Our team of expert conservationists, marine biologists, environmental researchers and media documentaries created yachts for science.
With our team and ambassadors, we are dedicated to protecting the planet through marine research. Working together across a diverse range of disciplines we are dedicated to working hard to guarantee the success of our vital conservation projects across the globe.
CO ORDINATOR AND ADMINISTRATOR @ YACHTS FOR SCIENCE
Rosie is a highly competent project manager which filters through all areas of her life, including an extensive home renovation project and being part of the organising committee for the annual youth sailing week, which her daughter is a keen competitor in, in her home village of Hamble, Hampshire.
With a taste for adventure, born from a childhood raised in Canada and Arabia, Rosie has circumnavigated the globe and is a qualified yacht rigger and sailor, which contributes to her extensive knowledge of the marine industry.
Rosie works across a portfolio of marine clients, ensuring all of the projects she works on are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest standard.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE @ NEKTON
Oliver is the Founder, Chief Executive and Mission Director of Nekton. Nekton unites scientists and journalists to combine frontline research and story-telling – to help protect the ocean. Nekton work with, and for ocean nations to support their national priorities to improve the prosperity, resilience and sustainable governance of their waters – supporting the global target of at least 30% protection of the global ocean by 2030.
Prior to Nekton, Oliver was a critically acclaimed, former broadcast journalist with ABC, NBC, Channel 4 (UK), Al Jazeera, Discovery Channels and others. He is also the co-founder of the educational non-profit, Digital Explorer and the Ocean’s Academy. www.nektonmission.org
CO-FOUNDER, A PLASTIC PLANET AND OCEAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
Born of the North Sea, in Jutland, Denmark, Lilly spent her childhood sailing Optimists. This set up her positive outlook on life but also made her acutely aware of the magnificence of our ocean.
A keen traveller and sailor, Lilly is one of the co-Founders of OFF -Ocean Family Foundation. Created by four like-minded families it supports the conservation of the seas and collaborates with organisations to make a positive difference to our oceans and it’s inhabitants.
Additionally, three years ago she cofounded ‘A Plastic Planet’ with Sian Sutherland. This organisation has one single goal to ignite and inspire Governments, businesses and individuals to eliminate plastic.
EDITOR IN CHIEF @ BOAT INTERNATIONAL MEDIA
Sacha Bonsor is the Editorial Director of BOAT International, the world’s leading authority on superyachts and the life that goes with them. Ocean conservation lies at the heart of a lot of what we do, including our annual Ocean Talks event in partnership with the Ocean Family Foundation, and our annual Ocean Awards in partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation.
Our audience, from yacht owners to designers, builders and boat charterers, have a unique access to the ocean – and the opportunity to share it. Meanwhile, scientists have a unique ability to understand the ways in which the ocean can be saved, but often lack the access to prove it. Our hope for Yachts For Science is that it solves that problem. By connecting these two worlds, there is no limit to what, together, they can achieve.
DIGITAL CONTENT DIRECTOR @ BOAT INTERNATIONAL
Sophia is the Digital Content Director at BOAT International and has spent more than eight years reporting on different sectors of the Superyacht industry. Having previously spent four years as BOAT’s travel editor, she has travelled to some of the most remote destinations on the planet and seen first-hand the damage that is being caused to marine habitats by human development and plastic pollution.
Utilising her network within the industry, she is passionate about driving forwards the sustainability agenda for the sector and finding a tangible way Superyachts can support science while they explore the world.
FOUNDING PARTNER @ EYOS EXPEDITIONS
EYOS co-founder Tim Soper has spent his life exploring the world’s wildest places by sea and is an expert at planning and managing superyacht expeditions. Growing up sailing and diving on the Devon coast of Southwest England Tim developed a keen interest in the ocean, which led to a degree in marine biology and oceanography. As a professional diver, guide and expedition leader, he voyaged throughout the polar regions and tropics, gaining a comprehensive knowledge of extraordinary destinations worldwide. Tim has managed some of the most extreme superyacht expeditions ever completed, guiding clients to the most inaccessible and beautiful locations for remarkable experiences. With his background in marine science, Tim is always keen to explore, pioneering new regions and even discovering a previously unknown emperor penguin colony in Antarctica. He has managed dedicated research expeditions as well as superyacht voyages with scientists aboard, allowing owners and their guests to share the excitement of making new discoveries.
CO-FOUNDER @ EYOS EXPEDITIONS
Rob McCallum M.Sc of EYOS Expeditions, the worlds foremost provider of expedition services to the superyacht fleet. Credited with completing over 1200 expeditions to the world’s most remote and inspiring destinations, the EYOS team brings a wealth of operational experience to Yachts for Science.
Rob has had extensive experience with yacht-based philanthropic science including the design, build and operations of MV Alucia, a multi-year expedition aboard DSSV Pressure Drop and regular interactions with other private science providers. He has designed managed and lead science-based expeditions on all oceans and is considered a world authority in deep water submersible operations.
Rob believes that many of the future advances in science will be private science initiatives and that the Ocean is the last great frontier of scientific exploration on Earth.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR @ 10% FOR THE OCEAN
MARKETING DIRECTOR @ ARKSEN
John wears two hats within Arksen, both leading marketing across the expedition products lines (including Marine & Overland) and their thalassic charity, 10% For The Ocean.
Growing up, he had one foot in the water and the other in the leading scientific laboratories his father directed. This eventually manifested in a Biological Sciences degree before he started his career in the superyacht industry.
Long before Arksen, John cut his teeth in publishing, then marketing, before launching and scaling various businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. Yachts For Science now plays directly into his core interests and allows him to collaborate with a diverse network of talented co-founders.
HEAD OF MARKETING AND CREATIVE @ ARKSEN
Eleanor is a highly experienced marketing professional with a background in the UK luxury marine sector. With a passion for the outdoors, Eleanor uses her Masters in Global Marketing to help connect adventurers with their dreams of crossing the globe by sea.