Meet the Team
Having been around boats since childhood Sarah originally trained and qualified as a Naval Architect and Small Craft Engineer, however she has always felt happier actually on the sea rather than behind a drawing board!
Her interest in cetaceans and wildlife tourism began when she worked seasonally as a skipper for local firm Dolphin Ecosse. This gave her the opportunity off season to explore some much wilder waters and she spent several winters crewing yachts to places such as Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, Brazil, New Zealand and Tierra del Fuego. These long ocean crossings gave her not only plenty of cetacean encounters but also some time to think about what opportunities lay closer to home.
After skippering for Isle of Skye based, Bella Jane Boat Trips, Sarah returned to Cromarty to work for the Aberdeen University Lighthouse Field Station research team in 2004 before going on to start EcoVentures soon thereafter. She says, ‘Being born and brought up within a few miles of Cromarty I’d always wanted to establish a business close to home, and if possible to do something outdoors that I enjoy. EcoVentures has allowed me to fulfill both those ambitions and I couldn’t be happier
Lesley joined our team in 2102 and is most likely to answer the phone and take your booking.
Most of Lesley’s work is behind the scenes making sure that the EcoVentures shore base runs smoothly.Lesley’s background is primarily office based but she has also more recently run her own shop and has a keen interest in local arts and crafts and bird watching.
Originally from Lincolnshire she too has gravitated north and now calls Cromarty home.
Wendy joined our booking office and boat crew team in 2015.
Originally from Yorkshire her background is mainly in nursing with a bit of farming thrown in for good measure. In addition to helping out at EcoVentures Wendy volunteers at the local school and is a very keen outdoors woman. Open water swimming is her number one passion and in August this year she competed in a tough 10km open water swim out in Germany. Wendy helps out in the Booking Office at weekends but escapes out on the boat whenever possible!
We all look forward very much to welcoming you to EcoVentures.