Getting to know me

July 4, 2021

Getting to know me

As you might already know, I’m a communications consultant, copywriter and diver working in the conservation and sustainability sector. But, if you want to get to know me a bit better, here are a few fun facts:

  • I have a very friendly ginger tomcat called Dave who dominates my Instagram. I also have a neurotic tabby called Tigerlily who is needy, terrified of everything and completely obsessed with me.
  • When I was about 13, I learned to touch type. I used to help my mum with admin at her work during school holidays and she insisted I learn to type ‘properly’. I hated it at the time but I’m grateful now. Being able to type around 70wpm without looking at the keys is pretty useful!
  • When I certified as a scuba diver (aged around 20), I absolutely hated the pool skills. I thought I ‘just needed to get through’ the course and I’d never dive again. But as soon as I was in the ocean, I fell in love. Over a decade later, I’m a Rescue Diver with around 250 logged dives. What's more scuba diving has been an important part of my career.
  • Before focusing on conservation and sustainability, I worked with a huge range of PR clients both in-house and agency side. Toured the main London publishing houses in an ice cream van? Had a day of meetings accompanied by a man painted gold? Launched a ‘halloumi only’ restaurant? When it comes to the weird world of PR, I’ve done it all…!
  • As well as scuba diving and yoga, I’m learning aerial hoop classes. It’s really fun but probably not the best choice for me because I bruise like a peach. So, if you see my arms and legs covered in purple bruises (we call them ‘hoop kisses’), that’s probably why.  
  • Despite writing mainly about the ocean and marine biology, the last time I studied science was at GCSE…and it was one of my least favourite subjects!
  • I love to travel and discover new countries, especially if I can go diving there. But I also hate to be cold. So, most of the countries I’ve visited, and dived at, are tropical, including: Mozambique, Australia, Bali, Thailand, the Cayman Islands, Fiji, South Africa, the Philippines and lots more. I have been scuba diving in the UK but I need lots of persuading to get into water that cold!
  • When I lived in Mozambique, I had a 'pet' scorpion who lived in my bathroom. His name was Donald.
  • Despite having spent lots of time in Mozambique, my Portuguese is still much worse than I’d like. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to have a proper conversation rather than just order ‘frango e arroz’
  • I’m pretty adventurous and love to try new things: paragliding, ziplining, sky diving, swimming with sharks. Apart from bungee jumping (eeep, no thanks), I’ll try almost anything at least once.
  • When I was visiting the Caribbean island of Nevis, I got ‘mask squeeze’ from a poorly fitting mask. When I came up from the dive, I had a huge black eye. Travelling on my own during off season with a huge shiner was certainly an interesting experience.
  • I love spicy food: the more chilli the better!
  • Outside comms and writing, I also do a bit of house sitting. I look after people’s pets while they’re on holiday so they don’t have to put their animals in a cattery or kennel.
  • Despite loving coffee, I'm really sensitive to caffeine. I can't drink a coffee on an empty stomach and if I have any coffee after lunchtime, I won't sleep all night. So, no espresso martinis for me sadly.
  • I’ve been lucky enough to see so many marine animals in their natural habitat. I’ve seen hammerhead sharks, turtles (including a leatherback!), humpback whales, whale sharks, manta rays, leopard sharks, dugong, seals, small eye stingrays and more.
  • Some animals I would still love to see in the wild include basking sharks, orca, sunfish and flamboyant cuttlefish.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me!

Ready to chat?


Great to hear you're interested in working together - I'm always keen to hear about exciting new stories from marine conservationists, potential commissions from editors and suitable briefs from prospective clients.

So, let's chat. You can send me an email (I aim to respond within three working days, usually sooner) or book a call below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Melissa holding a ginger cat and standing on a wooden balcony with the blue ocena behind her

Please note: due to high demand, I often have a wait time for new clients and cannot guarantee last-minute availability.

As such, please give as much notice as possible for your projects. Thank you!

Or book a call:

I do not work with the fossil fuel industry. If that's you, please look for support elsewhere. Thank you.

The Ocean Writer Ltd. Registered company number: 14772669

Black text on a white background reading Proudly Supporting Project Seagrass. There are green circles swirling around the word project

I support Project Seagrass by donating 1% of every cleared payment from my services via Work for Good

N.B. I do not work with the fossil fuel industry. If that's you, please look for support elsewhere. Thank you.

Wind powered Green Hosting
Banner readers ABSW (Association of British Science Writers) member 2023