A former professional sportswoman, Amanda is passionate about the outdoors and, in particular, the ocean. Following a career in tennis and having run seven marathons, Amanda relocated to the coast in Dorset, began open-water swimming and has gone on to explore seas all over the world from the English Channel and the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean and the Bosporus Strait. Seeing the devastation of plastic waste first hand, Amanda was inspired to take action and contribute to the fight against pollution in our oceans. With a combined goal to protect marine life and work with community projects that help tackle poverty, the idea for Ocean5 was born.
Susie is a London-based business woman who, following completion of six marathons in the Abbott World Marathon Majors, took up triathlons to get her fill of the outdoors and regularly trains by the south coast. After watching ‘A Plastic Whale’ broadcast by Sky, Susie felt driven to become involved in a business which would save the oceans from literally drowning in plastic. As CEO, her aim is to help Ocean5 deliver a sustainable product and oversee a project which has a very real and lasting effect on the ocean and the endemic problem of plastic waste.
As Creative Director, Pedro brings fashion knowledge, extensive design experience and heart-felt environmental passion to Ocean5. After he completed his Masters degree in shoe design at the University of Arts in London, Pedro went on to learn his craft in some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses. Having grown up in Valencia with its beautiful coastline and, as a keen runner along the towpaths of the River Thames, Pedro has a strong affinity with the environment so taking on the challenge to develop a sustainable shoe range for Ocean5 was a very natural and welcome step to make.
Nicole grew up in Australia and Malaysia and, surrounded by the great outdoors, soon developed a passion for sport before going on to pursue a professional career as a tennis coach. When she isn’t helping young athletes reach their sporting potential she loves to spend her spare time travelling and surfing. During her travels, Nicole has become increasingly aware of the damage being caused to marine life so, as head of operations at Ocean5, she has joined the cause to actively fight against plastic waste filling the oceans.