Dr Andy Lewis - Executive Director
Andy is a professional marine scientist and mariner with a PhD in coral reef ecology from James Cook University. He managed the ecotourism activities aboard the luxury vessel True North for over a decade, exploring and delivering outstanding guest experiences across a wide variety of tropical locations, from the Rowley Shoals to the Kimberley and Great Barrier Reef in Australia; Komodo, Raja Ampat, and West Papua in Indonesia; the Bismarck Sea and Louisiade Archipelago in PNG, and the Western Province of Solomon Islands. An expert underwater photographer and engaging public speaker, Andy’s passion for the reefs, islands and people of the South-Pacific is tangible, and drives the development of the Coral Sea Foundation as a platform for delivering his vision for sustainable reef management across the Eastern Coral Triangle.
Naomi Longa - Director & Coordinator: Sea Women of Melanesia Program
Naomi is a Papua New Guinean woman from the Island of New Britain and team leader for the SWoM Program in Kimbe and Manus. The youngest of 6 children, she grew up swimming in the Bismarck Sea with the incredible coral reefs of Kimbe Bay at her doorstep. Inspired by the sea, she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Papua New Guinea, and completed her SSI Scuba Diver Instructor qualification with Pleasure Divers on Magnetic Island and Dive Munda in Solomon Islands. Since 2019, Naomi has been involved in training more than 25 new women in SWoM training programs in Milne Bay, Kimbe and Munda and she has lectured on the role of indigenous women in marine conservation at international events in Port Moresby, Sydney and Perth.
Dr Cristiana Damiano - Director: Marine Reserve Science
Cristiana is a marine biologist, photographer and film-maker with a deep passion for oceanic exploration. She is an experienced dive instructor and technical diver, and her knowledge encompasses coral reef ecology with a special interest in shark conservation. She has worked for many years as a guide for National Geographic Expeditions to remote locations whilst focusing onher work as an advocate for marine protection. Cristiana’s knowledge of the Coral Triangle region and the Great Barrier Reef is a welcome asset in the Coral Sea Foundation team.
Scott Lewis - Director: Brand Development & Marketing
Born and raised a surfer and sailor in the Southern Ocean, Scott started out in small business in 1988. Scott went on to serve throughout the world as a senior executive, professional consultant and brand-builder in the global sports and action-sports markets. Specialising in international business development, distribution, sales and marketing, Scott brings to the Foundation a passion for business development, partnerships, branding and communications and an unrivaled knowledge of creating global brand awareness. Scott served as Managing Director of Oakley South Pacific, Director of International, Oakley Inc, Managing Director of Oakley Europe and President of Globe International Limited, among others.
Captain Jarrad Butt - Maritime Operations
Jarrad is a professional mariner holding International Master 500GT and near Coastal Master 3000GT certification. His career began on the Kimberley coast in 2000, and since then he has built an extensive portfolio of command experience through Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Indian Ocean, and the Great Barrier Reef. He has guided vessel operations in a wide range of service areas, from whale surveys and coral reef monitoring, to game fishing and oil & gas support. A keen scuba diver, sportfisherman and surfer, Jarrad is committed to utilising his skills to deliver people safely to the islands and reefs of the Coral Sea to enjoy a world-class ecotourism experience, and through doing so, raising awareness of the value of the regions coral reefs.
Jake Hickey - Paramedic & Security
Jake joined the Australian Army at age 21 as a medical technician and eventually served overseas as a specialist medic, with his service recognised in the Australia Day Honours and Awards 2017. Since leaving the defense force, Jake has consulted to government and non-government-agencies in multiple locations around the world including Central Asia, the Middle East, South East Asia, outback Australia and the Pacific, providing practical first-aid and evacuation solutions tailored to specific environments. Jake has recently worked as a security consultant for Australian diplomats working in Afghanistan and has completed tertiary education in paramedicine as well as completing the NSW Ambulance Rescue and Special Operations courses. When not working or planning the next adventure, Jake can be found surfing, diving or swimming in the ocean, bow-hunting, trail running or rock-climbing in the hills, or at home working in the vegetable garden.
Captain Andi Ross - Maritime Operations
Andi is a lifetime multihull sailor and professional mariner, holding a Master IV certification and bringing to the Foundation a broad experience in the maritime industry, from commercial catamaran ferries to traditional tall ships, crew training, deliveries and reef charters. He has raced Open 60 trimarans through the West Pacific and SE Asia, and is currently living aboard his third multihull, a 43ft aluminium catamaran. Andi has worked and sailed extensively through the Great Barrier reef and Coral Sea over the last 14 years, and is committed to the concept of sustainable ecotourism and reef management through Melanesia.
Dale Young - Humanitarian Aid
Dale is an environmental engineer with a strong track record for delivering transformative community aid projects through Africa, South-East Asia, and Melanesia with a focus on clean water, sanitation and hygiene. He founded the non-profit organisation MSABI in Tanzania in 2008, and the organisation now employs 75 people and has administered over US$3 million in aid grants. To date, MSABI projects have improved the lives of over half a million rural people in East Africa, and the organisation acts a business incubator, encouraging local communities to develop sustainable enterprises around clean water delivery systems. Dale has also worked extensively on water and hygiene projects in Solomon Islands, most recently with the United Nations Development Program, and has also participated in Surfaid International projects in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia and the Vanimo region of Papua New Guinea. Dale is also a qualified marine biologist and keen surfer and SCUBA diver.