Board of Directors
Russ Fielden, OBE.
Director and Company Treasurer
Russ is a businessman, conservationist, sailor and philanthropist. He is the owner and manager of the True Blue Bay Resort in Grenada, the Director on the Grenada Port Authority, Vice-President on Grenada Hotel and Tourism association (GHTA), Director on MAREP (Market and rural enterprise program), Director of Grenada House of Chocolate, Director of Horizon Yacht Charters. He was awarded OBE for services to Tourism, rebuilt Vendome primary school from guests donations and other donors.
Formerly President of the Hotel Association for several years. Russ is also a pyro-technician, Grandfather to Lila! (the last two are his favourites.) He is actively involved on supporting nvolved with the SIOPMPA in Carriacou,
A man of passion life has been – in his own words.
Born in the first half of the 20th century. Remember rationing never tasted chocolate until the second half of the 20th century. Went down a coal mine at 5. Saw canaries and mules and coal miners working in horrendous conditions. This had a lasting impact on my thinking. Went to Exeter Cathedral choir school. Horrendous place but not as bad as the mines. Learnt to fly gliders and went solo at 16. Got my silver C at 17. Did dual aerobatic displays at Exeter air display with my father. Never got my Private Licience but flew tiger moths solo anyway mostly towing gliders. Spent a year traveling in a convertible Morris minor in North Africa. Got my hgv license, drove lorries all over Europe, went to many industrialized cities and was appalled by the atmospheric pollution from coal fired power stations. Stood for the Green Party in East Devon in 1975, didn’t lose my deposit! Great result as we were up against a very conservative electorate.
Worked in Russia building chicken houses. Saw the destruction communism brought to the countryside and the results of unregulated farming and industry. Got into architectural antiques ( old fireplaces) great business and lots of fun but this allowed me to buy a small sailing yacht. Sailed in many ocean races including the 1979 Facnet race. Survived but
decided that if I wanted to continue sailing it had to be in a warmer climate.
Got my Ocean Yachts Master’s Certificate and sailed to Grenada in 1981, where I met Morris Bishop on Rainbow Warrior. Sailed to Martinique met Cousteau and worked on Calypso and later in the BVI on “GV First” the supply vessel for Calypso. Broke leg badly and as a result started working for the Moorings, a yacht charter company.
Started as a bare boat captain, became VP Operations in charge of 27 bases and several hotels, moved to Florida. During this time became acutely aware of reef destruction, over fishing, damage to reefs from anchors. Helped with the development of BVI marine protected area, planted several 1000 mangroves in St. Lucia, wrote cruising guide to Sea of Cortez, opened ten bases in many countries, ran hotels in Bahamas, Grenada and St Lucia. Resigned when two daughters came on line and moved back to BVI. Ran a marina and hotel in Maya Cove. In 1998 bought small inn in Grenada. Built it up to a 30 room
hotel. Rebuilt it after Hurricane Ivan. It is now a 50 room hotel with a yacht charter company, marina, dive shop, restaurant, spa, boutique and a grand daughter.
Peter Raines, MBE, FRGS, FLS, FRSB.
Director and Company Secretary
Born 1960 in Ghana and raised in Nigeria, Pete has over 30 years of pioneering leadership and award-winning experience in effective international “Citizen Science” conservation programmes. In 2003 in recognition for his entrepreneurial leadership in volunteer-based coral reef & tropical forest conservation, Pete was awarded the MBE by HM The Queen for ‘Services to the Protection of Biodiversity’. He is also the recipient of numerous other accolades including the Worldaware Business Award for Effective Communication, Virgin Holidays “Responsible Tourism Awards” (Highly Commended: 2009, 2010 & 2011) and the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award ‘Global Winner’.
In 1982 Pete graduated from the University of Wales with a BSc (Joint Honours) Degree in Marine Biology and Biochemistry. In 1985 (during an eight-year university post-graduate research career) Pete founded Coral Cay Conservation (a British NGO) and over a 27 year period as CEO created a sustainable international ‘Citizen Scientist’ approach to community-managed reef & rainforest conservation programmes.
In 2013 Pete served as interim-CEO of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (a US$42 million financing mechanism created to support the Caribbean Challenge Initiative), following which he served as Director of International Operations at Coral Restoration Foundation International and CEO of Coral Restoration Foundation Europe (CRFE), with special responsibilities for the development and coordination of partnerships and sustainable financing arrangements in Europe.
Pete has always firmly believed in volunteering and the need to offer time and expertise pro bono wherever possible. In 2005 he became a trustee of the Chagos Conservation Trust and was subsequently invited to join the Executive of the Chagos Environment Network which went on to successfully lobby for the designation in 2010 of the Chagos Marine Protected Area, now one of the largest marine protected areas in the world. Between 2010 and 2012, Pete also served as Expedition Manager on two pioneering ship-based scientific research expeditions to Chagos which included the discovery of uncharted sea-mounts. Pete currently serves pro bono as a Trustee/Executive for a number of not-for-profit organisations.
Pete is a Chartered Geographer (CGeog), Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and Fellow of The Linnean Society of London (FLS).
Owen Day, BSc., MSc. PhD.
Owen is a coastal scientist with over 18 years of experience in developing and implementing projects in the Caribbean with a focus on ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change, fisheries, marine protected areas, sustainable livelihoods and vulnerability assessments. He has an extensive track record of successful project development and implementation with a wide range of donors, including multilateral, bilateral organisations, foundations and the private sector. He specialises in coordinating complex activities with multiple stakeholders and has a special interest in the science-policy interface and implementation at the community level.
Owen was born in Scotland in 1965, and has lived in Australia, USA, France, England and Trinidad and Tobago. He obtained his Baccalaureat in France in 1983, and then studied Biochemistry at Oxford (1984-1988). His passion for the sea and marine conservation led him to do a Masters (obtained with Distinction for highest class average) and then a PhD (1992-1996) in Marine Aquaculture at the School of Ocean Sciences at the University of Wales Bangor (https://www.bangor.ac.uk/oceansciences/)
After working as a senior research scientist in marine fish aquaculture for CEFAS (https://www.cefas.co.uk/) (1997-2001), Owen moved with his wife and three children to Tobago to start up the Buccoo Reef Trust (BRT), a not-for-profit company focusing on marine research, education and conservation. He lived in Tobago for eight years and as director of the BRT helped expand the programmes with numerous grants and awards, including the Environment Award in 2004, from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations and the Green Leaf Award from the Environmental Management Authority. The BRT became one of the largest environmental NGOs in the Eastern Caribbean with 18 full-time staff. In 2008, he joined the CARIBSAVE Partnership as Director of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation, and focused increasingly on climate change vulnerability and community resilience. He led the Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership Initiative (C-FISH), a four-year project funded by UKAID that helped increase the management of 11 community-based marine protected areas in Jamaica, St Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines. C-FISH also created new partnerships with the private sector that helped vulnerable communities diversify their livelihoods into offshore fishing, craft production, community-based tourism and coral restoration. C-FISH helped create several models of success.
In 2016, Owen established CLEAR Caribbean with Newton Eristhee, a long-term colleague and collaborator on the C-FISH project. Owen is an experienced diver and underwater videographer. He has given over one hundred presentations at national and regional meetings, and has an extensive international network of contacts in his field.
Newton Eristhee is a Caribbean citizen with intimate knowledge of the unique socioeconomic and political climate in the Eastern Caribbean. Newton’s MSc degree from the University of the West Indies is in Marine resource and Environmental management. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the management of coral reefs and artisanal fisheries across the Caribbean, from the Grenadines to as far North as the British Virgin Islands and Jamaica. He has facilitated and participated in the implementation of numerous regional fisheries, conservation and marine protected area initiatives in the Caribbean.
As the manager of the Soufriere Marine Management Association in St. Lucia, he successfully implemented innovative sustainable financing mechanisms for the marine park and developed closer partnerships between the private sector and the local community.
More recently Newton’s work has focused on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation and during the past four years he played in critical part in the implementation of the Caribbean fish Sanctuary Partnership initiative (C-FISH) in Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. His passion is for working with communities, enhancing livelihoods, strengthening cooperatives and building strategic partnerships with governments and the private sector. Newton conceptualised and developed the CARICOM Vocational Qualification (CVQ) in Sustainable Seamoss Production that allows artisanal seamoss farmers to gain an internationally-recognised qualification at the level of an associate degree.