Kenny McDonald

Field Base Manager (leaves Dec 2014)

Kenny is an experienced Expedition Leader who has led groups to many areas around the world including Cambodia, Morocco, Ascension Islands and Egypt. He was the Diving Officer for a Shark Research Institute expedition tagging hammerhead sharks off Cocos Island in the Pacific for which he received an award from the Duke of Edinburgh.  A BSAC First Class Diver and Instructor Trainer, he is also a PADI Staff Instructor.   As well as diving, he is a qualified military Ski Instructor.  In his spare time he assists in teaching at an acclaimed catering school and is learning to play the ukulele (a lot more practice needed). 

Anne McDonald

Assistant Field Base Manager (leaves Dec 2014)

Originally a Yorkshire girl, Anne's career with the Civil Service as a Personal Development and Leadership Trainer saw her travelling extensively across the UK and overseas, designing and delivering training to civilian and military personnel.  She qualified as a PADI Open Water diver in 2002 and is now a BSAC Open Water Instructor and PADI Rescue Diver.  Anne also trained as a Samaritan and worked with the Bristol Branch.  She loves diving, skiing, hiking, horse riding and generally has a 'Yes' policy to life.

Claire Ogg

Field Base Manager (takes over Dec 2014)

Having just returned from a year working as the Field Base Manager for CCC in the Philippines Claire is escaping the UK winter and looking forward to the challenges of managing the Montserrat site and living in the Caribbean. She began working in the marine conservation industry in 2009 teaching diving to gap year volunteers on a remote beach in the Fijian Islands. This was followed by two years as operations manager at a diving centre on one of the main Fijian islands and a year on a small Maldivian island where she continued to develop her knowledge of the tropical Indo Pacific underwater eco system. Claire holds a degree in Agricultural and Environmental sciences which allowed her to work in a wide variety of science based roles prior to embarking on her overseas adventures.

 

As well as being an experienced PADI instructor, Claire holds a certificate in Offsite Safety Management, a RYA boat masters licence and is a Scubapro technician. She is an Expedition Care Programme and a First Aid at Work instructor and is a Remote Emergency Medical Technician. 

Shawn Daniel

Project Scientist

Shawn has been passionate about wildlife and the outdoors his whole life – one of the key reasons he chose to study Zoology at University. He spent 3 weeks in the Florida scrub during the final year of his degree, collecting data on Gopher Tortoises and their burrows for his dissertation. Experiencing challenging yet highly rewarding fieldwork first-hand reinforced his commitment to pursuing a career in wildlife conservation. He worked for an NGO on a coastal island in Tanzania for 6 months conducting surveys of both marine and terrestrial wildlife, during which time he learned to scuba dive. He also recently spent several months in Cambodia working on another marine conservation project run by an NGO. Having already spent 6 months on CCC’s project in Montserrat as a Science Officer, he is thrilled to now be taking over the role of Project Scientist so that he can stay out in the Caribbean and see the project develop even further.

Duncan Sharp 

Science Officer

Duncan grew up in the UK but has spent recent years using his degree in Conservation Biology and Ecology, and qualifications as a ski instructor to travel and work around the world. Having spent time supporting both terrestrial and marine conservation NGO’s along the way, he has most recently been working on ecological research projects in France. A keen surfer and equally keen diver, for Dunc the opportunity to live and work on a small island so closely related with sea is fantastic

Hazel Thornton

Science Officer

Hazel has always had a strong affinity with wildlife which led her to gain diving qualifications in Thailand during travels in 2010. She recently completed a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Birmingham with her final year thesis based upon work undertaken in her placement year in the Aegean Sea. Working with a Greek NGO in the Eastern Aegean, Hazel gained hands-on experience in both marine and terrestrial research and conservation. Sailing between small islands, she was involved in hydrographic mapping of marine protected habitats and census surveys of littoral ecosystems with a focus on community education and promotion of sustainable fishing. Hazel was also involved in important terrestrial projects including the nocturnal monitoring of the last remaining populations of chameleons and jackals in Greece. With a love of small island life Hazel is keen to immerse herself into a new challenge on this new island. 

Jack Coupland

Science Officer

Jack spent much of his childhood living on the coast of Kenya. There, not only did he develop a love for the tropical environment, but also an understanding of the importance of the role conservation has in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. On completion of his degree in Zoology he spent time in the Kalahari Desert studying the social behavior of meerkats; in France working on ecological surveys; and the Canary Islands achieving his PADI Divemaster certificate.  He has always looked for any excuse to be in the water so a job that involves diving in the Caribbean is a dream. He is looking forward to developing his skills and experiences in a great location, whilst working with a great team.

Helen Russell

Education Officer

Helen studied Biology at Leeds University before qualifying as a Biology Teacher; she has been teaching Biology for 15 years in schools in Yorkshire and also spent two years teaching in France.  Helen was Head of Science in an inner-city school in Leeds for 8 years before becoming an Assistant Head Teacher in charge of training new teachers; she has taken a sabbatical year from her job in order have the opportunity to experience meaningful conservation work first hand.  Helen has recently completed her Masters in Teaching and is really looking forward to the challenge of working with both volunteers and local young people in a new environment and being able to share her passion for conservation education beyond the classroom.  

Annie

Annie was rescued from the Montserrat Animal Protection Society. She has been described as a 'daft ball of energy'!