Meet the team

MARINElife is run by a passionate team of conservationists

Billy Heaney

Ambassador

Billy is an ambassador for the marine research charity MARINELife and is the patron of the Brighton Dolphin Project. He is also an ambassador for Paddlelogger. 


He is also an ambassador for the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup and has worked alongside Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) campaigning to Save NZ Dolphins. In 2019, Billy was asked to participate in the RSPB's 'State of Nature' campaign. He is currently working alongside WDC once more to end whale and dolphin captivity.

Emily Stevenson

Ambassador

Emily Stevenson is a marine biologist and the co-founder of the award-winning social enterprise: Beach Guardian. Powered by passion, Emily is also a budding environmental reporter, with her weekly ‘Tune in Tuesday’ video blog reaching over a million people worldwide and regularly features on BBC Spotlight.

In 2019, Emily’s work received recognition as a Point of Light award recipient from the British Prime Minister and a Young Citizen Award from the Rotary Club in Great Britain and Ireland. In 2020, Emily was awarded the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action and humanitarian efforts: the Diana Award.

Tom Brereton

Director of Research

As well as his role as Director of Research for MARINElife (a position he has held since 2008), Tom is also Visiting Professor in Conservation Science at the University of Nottingham and Associated Director, Monitoring Research for Butterfly Conservation.

Archie Robertson OBE

Chairman of the Trustees

Archie is an active & experienced Chair, Non-executive Director and Trustee with demonstrated success working in the transport, energy and environmental sectors.


Also committed to third sector leadership, he possesses a strong skills base as a CEO and business development professional. Archie joined MARINElife as Chairman in 2020.

Alex Denny

Lead Fundraising Trustee

Alex Denny is a keen conservationist and photographer with a deep love of the sea.  Alex has had photographs exhibited by the Natural History Museum as well as in the Independent and features frequently in scuba diving publications.

In his professional life, he is Head of Investment Trusts at Fidelity. He is also a trustee of the Nautical Archaeology Society and an active Diving Instructor with the British Sub-Aqua Club. He has been a trustee of MARINElife since 2015.

Rick Morris

Trustee

Rick first discovered MARINElife (known as Biscay Dolphin Research Program) in 1999 on board the P&O ferry ‘The Pride of Bilbao’. On that ship he saw his first cetacean (a Fin Whale) and he has been passionate about marine conservation ever since.


Rick has been a trustee of the charity since 2011 and was chairman from 2015 until 2020. He has been a supporter of BDRP/MARINElife since 1999 and an active volunteer since 2008, conducting surveys onboard large and small boats. His main focus is now on developing MARINElife training and delivering Identification courses to the public and students at Exeter University Penryn Campus both in the classroom and at sea. 

Staff

Running the charity day-to-day

Carol Farmer-Wright: Routes Manager
Tricia Dendle: Charity Administrator

Trustees

Looking after the charity

Rick Morris
Rudolf Williams
Duncan Fyfe
Imogen Sawyer
Katrina Borrow
Helen Swift: Secretary to the Trustees

Survey Route Coordinators

Making sure the science happens

Rachel Keay
Bob Tompkins
Elin Pheasant
Thomas Fisher

Volunteer Officers

Our fantastic team of supporters

Kate Llewellin: Publicity Officer
Megan Strachan: Social Media Officer
Glynis Northwood-Long:  Wildlife Officer (WLO) Coordinator
Lydia Tabrizi: Training Course Coordinator
Martin Kitching: North East Regional Officer
Simon McPherson: Fundraising Officer

 

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