Susannah Bleakley

Chief Executive

Has led the Partnership for 16 years, and is full of energy and enthusiasm. 

Originally from Bolton. Taught sciences in a bush school by Lake Victoria. And an Exploration Geologist with Shell for 7 years, latterly in Indonesia.

Supports:  Likes: hot lime pickle, trail running.  Heroes: Lemn Sissay, Miriam Makeba, Simon Barnes.

Twitter: @S__Bleakley

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Sophie Cringle

Operations Officer

Sophie brings panache & skill to everything she manages on projects and in the office.

She joined us in Oct 2012 with an MA in Heritage Management. A background in heritage marketing, events & project management, she previously worked for the Council for British Archaeology, English Heritage and the Wordsworth Trust.

A true all-rounder, super-quick and always sunny. Twitter: @MBP_ Projects

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Louise Martin

Archaeology and Heritage Officer

Louise joined the team in 2014 and delivers a diverse range of heritage research, recording and conservation projects. Originally from Ulverston, Louise studied archeology at University of Bradford. She is passionate about using the historical landscapes as a tool to engage and inspire a wide audience. 



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Michelle Cooper

Community and Volunteer Officer

Michelle has an illustrious museums career behind her, having previously managed Lancaster Maritime Museum and worked for the Armitt Museum, Ambleside, The Beacon in Whitehaven and at Dove Cottage in Grasmere.

She has a passion for working with volunteers and communities  and helping them to experience, enjoy and cherish their local heritage. Twitter: @MBP_Projects

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Richard Frank

Coastal Communities Team Officer

Richard joined us in February 2018.   He has significant practical expertise in youth and community engagement, volunteering, regeneration and access.  It's great to have him on our team as he's terrific at innovative partnerships, and knows about everything from car repair to arts and design, from landownership issues to local government procurement.

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Hannah Barnes

LOVEmyBEACH Coordinator

Hannah joined us in May 2017. Originally from Liverpool, she has spent the last three years living, working and studying in the Netherlands, gaining her MSc in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University.

In her previous role she focused on urban sustainability but she is delighted to have swapped cities for beaches. Twitter: @LOVEmyBEACHMBP

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Kathryn McCutcheon

Operations Officer - maternity cover

Kathryn joins us from the Lake District National Park Authority where she supported Park Management and Strategy and Partnership teams. Kathryn grew up in Morecambe and is a past student of Morecambe Community High School. Following university, Kathryn pursued a career in arts management in London and the South East. She's now delighted to be back making great things happen for the Bay - the place she loves most.

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Amy Hopley

Nature and Wildlife Officer

Amy joined us in August 2019. After studying Marine Biology at University, she has worked for the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and National Trust on coastal sites around the UK to protect and raise awareness of the amazing wildlife found on our shores. She has a passion for inspiring communities to care for the wildlife spectacles to be found right on our doorsteps.


Originally from Lancashire, Amy is excited to return to the North West and apply her conservation knowledge and experience to the iconic wildlife of Morecambe Bay; protecting vital nesting and roosting sites for thousands of birds all year round, and share her passion for wildlife with everyone who visits the Bay. 


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