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Our experienced and passionate team is dedicated to achieving BLUE’s goal of protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030.

The Blue Team

Team

CHARLES CLOVER

Co-founder and Executive Director

Charles made his name as an author and environmental journalist writing principally for The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph for which he was Environment Editor for 22 years. His book The End of The Line and the award-winning documentary film that it inspired raised overfishing as a global problem.

CLARE BROOK

Chief Executive Officer

Clare Brook joined BLUE as CFO in 2014 and then became CEO in March 2015.  Prior to that she was a pioneer of environmental investing, managing sustainable investment funds at Jupiter, NPI and Henderson.  She established the sustainable investment division of Aviva in 2000 and co-founded WHEB Asset Management in 2008.

DR DAVID TUDOR

Projects Director

David has worked in marine management for over 20 years. His experience includes running environmental campaigns on the beaches of Australia, researching marine plastic pollution in the Pacific, leading on policy advice at a pivotal time for the UK’s marine legislation, and working on the world’s largest offshore renewable energy programme.

LYNNE SMITH

Finance Director

Lynne is an ACCA qualified accountant with a passion for being underwater.  Witnessing first-hand the effects of overfishing and pollution on marine life drew her from the corporate environment to the marine environment and as the Finance Director of BLUE, she helps protect our oceans through her love of spreadsheets.

DAN CROCKETT

Development Director

Dan started working for BLUE after freediving in the Orkney Islands and realising the extraordinary marine biodiversity (and absence of it) in our waters. With fifteen years of business experience, he supports BLUE project development and overall organisational growth, while also directing projects focused on the high seas and national marine parks.

ADRIAN GAHAN

Government Affairs Adviser

Adrian has 10+ years of policy and political experience in London, Brussels & Washington DC. Adrian was Managing Director of Sancroft, has been Special Adviser to various Conservative MPs and worked at the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States. He has a degree in European Studies from the University of Cambridge.

SARA-JANE SKINNER

Head of Partnerships

Sara-Jane used her experience in events management, design and marketing to set up a company in Indonesia helping to support domestic and international brands across the Asia Pacific region. Back in the UK, where she was brought up close to the Channel, she has brought her expertise and affinity with the sea to BLUE.

POPPY GREENALL

Head of Operations and Events

Poppy studied French at The Sorbonne in Paris and spent three years in the Events Team at the British Red Cross. She has organised many BLUE events, including: 5th birthday party, featuring a private concert by Jamie Cullum; Ocean Awards which celebrate those doing good for the ocean and annual BMYC and Corporate Partners’ dinners.

JESS RATTLE

Head of Investigations

As Head of BLUE’s Investigations Unit, Jess works to research, expose and combat harmful and unsustainable fishing practices. Jess’s current focus is on the mismanagement of tuna stocks by RFMOs, as well as on the UK Government’s role in supporting potentially catastrophic deep-sea mining. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town and is a dual British-South African national.

RORY MOORE

Head of International Projects

Halfway across the Pacific in an old sailboat, Rory came across an unregistered fishing vessel hauling tonnes of illegally caught bluefin tuna from the ocean. He sailed right home to help BLUE to reverse the crisis of overfishing. He is a Plymouth graduate with a love for underwater photography and surfing. 

JO COUMBE

Head of Communications

Jo spent 12 years as a journalist and editor at the Guardian and Trinity Mirror, leading digital innovation and global storytelling. Working from her coastal home in Cornwall she has delivered some of BLUE’s most successful campaigns including #BackTheBlueBelt, #LocalFishForDinner and #FishForTomorrow.

MORVEN ROBERTSON

Senior UK Projects Manager

Morven is an experienced marine conservationist who has worked in a range of marine research, conservation and fisheries posts, such as management for recreational fisheries, addressing gear conflict and monitoring Marine Protected Areas. She has an MSc (Marine Environmental Management) from the University of York and has focused her interests around UK inshore fisheries.

EMILY NORRIS

Senior Development Manager

Emily was previously Head of Business Development at cleantech start-up bio-bean, the first UK company to industrialise the recycling of waste coffee grounds into biofuels, having joined the company at its inception. Emily studied Biological Sciences at Oxford University, specialising in species conservation and marine ecology.

Jonny Hughes

Senior Policy Manager

Primarily focused on domestic fisheries and marine conservation policy, Jonny leads BLUE’s work on improving fisheries management and marine policy. Prior to this Jonny led on the Pew Trusts UK fisheries work and brings significant experience of domestic, European and international fisheries management and conservation policy.

VIVIENNE EVANS

International Projects Manager

Viv joined BLUE in 2016 as Project Coordinator for the Maldives straight after completing her master’s degree in Marine Environmental Management (MSc) at the University of York. Viv now manages BLUE’s projects in the Maldives and Namibia. Viv also worked as Scientific Advisor for International Pole and Line Foundation’s project in Indonesia.

SAMANTHA FANSHAWE

UK Projects Manager

Sam has led marine conservation initiatives in the UK for over 20 years. Her experience includes strategic leadership of the Marine Conservation Society’s programmes on sustainable fisheries, marine protected areas and plastic pollution, encompassing policy, citizen science and high-profile public campaigns. She has an MSc in Marine Science from the University of California.

Andrew Woods

Operations and Risk Adviser

Andrew joined BLUE in 2017 after 30 years working in business. A Biology graduate from the University of Birmingham, he was a trustee of the Hertfordshire Wildlife Trust for nine years. As an experienced Seasearch observer, he loves to dive, film and understand marine life around the UK and beyond.

Priyal Bunwaree

Lawyer and Legal Co-ordinator

Priyal is a lawyer qualified in English, French and Mauritian law. She is an alumna of the Sorbonne law school and the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. She previously worked as legal consultant for the UN. Having grown up on the island of Mauritius, she is passionate about the ocean.

MANDY WOLFE

South West Coordinator

Mandy spent many years working for UK fishing companies and gained a great understanding of the drivers and evolution of the UK fleet and attitudes towards more sustainable fishing methods. Mandy now works with fishermen in BLUE’s UK projects to find win-wins and help develop better markets for sustainable fishermen.

Shaha Hashim

Maldives Project Manager

Shaha is the field project Manager for BLUE’s Maldives project, based in Laamu Atoll. Prior to joining BLUE in 2016, she worked with UN Agencies for eight years in various project management roles. She is a keen scuba diver who is driven by her passion to conserve the beautiful marine life of her country.

Dr Giulia Bernardi

Italy Projects Manager

Giulia Bernardi is a marine biologist coordinating BLUE’s Italian projects. She works on the improvement of Italian marine protection plans and on the encouragement of responsible small-scale fishing practices. She is an SSI scuba instructor and she has a PhD from the University Parthenope of Naples.

Joe Richards

Berwickshire Project Manager

Joe was a Marine Ranger for the Berwickshire Marine Reserve before joining BLUE at the beginning of 2019 as the Berwickshire Project Officer. Prior to this Joe worked on coral reef projects in the Gulf of Thailand. He has an MSc from Heriot Watt University in Climate Change: Managing the Marine Environment.

Matt Uttley

ENORI Project Manager

Matt is a marine biologist and conservationist specialising in shellfish. Matt holds an MSCi from Southampton University, where he studied the spread of Pacific Oysters in the Solent. Having previously worked on a large offshore mussel farm, Matt joined BLUE in 2018 to coordinate the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative.

SOPHIE LOCKE

Research and Projects Manager

Sophie joined BLUE in 2018, previously working for the Environmental Protection Authority and as a graduate consultant and ecologist. Sophie is passionate about establishing effective conservation models and inspiring the public about BLUE’s mission. She holds an MSc in Climate Change from King’s College London.

Appin Williamson

Project Manager, Jersey

Appin joined BLUE in 2021, having previously worked at the Environment Agency in the UK and for a marine environmental consultancy in Perth, Western Australia.  She graduated from the University of Southampton with a Bachelor’s degree in Oceanography and a Research Master’s degree in Ocean Science.

Sofia Regalado

Events and Operations Manager

Sofia joined BLUE in 2021 after finishing her MSc in Environmental Sustainability at UCL. Previously, Sofia worked at eXXpedition, an organization researching oceanic microplastic pollution. Having grown up in El Salvador and next to the Pacific, Sofia had a fascination with marine biodiversity and from a young age aspired to dedicate her career to its preservation. 

Dr Luke Helmer

Restoration Scientific Officer

Luke studied marine biology at the University of Portsmouth for seven years, specialising in marine habitat restoration. With a passion for oyster reefs he has been involved with the Solent Oyster Restoration Project since its inception in 2015. Luke is now involved with restoration at project, UK and European levels.

ALEX HUBBERSTEY

UK Sturgeon Coordinator

Alex started at BLUE as an intern after graduating from the University of York. His passion for native sturgeon arose as a result of studying their historic decline as part of his dissertation. Alex now coordinates the UK Sturgeon project, keen to restore native marine biodiversity to the UK.

EMMA STANLEY

Marketing and Communications Officer

Emma joined BLUE in 2021 after spending two months diving on a reef in Madagascar, gathering data to help conserve the local marine protected area. Prior to this Emma has worked as a sailing instructor in the UK and in Greece and studied Physical Geography at Durham University.

FREDDIE WATSON

Jersey Project Officer

Freddie joined BLUE in May 2021. Over the course of his internship, Freddie will be acting as Jersey’s Project Officer, assisting Appin, who is our Project Manager in Jersey. Before joining BLUE, Freddie graduated from the University of Liverpool, where he studied Ocean Sciences. He now aims to build a career in marine conservation.

Trustees

GEORGE DUFFIELD

Co-founder & Trustee

George produced the documentary film The End of The Line which alerted the world to the crisis in our oceans and which won the 2011 Puma Creative Impact Award. Determined to keep the momentum for change going, he co-founded BLUE. He is a Founding Partner of Ocean 14 Capital, an Impact investment fund for the Oceans.

CHRIS GORELL BARNES

Co-founder & Trustee

Chris is a new media entrepreneur and marine conservationist, who founded leading brand communications agency Adjust Your Set. He is happiest by the sea, and co-founded BLUE after the success of the award-winning documentary film The End of the Line, for which he was Executive Producer, and he is now a Founding Partner of Ocean 14 Capital.

Dr Arlo Brady

Chairman & Trustee

Arlo Brady is CEO of freuds, Chief Executive of The Brewery, founder of Juracan Rum Co and Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Board at Mars, Incorporated. With more than 20 years’ global consultancy experience, he specialises in corporate positioning, messaging and issues management.

DR TOM APPLEBY

Chief Legal Affairs Adviser & Trustee

Tom is BLUE’s Chief Legal Affairs Adviser and is a former commercial property lawyer, working in the marine charity sector. He is a former trustee of a commercial port and has helped to establish various NGOs. Tom is also an Associate Professor at the University of the West of England.

CRAIG DAVIES

Trustee

Craig joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 and serves as our treasurer.  He is a partner at accountants and tax advisors, Rawlinson & Hunter, advising clients primarily in the creative industries across a broad range of matters.  Outside of work he contends with the joys and challenges of an over-sized family.

LORD DEBEN

Trustee

The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, served for sixteen years as a British minister, and was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had. Lord Deben is Chairman of Sancroft, the Committee on Climate Change, Valpak Limited, and the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advisers Association.

Sofia Blount

Trustee

Sofia co-founded Omnia Strategy LLP, a law firm, where her projects included human rights consultancy and the implementation of UN protocol for the protection of biodiversity. She joined BLUE in 2017. In September 2019 Sofia began her Masters in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge. She is married to the musician James Blunt and has two sons.

Celine Herweijer

Trustee

Celine is a Partner at PwC UK and PwC’s Global Innovation and Sustainability Leader. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Councils. She is a NASA Fellow, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Grantham Research Institute, and has a PhD in Computer Modelling and Earth Sciences.

Lucy Lake

Trustee

Lucy Lake is CEO of CAMFED International, an organisation dedicated to supporting girls’ education and young women’s enterprise in Africa. Lucy is a founding member and former Co-Chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, and is on the High-Level Steering Committee of the Global Education Commission’s Workforce Initiative.

PROFESSOR CALLUM ROBERTS

Chief Scientific Adviser & Trustee

Callum is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York and award-winning author and scientist. His research team provided the scientific underpinning for a new ocean protection target – 30% by 2030. He was chief scientific advisor for the BBC television series Blue Planet II and has been a Trustee of BLUE Marine Foundation since 2011.

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Thank you

BLUE would like to thank every single one of our supporters, no matter how big or small. Your support makes our vital mission possible. Thank you to every individual donor, trust, foundation, corporate partner, BMYC member, Join BLUE member, ambassador, pro bono supporter and volunteer.

JOIN BLUE MEMBERS

Mr Roger Ames
Aqualuce
Bazar Ethical Marketplace
Mr Rob Button
The Carroll Family
Mr Michael Hall
Roaming Expert
Mr Grant Rumbles
Mrs Sheila Rumbles
SF Marina
Mr Mike Sharp
Studio Delta
Mr Peter Whale

BMYC MEMBERS

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli
Sir Charles Dunstone
Peter Lürssen
Andrew and Jane Winch
Evgeniy Kochman
Rolly van Rappard
Cristina Stenbeck
Rob Earle
BOAT
Benetti

MAJOR DONORS

Barclays
Alex Beard
CVC Capital Partners
Turgay and Didem Ciner
DP World
James Hopkins, Hopkins Homes
James Kalbassi
Kaltroco Ltd
Felix Kjellberg (aka PewDiePie)
Peter Lürssen
Mike Sharp
Michael Spencer
Cristina Stenbeck
Sunseeker
Paul Sykes
Waitrose

DONORS

Archery Pictures
Brora
Bucherer
Andrew Budden
Burgess
Capital Group
The Carroll Family
Viscount James Grimston
Itsu
Nicholas A G Laing
Milkywire
Octopus Energy
Pentire Drinks
Quantum Botanika
Shackleton
Smith & Williamson
Switzerland for the Ocean
Mr John Vermilye
Viaduct Furniture
Richard Vogel
Burkhard Von Schenk
Camilla Windus
Mark Windus
Wrede Consulting GmbH
Heesen Yachts

AMBASSADORS

Sir Nigel Bogle
Alex Caizergues
Cara Delevingne
Poppy Delevingne
Fiona Drummond
Sir Charles Dunstone
Dr Sylvia Earle
HRH Princess Eugenie
Ben Fogle
Cindy Forde
Stephen Fry
Olivier de Givenchy
Ben Goldsmith
Andrea Hamilton
John Hitchcox
Nick Hounsfield
Nico Kos
Melanie Laurent
Simon Le Bon
Yasmin Le Bon
Carl Gustaf Lundin
Takuji Masuda
Sienna Miller
Arizona Muse
Rupert Murray
Amber Nuttall
Marie-Athena Papathanasiou
Jonathon Porritt
Mark Rose
Sir Stuart Rose
Marina Vaughan Spitzy
Lady Amelia Windsor
Baroness Worthington of Cambridge