Meet The Team

Our dedicated team here at the New Heaven Reef Conservation Program has always consisted of talented, passionate marine conservationists and biologists from all over the world. Each member brings with them a different dimension to the program and offers their support and insight into their expertise. The common thread between all of us is the passion we share for our planet's oceans, so join us and dive into our world.


Chad Scott is an accomplished marine biologist and is both the program's director and founder. He has championed the preservation of Koh Tao's ecosystems both in and out of the water even before he created the NHRCP back in 2007. He is somewhat of a living legend here, whether that be for his tireless drive to better both the island's ecosystem and community or his angry, adorable, little dog.


Devrim, "Dev" has been with the NHRCP since the beginning together with Chad and is dedicated to the preservation of Koh Tao's marine ecosystems.
Devrim is the lead conservation instructor, manager of our New Heaven Dive School and an AYP teacher and avid yoga practitioner and freediving instructor.

Maleephan "p'Kaen" Zahir

p'Kaen is the owner of New Heaven Dive School, local community coordinator, board member of Save Koh Tao, restaurant owner of Koppee Espresso Bar and Restaurant, a talented chef and creator of delicious bread, cakes and treats.
She has been a founding member of all conservation activities on Koh Tao both land and marine tying local Thai and expat community together. 
She always bring with her a wonderfule smile, energy and enthusiasm.

Phonsupang "p'Ran" Niran

Ran has worked as a dive instructor for over 20 years in Thailand. He is also a videographer who has worked in the Thai film industry. He has worked as a stunt man.
His interest in marine conservation is building artificial reefs and sharing his knowledge to the Thai community.
Ran is assistant conservation diver instructor.

Kirsty & Pocky

This dynamic duo is half thai and half english. 
Kirsty Magson is a marine biologist and our resident Shark and Turtle expert. She is the founder of Thai Whale Sharks and has a love for the Blue Ringed Octopus. She is our community liason and manages our sea turtle headstart program. 

Pocky is a Koh Tao furball and if she is around its a safe bet that Kirsty isnt too far away. She enjoys long walks on the beach and belly rubs during lectures. 


Robert Sevenster, a.k.a. Bob, has been a huge part of our program ever since he first joined us back in 2015. With his background in electrical engineer Bob has been able to apply his wealth of knowledge and expertise to our artificial reefs, bringing our reef conservation efforts into the 21st century through his developments of largely unexplored mineral accretion technologies. To sum up Bob in one paragraph would be an impossible task, as he falls somewhere between Mr. Miyagi - a wise meditative Kung Fu Master, and Doc from Back to the Future - an eccentric electric genius.

The boats and the New Heaven boat crew

From top left:
Captain lung'Sai and Papa George
Captain Plean and King Kong 3
Soe, our go to guy for anything needing fixing
Lin boat boy extraordinaire, always bringing a smile to everyone
Dive school cats, they eat and sleep, used to chase rats but too lazy now, we call them Crazy and Hate People, they are a bit shy.

  • Phone

    New Heaven Dive School office 9am-7pm: +66 (0) 77 457 045

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  • Address
    48 Moo 3 Chalok Baan Kao
    Koh Tao, Surat Thani
    84360, Thailand
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New Heaven Reef Conservation Program