Meet the eXXpedition Team

Emily Penn – Mission Director

As co-founder of eXXpedition EMILY has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in our ocean. She has spent the last decade exploring the high seas from the tropics to the Arctic – enabling scientists, filmmakers and interested individuals to gain access to the most remote parts of our planet.

She has organised the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro-plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts.

Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition and developing upstream solutions to the ocean plastic issue with corporate partners, scientists and government bodies. An experienced public speaker, Emily gives talks 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

Soraya Abdel-Hadi – Operations Manager

SORAYA is a sustainability professional and advocate for women’s rights, who is passionate about creating a holistic approach to improving our planet. After graduating with a law degree, she worked as an equestrian journalist and then as a marketing manager, before returning to university to achieve her One Planet MBA. This business course with a focus on sustainability cemented her desire to integrate sustainable processes into organisations and demonstrate her values through her own actions. But Soraya believes that there is more to sustainability than the environment, it also encompasses culture and diversity, which is why she focused on women in leadership for her final project.

She joined the eXXpedition team in 2017 and was part of the land-based crew for eXXpedition Round Britain, and organised and sailed as part of eXXpedition North Pacific 2018. As Operations Manager, she is now actively involved in the organisation of all eXXpedition voyages and management of the ambassador programme.

Sally Earthrowl – Mission Leader

SALLY is a Geography teacher and has lived and worked in both inner London schools and a school in Bali, Indonesia. She values the importance and power of education as a key contributor to the sustainable management of global issues. Living in Bali, she saw first-hand the devastating effect and upstream issues around plastic pollution in a developing country. She is hugely passionate about our planet and worked closely with the local community in Bali to educate and raise awareness to bring about change in local waste management systems and behaviours.

This propelled her to want to do more and so she joined eXXpedition for the 2018 North Pacific voyage from Hawaii to Vancouver.  As Mission Leader, she is busy  ensuring that all missions have a fun, engaging and effective on-board programme.  In addition to this, Sally is actively using her experience in the realm of education to take action in raising awareness to change consumer habits and reduce our impact on our planet; She is spreading the word through school talks and motivational speaking, as well as creating education resources.

Winnie Courtene-Jones – Science Lead

Winnie is a marine biologist with a PhD in plastic pollution. She completed her doctoral studies at the Scottish Association for Marine Science where she researched the prevalence and historic occurrence of microplastic pollution in the deep sea ecosystem. Her expert knowledge in this area has led her to attend meetings at UK and European parliament. Winnie is also passionate about communicating science to the public and supporting women in science.  

She joined the eXXpedition team in 2019 as Lead Scientist for the Round the World mission. Winnie is based at the University of Plymouth, and is responsible for the design and delivery of the science program, which aims to address fundamental knowledge gaps in our understanding of marine plastics. Winnie will be joining the crew onboard some legs of the voyage.

Larissa Clark – Communications Manager

LARISSA is a passionate advocate for environmental and social justice; Founding Director of Another World Adventures and an energetic marketing & communications specialist. A graduate of the Manchester School of Management (UMIST) with a BSc Hons degree in International Management, she’s also studied at the Warrington College of Business, Florida where she wrote an award winning report on Sustainability in Higher Education.

Larissa splits her time between Vancouver and London, and recently spent two and half years living in Monrovia, Liberia. She has travelled extensively around the world and has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean by tall ship. That voyage was the catalyst the creation of Another World Adventures, which is a specialist marketing platform that connects expert operators with adventure seekers. Recently Larissa produced a short film on air quality ‘AIR: A film about the air we breathe’.

Tori Howse – Partnerships Manager

TORI is an environmental advocate, feminist and a Founding Director of specialist travel platform Another World Adventures. As an environmental science graduate she spent 15 years working in the UK for non profits and government departments tackling a wide range of issues from waste to energy efficiency to air pollution, making big environmental issues real and relevant at a local level. In 2011, she achieved a lifelong ambition to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, a journey that sparked a new career and a passion for ocean protection. She has travelled to many parts of the world, but is never happier than when exploring a cold climate or on a boat at sea.

Meet the eXXpedition Volunteers

Nikkey Dawn – Social Media Manager

NIKKEY is a designer/illustrator and photographer who uses her work as a tool to connect people with the environment. She has spent many years working in and with clients in the eco-tourism industry. She sailed as part of the eXXpedition North Pacific 2018 crew and started volunteering as eXXpedition Social Media Manager at the end of 2018.

Meet the eXXpedition Advisors

Lucy Gilliam – Co-founder and Advisor

LUCY is a professional changemaker with a Degree in Biology and Phd in Molecular Microbiology. Her career has spanned academia, government, grassroots activism and supranational policy making. Lucy has a life-long passion for tackling climate change and toxic pollution. Currently, she works for Brussels based NGO, Transport & Environment, tackling climate impacts and pollution from shipping and aviation. She has sailed on three eXXpedition voyages and continues to support the project as a technical advisor and ambassador for the cause.

Want to join our team?

eXXpedition is run by a small team, supported by passionate volunteers. Any available positions in our core team will be listed below. Please click on the role for more details.

We are currently looking for:

  • We do not currently have any open positions.

If you don’t see a suitable role, but would like to volunteer, please email us on with more information about your skills and areas of interest.




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