Jo Royle

Sea Champion with over 10 years experience spearheading global marine programmes through identifying critical marine issues, aligning senior experts, generating income and, engineering solutions to reduce human impact on the sea.  Transforms big visions into innovative, practical and deliverable strategies.  Diverse skills in leading resilient teams and creating policies including navigating South Georgia, inventing fisheries conservation strategies and reducing plastic pollution.

Jo spent over a decade in her first career clocking up around a hundred thousand sea miles as a sponsored ocean racing and expedition skipper. Witnessing first-hand the build-up of plastic on the world’s most remote beaches, such as those in the Antarctic, fuelled her to move ashore to deliver solutions towards maintaining productive oceans.


Sophie Thomas
Designer for circularity and co-founder Ocean Friendly Design Forum

Sophie has been working in the fields of ethical and sustainable design, behaviour change and material processes through her design agency, Thomas.Matthews for twenty years. Sophie has assisted global businesses and UK government organisations to define the role of designers within discussions around waste streams, resource efficiency and circular economies, and has worked with major organisations including Proctor and Gamble, Howies and Samsung on new models for circular business, internal communication of sustainable systems and external sustainability campaigns.


Vicky Long

Vicky is a producer, working across the arts and media. She was Project Director of Cape Farewell during their founding years from 2005-09 and since then has specialised in producing work which has an ecological focus. She enjoys working with a wide range of artists and collaborators to create work which nudges at change. Clients include the Eden Project, Southbank Centre, Siobhan Davies Dance, Forma, BBC and the Open University.