Field Base Manager
Rob has completed 8 expeditions with CCC as the Field Base Manger and/or Scuba Instructor in the Philippines, Cambodia and Tobago. A PADI Staff Instructor, his diving has also taken him to Honduras, The Great Barrier Reef, The Bahamas, Indonesia, Spain, The Cook Islands, Thailand, Florida and Fiji. He is also a Scuba Service Engineer and Technician, an expedition medic and instructor, a Hyperbaric Chamber Operator and Attendant and an RYA Yachtmaster complete with STCW 95. Prior to working in marine conservation Rob spent 22 years in Her Majesties Corps of Royal Engineers working in numerous locations around the World and is also an electrician with a sound working knowledge of most construction trades.
Field Base Manager
After a successful career in pharmacy Susan made a life changing decision to return to education and follow her passion for nature. She completed a degree in Wildlife and Practical Conservation at Salford University where she had hands on experience of a variety of different survey techniques. She has worked in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa as a safari guide where she provided boat, walk and driving safari’s to demanding international clients. Susan's relationship with Coral Cay started as a volunteer after which she was inspired to apply for a position as Project Scientist and luckily was offered the job. She spent a further 12 months on Montserrat, an island she now loves. Susan is delighted to have this opportunity to return to the island and continue with her contribution to the project.
Rory developed an interest for marine life at the age of 7 while going whale watching off the coast of Boston. This was nurtured by his family and led to various trips with conservation companies to Cuba and Honduras. Whist studying Aquatic Zoology at the University of Hull Rory ran their sub aqua club, quickly followed by PADI Divemaster Internship with some friends in Egypt. This concentrated Rory’s interest in coral reefs specifically, which led to his MSc in Tropical Marine Biology at the University of Essex. A large part of this work was focused on Whale Sharks and he hopes to see one with his own eyes soon. Rory describes himself as a big nerd as well as a biologist!
Tom hails from Surrey, and studied at Swansea University, completing his BSc in Marine Biology in 2013 and MRes in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation in 2015. After finishing his studies, he went looking for somewhere to hide from growing up – his travels took him to the bottom of Africa to work with great white sharks, before eventually signing on to the Montserrat site as a volunteer in October. Sadly responsibility caught up with him there, and he joined the staff at Coral Cay just a few weeks later. A keen scuba diver and all-around nature enthusiast, Tom has loved the ocean in particular for as long as he can remember, and steadfastly refuses to shut up about all matters marine.
Peta learnt to dive at a young age and has since developed a lifelong passion for the ocean and its conservation; an appetite she has indulged through involvement in numerous conservation projects including Coral Cay’s Philippines expedition in 2013. Since then, Peta has graduated from Plymouth University in Marine Biology and Oceanography and has recently become an Open Water Scuba Instructor while working for a dive centre on the south coast. In addition to this, Peta has also become trained as a pool technician and a helicopter underwater escape training safety diver. She is looking forward to being a part of the Montserrat team and contributing to the brilliant work Coral Cay do.
Emily graduated with a Maths degree in 2007, and started out working in finance for big multinationals in London. After a seven-year stint in business, she wanted to do something she was passionate about, and changed career to conservation. In 2015 she completed a postgraduate diploma in terrestrial conservation with the University of Kent and Durrell Conservation Academy, based in Mauritius. Emily volunteered for TRACC Borneo in 2013, installing artificial reefs and collecting research data in Malaysia. She has travelled all over the world, and has had the opportunity to dive in some beautiful places along the way. Emily will start a PhD after working for Coral Cay, to research the impacts of energy reform on marine ecosystem services and the economy. She is looking forward to being part of the team in Montserrat.