Our experienced and passionate team is dedicated to achieving BLUE’s goal of protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030.
The Blue Team
Co-Founder and Senior AdvisorCharles 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.
Chief Executive OfficerClare Brook joined Blue Marine 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
Programmes DirectorDavid 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.
Finance DirectorLynne 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 Marine, she helps protect our oceans through her love of spreadsheets.
Oceans and Climate DirectorDan started working for Blue Marine 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 Marine project development and overall organisational growth, while also directing projects focused on the high seas and national marine parks.
Communications DirectorJo 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 Marine’s most successful campaigns including #BackTheBlueBelt, #LocalFishForDinner and #FishForTomorrow.
DR JUDITH BROWN
Projects DirectorAfter starting diving at 14, Jude has always had a passion for the life in our oceans. Working for 20 years in the UK overseas territories and globally on commercial fisheries, sustainable aquaculture and marine protected area management she is now working on Blue Marine’s international projects.
Head of PartnershipsSara-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 Marine.
Head of InvestigationsAs Head of Blue Marine’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.
Head of ConservationHalfway 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 Marine to reverse the crisis of overfishing. He is a Plymouth graduate with a love for underwater photography and surfing.
Head of DevelopmentEmily 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.
Head of FinanceDave, an ACCA qualified accountant, started his career in the commercial sector, working across various different roles within finance and leading a CSR team. Attentions first turned towards the ocean during a diving and surfing trip to Central America. Now a full convert, Dave works to preserve and protect our blue world.
DR TOM APPLEBY
Chief Legal Affairs AdviserTom is Blue Marine’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.
Operations and Risk AdviserAndrew joined Blue Marine 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.
Senior UK Marine Policy ManagerPrimarily focused on domestic fisheries and marine conservation policy, Jonny leads Blue Marine’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.
Senior Legal CounselPriyal 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.
DR JULIETTE SCOTT
Legal ResearcherJuliette has a lifelong commitment to environmental protection and the sea, with a cross-border career across corporates, institutions and other organisations. She also has an extensive interdisciplinary legal research portfolio, always seeking to associate public and private, academia and practice. She is trilingual English, French, and Italian, and can’t do without her daily swim.
Convex Programme ManagerGabriella is a marine scientist having studied in Hawaii, Plymouth and Cadiz. Specialising in shark ecology and marine microbiological ecosystems, she also served as scientist onboard the Tara Oceans Expedition. With over twenty years’ experience in environmental conservation and public engagement in science, she joined Blue Marine to manage the Convex Seascape Survey, having followed the blue carbon transition for over a decade.
Senior Research and Projects ManagerSophie joined Blue Marine 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 Marine’s mission. She holds an MSc in Climate Change from King’s College London.
Research CoordinatorSofia joined Blue Marine 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.
Research and Impact AdvisorAppin became Blue Marine’s Research and Impact Advisor in 2022 after working as Jersey Project Manager. Previously, Appin 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.
Projects ResearcherJake is a marine scientist who works in the Maldives project team focusing on various sustainable fisheries initiatives. Before joining Blue Marine in 2021, he studied the impacts of climate change upon coral reef fish populations in Australia. Jake holds an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies from the University of Edinburgh.
Senior UK Projects ManagerSam 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.
Senior Restoration ManagerJenny manages various marine restoration projects across the UK. She was inspired by the ocean during her early childhood years in the Caribbean. Graduating with an MRes in Marine Biology, she went on to work in Government. Jenny’s experience ranges from fisheries policy, marine protected areas advice, and marine management.
Dr Giulia Bernardi
Senior Italy Projects ManagerGiulia Bernardi is a marine biologist coordinating Blue Marine’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.
Maldives Project ManagerShaha is the field project Manager for Blue Marine’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.
Scotland Project ManagerJoe was a Marine Ranger for the Berwickshire Marine Reserve before joining Blue Marine 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.
ENORI Project ManagerMatt 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 Marine in 2018 to coordinate the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative.
Solent Restoration Project ManagerLouise spent her childhood beachcombing along the Pembrokeshire coast. Since studying Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool she has worked on conservation projects in the UK and overseas. Louise has lived on the shores of the Solent for more than a decade and is passionate about restoring its intricate marine habitats.
Solent Seascape Project CoordinatorRosalie is a marine ecologist and passionate about all things ocean-related, particularly community-engaged restoration. Prior to joining Blue Marine, she spent three years working in coral reef research and ocean outreach at the University of Oxford Seascape Ecology Lab, and as a Programme Co-ordinator for the United Nations Global Compact Network UK.
ANGELA LAZOU DEAN
Greece Projects ManagerPrior to joining Blue Marine, Angela spent 16 years campaigning for the oceans and other environmental issues with Greenpeace in Greece and Europe. Angela is a Biology graduate and has a long experience in fighting for the establishment of marine protected areas and the adoption of progressive policies for sustainable fisheries.
Jersey Project ManagerFreddie joined Blue Marine in May 2021 as an intern working on our Jersey Project. After a succesful six months Freddie now works full-time as the Jersey Project Officer. Before joining Blue Marine, Freddie graduated from the University of Liverpool, where he studied Ocean Sciences. Freddie now aims to continue building his career in marine conservation.
Dr Luke Helmer
Restoration Scientific OfficerLuke 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.
Solent Oyster Restoration Project OfficerEric has been based in the Solent since starting his studies in 2015 at the University of Portsmouth, where he was looking into biodiversity associated with native oysters. Prior to joining Blue, he worked on nature-based nutrient remediation solutions. He is driven to improve his local coastline through key habitat restoration.
Jersey Project OfficerGrowing up in Jersey, Kathryn has always had a deep connection to the sea, and working in Mauritius as a conservation biologist further fortified her passion for marine and island conservation. Prior to this, she spent five years as a bird keeper at Jersey Zoo, after graduating from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Biological Sciences.
UK Research OfficerEmily began working with Blue Marine as part of her MSc in Conservation at University College London, to conduct research on the effectiveness of Jersey’s Marine Protected Areas. After graduating, she now works full-time as a Research Officer to undertake fisheries and ecological research across Blue Marine’s UK sites such as Sussex, Berwickshire, and Jersey.
Assistant of Italian Blue Marine ProjectsAmbra is working as communications lead for Blue Marine’s Italian projects. She is also collaborating with the Sicily Environment Fund as communications manager and she has been Director of the Aeolian Islands Preservation Foundation. She has recently collaborated with the Italian National Research Council’s Institute of Atmospheric Pollution (CNR-IIA).
Events and Sponsorship ManagerHamish spent his childhood surfing on the north coast of Scotland and has always been passionate about nature and its role in the world. After spending 25 years in the performing arts sector, he is now using his experience for Blue Marine’s flagship annual charity event, London to Monaco.
Events ManagerMarina has worked in the charity and arts sectors since leaving Edinburgh University where she studied French and Portuguese. She worked for four years at arts festivals in Florence and London, and came across Blue Marine through her previous role at Big Give. Forever fascinated by the ocean, a stand out memory that cemented Marina’s love for the sea was swimming at night in magical bioluminescent algae off the Costa Verde in Brazil.
HANNAH LE BROCQ
Development ManagerHannah’s interest in ocean conservation was inspired by a year living in Copenhagen a city renowned for its commitment to the SDGs. Hannah holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh and wants to use her psychological expertise to encourage partnerships that prioritise and are fully committed to ocean health.
Development ManagerJordan is a SCUBA diving instructor and marine scientist dedicated to the sustainable development of the blue economy. She is interested in promoting the value of the ocean as a climate solution and engaging with multi-level stakeholders. Jordan has worked on reef restoration projects in Seychelles and on communications for sustainable aquaculture development in Sweden.
Senior Blue EconomistKaija joined Blue Marine in 2021 after completing her MSc in Environmental Economics and Policy at Imperial College London. Passionate about the marine environment, she wrote her thesis on the impacts of socioeconomics on coastal ecosystem valuation. Kaija is passionate about exploring innovative financing mechanisms to help protect the ocean.
Project AccountantZarieu is a part-qualified accountant with four years of experience in charity accounting. Currently completing the ACCA qualification, she is driven to work with impactful organisations that create a positive change. She values being able to support Blue Marine’s many ground-breaking projects.
Assistant Management AccountantFlo joined Blue Marine in May 2023 after working for an accounting practice. Her love for the ocean was first sparked by a snorkelling trip in the Red Sea, and ever since has since had a special interest in sharks. Flo is keen to carry on her ACCA accounting studies and help in the field of ocean conservation.
Senior Climate Project ManagerMaddie joined Blue Marine in May 2022 after working in sustainable land use development in Gabon focusing on conservation and terrestrial carbon markets. Maddie holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. She is passionate about innovative ocean-based climate solutions that will help us tackle climate change.
Blue Climate Unit CoordinatorJames joined Blue Marine in April 2022 after spending four months in Indonesia, surfing and volunteering with community-led mangrove restoration. James has previous experience in environmental and social consultancy and corporate sustainability, with a focus on natural climate solutions, where he became fascinated by the diverse benefits of blue carbon projects.
Ocean and Climate Policy OfficerAisling joins Blue Marine after 4 years working on domestic marine policy within Defra. She has worked on the Benyon HPMA Review and as Private Secretary to the Environment Secretary to increase her knowledge of Whitehall and UK policy making. A keen scuba diver, she is keen to protect our ocean while mitigating climate change.
Marketing and Communications OfficerEmma is an environmental science communicator and diver with a background in the creative arts where she explored communicating environmental and marine issues through tactile and immersive artworks. She has a master’s in Science Communication and is passionate about amplifying local voices and conservation successes through digital media and campaigns.
Education and Outreach OfficerAnna joined Blue Marine in 2022 after working as an environmental educator in Scotland and Ireland. She lives by the sea in Edinburgh, where she moved to study for an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies. Anna hopes to inspire all ages to protect the ocean by bringing exciting and accessible marine education to as many people as possible.
Office AdministratorOlivia joined Blue Marine after completing a marine conservation internship in Thailand, where her passion for the oceans really took off. Before this, she worked at a safari park for over three years, and has been involved in many various conservation projects, including working at an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Borneo.
UK Projects & Coastal Restoration InternAfter diving in Indonesia at 18, Seshi decided he wanted to conserve the oceans. He attended the University of Sussex where he studied Zoology. He further explored the underwater world, writing a dissertation on the Sussex Kelp Recovery project’s impact on fish biomass and researched coral reefs in Egypt.
Co-founder and TrusteeGeorge 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 Marine. He is a Founding Partner of Ocean 14 Capital, an Impact investment fund for the Oceans.
CHRIS GORELL BARNES
Co-founder and TrusteeChris 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 Marine 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 and TrusteeArlo 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.
TrusteeCraig 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.
TrusteeThe 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.
TrusteeSofia 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.
TrusteeCeline 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.
TrusteeLucy 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.
I’m honoured to join as a trustee of Blue Marine and help this incredible team drive real action and solutions to address the emergency of our Oceans, and our Climate.
Co-founder and trustee
"Our future is directly linked to the health of our oceans. We must have a healthy marine ecosystem to sustain life on earth. I care deeply about Blue Marine's mission and I'm hugely proud of everything that we have achieved so far."
Co-founder and trustee
"I love Blue Marine, what we stand for, what we've already done and what we are going to do. We have a window of opportunity to save the seas and we must get on with it."
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