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Who we are

Why we need to act

Our seas are in danger from overfishing, pollution, lack of protection and climate change. We need to act now to safeguard our oceans for the future.
 
Our vision is to create a world where the seas and shores are clean and healthy and marine species are protected.

 Our mission 

  • To harness people's love for the sea, inspiring them to contribute positively to its sustainability
     

  • To enable businesses that care about the marine environment to make a difference
     

  • To fund grassroots marine conservation projects through business partnerships.

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 Our goals 

  • To enable grassroots, community-led marine conservation to happen all around the UK's shores and coasts
     

  • To create communities of Sea-Changers – people who care about the seas, who are willing to take practical actions to make a difference, and who have the funds they need to put their plans in action.

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Our latest annual report

To find out more about the work we do and our achievements you can download and read our latest Annual Report here:

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Our Patrons

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Maya is a marine ecology and coastal expert, writer and TV presenter who can be seen on BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch. She has a BSc Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, and an MSc Integrated Coastal Zone Management. She runs her own marine education business, Learn to Sea.

 

She says, "Sea-Changers is an incredibly exciting charity that helps allow sea-users and businesses to actively support marine conservation. I am delighted to join the Sea-Changers team to help make our mutual dream of better-conserved seas a reality!"

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Theo Stocker,  sailor, writer and environmental enthusiast, is editor of Yachting Monthly magazine and was a founding trustee for Sea-Changers. 

Theo says, "It is a privilege to be a Patron for Sea-Changers. It is clear that we as humans have had a huge impact on the marine environment, and it is great to see Sea-Changers taking action by supporting charities, initiatives and grass-roots marine conservation projects. By supporting Sea-Changers, sailors can help protect the environment we all love so much and I hope I can encourage more sailors to do just that."

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Our Team

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Helen Webb MBE – Co-founder

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Helen is responsible for developing fundraising relationships and managing the Sea-Changers grants programmes. This is a voluntary role, which she does when not working as a Learning and Development specialist.

Helen says, "I learned to scuba dive in 2002, but I didn't realise what a life-changing hobby it would become. After a few years of diving, it became clear that the sea was experiencing some very serious problems. My concern resulted in action, and with the support of some fantastic people, Sea-Changers was born." 

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Rachel is responsible for the development of partnerships at Sea-Changers, a voluntary role that she carries out alongside running her own business, Community Research. 

Rachel says, "As a scuba diver, I feel privileged to have seen the amazing landscapes and creatures that lie hidden to many. At Sea-Changers, I am proud of all the great work we've funded and I'm looking forward to more opportunities for us to make a difference to the UK's beautiful coast and seas."

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  • Helen Scales Sea-Changers

Helen is a marine biologist, diver, surfer, broadcaster and writer who has spent hundred's of hours underwater watching fish.  Her latest book, The Brilliant Abyss, explores the deep sea and the importance of this hidden world.  Her work combines a passion for science, conservation, exploration and storytelling.

 

As a scientist, Helen has a PhD from St John’s College, Cambridge. She acts as a scientific adviser to Sea-Changers in our grant assessment process, ensuring that successful applications, where relevant, have a sound scientific basis. 

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Rosy Carter – Grants Officer

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Rosy is Sea-Changers' paid support worker and has been managing all things grants and admin related since early 2019. Before that, she was a Sea-Changers trustee and has been involved in developing our marketing and communications strategy and identifying new funding opportunities. She has experience in the education and environmental sectors at senior leadership level.

 

Rosy is a keen but untalented bird and wildlife watcher and takes great interest in environmental policy and current affairs.

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Sarah Brown – Chair

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Sarah has sailed all her life and has a great affection for the oceans and marine wildlife. Having been accused of having a brass neck she has put this to work fundraising for marine restoration in Scotland where she lives (www.smeef.scot). Other work has seen her in roles mainly in public engagement in marine planning, focusing on biosecurity planning. She was lucky enough to do a Winston Churchill Fellowship research trip to the US to explore the open house and Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution approaches. Sarah cannot imagine not living by the sea, working for the health of the sea or just enjoying the sea on a daily basis!

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Steve Berry – Trustee

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Steve is a private markets fund manager in the city of London. He has had a life-long interest in nature and all aspects of conservation. A former rower, Steve now enjoys time spent with his young family and trusty black labrador, Sully, on and around the coastlines of Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

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Tanya Ferry – Trustee

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Tanya is the Environment Manager for the Port of London Authority, where she advises on environmental work relating to the tidal River Thames. She leads the Authority’s statutory licensing and environmental duties, the Cleaner Thames Campaign, and is a member of The Thames Litter Forum.  As an active swimmer, diver, surfer and sailor she continues to promote marine conservation outside of her work. She also has voluntary roles in a number of marine and estuarine committees and groups, and volunteers in Marine Life, ORCA survey work and Seasearch diving. She sailed two legs of Exxpedition Round Britain in 2017.

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Sue Holden – Trustee

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Sue has a background in charity management including the Woodland Trust, the National Trust and Earthwatch. A passionate geographer, Sue is also a trustee of The Geographical Association. She has been passionate about nature, landscape and seascape for as long as she can remember and has always enjoyed the outdoors, particularly sea-kayaking and windsurfing. She now leads a small statutory body responsible for a designated landscape. She wants to help Sea-Changers because of her love of the sea, and her respect for the two founders.

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David Tudor – Trustee

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David has worked in marine management for over twenty-five 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.

 

David has held numerous senior posts in the marine management sector, including as Head of Marine Planning and Coastal at the Crown Estate and as Marine Policy Manager for the Environment Agency. He is currently the Global Projects Director for the Blue Marine Foundation, leading a suite of ocean conservation projects. David has a marine science doctorate and is a Fellow of the IMarEST.

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Leigh Morris – Trustee

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Leigh started his career as a horticulturist, developing more into a conservationist while at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. His love of the sea came from scuba diving, fishing, boats and beach combing! Leigh was involved in conservation in the South Atlantic for two years before starting his role as CEO of Manx Wildlife Trust, where he now heads-up a wide marine remit, including membership of The Wildlife Trusts Irish Sea Working Group. Outside work hours, Leigh is a keen Seasearch diver and part of the Manx Eelgrass Group.

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Lesley Fitt - South West Regional Rep

    Lesley has worked with Sea-Changers for several years as a Trustee and as Vice Chair. In 2023, Lesley stepped down from the Board and stepped into the role of South West Regional Representative for Sea-Changers.

     

    In her new role, Lesley will develop relationships with new and longstanding business partners based in the region and she will also liaise with Sea-Changers' funded projects across the south west.

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