OCEANS ALIVE AMBASSADORS
Our Oceans Alive Ambassadors
We are delighted to have the support of some amazing people who collaborate and assist to further our work and champion what we do.
Ocean Ambassadors are passionate about our oceans and our coastal environments and want to contribute to sustainable and respectful co-habitation for both wildlife and for people.
Mike was the COO of the Kwa-Zulu Nalal Sharks Board for over 40 years…
Jeremy was the chief research scientist for the Kwa-Zulu Nalal Sharks Board for over 40 years…
Doug spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, marine biologist, photographer and base commander for the British Antarctic Survey. In 1984 he changed direction to full time freelance filming. Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, working for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants and Operation Iceberg.
Lizzie is a biologist, public speaker and wildlife presenter / filmmaker with a keen sense of adventure. After establishing herself on Cbeebies as a wildlife expert, Lizzie has gone on to present for BBC Earth Unplugged where she finds creative ways to inspire audiences such as attempting to diving like a gannet as well as presenting in various productions such as a wildlife quiz show for BBC2 in between her studies.
Sharron Davies MBE
Sharron started her international swimming career at just eleven years of age. Winning medals at all levels including World, European, Commonwealth and Olympic, over a twenty year period competing in three Olympics in three different decades.
Ben is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia. He is also a TV and radio presenter, and author of several books, covering a range of subjects from evolution and anatomy to animal behaviour and natural history.
Tom "The Blowfish" Hird
Tom is a Marine Biologist, broadcaster, author and science communicator. A regular face on British Television for the past few years, Tom has appeared as “The Blowfish” on CBBC, ITV, BBC, CITV and Channel 4 as Sunday Brunch’s resident wildlife expert. Recently Tom has presented the BBC worldwide production Fishing Impossible, which now has series 2 and is shown across the globe. Between productions Tom has written a book called Blowfish’s Oceanopedia - 291 Extraordinary Things You Didn’t Know About The Sea for Atlantic Books, which has been an Amazon Best Seller and is now being translated into different languages for a global audience. He also holds the dubious honour of being the first person ever to play live music to sharks in both the UK and Africa.
Miranda is a wildlife and diving TV presenter, author, public speaker, biologist and trained diver. A resident wildlife expert on BBC One’s The One Show, she has presented natural history stories, ranging from robotic ants to rare dolphins, from all around the country for the last six years. She is also a regular on BBC One’s Inside Out and one of the original members of the Coast team exploring Great Britain’s shoreline from top to toe, revealing fascinating tales of marine life.
Destined to be a successful entrepreneur, Deborah Meaden launched her first business straight out of college, before setting up one of the first ‘Stefanel’ fashion franchises in the UK. With several businesses in the leisure and retail sector under her belt she became Managing Director of Westar Holidays, overseeing its expansion from one to five holiday parks and leading a management buyout.
Chris Packham has led an extraordinary life, and gained widespread recognition as a naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter, conservationist, writer, filmmaker, campaigner and author.
Simon is an adventurer and New York Times bestselling author and TV presenter who has travelled to more than 110 countries making multiple award-winning TV series for the BBC. They include Caribbean, Sacred Rivers, Indian Ocean, Tropic of Cancer, Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, Pilgrimage and Australia (Winner of the 2013 British Travel Press Award for Broadcast Travel Programme). He has received a One World Broadcasting Trust Award for “an outstanding contribution to greater world understanding” the prestigious Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society, and the Special Contribution Award at the Travel Media Awards.
Susie Rodgers MBE
Susie Rodgers MBE is a former Paralympic swimmer, who competed internationally for 6 years and won 30 international medals including Paralympic Gold and 5 Bronze medals at the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Paralympic Games. She specialised in the sprint butterfly and freestyle events and held numerous European and British records throughout her career. She retired in 2017 after winning Gold in Rio and leaving as undefeated European and Paralympic Champion.