Founder and Managing Director
Francesca Trotman is the managing director and founder of Love The Oceans. With a Masters in Marine Biology she has always had a passion for marine life. An avid diver since the age of 13, Francesca’s main passion has always been sharks, although she is interested in all aspects of marine life. Results orientated, Francesca constantly encourages people to consider conservation in everyday life and take a greener approach to modern living. She oversees the majority of the programs in country and spends most of her time in Mozambique.
Andrea Biden is a Director of Love The Oceans. Holding a Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Harvard, she is a former Partner at a London based strategic sustainability consultancy Irbaris LLP, and was Head of Sustainability with Zurich Insurance Group. Andrea is passionate about corporate and community coastal environment responsibility having grown up on the beautiful beaches of Australia. A strong proponent of community-based marine protected area programmes, Andrea believes in the partnership and placement of local people at the forefront of the planning, implementation and running of marine reserves, providing a sense of ownership and pride in natural resources.
Community Outreach Manager and Swimming Teacher
Pascal is Love The Oceans’ Community Outreach Manager. He leads conservation lessons in our local schools, coordinates community conservation workshops, delivers Portuguese and Bitonga lessons to our volunteers and teaches swimming lessons at the weekend. Mozambique born, Pascal has been with the organisation from the start and has helped hugely with the work in the local schools. A confident public speaker, fluent in Bitonga, Portuguese and English, and fully committed to LTO's mission, Pascal is a great team member of Love The Oceans. Pascal is the first ever Mozambique citizen to qualify as a STA Swimming Teacher and LTO hopes to help him achieve his scuba qualifications. He is a natural born teacher and his ability and willingness to help others are key aspects of his personality that make him a perfect fit for this non-profit.
George is our Field Specialist for our research programs. A childhood obsession with dinosaurs led George to a fascination with enduring apex predators such as sharks, crocodiles and eventually all marine life. George studied Marine Biology at Newcastle University in the UK, doing his dissertation on the fisheries of Southern Mozambique. He previously volunteered with Love The Oceans in 2017 and has continued to promote the work of LTO leading many presentations and events as a Love The Oceans Student Representative throughout his time at university. He is pleased to be joining the team again in 2019 as our marine biologist Field Specialist and has a special interest in researching micro-plastic pollution.
Conservation Adventure Program Venture Leader
Shir is Love The Oceans' Venture Leader for the Conservation Adventure Program. She first fell in love with the ocean in 2011 while living on the Caribbean island of Utila, Honduras. After spending most of that year immersed underwater getting to know the Caribbean reef fish, she gained her PADI OWSI. In the years that followed she continued to travel and to dive, getting to know different cultures and different reefs around the world. She combined her interests in behavior and the marine environment into a MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior studying the behavior of schooling reef fish in the Red Sea. During her recent travels throughout SE Asia she sprouted a growing interest in conservation and environmental education in developing countries and she is now pursuing a career path in the field, joining the Love The Oceans team in 2019.
Nathalie is the Love The Oceans’ Field Specialist for the specialist expeditions. Since her childhood, she has been passionate about nature and its preservation. She fell in love with the ocean during a marine conservation internship in Thailand whilst studying Management and Conservation of the Environment in France. She then began to pursue a career in marine biology, doing her Bachelors at Plymouth University, UK. A diver since 2012 and fluent in French, Portuguese and English, Nathalie completed her PADI Instructor Course in Mallorca and joins the Love The Oceans team in 2019 as a Field Specialist.
Social Media Manager
Having studied Zoology at Leeds University, Hannah joined the Love The Oceans team as a volunteer back in 2016. She then worked as our Conservation Adventure Program Field Specialist through the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Hannah has a flair for raising public awareness around marine and environmental issues so manages Love The Oceans’ social media accounts, inspiring change and spreading our message. She's currently undertaking a Masters in Conservation Biology whilst continuing to work with Love The Oceans.
Ursi is an Ambassador for Love The Oceans. In 2019/20 she'll be participating in one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other - The Clipper Round The World Race. The Clipper Race is a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot stripped down ocean racing yacht. Open to anyone who has a desire to challenge themselves and experience something extraordinary, she knew this was something I had to be part of. While sailing, Ursi will be raising money for our community projects in Mozambique, hoping to raise enough money to build a community pool and enable more kids to learn to swim and enjoy the sea.
Jay's Pro Dive Centre
The amazing and dedicated team at Jay’s Pro Dive Centre facilitates our marine research. Jay's is an award-winning PADI Gold Star resort and their ethical and environmental policies are one of main drivers of our partnership. You can check out their team and dive centre on their website www.jaysprodive.com
Campfire Academy are our safari partners in South Africa. Campfire is an eco-friendly lodge located in the Balule Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Ecosystem. They're our partners because of their awesome conservation ethics and environmentally positive ethos.
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