Our Marine Officers

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Our Marine Officers

Meet our staff

We have a number of marine officers working across the North West Wildlife Trusts to help deliver our programme of Living Seas work, including a policy officer, marine community engagement officers and apprentices. Find out more about them and their roles below. 

Dr Emily Baxter, Senior Marine Conservation Officer

Emily Baxter on boat

Emily has worked for the North West Wildlife Trust for over 9 years and leads the marine programme across the region. Emily is responsible for overseeing a diverse range of marine policy, community engagement, conservation and internship projects across the Trusts, as well as leading on marine policy and advocacy, particularly around Marine Protected Areas, fisheries and stakeholder engagement. Emily graduated with a BSc from the University of Plymouth in Marine Biology and Oceanography and a PhD from the University College Cork where she studied the ecology and socio-economic impacts of jellyfish. After working in academia and research in Barcelona and Southampton, Emily moved to the North West to start work for the Wildlife Trusts. She is still fanatical about jellyfish. 

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Georgia de Jong Cleyndert, Marine Conservation Officer

Georgia de Jong Cleyndert

Georgia is working on a five year project on marine policy and advocacy across the Irish Sea, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Before joining the North West Wildlife Trusts, Georgia worked as research assistant to Professor Callum Roberts looking at sustainable fisheries and coral friendly development in the Maldives, after studying MSc Marine Environmental Management at the University of York. Before that she spent a number of years sailing around the world and diving in some incredible locations. 

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Amy Pennington, Fylde Sand Dunes Community Engagement Officer

Amy Pennington

Amy is the Fylde Sand Dunes Community Engagement Officer for Lancashire Wildlife Trust. She was also a former Marine Trainee for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, and so has worked for the North West Wildlife Trusts for 4 years. Her love and passion for the ocean began from a very young age and so she pursued a career in marine conservation. Amy graduated with a BSc in Marine Biology and Coastal Conservation from Blackpool and the Fylde College. After this she travelled around gaining experience with many organisations including; The Sea Trust, Oban Seal Sanctuary and the Atlantic Whale Foundation. These days you can find Amy strolling along the beach, or exploring the dunes on the Fylde Coast.

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Jess Newman, Lancashire's Living Seas Project Officer

Jess Newman nurdle hunting

Jess is our Lancashire's Living Seas Project Officer based with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Jessica has recently graduated from Newcastle University with a Masters in Physical Oceanography subsequent to a BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography. She has a fascination for ocean science and especially after completing a 6-week research cruise across the Atlantic Ocean developing her knowledge and hands-on skills in the industry. Her enthusiasm for ocean processes and conservation of coastal environments has led her to this role after showing her passion while working on the Fylde Sand Dunes Project with Amy. 

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Lucy Mather, My Local Catch Project Officer

Lucy at Sandscale Haws

Lucy joined the Living Seas NW team following the Marine Futures internship, and is now working on My Local Catch, a 2.5 year project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund raising awareness about the importance of sustainable fishing for marine habitat recovery and local cultural heritage. Lucy originally studied Mechanical Engineering, and has a keen interest in marine renewables and alternative technology. She is also an experienced Mountain Leader, and has spent many years working with groups of young people to explore their connection to nature and wildlife through outdoor adventure. She is excited to bring together her technical skills and infectious enthusiasm to get young Cumbrians excited about sustainable seafood!

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