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

The Blue Team

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CLARE BROOK

Chief Executive Officer

Clare 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 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

Director of Finance, Operations and Governance

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 Marine, she helps protect our oceans through her love of spreadsheets.

DAN CROCKETT

Oceans and Climate Director

Dan 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.

JO COUMBE

Communications Director

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 Marine’s most successful campaigns including #BackTheBlueBelt, #LocalFishForDinner and #FishForTomorrow.

DR JUDITH BROWN

Projects Director

After 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.

CHARLES CLOVER

Co-Founder and Senior Advisor

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.

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 Marine.

JESS RATTLE

Head of Investigations

As 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.

RORY MOORE

Head of 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 Marine to reverse the crisis of overfishing. He is a Plymouth graduate with a love for underwater photography and surfing. 

EMILY NORRIS

Head of Development

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.

Dave Hutton

Head of Finance

Dave, 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 Adviser

Tom 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.

Adrian Gahan

Government Affairs Adviser

Adrian Gahan has been advising Blue on government engagement since 2017. Adrian is a former adviser to a number of MPs and Lords, was Managing Director of sustainability consultancy Sancroft, is a co-founder of the Conservative Environment Network and chairs the Great Blue Ocean coalition of NGOs.

Andrew Woods

Operations and Risk Adviser

Andrew 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.

Jonny Hughes

Senior UK Marine Policy Manager

Primarily 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.

Jasmine Finbow

Fisheries Policy Officer

A Marine Biology graduate from the University of St. Andrews, Jasmine has always been passionate about exploring and protecting the ocean. Jasmine has previously worked in seal rehabilitation and taught scuba diving in Tenerife, Cyprus and the UK. Jasmine is passionate about tackling overfishing and is focused on improving fisheries management and policy in the UK.

Priyal Bunwaree

Senior Legal Counsel

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.

DR JULIETTE SCOTT

Senior Legal Researcher

Juliette 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.

Gabriella Gilkes

Convex Programme Manager

Gabriella 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.

Gail Fordham

Convex Seascape Survey Grant Manager

Gail is working on Blue Marine’s biggest project yet; researching how sustainable ocean use can preserve seabed carbon stores. She joined after more than four years managing protected areas in the outer islands of Seychelles, and a year as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, where she had previously graduated with an MRes in Conservation Biology.   

Fiona Llewellyn

Senior International Project Manager

Fiona Joined Blue in 2023, bringing 15+ years of experience in delivering collaborative and innovative ocean science, conservation, and policy initiatives around the world. Fiona holds an MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation and is passionate about creating systemic change to ensure the future of our ocean. As Blue’s Senior International Project Manager, Fiona is currently focusing on working with local partners to restore and protect marine biodiversity in the Caribbean region.

Sophie Locke

Senior Research and Projects Manager

Sophie 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.

Sofia Regalado

Research Coordinator

Sofia 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. 

Appin Williamson

Research and Impact Advisor

Appin 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.

Jake Edmiston

Projects Researcher

Jake 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.

SAMANTHA FANSHAWE

Senior 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.

Jenny Murray

Senior Restoration Manager

Jenny 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 Manager

Giulia 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.

Shaha Hashim

Maldives Project Manager

Shaha 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.

Joe Richards

Scotland Project Manager

Joe 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.

Matt Uttley

Restoration 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 Marine in 2018 to coordinate the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative.

Louise MacCallum

Solent Restoration Project Manager

Louise 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.

Rosalie Wright

Solent Seascape Project Coordinator

Rosalie 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 Manager

Prior 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.

FREDDIE WATSON

Channel Islands Project Manager

Freddie joined Blue Marine in May 2021, as an intern on our Jersey project. He now manages our projects in the wider Channel Islands, focussing on delivering Marine Protected Areas through scientific research, education, policy, sustainable financing and stakeholder engagement. His passion for surfing and spearfishing sparked an interest in the ocean, leading to a degree in Ocean Sciences from the University of Liverpool.

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.

Eric Harris-Scott

Solent Oyster Restoration Project Officer

Eric 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.

Kathryn Smith

Jersey Project Officer

Growing 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. 

EMILY BULLED

UK Conservation Engagement Co-ordinator

Emily 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. 

AMBRA MESSINA

Italian Projects Communications Manager

Ambra 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). 

Hamish Mackay

Events and Sponsorship Manager

Hamish 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.

Marina Windsor

Events Manager

Marina 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 Manager

Hannah’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.

JORDAN SUTHERLAND

Development Manager

Jordan 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.  

KAIJA BARISA

Senior Blue Economist

Kaija 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.

Zarieu Rashid

Project Accountant

Zarieu 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.

Flo Richardson

Assistant Management Accountant

Flo 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.

MADDIE MILLINGTON

Senior Climate Project Manager

Maddie 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.   

JAMES MORRIS

Climate Project Manager

James 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.

Aisling McGarrigle

Ocean and Climate Policy Officer

Aisling 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.

Geo Aldana

Communications Manager

Geo has 20 years of experience in Communications, including 12 years collaborating with non-profit organisations, where she has designed and implemented cross-platform communications strategies. In 2023, she led the communications team that succeeded in creating the largest and most recent Marine Protected Area in the Gulf of Mexico.

Victoria Turner

Education Lead

Victoria left her role as Head of Geography in Norfolk to explore opportunities in conservation education in Greece. Working with the Ionian Environment Foundation, she designed an experiential learning programme to enrich the Greek curriculum and went on to become their Executive Director. Joining us, Victoria is determined to see compelling Ocean Literacy incorporated into formal education curricula around the world.

EMMA NICOL

Communications Manager

Emma is an environmental science communicator, communications specialist and campaigner with experience working at the intersection between communities, conservation and environmental politics. She has a masters in Science Communication and is passionate about using strategic digital media and storytelling to influence policy change for the ocean.

Alea Laidlaw

Information Officer

Alea is a science communicator who worked for the Maldives Underwater Initiative, Marine Conservation Institute, and the International Ocean Film Festival. She majored in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University and has conducted research in Australia and Hawaii. She is passionate about environmental storytelling and the intersectionality between public health and marine conservation.

OLIVIA EADIE

Office Manager

Olivia 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.  

Trustees

GEORGE DUFFIELD

Co-founder and 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 Marine. He is a Founding Partner of Ocean 14 Capital, an Impact investment fund for the Oceans.

CHRIS GORELL BARNES

Co-founder and 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 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 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.

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.

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