NOC joins forces with inspirational new ambassadors

NOC’s eight new ambassadors

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has announced eight incredible new ambassadors from a broad range of industries, who will support and promote its vital work in understanding the planet’s ocean and its role in regulating and sustaining the planet.

As we face a dramatic decline in the health of our ocean and climate, we must work together to find scientific solutions to the issues that affect our environment, our health and our future. The ambassadors all share a common goal in being passionate about the ocean and will help NOC reach more people who can in turn play their part in protecting the ocean and the planet.

NOC are delighted to announce our eight new ambassadors:

  • Dee Caffari, MBE, the only woman to have sailed solo, non-stop around the world in both directions and six times in total becoming one of the most successful and recognised British offshore sailors
  • Dr Helen Czerski, a physicist and oceanographer currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London
  • Julian Hector, best known for his roles as a prominent British television and Radio producer. He was previously Head of the BBC Natural History Unit
  • Mhairi McCann, the founder and CEO of Youth Stem 2030 on a mission to empower young people to use STEM to tackle the biggest challenges the world faces
  • Megan McCubbin, a zoologist and science communicator who has co-presented popular shows including Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch on BBC Two
  • Benhilda Mlambo, an esteemed fashion designer, author and entrepreneur dedicated to sustainable design and demonstrating that luxury can be impact-free
  • Gaia Vince, a science writer and broadcaster who is exploring the effects between human systems and the planet
  • Assad Razzouk, author and host of The Angry Clean Energy Guy Podcast. Runs clean energy company Gurīn Energy and a not-for-profit Singapore start-up that digitises and democratises renewable energy

These industry experts will carry out a wide range of activity to support NOC and create more awareness for key projects through their own channels and audiences. This will include attending key industry events hosted by NOC and appearing as special guests on NOC’s popular podcast ‘Into the Blue’ – which explores all elements of ocean research from microplastics and deep-sea creatures to carbon analysis and more.

Commenting on NOC’s new ambassador programme, Sofie Bennett, Head of Philanthropy at the National Oceanography Centre, said:

“We believe that everyone has a role to play in protecting our ocean and planet. As the UK leading ocean science charity, we have teamed up with other experts who share our values, and who will help us to reach more people and ensure that we all play our part in protecting the ocean and our planet. We are really excited to be working with our ambassadors and are looking forward to highlighting our scientific projects to a wider and more diverse audience.”

New ambassador Dee Caffari, MBE, commented: “I have seen the detrimental impact we are having on the ocean’s health. I know that scientific evidence and data is essential for the development of policies and ocean governance. The NOC plays a key role in the long-term sustainability of our oceans and the survival of our planet and I am delighted to be an ambassador.”

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