.

Annabel has been involved in the stewardship of the maritime historic assets in the Sound of Mull over the past decade. In 2015 she began a project to record the life and habitats associated with wrecks and dive sites in the Sound of Mull with a view to producing a guide for divers, snorkelers and beach explorers.

Annabel is now a Lecturer at the University of Highlands and Islands delivering the Marine and Coastal Tourism Degree.