Brendon Sing

Founder and Co-Director of Shark Guardian 

Brendon is from South Africa and from an early age had a great interest in sharks. He started scuba diving with the sole purpose of diving with sharks. Brendon has now been diving and researching sharks for over 20 years achieving the highest qualifications in the scuba diving industry. Together with his wife Liz, Brendon created Shark Guardian to share his knowledge and experience of sharks for conservation. His goal is to inspire everyone worldwide to protect sharks - our ocean guardians. 

Liz Ward-Sing

Co-Director of Shark Guardian 

Liz is from the UK. She is a qualified Physiotherapist and an experienced scuba diving instructor with over 2,000 dives logged. Liz has a great passion for sharks and conservation. She is an exceptional educator and really enjoys getting involved with Shark Guardian events and presentations. Liz is the main person of contact to arrange events at schools and public locations.

Paul Ward

Trustee of Shark Guardian 

Paul Ward is a retired Biology Teacher and Deputy head from Nottingham, UK. Having always been a fan of animals and wildlife in general, with a  daughter and son-in-law involving him ever more in Shark Guardian activities, he most definitely now is a shark fanatic and avid conservationist. Paul also gives Shark Guardian presentations and talks.

Marcus Adams

Trustee of Shark Guardian 

Marcus is a retired Chartered Accountant with a successful career in the financial services industry. Marcus first learned to dive aged 11 and his first open water dive was in a disused gravel quarry in 2C water! His most memorable dive was a few years ago in Mozambique with Mantas, Dolphins, Whale Sharks and Humpbacked Whales all in a single dive. Marcus is a keen ecologist and has successfully run an anti fracking campaign which resulted in the law in the UK being changed to protect sensitive areas from unconventional fossil fuel extraction.  Being a trustee for Shark Guardian allows Marcus to bring his skills and passion to the cause of protecting the marine environment.

Aurore Lecanon

Trustee of Shark Guardian 

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 go back to diving soon - she last dived on a trip around Corsica made memorable by a sinking boat but is now inspired to get in the water with sharks.

Harriet Moore

Trustee of Shark Guardian 

Harriet is a BSc(H) Animal Biology graduate from Nottingham, UK, with a background in how macro and microplastics effect marine wildlife, conducting a dissertation on the genetic mutations of marine wildlife caused by plastic pollution. A PADI Advanced Diver, she is a sustainable living and plastic alternative advocate, combining both passions in the protection of marine wildlife.

Katie Woodroffe

Trustee of Shark Guardian 

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 working in England and on marine and coastal projects in Thailand.  She is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and is a keen advocate of combining diving with citizen science.

Les Small

Treasurer of Shark Guardian 

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.

Maarten Weehuizen

Secretary of Shark Guardian 

Inspired by his grandfather, a biologist and ornithologist, a passion for all things nature was imprinted on Maarten at a very early age. Living in the Caribbean in his youth, he was always to be found snorkelling and to this day enjoys being under water as much as above. His 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, which amongst others led him to East Africa to run Corporate Finance for a leading operator of camps and lodges focused on building sustainable conservation economies. Maarten's favourite dive was the Cenotes in Mexico - not a fish to be seen but the experience felt like floating on the moon.


Frederic Panizzutti

Regional Representative for Africa and the Middle East 

Frederic developed a passion for diving as a teenager when he first dived in Martinique and encountered numerous sharks during his first open water dive. 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 different 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.

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