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 Executive DirectorCharles 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 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 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, she helps protect our oceans through her love of spreadsheets.
Development DirectorDan 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.
Government Affairs AdviserAdrian 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.
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.
Head of Operations and EventsPoppy 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.
Head of InvestigationsAs 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.
Head of International ProjectsHalfway 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.
Head of CommunicationsJo 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.
Senior UK Projects ManagerMorven 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.
Senior Development ManagerEmily 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.
Senior Policy ManagerPrimarily 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.
International Projects ManagerViv 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.
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.
Operations and Risk AdviserAndrew 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.
Lawyer and Legal Co-ordinatorPriyal 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.
South West CoordinatorMandy 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.
Maldives Project ManagerShaha 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 ManagerGiulia 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.
Berwickshire Project ManagerJoe 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.
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 in 2018 to coordinate the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative.
Research and Projects ManagerSophie 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.
Project Manager, JerseyAppin 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.
Events and Operations ManagerSofia 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 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.
UK Sturgeon CoordinatorAlex 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.
Marketing and Communications OfficerEmma 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.
Jersey Project OfficerFreddie 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.
Co-founder & 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. He is a Founding Partner of Ocean 14 Capital, an Impact investment fund for the Oceans.
CHRIS GORELL BARNES
Co-founder & 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 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 & 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.
DR TOM APPLEBY
Chief Legal Affairs Adviser & TrusteeTom 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.
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.
PROFESSOR CALLUM ROBERTS
Chief Scientific Adviser & TrusteeCallum 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.
I’m honoured to join as a trustee of BLUE 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's mission and I'm hugely proud of everything that we have achieved so far."
Co-founder and trustee
"I love BLUE, 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."
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.
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