eXXpedition is the brain child of Lucy Gilliam and Emily Penn. The idea was first seeded for an all women voyage researching plastics and toxics in 2011 when they met at a lecture on the 5 gyres of plastic contaminating the worlds ocean. Two years later Emily cleared a space in the schedule of Sea Dragon, Pangaea Exploration’s 72 foot steel hulled sailing research vessel, for an all girls voyage and Lucy and Emily got to work with plans to launch 14 women across the Atlantic to explore the toxics in our bodies and the toxics in our seas. In January 2014 a call was launched inviting women to apply for the mission scheduled for November 2014. An incredible mix of multi talented women applied. After a successful first voyage, Lucy and Emily are launching new eXXpedition’s and collaborating with a range of partners to build awareness and need for action on eliminating toxics found in our shared environment.
LUCY GILLIAM – Lucy is an Environmental Scientist with a BSc (1st), in Biological Sciences and a Phd in Microbial Ecology; Soil Science. Lucy worked as a post-doctoral research scientist at Rothamsted Research before joining the UK Civil Service. Her portfolio of work consisted of advising on ecotoxicology including endocrine disruptors, nanotechnology, heavy metals, climate change, biodiversity and sustainable food production. Lucy is an experienced speaker having presented at conferences, universities and governance institutions around the world. She consults globally on wide range of environmental and food related topics and has recently worked at Singularity University advising on the challenge of food security as part of the curriculum for the Graduate Studies Program (2013). The GSP class brings together 80 change-makers from 35+ countries. Lucy is a Founder and Director of New Dawn Traders, a partnership of Artists, Scientists, and Chefs re-imagining global trade by sail power. Lucy has sailed all her life and represented Exeter University in British University Sailing Association championships as well as leading the University Club as Commodore in her final year of studies. She is an experienced Yacht racer and has crossed the Atlantic four times now. Lucy is passionate about sailing; the sea, biodiversity; nature, activism; storytelling for a greener cleaner planet.
EMILY PENN – Emily is an oceans advocate, skipper and artist who has extensive exploration experience in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. She is a graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in Sustainable Architecture; and Director of global organisation Pangaea Explorations; and the first and youngest woman to be awarded the international Yachtmaster of the Year. Emily rounded the planet on the biofuelled Earthrace boat; spent 6 months living on a tiny Tongan island organising the largest ever community led rubbish clean-up; and discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres – huge areas of plastic pollution accumulation. An experienced public speaker, Emily has spoken around the world at conferences, universities and global companies about her adventures and issues relating to our oceans, human mindset and future society. You can find more information on Emily’s projects at http://www.emilypenn.co.uk