Raised in rural Northern Ireland, I have been immersed in the natural world from a very young age. As a result, I have an ingrained ceaseless appreciation of intricate living systems – from vast forests to the aquatic ecosystems that surround the Cornish coast here at SAS.
Having grown up in a farming family, I have always been intrigued by the relationships between ourselves and the rest of the planet. My interest is deeply anchored to a never-ending addiction to being in, on and under the water – be it surfing, kayaking, diving or simply watching. The ocean’s ability to make you feel incredibly small resonates with me, as I think it is very easy for us to become disconnected from nature in the modernity of today.
Whilst studying Biological Sciences at Queen’s University, Belfast, I used my role as a Regional Rep to drive an increase in those compelled to be a voice for the ocean.
From no age at all I have been fascinated by stories highlighting the impact our species has on the environment around us. I dreamed of being in a position where my job would actively contribute to minimising that impact – and now at SAS I have just that! To be an advocate of the voiceless natural world every day in a beautiful corner of the world is a real-life dream. My role here at SAS is varied but I mostly work with our network of amazing Regional Reps, Clean Leaders and the wealth of ocean activists across the UK.
Firmly believing in education as a tool for making the world a better, greener and healthier place – I make every effort I can towards minimising my own footprint whilst supporting holistic, supportive conversation about sustainable development and the commodification of the natural world.
Living now in Cornwall surrounded by waves, coves and pasties, I am ready to fight for what I love in a team of like-minded, fun-loving people (and dogs!) here at SAS.