Bristol 2015 Ambassadors

Meet the ambassadors supporting Bristol's year as European Green Capital 2015.

Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl, age 13, is a naturalist, conservationist, writer and speaker.  

The Chew Valley School pupil writes the successful Birdgirl blog, with posts about nature and the environment from around the world.

First appearing in BBC4's “Twitchers: a Very British Obsession” as a delightful 7 year old, she has been listed with George Ezra and Maisie Williams as one of Bristol’s most influential young people.


Captain Barnacles is the brave polar bear captain of the Octonauts. 

The Octonauts is a television series for children, following an underwater exploring crew.

Captain Barnacles is the leader of the crew and always the first to rush in and help whenever a problem arises.


Marcus Brigstocke is a lauded comedian, actor and satirist. 

He has worked extensively in television, stand-up comedy, radio and musical theatre. 

Many of the central themes of his work were first addressed during the time when he was studying at the University of Bristol.


Mark Carwardine is a zoologist and a TV and radio presenter.

He is widely recognised for his Last Chance to See conservation expeditions with Douglas Adams, first aired on BBC Radio 4 in 1990. 

He is also a best-selling author, a wildlife tour operator and leader, and a magazine columnist.


Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a food and cookery writer and broadcaster, as well as a campaigner for real food.

His River Cottage books and Channel 4 series have earned him a substantial popular following.

He is also a patron of the National Farmers' Retail and Markets Association.


Romy Gill is an Indian chef and cookery teacher, based in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire.

She is the owner and head chef of Romy's Kitchen, a restaurant that opened in September 2013 on Castle Street, Thornbury

She was also shortlisted for the 2014 Asian Women of Achievement Awards.


Stephanie Hilborne is the Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts.

She secured a Bsc in Biology and an MSc in Conservation, then went on to facilitate the national coalition Wildlife & Countryside Link, before joining The Wildlife Trust Movement in 1998. 

She was also awarded an OBE for services to nature conservation in 2009.


Ryan Paul Jones is a Welsh international rugby union player who plays for Bristol Rugby. 

He has previously played at number eight, blindside flanker or second row for Bristol Rugby. 

He was also an IRB International Player of the Year nominee in 2008.


Leo Johnson is the Co-Founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd, part of the PWC Group.

He is a Business Fellow of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise & Environment.

He is also a regular lecturer for Cambridge University's Programme for Sustainability Leadership.


Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and an environmentalist.

He served as the Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International (2000-08).

He was also the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for the Cambridge constituency at the 2010 general election. 


Simon King is a television presenter and author specialising in natural history.

He has been working in the field of wildlife film making for over 30 years.

He also received an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2011.


Martin Kiszko is a composer, musicologist and librettist.

He has composed and orchestrated various scores for television and film.

He is also known as UK's Green Poet and is widely recognised for his many green poems and poetry books. 


Miranda Krestovnikoff is a radio and television presenter specialising in natural history and archaeological programmes.

She writes about her experiences in various articles for different publications and is currently writing her third book.

She is also an accomplished musician and a qualified scuba diver.


Kevin McCloud is a designer, writer and television presenter.

Kevin McCloud is a broadcaster, designer and developer and is best known for Channel 4’s BAFTA-nominated Grand Designs and for his past coverage of the Stirling Prize.  He believes that the best architecture relates to where it is, as much as who it’s for.  

This is a philosophy enshrined in his development company, HAB Housing, which is now building homes and shaping communities towards a One Planet Living way of life.


Jonathon Porritt is Founder Director of Forum for the Future.

His latest book, The World We Made, seeks to inspire people about the prospects of a sustainable world in 2050.  

He is also Chancellor of Keele University and a Director of Collectively, an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation. 


Craig Sams is an entrepreneur, writer, food producer and an advocate of organic farming.

In 1991 he co-founded Green & Blacks - the world’s first organic chocolate brand, and is co-founder of Carbon Gold biochar company.

He is currently a trustee of Slow Food UK Trust and was previously Chairman of the Soil Association and Soil Association Certification. 


Alastair Sawday has had an eclectic career taking him to many parts of the world.

He read Law, headed up a VSO programme in Papua New Guinea, taught as a VSO in St Lucia, and ran a disaster relief team for Oxfam in Turkey. 

He also taught French in the UK, ran as a Green Party candidate and was founder-Chairman of Avon Friends of the Earth. 


Shaun the Sheep is the main character in the Bristol-made television series of the same name, and the face of the Bristol 2015 Schools Programme.

He is an unusually bright sheep who lives on a traditional small northern British farm. 

He is the leader of the flock and prone to mischief but adept at getting out of it.


Sir Tim Smit is the Executive Vice Chairman and Co-founder of the Eden Project. 

He has worked for 10 years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera.

He has also received a variety of national awards including The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal (2003). 


Jon Simon & Tristan Hogg are the founders of Pieminster. 

Pieminster opened in 2003 in Stokes Croft and is a Bristol-based family business known for its 'award-winning' pies. 

It has won many "great taste" awards since 2009 and is the only nationwide pie company to use 100% free range meat and eggs.


Sir Crispin Tickell is a diplomat, environmentalist, and academic.

He was the Director of the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin 21st Century School at Oxford University.

He is also the author of Climate Change and World Affairs (1977 and 1986) and Mary Anning of Lyme Regis (1996).