On the 31st July 2019, the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) announced that Stacey Webb will officially join its team as Executive Director starting 1st August 2019. A scientist and passionate conservationist, Stacey joins SST from The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB).
“Working at SANCCOB has strengthened my love for seabirds and the sea. It has been a privilege to play a part in seabird rescue, rehabilitation and release. However, over the last few years, I have become concerned with the state of our oceans and the environment we are sending our rehabilitated seabirds back into. I hope that by being a part of an organisation dedicated to improving the health of our oceans and tackling the larger issues, I will ultimately be making a difference for all marine life including seabirds” said Stacey.
“All of the staff at Sustainable Seas Trust have a dream of a pristine and healthy ocean. We recognise the need for research and education, for people and communities to understand the impact of their actions,” Stacey said. “We hope that through our work we will inspire people to make small changes in their own lives and businesses, for the benefit of all and a better future for our children and environment. I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead SST. I’m really excited about being a part of the efforts to make a positive difference to our seas and I can’t wait to see where we, as SST can go.”
This position is new, created due to the demands of the growing SST portfolio and team. Stacey’s hiring comes as SST begins to implement a plan of strategic growth in its core areas. SST is becoming a leader in the field of plastics research and an influencer when it comes to the management of the waste that flows into our seas. Through the expansion of its research programs, communications, and education programs, SST will be in a key position to empower communities to implement changes that impact the oceans positively, influence policy decisions and create a more sustainable future for us and all species that rely on the shoreline and seas as a resource or home.
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees, CEO Dr Tony Ribbink said, “SST is truly delighted to have Stacey join the team. Her positive attitude, leadership qualities and experience all auger well for Africa as we strive to reach the goal of Zero Plastics to the Seas. We have every confidence in her and believe that she will take SST to new heights.”