Our small but effective team is dedicated to achieving BLUE’s goal of protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030.
The Blue Team
Founder and Executive DirectorAs an environmental journalist, Charles covered virtually every issue that arises out of man’s treatment of nature. It was his shocking book on over-fishing, The End of The Line (2003) and the award-winning documentary film that it inspired (2009) which brought some of the most serious problems of the oceans into public focus. He is now the executive director of the charity that film engendered, the Blue Marine Foundation. He has written for a vast range of publications but principally for the Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph for which he was Environment Editor for 22 years. Charles was the author, with HRH the Prince of Wales, of Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate (1993), a book about organic farming and gardening. He is the chairman of the Dedham Vale Society.
Chief Executive OfficerA pioneer of environmental investing, Clare managed the UK’s first ecology fund at Jupiter, established the sustainable investment division of Aviva and co-founded WHEB Asset Management. She joined BLUE in November 2014 as Chief Finance Officer and was appointed CEO in March 2015. A passionate and impatient environmentalist, Clare is interested in bold and lasting conservation achievements which ideally bring economic benefits to local communities. After reading history at Oxford Clare lived in Paris for two years.
DR DAVID TUDOR
Projects DirectorDavid was lucky enough to grow up near the beaches of Glamorgan which sparked his passion for the ocean. He has worked in marine management for over 20 years, with experience in running environmental campaigns on the beaches of Australia, writing Mediterranean beach management strategies and researching marine plastic pollution in the Pacific Islands. David also led on policy advice for the Environment Agency at a pivotal time for the UK’s marine legislation and subsequently joined the Crown Estate to work on the world’s largest offshore renewable energy programme. He has a marine science PhD and is a Fellow of the IMarEST.
Head of DevelopmentDan is a surfer and ocean advocate. He 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. In his increasingly small amounts of free time, Dan writes features, essays and poetry about human relationship with the sea.
UK Projects DirectorTim is a businessman with a background in television media. He was a main board director in ITV before setting up his own broadcast consultancy and later running European operations for a US media company. He co-founded Fish2fork, the sustainable seafood rating website, in 2009 and a year later helped set-up BLUE. As a keen sailor and angler, he is acutely aware of the man-made threats to fish populations and the wider marine environment and hopes his business administration experience helps focus conservation effort.
Policy DirectorAdrian is Director of Policy at BLUE, supporting us in our UK Government & EU engagement. Adrian Gahan has 10 years of political experience in London, Brussels & Washington DC. Adrian was Managing Director of Sancroft, a London and Washington DC-based sustainability consultancy. He was Special Adviser to Conservative MPs Greg Clark, Greg Barker and Charles Hendry from 2007-2010. Adrian has also worked at BP Alternative Energy and with the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States. He has a degree in European Studies from the University of Cambridge and is a dual British-Irish national.
Financial DirectorLynne is an ACCA qualified accountant with a passion for being underwater. A keen scuba diver, she has seen first-hand the human effect of overfishing and pollution on marine life and cares deeply about the future of ocean health and biodiversity. Her growing interest in marine conservation drew her from the corporate environment to the marine environment and as the Financial Controller of BLUE, she now helps restore and protect our oceans through her love of spreadsheets.
Head of PartnershipsSara-Jane used her wide experience in events management, design and marketing to set up a successful company in Indonesia helping to support domestic and international brands across the Asia Pacific region. There, scuba diving on dynamite-blasted coral reefs, she witnessed the destruction that can be wrought on the marine environment without proper protection. Back in the UK, where she was brought up close to the chops of the Channel, she has brought her expertise and affinity with the sea to BLUE.
Head of Operations and EventsPoppy arrived at BLUE after studying French at The Sorbonne in Paris and spending three years in the Events Team at the British Red Cross. Since then, she has organised many BLUE events, including: 5th birthday party, which featured a private concert by Jamie Cullum; conferences focusing on issues such as the implications of Brexit on fishing and raising ambition for the High Seas; Ocean Awards which celebrate those doing good for the ocean and annual BMYC and Corporate Partners’ dinners. She has been a vegetarian for her entire life and spent much of her childhood on the beach with her family. She has brought her passion for the environment and nature to BLUE.
Senior Projects Manager, UKMorven is an experienced marine conservationist who has worked in a range of marine research, conservation and fisheries posts over the last six years. She has an MSc (Marine Environmental Management) from the University of York and has focused her interests around UK inshore fisheries. Morven’s project experience includes management for recreational fisheries; legislation development and fisheries mapping to address gear conflict; evidence for and monitoring of Marine Protected Areas; small-scale artisanal fisheries management and biogenic reef restoration.
Head of CommunicationsAs Head of Communications, Jess is the point of contact for all press and media enquiries and ensures that BLUE’s message is communicated effectively to the world. Jess also leads on BLUE’s investigative work and is currently focusing on the ineffective management of migratory fish stocks on the part of regional fisheries management organisations. Before joining BLUE in early 2017, Jess worked at the International Bar Association and the African Centre for Cities. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town and is a dual British-South African national.
International Projects ManagerViv is one of BLUE’s luckier employees because she manages projects in the Maldives and Namibia. Viv started working for BLUE in the Maldives in 2016 after completing her MSc in Marine Environmental Management at York. Viv is an avid diver and can name 70 reef fish from memory. She works with communities, resorts, government and fishermen in the Maldives to increase marine protection. She also has experience in commercial fisheries from when she was the Scientific Advisor for International Pole and Line Foundation’s project in Indonesia.
Solent Project ManagerJacob started at BLUE as a volunteer, after graduating from the University of Sussex. Jacob has been working on the Solent Oyster Restoration Project since 2017 and has worked on expanding the broodstock cage network and implementing the project’s first seabed restoration trials. During and after university, Jacob has worked on projects in Zimbabwe and Ecuador but has a strong passion for protecting wildlife in the UK.
Office ManagerMichaela’s family recall her love for the ocean beginning as early as two years old when she would stare at a two-page spread of deep-sea fish distribution in her grandmother’s animal book (which was published in the 1970s and amusingly inaccurate). At school, Michaela repeatedly checked out a book on sharks from the library, until eventually her parents bought it for her. Michaela continued to follow her passion for marine conservation throughout University, volunteering, and scuba diving before joining BLUE in April.
Science and Education OfficerSophie joined BLUE in 2018 and is from Perth, Australia, where she spent her time diving and exploring its marine environment. After working for the Environmental Protection Authority, Sophie moved to London and worked as a graduate consultant and ecologist while completing her MSc in Climate Change at King’s College London. She completed her thesis in 2018 on the cumulative pressures of fishing and climate change on reef fish populations in Rottnest Island’s marine sanctuary. Sophie is passionate about establishing effective conservation models and inspiring the public about BLUE’s mission.
Fundraising ExecutiveEmily is a Fundraising Executive at BLUE, focused on building relationships with corporate partners. Emily was previously Head of Business Development at cleantech start-up bio-bean, the first company to industrialise the recycling of waste coffee grounds into biofuels. She joined the company at its inception and helped grow it from three to 40 employees, processing over 10,000 tonnes of coffee waste annually, establishing contracts with national chains including Costa Coffee, Waitrose, Network Rail and First Mile. Emily studied Biological Sciences at Oxford University, specialising in species conservation and marine ecology.
Founder & TrusteeAs a film producer George is at the forefront of the new wave of film-making as an agent for social change. He produced the documentary feature film The End of The Line which alerted the world to the crisis in our oceans and was recognised for its enormous effect on consumers and retailers with the 2011 Puma Creative Impact Award. Determined to keep the momentum for change going, he co-founded BLUE. He continues to make films under the Cosmic Picture banner www.cosmicpicture.com
CHRIS GORELL BARNES
Founder & TrusteeChris is a new media entrepreneur and angel investor. He founded leading brand communications agency Adjust Your Set and is a non-executive director of mobile commerce platform Eagle Eye Solutions. But he is happiest by the sea: “It restores me and makes me feel alive – I want to do all I can to protect it.” He co-founded BLUE after the success of the award-winning documentary film The End of the Line, for which he was executive producer.
Dr Arlo Brady
Chairman & TrusteeChief Executive Officer of freuds – a leading independent PR agency – and Chief Executive of The Brewery – a growing family of 10 marketing services businesses. Arlo is also Chairman of the BLUE Marine Foundation, founder of the Hurricane Rum Company and Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Board at Mars, Incorporated. Arlo’s background is eclectic; he started out as a geologist before exploring sustainability consultancy and dipping his toes into life as a business school academic at Cambridge specializing in corporate reputation. Arlo has three degrees, including a M.Sc. from Imperial College and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.
DR TOM APPLEBY
TrusteeTom is a trustee and BLUE’s Chief Legal Affairs Adviser. He is a former commercial property lawyer and has worked in around the marine charity sector for nearly 20 years. He specialises in using and researching the same legal tools that commercial developers use. He is a former trustee of a commercial port and helped to set up various NGOs including the Community of Arran Seabed Trust. Tom has been involved in various successful legal campaigns. Tom is also an Associate Professor at the University of the West of England.
TrusteeSofia has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (Hons) in Psychology from Edinburgh University and a Graduate Diploma in Law. She co-founded the law firm Omnia Strategy LLP in 2011. Her projects included human rights consultancy and the implementation of a UN protocol for the protection of biodiversity for a West-African environmental ministry. Sofia is currently studying for her Masters in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge. She is married to the musician James Blunt and has two sons. She has been a Blue Marine Foundation Trustee since 2017.
TrusteeCraig is a corporate services partner at Rawlinson & Hunter. His portfolio comprises UK and international owner managed businesses with clients operating in the arts, entertainment, information technology, biosciences and investment advisory sectors. Craig joined Rawlinson & Hunter in 2008, bringing with him extensive experience in both industry and professional practice firms, including Ernst & Young and Smith & Williamson. Craig is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
TrusteeThe Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben served for sixteen years as a British minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as Employment Minister, Paymaster General in HM Treasury, Minister for London and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, before moving in 1992 to the Department of the Environment. The NGO community called him “the best Environment Secretary we ever had”. John also has business experience as a publisher and a chief executive. John is Chairman of the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change. John also chairs Valpak Ltd and the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association and is a director of Castle Trust.
PROFESSOR CALLUM ROBERTS
TrusteeCallum is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York and is the award-winning author of The Unnatural History of the Sea and Ocean of Life. His research team designed half a million square kilometres of marine protection in the North Atlantic, established in 2010. His team also 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. In 2017 he was awarded the Grand Prix des Sciences de la Mer Albert 1er de Monaco by the Societé de Geographie of France.
TrusteeMark has been CEO of Flora & Fauna International for over 20 years. He has been instrumental in transforming Fauna & Flora International into a multifaceted global conservation charity that works in over 40 countries. He has spearheaded the establishment of innovative corporate partnerships and developed numerous successful sustainable business initiatives. Mark has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI). Mark is a zoologist with extensive field experience, gained predominantly in remote parts of Africa and Asia-Pacific.
"Blue Marine is a life raft. Blue Marine knows that while it isn’t too late to save ourselves by saving the oceans, the ticking of the clock is getting louder and louder. Without hysteria or hectoring, Blue Marine gets on with doing effective work that makes a difference – they deserve our support, applause and assistance."
“I absolutely love being a Trustee of BLUE. The team work so hard and achieve so much, all with a smile on their faces. Most importantly though, we are working to protect our children’s futures and that makes me even prouder of the impact BLUE has made to date.”
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's mission and I'm hugely proud of everything that we have achieved so far."
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