Jo Ruxton

Co-founder of the Plastic Ocean Foundation

Jo Ruxton joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1997 after working for the World Wildlife Fund in Asia for 7 years and was part of the famous The Blue Planet Team. Over the past 18 years, she has been involved in numerous underwater filming projects around the world, from the Antarctica to the pristine reefs of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. After leaving the BBC, Jo decided to produce a documentary feature, A Plastic Ocean, after initially hearing about the plastic problem in 2009 and began raising funds to start the filming, and the film was released globally in January 2017. She co-founded the Plastic Oceans Foundation 7 years ago to help the fundraising process and to take the message of the film beyond its release through three main programmes, Science and Policy, Business and Sustainability and Education and Conservation programmes.