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Campaign Manager Kate Fortnam

Kate Fortnam
Campaigns Manager – The Green Blue

Kate oversees The Green Blue's main campaign 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 education, with several years experience in sustainability campaign and project work within the boating leisure sector.

Communications Officer Emma Cotton

Emma Cotton
Communications Officer – The Green Blue and 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.

A black and white cat curled up and looking grumpy (Cat Palmer's cat and TGB mascot!)

Cat Palmer
Administrator – The Green Blue

Cat supports The Green Blue through administration of the programme’s outreach work, events and resources, including our array of awareness materials, the Marine Environmental Facilities Map and Environmental Legal Register. They are also the administrator for the wider RYA Environment & Planning team, working on marine licence consultations and the RYA Coastal Atlas.

Sustainability Officer Olivia Wells

Olivia Wells
Sustainability Officer – Royal Yachting Association

Olivia has a MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management and has previously worked as an Energy Advisor before joining the RYA. 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. Olivia is also working on the RYA's development and continual improvement of sustainability through it's Environmental Management System.

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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