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The Team

Kate Fortnam

Campaign Manager – The Green Blue

Kate is a keen sailor, surfer and paddleboarder with a passion for the natural environment. She has a background in environmental sciences and sustainability with several years experience in environmental education and communications.


She oversees The Green Blue’s main campaign work including: developing environmental best practice guidance and resources, delivering the programme’s main outreach work through talks and event exhibits, as well as managing our partnerships, accreditations, projects and volunteer team.

Emma Cotton

Communications Officer – The Green Blue & Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

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 sustainable boating information, advice, resources, activities and events.

Cat Palmer

Administrator – The Green Blue

Cat administers the programme’s outreach work, events, website and resources including our array of awareness materials including our Environmental Facilities Map and Environmental Legal Register. She is also the administrator for the wider RYA Sustainability team, working on marine licence consultations and RYA Coastal Atlas.

Olivia Wells

Sustainability Officer – Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

Olivia’s role within The Green Blue involves coordinating our annual ‘University Sailing Sustainability Challenge‘ and supporting the programme’s outreach work at key boating events our volunteers. In addition, Olivia works on the development and continual improvement of the RYA’s own sustainability and building the organisation’s Environment Management System.

Phil Horton

Sustainability Manager – Royal Yachting Association (RYA)


Phil manages the RYA’s Environmental and Planning Team at the RYA. As part of his role he supports The Green Blue programme and oversees the development and delivery of the RYA’s Sustainability Strategy which was published in 2020 and recently published the RYA’s Carbon Pathway to Zero Report in Sept 2021.


Phil is a Chartered Engineer with a MSc in Environment and Development. He worked for 12 years at the Centre for Alternative Technology in the information department and latterly as Project Manager for the award-winning Wales Institute for Sustainable Education building. He has spent several years working for a renewable energy workers’ co-op focused on wind, solar and hydro developments before joining the RYA in 2018.

James Brushwood

Environment, Health & Safety Executive – British Marine

Works on environmental issues for the marine industry from two main perspectives. From the legislative point of view, his role is to understand how changes may affect the marine industry and looks for amendments where needed. On the practical side, he supports marine businesses with improving the environmental standard of their operations and facilities. He also supports The Green Blue by identifying more sustainable products and services within the marine industry to help us better inform boat users of these through our online The Green Blue Business Directory and Environmental Facilities Map.

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