The Brighton Dolphin Project is run by a team of volunteers based in Sussex, UK. Yet the impact of our work is far reaching beyond our small office in Brighton, as we aspire to work the community of Sussex so that we can reconnect everyone with our Dolphins.


Simon McPherson

Simon is our Community Fundraising Manager. He is responsible for overseeing our fundraising activities through managing relationships with corporate supporters, as well as promoting the work of the project with charitable trusts and foundations. Another one of his duties is to establish collaborative relationships with conservation organisations and community groups so action can be taken to protect our local marine wildlife and its habitats.

Simon has studied Marine Ecology and Conservation at Sparsholt College, where he also completed his PADI Open Water Diver training. During his studies, he had the the opportunity to participate on marine conservation projects in Tenerife and South Africa. Simon has also developed experience in community engagement, fundraising, and research with organisations including Marine Conservation Society, ORCA (Organisation Cetacea) and Sea-Changers.

In his spare time, Simon is currently undertaking training to join the Royal Marines.

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Thea Taylor

Thea is our Research and Sightings Coordinator. She is responsible for managing our Public Sightings Database and Photo ID catalogue for Sussex marine mammals, as well as develop relationships with individuals and organisations who are regular “users” of the Sussex marine environment.

Thea has studied Marine Biology at Plymouth University, where she completed her dissertation on the abundance of Harbour Porpoises in off the coast of Cornwall in relation to tidal cycles. She has also volunteered on marine conservation projects all across the world, including Mexico, Scotland, and the Falklands. Her previous experience includes working as a wildlife guide and research assistant for a Scottish-based marine wildlife watching business.

Thea has recently started her Masters’ at the University of Brighton.


Oliver Taylor

Oliver is our Marketing and Communications Strategist. He is responsible for developing our marketing and communication strategy, as well as creating relationships with social media influencers as well as magazines to promote the work of the Project.

He has studied Marketing and Design at Lancaster University, and having started his career in a traditional advertising agency, Oliver soon realised that his ambition was to produce creative campaigns with a purpose. As a native Brightonian he is now looking to engage and enthuse the local population about marine conservation.


Bethany Pickering

Beth is our Nature Outreach Officer. She is responsible for developing our portfolio of wildlife watching trips, as well as creating relationships with commercial boat tour operators so we can deliver experiences for people to connect with nature.

She has recently graduated from the University of York with a Masters’ in Marine Environment Management, where she did her dissertation with us in plastic pollution levels on Brighton beach. Her previous experience includes studying Marine and Freshwater Biology at the University of Hull, and has gained experience conducting coral research in the Maldives.

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