MEET THE TEAM
Founder & Co-Director
Brendon is from South Africa and has been diving and researching sharks for over 25 years. Whilst achieving the highest qualifications in the scuba diving industry, he has been leading shark diving expeditions from Africa to Asia with a strong focus on conservation, education and research. Together with his wife Liz, Brendon created Shark Guardian as a UK Charity in 2013. His goal is to inspire others to take action to protect sharks.
Liz is from the UK and is a qualified Physiotherapist and a scuba diving instructor with over 2,000 dives. Liz has a great passion for sharks and conservation. Liz enjoys getting involved with Shark Guardian events and presentations. Liz is the main person of contact to arrange events at schools and public locations.
Marcus is a retired Chartered Accountant with a successful career in the financial services industry. Being a trustee for Shark Guardian allows Marcus to bring his skills and passion to the cause of protecting the marine environment.
Paul Ward is a retired Biology Teacher and Deputy head from Nottingham, UK. Now a shark fanatic and avid conservationist, Paul also occasionally gives Shark Guardian presentations and talks.
Aurore Lecanon is a senior executive with almost 20 years’ experience working for global insurers and investment banks. She is passionate about travel and hopes to get in the water with sharks.
Trustee & Campaign Manager
Katie graduated with a BSc(Hons) Zoology over ten years ago and has since gained extensive experience within environmental education, volunteer management and project management. She is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and is a keen advocate of combining diving with citizen science.
Trustee & Wildlife Campaign Manager
Highly experienced environmental campaigner leading vital and successful campaigns for change in some of the most challenging parts of the world. Also a professional photojournalist whose work covering environmental and human rights issues across Asia has been published by leading international newspapers and magazines.
Les is a qualified finance professional with over thirty years' experience. He enjoys playing cricket, kayaking and walking his Labradors on the beach with his wife and daughter. Les moved to the south coast of England in 2018 and will be learning to dive and sail over the next few years.
Marrtens' professional background spans Investment Banking to senior leadership roles in start-ups and fast growing companies. He is always looking to combine this skill-set with his passion building sustainable conservation economies.
Regional Manager for Africa & Middle East
Frederic is a PADI Master diver, PADI Public Safety diver (PSD) as well as a GUE Fundamentals recreational diver. Sharks have become his passion, diving with them when possible and educating himself through various shark courses. He is committed to saving sharks and our oceans as well as protecting and conserving wildlife in general. Frederic is a strong believer that each of us can make a difference irrespectively of the level of engagement.