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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 MEDLOCK

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

Head of Government Affairs

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.

TIM GLOVER

UK Projects Adviser

Tim 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. He hopes his business administration experience helps focus conservation effort.

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 WETHERILL

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 Communications

As Head of Communications, Jess ensures that BLUE’s message is effectively communicated to the world. Jess also leads on BLUE’s investigative work, currently focusing on the mismanagement of tuna stocks by RFMOs. 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. 

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.

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.

JACOB KEAN-HAMMERSON

Solent Project Manager

Jacob started at BLUE as a volunteer, after graduating from the University of Sussex, and has been working on the Solent Oyster Restoration Project since 2017. During and after university, Jacob has worked on projects in Zimbabwe and Ecuador but has a strong passion for protecting wildlife in the UK.

EMILY NORRIS

Fundraising Executive

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

MICHAELA MORAN

Office Manager

Before joining BLUE, Michaela followed her passion for marine conservation through volunteering, scuba diving and academia. She achieved a BSC in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the University of Plymouth and a MRes in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of Glasgow.

SOPHIE LOCKE

Science and Education Officer

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.

Emma Eatough

Marketing and Communications Officer

Emma joined BLUE after completing a MRes in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. Before this she studied Biological Sciences at Oxford University. Emma was the Environment and Ethics Officer at her Oxford college, Somerville, and worked for Oxford Plan Bee on science outreach and communications.

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.

Dr Luke Helmer

Scientific Officer (Solent)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Naff Asim

Resort Research and Fisheries Officer

Naff is responsible for coordinating BLUE’s conservation work with resorts in the Maldives. Naff completed two internships with BLUE while completing her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management at the Maldives National University. After graduating, Naff worked as Sustainability Coordinator for Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru Resort.

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.

RICHARD BENYON

Trustee

Richard joins BLUE after publishing the Benyon Review for Highly Marine Protected Areas. He previously served as minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries. Richard led the renegotiation of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, implemented the Marine and Coastal Access Act, and was one of the main movers behind the Government’s Blue Belt agenda. 

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.

MARK ROSE

Trustee

Mark is CEO of Fauna & Flora International. He has spearheaded the establishment of innovative corporate partnerships and developed numerous sustainable business initiatives. Mark has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Mark is a zoologist with extensive field experience, gained predominantly in Africa and Asia-Pacific.

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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
Mr Nigel Bloxham
Mr Rob Button
Mr Michael Hall
Mr Peter James Hall
Dr Frederick Gavin Hardy
Dr and Mr Julie and
Thomas Hoegh
Mrs Gretchen Kneen
Ms Susie Oliver
Mr Mark Pattman
Mr John Roberts
Mr Mike Sharp
Mr Peter Whale
Miss Katharina Wills

DONORS

Andrew Budden
Gary Desanctis
Arabella Duffield
John Duffield
Dame Vivien Duffield
Julian Dunkerton
Gillespie Gifford
Georgia Grimond
Viscount James Grimston
Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi
James Hopkins
Itsu
James Kalbassi
Veronica Lord
Susie Oliver
Philippa Snare
Mr & Mrs Smith
St Mark’s Regent’s Park
Wightlink
Mark Windus

SCHOOLS

Garden House School

BMYC MEMBERS

Prince Albert II of Monaco
Andrew and Jane Winch
Benetti
Bertarelli Foundation
Sir Charles Dunstone
Evgeniy Kochman
Matthew Freud
Merrill Eliza Fitzgibbons
Peter Lürssen
Simon and Yasmin Le Bon

AMBASSADORS

Sir Nigel Bogle
Alex Caizergues
Cara Delevingne
Poppy Delevingne
Fiona Drummond
Sir Charles Dunstone
Dr Sylvia Earle
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
Sir Stuart Rose
Marine Vaughn Spitzy
Baroness Worthington of Cambridge