Our project has over 100 volunteers, including a core team of 4 volunteers that manage various aspects that allows us to reconnect Sussex with its incredible marine wildlife.

Simon McPherson

Simon McPherson

Simon is our Project Coordinator. He is a passionate conservationist who has always had an interest in marine wildlife from a young age, and is now devoting his time and efforts to achieve a career in conservation where everyone feels empowered to protect the oceans.

Simon has completed studies in Marine Ecology & Conservation, alongside volunteering on overseas projects in Tenerife studying Dolphins and South Africa researching Great White Sharks, and achieving a PADI Open Water Diver certification.

Through working with the Brighton Dolphin Project, he aims to use this experience working for organisations, such as Marine Conservation Society, to help with future career prospects working in community engagement.


Thea is our Research & Sightings Coordinator. A Marine Biology graduate from Plymouth University, she studied Harbour Porpoise abundance in relation to tidal state in South West Cornwall as part of her final year dissertation.  

Her previous experience includes collecting data aboard research vessels with organisations such as Marine Conservation Research International and Hebridean & Whale and Dolphin Trust, as well as independent projects on marine mammals. Thea has also had the amazing opportunity to work as a wildlife guide for a wildlife watching tour company, North 58° Sea Adventures.

Through working with the Brighton Dolphin Project, Thea aims to collect more data so that we can understand populations of marine mammals in Sussex, as well as understanding our impact on the marine environment.

Thea Taylor

Thea Taylor


Aimee Caine

Aimee Caine

Aimee is our Education and Outreach Coordinator. She is a sustainable designer/illustrator with a focus on marine conservation. 

In 2018 Aimee graduated from The University of Brighton with a BA First-Class Honours Degree in 3D Design & Craft, where she created her final project ‘The Plastic Hunter’  designed to educate the younger generation about the threats of plastic pollution. 

Through working for the Brighton Dolphin Project, Aimee hopes to educate the public about the local wildlife and threats they face, in the hopes of creating a new generation of ‘ocean activists.’


Oliver is our Marketing and Communications Strategist. 

A native Brightonian, Oliver has always had an interest for animals, including their conservation. Having successfully graduated with a First-class BSc Marketing & Design from Lancaster University, he started his career in a traditional advertising agency in London.

It was then he soon realised that his ambition was to produce creative campaigns with a purpose. 

Through working for the Brighton Dolphin Project, he is now looking to engage and enthuse the local population about marine conservation.

Oliver Taylor

Oliver Taylor