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Intro


Passion

Protecting the planet is the defining issue of our generation.

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Intro


Passion

Protecting the planet is the defining issue of our generation.

Letter from Desmond Tutu

For many years I have supported Lewis Pugh in his role as the world's leading ocean advocate. Now I am delighted and honoured to be the Founding Patron of his Foundation.

The mission of the Lewis Pugh Foundation is to ensure environmental justice for the oceans on which we all fundamentally depend.

It is founded on the understanding that, by protecting our environment, we create conditions for peace. Without this respect for our origins, for the natural world that sustains us, we cannot hope to achieve
peace in our lifetime, or those of our children and grandchildren.

I urge you to support this Foundation and the important work it does to
promote peace and protect the future of our planet.



Sincerely -

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Laureate



 

What we do

The Lewis Pugh Foundation is about action for oceans. We work to preserve and conserve our oceans for a peaceful and sustainable future.

How we do it

We are not about talk; we're about results. Our campaigns make a tangible difference. This effectiveness
sets us apart. Our campaigns are tightly focussed and achievable; big enough to matter, small enough
to win.

Why we do it

All life began in the oceans, and all life ultimately depends on the oceans. We rely on them for sustenance,
for climate stability, for recreation, and to support biodiversity on sea and land. Protecting them is the defining issue of our generation.

But our oceans' value goes beyond what they can do for us. They have value in and of themselves, and each and every creature in them has value, for their own sakes. That's environmental justice.

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Inspired

Individuals

 

We believe that change is driven by individials, not institutions. The Lewis Pugh Foundation is about the power of inspired individuals and dedicated small teams to drive change.

 

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about section 2


Inspired

Individuals

 

We believe that change is driven by individials, not institutions. The Lewis Pugh Foundation is about the power of inspired individuals and dedicated small teams to drive change.

 

TAKE ACTION

The Team

 
Lewis Pugh - Advocate

Lewis is an ocean advocate and endurance swimmer. Over a period of 30 years he has pioneered swims in the most challenging environments on earth, including the Antarctic, the North Pole and the Himalayas, and developed an understanding of the beauty and fragility of life and its many ecosystems. In 2013 the United Nations appointed him as the first UN Patron of the Oceans. He is an adjunct professor in International Law at the University of Cape Town. In 2016 he helped negotiate the creation of the largest protected area in the world, in the Ross Sea off Antarctica.

 
David Bush - COO

David was born in Japan and educated in the UK. After graduating from SOAS University of London, he was an equity trader for Nomura Securities. For the past decade he has worked as a media producer and consultant for Japanese television, before joining the Lewis Pugh Foundation to manage operations for Lewis’s polar expeditions.

Major General Tim Toyne Sewell, DL - Expedition Leader

As a British Army Officer, Tim served in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and Zimbabwe. He led expeditions with Lewis to Mt Everest, the River Thames, across the Maldives and in the Seven Seas. As Commandant of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, Tim was responsible for the inclusion of first female officer cadets. He has been Director of Goodenough College in London, and Chairman of the United World Colleges. He sits on the Boards of numerous charitable trusts in the UK and beyond.

 
David Becker - Legal

David is a sports lawyer and endurance athlete. A former Head of Legal at the International Cricket Council in Dubai, he now runs a sports law practice representing some of the world's leading athletes, including Sir Ben Ainslie (sailing), Chad le Clos (swimming), Francois Pienaar (rugby) and Graeme Smith (cricket). David supported Lewis on expeditions to Svalbard, the North Pole and Mt Everest. He is a trustee of global charity Beyond Sport.

 
Stuart Makin - Finance

Stuart combines a flair for finance with a head for hard facts. After reading Law and Accounting at the University of Cape Town, he joined Deloitte in South Africa and was seconded to the North American practice before relocating to London. In 2002 he joined the Stonehage Group; during his time there it has grown into the largest European multi family office with assets under management of GBP12 billion. Stuart is a passionate outdoor sportsman, and enjoys surfing, kite boarding and mountain biking.

 
Colonel Mark Hatt-Cook, OBE - Policy

Educated in the UK, Mark helped Outward Bound to set up their school in Zambia before training as a lawyer in London. He worked in the City, moved to Hong Kong and returned overland to UK through China and Mongolia to join the family law firm. Commissioned into the Royal Marines Reserve in 1963, Mark continues to serve as a Royal Marines Honorary Colonel, as well as a City of London Lieutenant. He also served as ADC to Her Majesty The Queen, and is actively engaged fundraising for Help for Heroes and Royal Marines Charities.

 
Jacqui L 'Ange - Writer

Jacqui is an author, editor, journalist and scriptwriter whose debut novel The Seed Thief was shortlisted for the prestigious Etisalat Prize for African Literature. She covered the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, and has written about environmental issues in both her fiction and investigative journalism ever since.

 
Tessa Graham - Strategy

Tessa's experience spans the environment, technology and sport, as well as food and fashion. Born and raised in Canada, she studied business management and marketing at Vancouver's Capilano University, and went on to build authentic brands on both sides of the Atlantic, including for household names such as Jamie Oliver.  

 
Kelvin Trautman - Photographer

Kelvin grew up in Zimbabwe and is a self-taught action photographer and filmmaker. He uses travel, sport, and pioneering expeditions as a lens though which to examine the human and environmental condition. His images have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Red Bulletin, and Outside Magazine. A passionate sportsman and yachtsman, Kelvin spent four years racing around the world, clinching a world championship, and notching up no fewer than four world sailing records.

 
Professor Callum Roberts - Science

Callum Roberts is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York in the UK. His research team provided the scientific underpinning for our new ocean projection target - 30% by 2030 - which is gaining widespread support as a follow on to the previous UN target of 10% by 2020. Roberts authored the award-winning The Unnatural History of the Sea and was chief scientific advisor for the BBC television’s flagship series Blue Planet II.