Meet the team

Browse below to meet and get in touch with the Sea Champions Volunteer Managers for your area.
If you live outside of these areas, contact us at for details how to get involved with our work.

Jules Agate - South West England

Hi, I’m Jules and I’m very lucky to be covering the south west England region where there are beautiful beaches, important marine sites and wonderful Sea Champions! I’m passionate about nature and very excited to be involved in MCS activities that protect and improve the marine environment, as it is so vital to the future of our entire planet. As a child, I wanted to be a marine biologist and I especially loved grey seals. On leaving school I worked as a veterinary nurse, but I did end up graduating Uni as an ecologist.

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Matt Barnes - North East England

Greetings! I’m Matt and I cover the dramatic and windswept shores and towns of the North East of England. It’s an exciting time to be at the helm in this newest region supported by the Sea Champions programme. I have been a passionate conservationist of all things marine for all of my adult life and after nearly a decade of managing SCUBA diving centres around the world I went and studied environmental conservation and ecological survey techniques at University to help me cross into the marine conservation sector.

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Tara Proud - Scotland

Hello! I’m Tara and I’m lucky enough to cover Scotland – a beautiful country with and an amazing 10% of Europe’s coastline and some spectacular nature. For as long as I can remember I have loved the sea and many of my best memories from childhood are from family trips to the beach. I’ve always been fascinated by nature and wanted to help protect it so I am excited to be working for the Marine Conservation Society in such a beautiful part of the world.

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Kate Whitton - South and South East England

Hi, I’m Kate Whitton and I cover the South and South East of England. I am very excited to be working on the Sea Champions programme as it covers a diverse number of projects which involve a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers. An important aspect of the Sea Champions work is gaining support for the Marine Protected Areas campaign which aims to create more marine reserves/zones around the UK coast. So many of us have a connection to the sea however only 0.1% of the marine environment has designated protection. The marine environment is valuable to us all, whether it’s the fish we eat or the beaches we visit, and conservation of our marine resources is important to everyone. Becoming a Sea Champion is a great way to get involved and you can actively make a big difference.

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