Field Base Manager
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.
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. Her dissertation focused on diatoms and their use as an indicator of pollution in water environments. She has worked in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa as a safari guide and has spent several months volunteering with Coral Cay in Montserrat. She is a qualified Dive Master and loves to sail whenever she gets the opportunity. Susan is looking forward to taking on the position and continuing the excellent work already completed on the island.
Aman likes to think of himself as a biochemist reformist biologist. He delights in environmental conservation efforts and looks forward to working as a Science Officer for CCC's terrestrial and marine projects designed for endemic species' redemption and protection in Montserrat's tropical forests and coral reefs.
Kate grew up next to the ocean and loved everything about it - whether it be relaxing on the beach, surfing, diving, snorkelling or out on boats – it’s her happy place! It only made sense to try and make a career out of doing the thing that she loved most - being in the water. Kate graduated with Honours in Marine Science from the University of Western Australia in 2011. She then worked for a year gaining experience before heading off on a working holiday around the UK, Europe and Asia. Kate returned back to Australia in February this year and then did a 6 month stint as a lab assistant on a Pearl Farm. She thought that she had subdued the travel bug for a while but when the opportunity came about to come to Montserrat and work as a Science Officer it was too good of an opportunity to miss. Kate is excited to learn about the Caribbean reefs and pass on the knowledge she has gained from her career so far.
Five years ago Heidi set out from her native home of Canada to travel the world, she got as far as South East Asia and never left after falling in love with her (supposedly temporary) job as a Scuba Instructor! Heidi can’t wait to experience the joys of Caribbean diving for the first time, and is looking forward to sharing her passion for the marine environment and conservation, whilst training ecologically responsible divers. Heidi speaks fluent French, is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has recently acquired her power boat drivers’ license.