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Campaign Manager Kate Fortnam

Kate Fortnam
Campaigns Manager – The Green Blue, Royal Yachting Association


Kate oversees The Green Blue's main campaigns and project work including the development of partnerships, sustainable best practice guidance, resources and awareness raising materials. She also manages and delivers the programme's key outreach activities including; talks, workshops and events.

Kate is a keen sailor, surfer and rower. She has a background in environmental sciences and teaching, with several years experience in sustainability within the boating leisure and education sector.

Communications Officer Emma Cotton

Emma Cotton
PR Officer – The Green Blue and wider Royal Yachting Association

Emma oversees our media communications, from writing an array of informative and inspiring articles, to producing The Green Blue's newsletter and social media content, helping us to keep the boating community updated on our sustainable boating information, advice, resources, activities and events.

Cat Palmer
Administrator – The Green Blue and wider RYA Sustainability Team

Cat supports The Green Blue through administration of the programme’s outreach work, events and resources, including our array of awareness materials, surveys and our online Environmental Facilities Map for boat users. Shae is also the administrator for the wider RYA Environment & Planning team, working on marine licence consultations and the RYA Coastal Atlas.

Terry Esenwa
Sustainability Officer – Royal Yachting Association

Terry recently joined the team in March 2024 with a MSc in Sustainable Development & Innovation and a background in business development. Her role involves coordinating The Green Blue’s annual ‘University Sailing Sustainability Challenge‘, supporting the programme’s outreach work at key boating events and working with our volunteer team. Terry is also working on the RYA's Carbon Pathway to Zero and helping to deliver on the organisation's sustainability strategy.

Sustainability Manager Phil Horton

Phil Horton
Sustainability Manager – Royal Yachting Association

Phil manages the RYA's Sustainability Team. As part of his role he supports The Green Blue programme and oversees the development and delivery of the RYA's Sustainability Strategy and the Carbon Pathway to Zero. Phil is a Chartered Engineer with a MSc in Environment and Development. He worked for 12 years at the Centre for Alternative Technology and latterly as Project Manager for the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education building. He then spent several years working for a renewable energy workers’ co-op focused on wind, solar and hydro developments, before joining the RYA in 2018. 

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