Nicola Bridge is the Head of Ocean Advocacy and Engagement at the Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT).
Nicola has dedicated her career to supporting people to connect with the Ocean, accessing the benefits it provides, whilst simultaneously fostering their own understanding of how they can help support a thriving Ocean themselves. Through her work, many thousands of people have been able to experience the Ocean first hand.
Nicola is a member of the Defra Ocean Literacy Working Group and a founder of the We Are Ocean network. Nicola is President of EMSEA (European Marine Science Educators Association). She is Co-Chair of a UN Ocean Decade Working Group, focusing on global sustainable change in human behaviour to support the health of the Ocean. She is also a Board member of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park Horizon Lottery Project, which is leading the development of the UK’s first National Marine Park.
She is passionate about changing the narrative about what constitutes conservation, recognising that everyone on the planet is responsible for the health of the natural world that sustains us, protecting habitats and species in many cases is just a question of human behaviour. Nicola also loves the Ocean!