Meet the Team

Abigail Crosby

Project Manager

How did you get into this role?
In 2007 I coordinated our first Your Shore Project – setting up the Looe Marine Conservation Group. After a successful 12 months, I developed a funding bid to expand the work into Your Shore – working with another 4 communities around Cornwall. Your Shore funding finished in 2013 with a network of Local Marine Groups established, working to conserve their local patch of coast and sea. Cornwall Wildlife Trust continued to coordinate the network with annual conferences, training, and social media, until the opportunity in 2015 arose to apply for further Big Lottery funding to support and grow the movement. This was the Your Shore Beach Rangers project! Of which I am very proud to play a role in still today as Project Manager.

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
I love the fact the Project and the resulting Beach Rangers will create a county wide movement of people of all ages who will understand better the issues facing our environment and the need to protect it. Giving people that knowledge, plus the right tools, can result in extremely effective conservation, enabling them to stand up for the incredible natural world that is right on their doorstep.

Favourite beach?
Daymer Bay, near Rock. Beautiful!

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

Peter McGregor

lead for Cornwall College

How did you get into this role?
I worked on the project application

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
It’s a collaboration bringing different strengths to a project empowering individuals with very different backgrounds, experience and expertise to make a difference to our shared world.

Favourite beach?
Any of the many tiny beaches only accessible by sea kayak and Harlyn

Nat Gibb

Community Engagement Officer, Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

How did you get into this role?
I love the sea and everything in it and I have been lucky enough to work in the marine conservation field for the last 8 years or so. I was so stocked to join the team at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust who are doing amazing things for our environment in Cornwall. Hopefully I can input a bit of knowledge and experience into the mix and help give others the opportunity to explore and learn about our amazing marine life we are so lucky to have living on our beaches and cruising our Cornish coastline.

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
It gives everyone the opportunity to get involved and be a part of something big! Together we can make a difference.

Favourite beach?
This is the hardest question ever!
Penhale for surfing but Gylly beach for snorkelling and rockpooling.

Ruth Martin

Beach Ranger Academy Leader

How did you get into this role?
I work at Cornwall College Newquay which co-wrote the funding bid with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the job was advertised, it looked super exciting so I applied! It’s actually a really good fit with my experience having worked in education for all my professional life, (at the Eden Project, Newquay Zoo and the College), working with young people, developing courses, and delivering meaningful workshops.

What’s great about Beach Rangers?
The project provides free opportunities for young people to develop their skills and qualifications whilst networking in their local and regional community plus we are encouraging them to think about the environment and make positive changes for a sustainable future.

Favourite beach?
Watergate Bay – where I got married!

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.