Sharon has always had a passion for wildlife and conservation, and began studying marine mammals in 2005. After a number of years working in the field researching these animals, she decided that her energy and enthusiasm for protecting and conserving marine animals and habitats would be better suited to work in the NGO sector.
Sharon joined IFAW in 2012, spending three years in our Oceania office as the Marine Campaigner, working across IFAW’s campaigns to help protect and save whales, and leading our regional ocean noise work. In addition to campaigning, Sharon has taken part in IFAW whale research off Kangaroo Island in Southern Australia and has appeared before Australian Senate inquiries on the Great Barrier Reef and Antarctica.
Today, as the Director for the global Marine Conservation team, Sharon supports IFAW's efforts worldwide to protect whales from ship strikes, make our oceans quieter, bring an end to commercial whaling and reduce threats to marine life and habitats around the world. She has represented IFAW at meetings of the International Whaling Commission, the UN Oceans Conference and the International Maritime Organization, engaging with governments, industry and policy makers to ensure our work helps inform decisions made at these international forums.
Prior to joining IFAW, Sharon gained a Masters in Marine Mammal Science and has worked on marine conservation and whale and dolphin research projects in the UK, Isle of Man, New Zealand and Australia.
Senior Program Manager, Marine Conservation, IFAW United Kingdom
Program Officer, Marine Conservation, IFAW United Kingdom
Marine Campaigner, IFAW Oceania Australia
Marine Campaigns Assistant, The Wilderness Society Victoria Australia
Research Assistant, A.R.E.V.A Project, Akaroa New Zealand
Researcher, Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Isle of Man
Researcher, Sea Watch Foundation, New Quay, Wales United Kingdom
BSc (Hons) Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University United Kingdom
MSc with Distinction, Marine Mammal Science, University of Wales, Bangor United Kingdom