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There is nothing more important than the future of our planet.






There is nothing more important than the future of our planet.



Letter from Desmond Tutu

For many years I have supported Lewis Pugh in his role as a global environmental ambassador. 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 lifetimes, or that 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 a not for profit charity, working 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. 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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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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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.



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.

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.

David Bush - Operations

David was born in Japan and educated in the UK. After graduating from SOAS, he was an equity trader for Nomura Securities. For the past decade he has worked as a media producer and consultant for Japanese television. David has a passion for modern history and is currently producing a documentary about his father, Lewis Bush. He manages operations for Lewis’s polar expeditions.

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. As a journalist she covered the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Ecological concerns continue to permeate much of Jacqui's work, whether fiction or investigative journalism. Jacqui lived on five different continents before the age of 16, and still suffers from wanderlust.

Dave Duarte - Communications

Dave is CEO of digital communications consultancy Treeshake. A passionate educator, he has been teaching marketing, and leadership practice for over a decade. In 2015 he was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He serves on the Board of the Mail & Guardian news group; as Principal for the Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy; and as Trustee for the Reach Trust.

Tessa Graham - Strategy

Tessa's experience spans food, fashion, the environment, technology and sport. Born and raised in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Canada, she studied business management and marketing at Vancouver's Capilano University, and went on to spend two decades focussed on building authentic brands for household names such as Jamie Oliver. She is passionate about travel, tea and photography.  

Nicola Johnston - Fitness

Nicola is a biokineticist specialising in high-performance sports and rehabilitation, and is responsible for training and preparing Lewis for his long-distance swims in sub-zero temperatures. After completing her internship at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa in 2011, Nicola joined a practice in Cape Town – after a stint as a fitness instructor on a cruise ship. Nicola loves outdoor sports, particularly road and trail running.

Emily Lewis-Brown - Science

Emily is a conservation scientist with a deep love for nature. She has a BSc in Ecology and an MSc in Environmental Science, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Marine Conservation at Imperial College. Emily researched marine and climate conservation at WWF, helping to strengthen agreements on marine conservation, climate change and food security.  She has advised Lewis on science and policy since 2006, and represented Great Britain in Ultimate Frisbee.

Dr Roger Melvill - Expedition Doctor (and Artist)

Growing up in rural Swaziland, Roger developed a love for nature and adventure before training as a neurosurgeon in Cape Town. In 2016 Lewis came to him with a neurosurgical challenge – a damaged spine, and an urgent meeting in Moscow that would decide the fate of the Ross Sea. After performing the operation that allowed Lewis to travel – and to swim again – Roger joined the team to provide medical support during the Antarctica 2020 Campaign. He took his paints along to pay homage to the beauty of the Southern Oceans with a series of oils on canvas.

Dawid Mocke - Safety

Dawid is a World Champion ocean kayaker. In his early 20’s he pioneered a career as a professional paddler, playing an integral part in the worldwide growth of the sport and sparking the start of the World Series (which he has won an unmatched 4 times). When he is not providing ocean support and safety to Lewis in polar waters, he runs his own brand of paddling apparel and accessories.

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

Callum Roberts is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York in the UK. For the last 28 years he's used his science background to make the case for stronger protection for marine life at both national and international levels. His research team designed half a million square kilometres of marine protection in the North Atlantic that was established by OSPAR in 2010. His team also provided the scientific underpinning for a new ocean protection target – 30% by 2030 – which is gaining widespread support as a follow on to the UN 10% by 2020 target.

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. As well as being a WWF UK Ambassador, he is on the Board of Blue Marine Foundation. He has been a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation since 2000 and was a visiting Professor at Harvard University in 2001.