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.
Alex is a Partner in an accounting and consulting firm leading on sustainability, having been a chief risk and sustainability officer in financial services. He is passionate about conservation and environmental management, having a background in the pharmaceutical industry and holding a Master in Integrated Environmental Management. He is a keen swimmer but has yet to get in the water with a shark.
Padraig (Pod) has extensive project and field site management skills working in remote locations. He has experience working in a range of professional environments including the field, office and laboratory. As a certified PADI Divemaster Pod has been diving and snorkeling with sharks whilst conducting ecological surveys.
Lydia is an Open Water Scuba Instructor who spent ten years living in South East Asia working in the dive industry, teaching people to dive and managing dive resorts. She has been passionate about marine conservation since learning to dive in Thailand in 2011 and believes that dive students of all levels should be taught about the importance of a healthy ocean (and that means lots of sharks!). After a decade in Asia, she has now returned to the UK where she is working for Trash Hero World.