Meet the Team

Niki Clear

Project Manager

How did you get into this role?
I've always followed by childhood dream of working in marine conservation from when I wanted to be a pink and purple dolphin when I was 4 yours old. I completed a biology degree in Napier University, Edinburgh then went onto various marine research and conservation volunteers including rock shore surveys in Ireland, Eider Duck surveys in Scotland and basking shark tagging in the Isle of Man. I've been part of the Living Seas team of Cornwall Wildlife Trust since 2012, when I joined as a volunteer, then as Marine Data Officer and now as Maine Conservation Officer, where I manage the Your Shore Beach Rangers project.

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
I am so privileged to be working with the amazing YSBR team, and supporting fantastic, unique and inspiring Your Shore Network. The countless volunteers, both young and old, dedicating their time to encourage people into and educating them about the wonders of their local marine environment is a true inspiration.

Favourite beach?
Trevellas cove, near St Agnes is a true hidden gem and has some fantastic rockpooling, beautiful for shore diving, snorkelling and swimming. It’s also just around the corner from one of my favourite stretches of coast for sea kayaking!

Jenn Sandiford

Youth Engagement Officer

How did you get into this role?
Previously I was a teacher. I taught 16-18 year olds, personal professional development. I have an environmental degree and this is where my heart lies. Now I get to combine the two things I am most passionate about; the development of young people and marine conservation.

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
It develops young people to their full potential and gets them involved with the marine and coastal environment, engaging them with unique training, events and activities, inspiring them to protect and get involved.

Favourite beach?
Gwithian/Godrevy

Jax Keenan

Community Engagement Officer

How did you get into this role?
I love combining my background in both science and the arts to help people learn about the amazing, often unseen marine life surrounding them. I grew up on the beautiful Isle of Man and have been fortunate to have spent most of the last 10 years in the tropics, working on community-driven marine conservation projects, before coming to Cornwall in 2017 to study. I knew I wanted to stay, so I was over the moon to join the Beach Rangers when I completed my studies in 2018!

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
The passion of everyone involved in Beach Rangers and seeing people getting to know their marine environment, through both the network of community groups and the Beach Rangers Academy.

Favourite beach?
Gylly in Falmouth has to be my favourite: great rockpooling, snorkelling and swimming, and as my local beach I get to visit it all the time!

Brender Willmott

Beach Ranger Academy Leader

How did you get into this role?

I was the full time programme manager for 3 degree level courses relating to sport and the coast before seconding to this role part-time. As a lecturer I teach a range of subjects and have a corporate responsibility for the employability module studied by all Foundation degree courses at Cornwall College. I’m passionate about making young people more employable and increasing their soft skills and hence chances of gaining great jobs and using the coast and marine environment to do this when we live surrounded by it, is a great opportunity.

I job share with Ruth 2 days a week and we have worked together for several years developing new courses and programmes that answer the needs of local businesses and communities.

What’s great about Beach Rangers?

Beach Rangers offers young people a programme of activities, events and training that will really help them develop the skills that will help them gain great jobs and fulfil their own potential whilst using the marine and coastal environment and inspiring them to engage with it, protect it and enhance it for future generations.

Favourite beach?
Fistral because it sits just beneath my lounge windows.

Jodie Holyoake

Project Apprentice

How did you get into this role?
I moved down to Cornwall in 2015 to study a degree in ‘Marine and Natural History Photography’ at Falmouth University. Before the course started, I had to complete my PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving qualifications, which really fuelled my passion for scuba diving and the underwater world! During my degree, I was able to specialise in underwater photography and had the opportunity to complete photographic projects in the Galapagos Islands and in the Bahamas, as well as Cornwall of course!

Whilst living in Falmouth, I started to volunteer for Falmouth Marine Conservation (one of the five target groups of the Your Shore Beach Rangers project) and became their Digital Communications Officer, managing our social media pages as well as being an active committee member. Over the years, I’ve been able to meet so many people in the Your Shore Network and it’s been amazing to see the work that’s being done across the county. I feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity and I’ve enjoyed every minute of my role so far!

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
Without the project and the Your Shore Network, I wouldn’t know half of the things I know today about our marine environment. There are so many inspiring individuals in this community and in the beach rangers academy who are willing to share their knowledge and skills to help you – which is incredible!

Favourite beach?
That’s a hard one! Gylly Beach in Falmouth is definitely up there – it’s a great rock pooling site as well! I also love Porthtowan on the North coast.

Siobhan Hamilton-Tredinnick

Beach Ranger Trainer

How did you get into this role?
After finishing my BA in education I was volunteering with the Student Invasive Non-native Group (SINNG) as volunteer education lead. The role involved me organising other SINNG volunteers to assist me in leading SINNG based activities in local primary and secondary schools - from this, My passion for education and protecting the environment sparked a further desire to find other ways to help inspire more local young people to care about their local environment, which lead me to getting involved with the beach rangers project.

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
Beach rangers allows local schools to include an exciting and beneficial addition to their curriculum, which I believe is not only important for building confidence in young people by getting them out in their local environment and providing lifelong skills such as first aid, but allowing them to develop individually and explore education / employment opportunities locally and nationally.

Favourite beach?
My favourite beach would have to be Hayle river mouth, stretching out over 3 miles of beautiful golden sand and just so happens to be 5 minutes from my house.

Steve Bowens

Beach Ranger Trainer

How did you get into this role?
I am a part time lecturer at Cornwall college and also run a Lifeguard Training Centre at Portreath. I have been teaching watersports for many years and have a huge passion for getting people out and enjoying our amazing coastline. As soon as I heard about the Beach Rangers Project I jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
The training is really accessible, it is for anyone who visits the beach and coast and is really about practical application skills and techniques which don’t require anything more than enthusiasm and a willingness to be outside.

Favourite beach?
I would have to say it is Portreath as thats where I live, however there are some wonderful little beaches between there and Godrevy which can only be accessed by kayak or boat.

Rhiann Mitchell-Holland

Beach Ranger Trainer

How did you get into this role?
Living close to the Cornish coast all my life, I have a natural adoration for the marine environment and an innate desire to protect it. Through my studies at Cornwall College Newquay, I was able to put my passion into practice and get involved with many different projects relating to the conservation of marine and terrestrial environments. Upon completion of my Wildlife Education and Zoology degrees I became part of the Cornwall Invasive Non-Native Species Group (CINNG), managing the mailing lists and organising forums and events, which I currently do alongside my seasonal position as an environmental educator and presenter at Newquay Zoo. These roles have given me invaluable insight into the importance of working with people to raise awareness for positive behaviour change and inspired me to become part of the Beach Rangers team.

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
Through education and engagement, the Beach Rangers Project encourages personal growth and instills an understanding and respect for wildlife and habitats that will be beneficial for the conservation of such. Including topics such as, careers and aspirations, budgeting and finance, wellbeing/stress management, and beach safety, young people are equipped with essential life skills that increase their employability and enable them to reach their full potential. This increased awareness can be shared to inspire others, as well as inform future generations and secure the protection of our marine and coastal environment - this is why the beach rangers movement is something I am proud to be a part of.

Favourite beach?
Kynance Cove has the clearest waters and the most stunning scenery but Perranporth beach is where my family and I spend most of our time as it's only a 3 minute drive from our house - I can't choose!