Meet Our Team

Our marine educators are so passionate about what they do, they can’t wait to visit you soon.


Richard Coward – Director of Education

Richard’s incredible passion for the marine environment and his vibrant personality allow him to educate and inspire children and adults to care for the ocean and its inhabitants.

Richard has extensive experience managing exhibits in local and overseas aquariums, working with sharks, seals, penguins, turtles, sea jellies, fish, octopus and invertebrates to name a few.  He has been involved in research projects such as buoyancy syndrome turtle research, shark research and breeding programs as well as whale rescue.

Richard’s knowledge has been reported on the Totally Wild television series and various news broadcasts.  As a father of three children he enjoys the fascination sea animals bring to young minds.


tracey coward

Tracey Coward – Business Manager

Tracey is proud to be a part of nurturing young environmental leaders of tomorrow.  She manages HR, finance and marketing.  A couple of her most rewarding moments have been successful grant applications for the Ocean to Outback roadshow and winning the Sunshine Coast business awards for education and training.

Tracey and Richard have lived on the Sunshine Coast for over 30 years and have three school-aged children all sharing a love for animals and the natural environment. Tracey has a Master of Business Administration.

“Our vision is to create enjoyment and awareness of the Marine Environment at an early age, imprinting a sense of ownership and protectiveness that can be carried with them into the future as responsible adults, all of which is vital for our future sustainability.”


alexAlex – Marine Educator

Alex is passionate about the natural world.  Her devotion to the ocean began on family holidays snorkelling in the Whitsundays and continues with her desire to travel all around Australia and explore every inch of the coastline.

She studied Marine Biology and Zoology at the University of Queensland and is now completing a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management to further continue her education and commitment to the environment.

Alex enjoys educating and engaging future generations about the importance of conservation to encourage interest and intrigue about the unique nature around us. On a side note- she also hopes to one day swim with whale sharks!


Tif photo_resized_321x290Tiff – Marine Educator

Tiff has always loved animals. When she was little she was going to be a dolphin trainer!

After studying Marine Biology and Zoology at the University of Queensland, she decided to use her passion for animal behaviour as a Guide Dog Trainer here in Queensland.

Tiff loves being able to use the marine side of her studies, and says that her favourite thing about working for Ocean Life Education is sharing her passion for marine animals and conservation.

“Seeing the enjoyment and excitement of the children and groups we present to, is the most rewarding part”.

Amber – Marine Educator  amber marine education officer

Amber’s first experience of life under the sea was when her class had a sleepover at Underwater World. Unfortunately that was the only interaction she had with sea life during her schooling. This lead to Amber’s realisation that for the largest island in the world, our education system does not concentrate enough on our understanding of our impact on the planet. This inspired Amber to join our team.

Amber graduated from QUT in 2014 with a degree in Behavioural Science (Psychology). This has given her an understanding of people and how and why they react the way they do. “Children crave excitement, knowledge and interactive experiences which are invaluable to their understanding and retention. That is why the work Ocean Life does is so important.”

“I cannot get enough of adding to children’s knowledge and creating fun-filled ways to teach them. I hope that through my role as a Marine Education Officer I can make a difference in the way the next generation treats the ocean and it’s Marine Life.”



Leigh – Marine Educator 

‘Leigh’s love for the ocean started at a very young age, growing up by the sea in the UK. Being a big traveller she has been lucky enough to snorkel in some amazing places around the world but says the Great Barrier Reef is her favourite spot to see marine life.

Leigh followed her love of the natural world and completed a BSc in Ecology & Conservation/Wildlife Biology. She has be lucky enough to work in numerous research projects both in the UK and Africa, including a remote research station in Tanzania. She also had the pleasure of teaching local village children about the natural world that they live in and the importance of protecting it.

Leigh loves adventure and once drove around the coast of Africa. She is one to never miss a chance to get up close and personal to the animals and found herself face-to-face with Great White Sharks whilst cage diving in South Africa.

She now shares her passion of nature and travel with her young family and has recently returned from a trip to Lady Elliot Island where they had a close encounter with a very friendly Cowtail Ray, a place she describes as Heaven on Earth!’



Tahnee  – Business Development Administrator

Tahnee has settled on the Sunny Coast but is a happy traveller – having driven, trekked, snorkelled and camped all over Australia to experience as much as possible about the land and the coast.  She recommends exploring the sea life around the shipwrecks at Moreton Island, Queensland and catching the sunset a Cape Leveque, in the Dampier Peninsula of Western Australia.

She now enjoys her role as Ocean Life Education’s Business Development Administrator, having a passion for expanding the reach of our environmentally awakening programs and connecting with our clients.

“I especially love the quote; ‘The Earth is what we all have in common’. What an amazing experience we share of living on it with around 9 million other species! It impresses me that Ocean Life Education is run by passionate advocates that bring a constant positive reminder to how special our marine life is and what we can do from a young age to be environmentally aware and personally appreciative of it.”