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Meet our team of changemakers

We’re made up of everyday people doing extraordinary things – we’re campaigners, activists, volunteers, academics, influencers, techies, strategists, creatives, partnership managers, social marketeers and more 

Natalie Fee – Founder

I started City to Sea as a response to the feeling of “I have to DO something about the plastic problem!” back in 2014. The Albatross chicks on the Midway Islands were the inspiration, and it kind of grew from there! 

What’s a fun fact about you?

I write comedy songs on the ukulele to make myself laugh. They sometimes make other people laugh too.

Rebecca Burgess – SEA-EO

Steering the ship to meet our annual company objectives. Including managing the overall operations, developing and approving strategies and making important decisions that affect City to Sea’s direction.

What’s your biggest plastic achievement?

Working with the team at Eunomia to develop the evidence base for the European Commission’s Single-Use Plastics Directive.

Our creative storytellers 

We’re the team behind our powerful campaigns that raise awareness and inspire people to take action. 
 

Jo Morley – Head of Marketing and campaigns

I head up the Marketing & Campaigns team – leading on our strategy, comms and our planet-protecting campaigns.

What brought you to City to Sea?

Whilst living in Australia in 2015, I started writing about Plastic Pollution and organising beach cleans on my local beach in Manly.

Steve Hynd – Campaigns Manager

I oversee award-winning campaigns encouraging and inspiring people and partners to stop plastic pollution at source.

What’s your biggest plastic achievement?

At work, it has to be getting Andy Serkis to be my talking a**hole – no really. Google it! Outside of work, it has to be raising my two boys – they fill me with pride every day.  

Jasmine Tribe – Campaigns Manager

I lead our Plastic Free Periods campaign, working to empower people with better education and access to eco-friendly period products. As well as our Unflushables projects, trying to prevent plastic pollution from flushed plastic!

A fun fact about yourself

Whilst surveying manta rays in 2017 I swam face-first into a period pad. A sign from the ocean of what my future held!?

Chloe Page – Digital Communications Coordinator

Our queen of social! Managing City to Sea and Refill social channels and email communications.

What brought you to City to Sea? 

Being fed up of working in the travel sector, marketing ‘paradise’ destinations which were actually being full of plastic pollution.

Eve Warlow – Refill Marketing Manager

Working with the Head of Campaigns and Marketing, I am responsible for delivering all marketing activity for the award-winning Refill campaign in both the UK and internationally.

What brought you to City to Sea?

Living on the beach in Mexico and seeing plastic items washed up alongside dead sea life was heart-breaking so I’m happy to now be part of a brilliant team working to stop plastic polluting our beaches and killing our wildlife.

the faces behind our partnerships

We build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with organisations that share our values. 

Jane Martin – Head of Partnerships

Jane heads up our team of changemakers and corporate fundraisers, supporting campaigns by inspiring behaviour change from the boardroom to the shop floor, providing businesses with simple solutions to complex problems.

What’s a fun fact about you?

Music is my thing so in between school pick up and team meetings I squeeze in studying for my Grade 7 piano and I singing with Bristol Choral Society.

Megan Hewlett – Strategic Partnerships Lead

I manage our partnerships with Robeco and Water UK (and the water companies across England) and support the team with new partnership negotiations.

What’s your biggest plastic achievement?

Make my own gluten-free bread! It’s pretty much impossible to find gluten-free bread that isn’t covered in single-use plastic (not to mention the palm oil in every ingredient list…).

Lucy Tissington – Partnerships Coordinator

Leads on regional partnerships in the south-west and engagement with the national accommodation sector. Lucy also supports on other fundraisings such as trusts, grants and foundations.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have worked re-releasing Orangutans back in to the wild in Borneo. I also had the opportunity to take over 25 baby orangutans to forest school!

Alannah O’Rourke – Partnerships Manager

I manage City to Sea’s relationships with key partners to make sure their goals and objectives are met and I’m on hand to discuss new opportunities with organisations who want to create change.

What brought you to City to Sea? 

Working for a food charity tackling food waste started to open my eyes to the huge amount of pointless plastic in our lives, and I wanted to be a part of the movement to try and protect our environment.

Our digital gurus 

We’re the proud geeks that look after our digital platforms, like our websites, the Refill app, and our reporting, using data to drive our decision making.  

Lanie Sibley – Head of Digital

Living in a digital world – Leading our small Digital team to create amazing digital platforms, including the Refill app that each support our amazing campaigns in their own way.

fun fact

I’m an avid sewer – in my spare time, I make wedding dresses, mainly from vintage fabrics and laces, reducing the need for using less efficient and planet resourcing materials.

Hannah Giles – Digital Assistant

Assisting the Head of Digital in taking care of our digital platforms. Helping everyone access our campaigns through our website and Refill app.

What is your biggest plastic achievement? 

I have always carried a reusable water bottle, but the day I started using reusable period products was a game-changer.

Inspiring communities 

We’re working with our amazing communities. Engaging and educating them to get involved in our campaigns.

Meriel Harrison – Head of Communities

Leading our Community team to engage and inspire communities across the UK with City to Sea’s campaigns, and developing relationships with community-focused partners to achieve our aims.

What brought you to City to Sea?

I joined City to Sea after moving to Bristol in 2018 looking for a fresh challenge. I heard about City to Sea’s creative campaigns and was inspired by the power of positivity as a force for environmental change.

Sarah Irving – Community Schemes Manager

Working with the team to develop an (even more) inspiring and engaging programme for schemes and volunteers.

Fun fact

Ik leer Nederlands! Het is omdat ik van Rotterdam houden en de mensen van Nederland. (I am learning Dutch!) and I can literally herd cats if you like.

Hannah Osman – Refill Wales National Coordinator

I coordinate the Refill campaign in Wales; leading the relationship with the Welsh Government, supporting our volunteers and developing 
collaborations with key organisations in Wales.

What brought you to City to Sea?

I came to City To Sea because I want to play a part in changing how we are going to reshape the way we live, starting with helping to preserve the quality of our beautiful seas and beaches for my son and our future generations. 

Natalie McClue – Schemes Coordinator – London

I coordinate the Refill campaign in London – working with individual boroughs to be the agent for change by empowering local communities to take action against single-use plastics. As well as working together with the GLA and other London partners to amplify our campaign across the capital.

Fun fact

In 2016, a group of friends and I completed the Three Peaks Challenge in under 23 hours.

James Watt – Schemes Coordinator – South

Supporting new and existing Refill Schemes across the south of England.

Fun Fact

I’m a volunteer coastguard rescue officer down here in Cornwall, and on average we get a call out every 8 days for all kinds of emergencies along the stretch of coast that I help cover.

Joss Smithson – Community Administrator 

Answering your enquiries and ensuring the Community Team runs smoothly.

Fun fact

I morris danced on stage with Eric Idle during the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Our operations team 

We keep everything running smoothly – like admin, compliance, HR – and researching plastic issues. 

Brendan Tate Wistreich – Head of Operations

Strategic lead for central services ensuring smooth operations and a productive happy staff team.

What brought you to City to Sea?

I was terrified about the mess we will be leaving for our children and knowing that another way is possible!

Hetti Dysch – HR Manager

Bringing the heart and soul to Human Resources.

What’s your biggest plastic achievement?

Many moons ago I met Natalie Fee under a pear tree on Brandon Hill – she inspired in me a plastic awakening which led me to this amazing role!

Rosie Tudor – Research and Insights 

I carry out research to both measure our impact and better understand the behaviours we’re trying to change.

Biggest Plastics Achievement

Helping the Cypriot Government ‘green’ their tourist beaches.

Livvy Drake – Behaviour Change Consultant

Advising and evaluating materials and schemes, providing consultancy support to businesses looking to reduce their plastics footprint and change their staff behaviour.

What’s your biggest plastic achievement?

Developing and delivering the Rethink Periods school behaviour change pilot which went on to get funded by the Waitrose Plastics Fund.

Chloe O’Keeffe – Executive Assistant 

Supporting our Founder and CEO, and ensuring the smooth running of our office. 

A fun fact 

I have a secret fascination with volcanoes – the highest I’ve summited is Kilimanjaro; the lowest is underwater, in the Maldives!

EVERYONE’S WELCOME (DESPITE WHAT IT MIGHT CURRENTLY LOOK LIKE)

We’re uncomfortably conscious that currently, we’re mostly made up of people who identify as white women. And we’re not ok with that. We know we’ll be even stronger and more effective in helping power the changes we need to see in the world when we’re a more diverse team. So, here’s what we’re doing to change that.

Non-executive directors

Bonnie Chiu

Chris Sherrington

Matt Crisp

Zoe Sear

Dan Fairs

Our volunteer network

Here are some of the great people who have supported us through our journey to where we are now.

I started volunteering with City to Sea as an intern for Refill Day. My role was really hands-on, giving me a taste of all different areas of the organisation including social media, being involved with action days and video production. My time volunteering showing me what it takes to run a fantastic national campaign!

As proof of how much I enjoyed my volunteering, I applied for a role with City to Sea and was lucky enough to be hired as Digital Assistant.

Hannah Giles

Volunteering with City to Sea definitely expanded my horizons, allowed me to meet some truly interesting people from experts in different environmental fields to peers with equal interest in sustainability but most importantly it further enhanced my knowledge on the importance of being more environmentally conscious.

The highlight of my volunteering experience was representing City to Sea at the ‘Going for Gold’ event hosted by Bristol City Council. This is because I learnt how collectively as a city we can all reduce our impacts on the environment as well as share resources towards a common goal.

Aneesh Malde

I have volunteered with City to Sea on multiple occasions in video production, and every time it was a rewarding experience. I was treated as part of the team and was given a great insight as to what working in a fast-paced not-for-profit organisation is like.

Madison O'Connell

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