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.
Andy worked as a Police Officer in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary for 30 years, during which time he was attached to the local Crime and Drug Squads, eventually ending up as a Detective on the National Crime Squad. Whilst in the Police he played Semi professional Rugby for the job and a team called Clifton RFC. In 1999 Andy started on the road to becoming a dive Instructor which he successfully passed in 2006. Ever since then he has been travelling around Europe working in Gozo, Malta, Lanzarotte, Cyprus, Egypt, and England where he completed his Staff Instructors Course. Andy was the Scuba Instructor in 2013 and 2014 and has now returned to Montserrat to finish what he started. He is known as Larry's minder!
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.
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 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.
Mike's love of nature was first sparked growing up in the rolling countryside of landlocked Shropshire, but always enjoyed trips to the coast. While volunteering with an NGO in Fiji in 2010 Mike first tried scuba diving, and decided what he wanted to do with his life. Upon returning to the UK he attended and graduated from the University of Essex with an Integrated Masters in Marine Biology. During his time at university, Mike was involved in surveying macro-algae along East Anglian estuaries, as well as projects in Indonesia. Returning to Indonesia with an NGO during his 3rd and 4th year summers, Mike worked firstly as a Divemaster, and then as Monitoring / Head Divemaster, as well as working on juvenile hard coral species recruitment. Mike is keen to expand his terrestrial knowledge, as well as experience the ecology and diving of the seas surrounding Montserrat.