I grew up with the North Sea calling me from the bottom of my road. Exploring rock pools soon turned into swimming through the surf and jumping off the pier. Learning to surfing was inevitable and cemented my love of all things marine.
The sea guided my travels, with some great trips ranging up and down the west coasts of Europe, around Australia and even exploring the Middle East. The sea also influenced my studies, taking me to Cornwall to complete a BSc in Environmental Science before I jumped on a 40ft catamaran and sailing from Falmouth across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. The trip was packed with some of the most amazing (and scary) experiences. But that trip also exposed the scale our impact is having on the oceans. The frequency which plastics would float past our boat was really disturbing, even when the nearest land was more than a thousand miles away, and with our boat just a tiny speck in the big blue.
A few months after returning from my boat trip I started with SAS as Campaign Officer. That was in 2004, since then I have been Campaign Manager and now Campaigns Director. I feel very lucky to be able to work on a range of issues that are incredibly important to me, including ocean plastic pollution, water quality and protecting coastal resources. It’s exciting to work with a creative and passionate team and to represent the Surfers Against Sewage supporters, a crowd of people that never fail to inspire me.
Planning and delivering campaigns is done almost entirely whilst sat behind a computer, but every year delivers some special moments. Recent highlights include talking trash with HRH Prince Charles, delivering the Protect Our Waves petition to No. 10 Downing Street and meeting our passionate supporters at beach clean events.