Meet our Crew

Libby 🇬🇧

Scientific Lead

Libby leads our team on Science, helping us to understand and communicate the real impact we are having on the world around us. She's a Master in Oceanography, has done several research studies on microplastics AND is a champion sailor. By 13 years old, Libby was competing in sailing across the UK and became the youngest ever person to win a National Championship race in the double-handed Enterprise dinghy class. Libby is also a sailing and paddleboard instructor who teaches her students as much about protecting the marine environment, as mastering their boat or board.

Holly 🇬🇧

Founder

Holly is responsible for the running of Clean Sailors. She has a keen interest in environmental science and oceanography and is an advocate for the protection of our ecosystems, particularly where water and air quality are concerned. With over a thousand nautical miles of sailing under her belt, a core background in business and experience with United Nations Association, United Nations Global Compact and various other international development organisations, Holly set up Clean Sailors to engage sailors and water-lovers in safeguarding the future of their passion – the sea.

Philippa 🇫🇮🇮🇸

Strategy

Philippa is a Finnish offshore sailor and sea scout, currently completing a Master in Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Iceland. She has sailed thousands of nautical miles and when back home you can find her skippering her sea scout club’s 42ft training vessel S/Y Tokka-Lotta. Ocean conservation is one of Philippa’s passions and she believes in the immense impact the global sailing community can have in order to turn the tide on protecting our oceans.

Famke 🇳🇱

Marine Innovation

Famke is an environmental scientist with enthusiasm for everything that has to do with our seas, climate and being in nature. She grew up on an organic farm in the Netherlands and learned from a young age the importance of being aware of our impact on our surroundings. Alongside studying, she lives on a sailboat where she spends many hours building and working onboard. After realising the impact the boat industry has on the environment, Famke felt the strong urge to look for more sustainable alternatives. She is passionate about making the shipbuilding industry more sustainable, by looking at more ecofriendly products and ways to build and renovate sailboats.

David 🇬🇧

(Interim) Hon. Treasurer

David is responsible for ensuring our financial position stays tip-top. His background is in environmental engineering and waste management consultancy, with a relentless focus on better disposal of our rubbish. Once a keen Fireball racer, David has sailed thousands of nautical miles and has some hair-raising sea stories, too. He loves nothing more than spending time on the water and is currently planning a lazy circumnavigation of our globe.