Our Ocean Ambassadors
We’re delighted to have the support of some great people who help further our work and champion what we do.
Ocean Ambassadors are passionate about our marine environment and want to help make it a better place for both wildlife and for people.
Doug spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, marine biologist, photographer and base commander for the British Antarctic Survey. In 1984 he changed direction to full time freelance filming. Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, working for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants and Operation Iceberg.Read more
Inka Cresswell is a Wildlife filmmaker and underwater camera operator. After studying a B.Sc degree in Marine Biology she noticed a strong disconnect between science and general awareness and decided to combine her passion for underwater photography and interest in marine biology and conservation to create wildlife documentaries that focus on the underwater world and reconnect people with nature.Read more
Lizzie is a biologist, public speaker and wildlife presenter / filmmaker with a keen sense of adventure. After establishing herself on Cbeebies as a wildlife expert, Lizzie has gone on to present for BBC Earth Unplugged where she finds creative ways to inspire audiences such as attempting to diving like a gannet as well as presenting in various productions such as a wildlife quiz show for BBC2 in between her studies.Read more
Ben is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia. He is also a TV and radio presenter, and author of several books, covering a range of subjects from evolution and anatomy to animal behaviour and natural history.Read more
Tom is a Marine Biologist, broadcaster, author and science communicator. A regular face on British Television for the past few years, Tom has appeared as “The Blowfish” on CBBC, ITV, BBC, CITV and Channel 4 as Sunday Brunch’s resident wildlife expert. Recently Tom has presented the BBC worldwide production Fishing Impossible, which now has series 2 and is shown across the globe. Between productions Tom has written a book called Blowfish’s Oceanopedia - 291 Extraordinary Things You Didn’t Know About The Sea for Atlantic Books, which has been an Amazon Best Seller and is now being translated into different languages for a global audience. He also holds the dubious honour of being the first person ever to play live music to sharks in both the UK and Africa.Read more
Miranda is a wildlife and diving TV presenter, author, public speaker, biologist and trained diver. A resident wildlife expert on BBC One’s The One Show, she has presented natural history stories, ranging from robotic ants to rare dolphins, from all around the country for the last six years. She is also a regular on BBC One’s Inside Out and one of the original members of the Coast team exploring Great Britain’s shoreline from top to toe, revealing fascinating tales of marine life.Read more
Destined to be a successful entrepreneur, Deborah Meaden launched her first business straight out of college, before setting up one of the first ‘Stefanel’ fashion franchises in the UK. With several businesses in the leisure and retail sector under her belt she became Managing Director of Westar Holidays, overseeing its expansion from one to five holiday parks and leading a management buyout.Read more
Royal Ballet dancer, Fernando Montano, was born and brought up in Buenaventura, a poor city on the Pacific coast of Colombia. At the age of 14 he won a scholarship to the National Ballet School of Cuba at a considerable cost to his family who made significant sacrifices to enable the experience. In Havana he won international competitions, and then joined the Cuban National Ballet. From Havana he went to Italy and then to the UK when, in 2006, he joined the Royal Ballet where he is now a soloist. Fernando has performed all over the world both on Royal Ballet Company tours, but also independently, often in support of charity work.Read more
Simon is an adventurer and New York Times bestselling author and TV presenter who has travelled to more than 110 countries making multiple award-winning TV series for the BBC. They include Caribbean, Sacred Rivers, Indian Ocean, Tropic of Cancer, Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, Pilgrimage and Australia (Winner of the 2013 British Travel Press Award for Broadcast Travel Programme). He has received a One World Broadcasting Trust Award for “an outstanding contribution to greater world understanding” the prestigious Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society, and the Special Contribution Award at the Travel Media Awards.Read more
Susie Rodgers MBE is a former Paralympic swimmer, who competed internationally for 6 years and won 30 international medals including Paralympic Gold and 5 Bronze medals at the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Paralympic Games. She specialised in the sprint butterfly and freestyle events and held numerous European and British records throughout her career. She retired in 2017 after winning Gold in Rio and leaving as undefeated European and Paralympic Champion.Read more
A highly respected restaurateur, author, educationist, entrepreneur and sustainability campaigner, Cyrus is Chef Patron of Café Spice Namaste in the City of London, as well as Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 and at the newly opened Lincoln Plaza London. He is also known as one half of the BBC2 series ‘The Incredible Spice Men’ and appears regularly on BBC Saturday Kitchen and the BBC Food Programme. Cyrus has long been a friend of MCS, and seafood, since he unveiled a one-off menu based on British seasonal and sustainable seafood at an event to help raise funds for the charity.Read more
Iolo Williams is a Welsh naturalist, broadcaster, public speaker and writer who’s worked in conservation for over 30 years. He is most widely known as a popular member of the Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch presenting team, and for presenting series such as Wild Wales, Rugged Wales and Great Welsh Parks for BBC 2. Iolo was born and brought up in mid Wales and studied in London for a degree in ecology at North East London Polytechnic.Read more