Emily Cunningham

Emily is deeply committed to achieving meaningful impact at the intersection of ocean recovery and social justice.

She currently leads the Local Government Association’s Coastal Special Interest Group, aligning 56 coastal local authorities behind a shared vision of a more sustainable and equitable future for England’s coast and its communities. She is a founding member of the national One Coast Coalition and is co-Secretariat to the Coastal Communities All-Party Parliamentary Group. Having worked for governmental and non-governmental organisations at a national and local level, Emily has a strong track record in the development of pioneering projects and campaigns that engage people with our ocean and its protection. She believes a more inclusive and effective version of ocean conservation is possible and has secured over £5m funding for projects which work with underserved communities to enable them to access, enjoy and protect their local ocean. She is a Trustee of the UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society, where she is driving culture change as the Board’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Champion. She is an active mentor and role model for young conservationists and in 2020 was named as a global “30 under 30” for environmental education. She is a first-generation graduate and holds a BSc and Masters in Marine Biology.