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!
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.
Emma has had a keen interest in marine life since a young age, inspired by family holidays to the south coast of the UK and exploring the rocky shores in her wellies. Since then, she has followed her love for the sea by diving from a young age and became a PADI Open Water Instructor in Mexico in 2014, whilst witnessing the beautiful whale shark migration past the Yucatan Peninsula occurring at that time of year. Graduating with a MSc in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton in the summer of 2016, she is looking to pursue her passion in conservation and is extremely excited about being part of Coral Cay, and being involved in the amazing work currently being carried out in Montserrat.
Paula has been diving for 20 years and instructing divers since 2008. She works for Women’s Aid Charity in Northern Ireland but has taken a career break to uptake the opportunity to volunteer for Coral Cay Conservation. Her working background is in HR but her passion for outdoor & underwater living has taken her from the office environment at every available opportunity. Paula has instructor status as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, PADI Speciality Instructor and BSAC Open Water Instructor. Her passion for diving was furthered when she spent time in South Africa where she achieved a lifelong ambition of cage diving with great white sharks. Paula has dived in many different parts of the world but is very excited to add Montserrat to her logbook. She is a BSAC Advanced diver and expects to achieve her First Class Diver qualification during the coming year.