Lucy Hunt – Founder
Lucy Hunt is a marine biologist with a Joint Hons degree in Marine biology and Zoology and a Masters in Marine Environmental Protection. She has been running marine awareness and education workshops and activities for all ages for over 15 years. In 2014, she founded Sea Synergy to help raise awareness of the importance of the ocean and encourage others to fall in love with the ocean and to help protect it. Lucy has been nominated as an Ashoka Changemaker, an Ocean Hero, and Kerry Business woman of the Year. Additionally, her work on ocean health and plastic pollution has been recognised by HRH Prince Charles. Lucy has managed and created international marine education projects inspiring over 100,000 people to engage in positive action for the Ocean such as the Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Education programme 2017-18.
Lucy is an avid scuba diver and loves doing anything in on or under the ocean. Although she has been to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Kinabalu, and Carrantuohill to test her hiking abilities, she is still trying to decide if she loves hiking as much as she loves her ocean adventures. She enjoys traveling but her favourite thing is coming home to the Kingdom of Kerry taking a walk on her local beach and introducing her home environment to as many people as possible, creating a connection with nature and an understanding of the intricacies of what it offers.
Damian Foxall – Director
Irish sailor Damian Foxall has competed in ten round-the-world races, resulting in numerous world records and four round the world titles. He has subsequently been described as a national hero and Ireland’s top international sailor and attended a reception at the Presidential Residence in Ireland. Damian’s experience in the marine industry ranges from competing as an athlete to coaching and project management.
Damian’s true appreciation for the natural environment stems from his childhood experiences growing up on the Southwest coast of Ireland. Later in life, he pursued a career working offshore in all of the world’s oceans. He works as a marine consultant across multiple platforms and disciplines to highlight the importance of ocean health, most recently during the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, Damian worked for Vestas 11th Hour Racing as sustainability manager promoting ocean health as part of the team’s conservation strategy. Damian is a regular public speaker for business, education, and media platforms in both English and French. Damian’s skill as an outdoor adventure guide and expedition leader is put to good use at Sea Synergy.
Eleanor Turner – Operations Manager
Eleanor Turner is a Marine Biologist and environmental educator, with several years of experience in management and financial services. She is passionate about outdoor education, sustainability, and connecting people with their local place. Eleanor was chosen to attend the 2018 Our Ocean Youth Leadership Conference in Bali, Indonesia to discuss pressing ocean sustainability issues with other young professionals, entrepreneurs, and government leaders from all over the world. Eleanor has initiated several community development projects in Southwest Kerry that have gained international interest. Her support to these groups includes engaging local stakeholders, aiding through grant application processes and advice on best practice environmental management.
Sara Albrecht – Operations Assistant
Sara is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, receiving her BA in English and Biology. Along with Eleanor, she was chosen to attend the 2018 Our Ocean Youth Leadership Conference in Bali, Indonesia. She hopes to teach the world about the importance of living a plastic-free life and keeping our oceans clean. She is passionate about ocean health and marine biodiversity, and aims to share Sea Synergy’s vision with as many people as possible. Sara enjoys correcting everyone’s grammar and spends her spare time reading books about whales and drinking obscene amounts of espresso (from a reusable mug, of course).