Our Story - Our team

Jonathan Sharples

Prof Jonathan Sharples

Co Founder & Head of Oceanography

I have been researching the ocean for the past 30 years, studying how ocean physics (tides, weather, ocean currents) affects the growth and distribution of plankton and fish. Most of my work has focused on the shallow seas around NW Europe, in the open North Atlantic Ocean and also off New Zealand.

My interest in the ocean undoubtedly came from my father working in the merchant navy. I have been going to sea since the age of 9 and have anecdotally noticed some significant changes. On a recent research expedition that I led in the middle of the subtropical North Atlantic I was struck by how much plastic litter we spotted from the ship – something that was exceptionally rare just a few decades ago.

A lot of my research now is focused on how the ocean plays a key role in Earth’s climate, and how ocean physics distributes pollutants (including plastics) across the globe.  On that same expedition to the subtropical Atlantic we still saw plenty of life in the ocean – plenty of turtles, whales, dolphins, and flying fish. We still have time to do something about climate warming and plastic pollution, but there is real urgency for finding and deploying solutions.

For me, the research I work on tends to find out what the problems are in the ocean. Changing Streams is important because we identify solutions to the plastics problem – it encourages me to remain optimistic about our future.

The rest of our team

Neal Maxwell

Founder

I’ve spent over 30 years in the Fit out industry and have seen a number of seismic changes in my working environment and of...

Dr Gareth Abrahams

Co Founder & Head of Building Design Research

Before becoming an academic I worked for over 10 years as a senior project architect designing and delivered a number of prestigious projects across...

Brendon Kenny

Co Founder & Head of Engagement

I am passionate about the environment and believe business should create profit with purpose. I have over 35 years of Business experience at Senior...

Terry Cheesman

Finance Director

I haven’t always been a specialist tax accountant.  In my mid twenties I was a member of Friends of the Earth, worked in forestry...

Dr Wendy Jones

Company Secretary

I am a scientist with many years experience of business development on both sides of the academic-industry interface.  I have lived and worked in...

John Hall

Head of Memberships

I am a qualified solicitor having been a partner in the commercial law firm of Bermans for 35 years. I then became CEO of...

Prof Ric Williams

Climate Adviser to Changing Streams and co-chair of the Climate Futures Research Challenge

I have been researching how the ocean affects the climate system, addressing the reasons why climate models show a large spread in how much...

Dr Luigi Di Sarno

Sustainable Materials and Infrastructure Specialist

I am a Senior Lecturer in Structural Design in the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool. I have more than two decades of experience...

Rob Capleton

Industrial Relations Manager

I am the Industry Relations Manager on the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory programme at the University of Liverpool, who offer ambitious business owners unique academic...

Mick Ord

Public Relations

I am the former manager of  one of the BBC's most successful radio stations BBC Radio Merseyside where I started as a reporter in...

Leo Aspden

Coaching and Training Adviser

As an award-winning high growth business consultant and executive/leadership coach, I have more than 30 years experience of working with business leaders, executives, and...

Amanda Keetley

Ambassador

I am a professionally qualified Marketing expert with over 20 years' experience, specialising in strategy and communications.I founded Less Plastic in 2015 to raise...