My role follows my love for the more ‘geeky’ aspect of environmental conservation. I get absorbed with policy documents and scientific research; the technical aspects we need to create and run our projects. I completed my MPhil focused on marine and coastal policies and management following on from a BSc in Physical Geography.
My day to day is hugely diverse, I can be speaking with a grassroots activist one moment, advising on how to get their campaign off the ground, and then liaising with an MP the next, advising on the latest movements against plastic pollution and how parliament can shape solutions.
I consider myself a bodysurfer ahead of a surfer, and have competed at the World Championships alongside my colleague Jack, but being a birdwatcher and nature lover is my real passion. I have installed a few feeders outside the office window and Hugo and I have just set up a few ‘snake basking sites’ close by to keep an eye on the local wildlife!
The throwaway attitude our society is encouraging towards beach toys and beach furniture really winds me up. There is nothing worse than seeing a beach at the end of the day covered in windbreaks, buckets, spades, bodyboards and the like.
Because these items can be bought cheaply, there seems to be a perception that they can just be discarded and rebought again next year.
One of the most memorable items I’ve found is a yoghurt pot from the 70’s. It got my eye in on retro litter and I love adding to our Marine Litter Museum.