Founder and Managing Director
Francesca Trotman is the managing director and founder of Love The Oceans. An avid diver for over 15 years Francesca’s a passionate ocean advocate, with a special interest in fisheries. 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 her time split between the UK and Mozambique. Francesca is the recipient of Blue Marine Foundation and BOAT International's Ocean Award in the Young Initiative category in recognition of LTO's work. Francesca is currently completing her PhD remotely with Newcastle University, UK.
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
Pascoal is Love The Oceans’ Community Outreach Manager. He leads many of our community outreach projects including conservation lessons in our local schools, community conservation workshops, our Sustainable Fishing Project, our Ocean Conservation Champion and our swimming program. Mozambique born, Pascoal has been with the organisation from the start and has helped hugely with community outreach. A confident public speaker, fluent in Bitonga, Portuguese and English, and fully committed to LTO's mission, Pascoal is a key team member of Love The Oceans. Pascoal was a finalist for Blue Marine Foundation and BOAT International's 2022 Local Hero Ocean Award. Pascoal is the first ever Mozambique citizen to qualify as a STA Swimming Teacher and he also has his PADI Advanced Scuba qualifications.
Bento is our Conservation Officer and a recent graduate from our Ocean Conservation Champion Program (Read more about our OCCs on our Education and Capacity Building page). After joining our swimming program at age 17, with his determined and dedicated attitude he progressed quickly to our advanced swimming class. He enrolled in our OCC program, learning English, finishing high school, completing his PADI Advanced Scuba certification and he's currently training to become a swimming instructor to help teach younger children to swim. Bento's enthusiasm for the ocean is crucial in his work with Love The Oceans and influences everyone surrounding him. He's currently working towards enrolling in his Bachelors in Marine Biology.
Women's Health Project Lead
Joaquina is one of the newest members of staff. She heads up our Women's Health Project (read more about this on our education and capacity building page). Joaquina is passionate about gender equity and is currently surveying as many women as possible to gather a good understanding of the issues at hand before deciding next steps. Joaquina has started swimming lessons as women traditionally do not have the same opportunities in our area and almost no women know how to swim. Joaquina is a trailblazer and we're excited to be working with her on this project.
Mario is our in-country storyteller and a recent graduate from our Ocean Conservation Champion Program (read more about our OCCs on our Education and Capacity-Building page). After attending our marine resource management lessons in his free periods, Mario joined our swimming program and quickly moved through the ranks and joined our OCC program. A quick learner, Mario took up English lessons of his own volition as the qualifications we sponsor our OCCs are often sponsored by British companies with much of the materials in English. Since then, Mario has completed his PADI Advanced Open Water and is spending a lot of time behind a lens, learning the art of conservation storytelling to enable us to document our work and share it with the world.
Marine Biologist & Venture Leader
Ines is the on-site Marine Biologist and Venture Leader at Love The Oceans. Holding a BSc degree in Marine Biology from Bangor Univeristy, Ines specialized in transdisciplinary marine research during her MSc Degree at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. An overall ocean enthusiast and qualified scuba diver, Ines is passionate about ocean literacy and has a soft spot for marine mammal science. After being part of different marine conservation efforts while travelling, Ines realised the importance of ethical and holistic community-led approaches for effective marine management. Ines first joined Love The Oceans in 2019 as a volunteer and was inspired by their mission and approach to conservation. She currently oversees the delivery of Love The Oceans projects and expeditions while assisting data collection in Mozambique.
Venture Leader & Marine Biologist
Tom is a Venture Leader and Marine Biologist at Love The Oceans and holds a MSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the University of Southampton. After observing the neglect of big industry and commerce toward the marine environment while travelling, Tom decided to dedicate his interest in Biology to saving our seas. He specializes in Coral Reef biology, but has an avid interest in the diverse interactions between various socio-economic and socio-ecological demands that are placed on marine resources and ecosystems. Love The Oceans is his way to help create positive change. Tom is a qualified scuba diver, free diver and marine biologist and helps run research expeditions on the ground in Mozambique. He initially joined Love The Oceans as a volunteer in 2018 and has progressed through the organisation to become a key team member, running the expeditions he started as a student on.
Ocean Conservation Champion
Melta is one of our Ocean Conservation Champions. Having joined our swimming program as one of the more confident girls, Melta enrolled in the program and is currently working towards her PADI Open Water and her English qualifications. Love The Oceans is also sponsoring Melta her high school education - education is something we feel passionate about at Love The Oceans
Ocean Conservation Champion
Magna is one of our youngest Ocean Conservation Champions. She joined our swimming lessons when she was just 10 years old and has since progressed quickly through our classes. Currently Magna is working in improving her swimming to a point at which she can learn to dive. Magna has an exciting future ahead of her.
Ocean Conservation Champion
Abdul is one of our keenest swimmers in our Ocean Conservation Champion program. Abdul grew up with his siblings by the river so had more opportunity to learn to swim as a child. As a result he is a very strong swimmer and will no doubt be doing his PADI Scuba qualifications soon. Abdul is currently improving his English in our sponsored english lessons in the evening so he'll be well prepared for further qualifications.
Jasmine is the Marketing Advisor for Love the Oceans, helping to shape our strategy, build our brand and engage our audience. She has worked in marketing and business development in the professional services industry for almost 20 years, including Xerox HR services, law firm Baker & McKenzie and accountancy firm RSM. She specialises in developing and improving business development processes and strategy but her passion has always been in the ocean. A plastic-free advocate and keen sailor, she is excited for her love of the ocean and professional life to come together in her voluntary work with LTO.
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 helps to fundraise for our projects, inspiring change and spreading our message. She's holds a Masters in Conservation Biology.
Ursi is an Ambassador for Love The Oceans. In 2019 she participated 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 she had to be part of. While sailing, Ursi raised over £10,000 for our community projects in Mozambique.
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 http://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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