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LOBBYIST: Hugo Tagholm outside the Houses of Parliament with a display made of plastic bottles and his trusty surfboard.



According to his Linkedin page Hugo is the Chief Executive and a Charity Co-Founder for Surfers Against Sewage

He has been working with the anti-pollution organisation since September 2008 – until the time of this article  September 2019. making 12 years so far.


Surfers Against Sewage evolved from a single-issue pressure group into one of the country's best loved marine conservation charities.


The charity is driven by people who actively use the our oceans and beaches, it represents over 350,000 regular supporters and now mobilises the biggest beach clean community in the UK, some 75,000 volunteers annually contributing over 250,000 hours of time to protecting beaches nationwide.


The priority issue today is plastic pollution, which is frequently top of the global environmental agenda, as the Blue Planet II BBC series recently documented with wonderful presentation by Sir David Attenborough.





The charity campaigned successfully for the 5p plastic bag charge which has already stopped 9 billion bags from entering the environment. It is now focused on calling for a deposit return scheme on drinks containers to protect UK beaches, countryside and streets from plastic bottle pollution.

The organization continues to be at the forefront of protecting and improving water quality at UK beaches, and works tirelessly across a range of issues from climate change to human health & wellbeing in our oceans. Internationally recognised, this year has seen the charity take its message of ocean optimism to the UN Oceans Conference in New York, the Our Oceans Conference in Malta and organises many events through its own All Party Parliamentary Group in the Houses of Parliament, where it brings together leading voices of marine conservation, MPs and ministers to discuss new measures to protect the ocean.

The charity was recently honoured to be asked by HRH The Prince of Wales to organise the Ocean Plastic Awareness Day in Cornwall, showcasing NGOs, Charities, politicians and business leaders working to stop plastic pollution.

Surfers Against Sewage has a team of 20 staff in its St Agnes head office and 125 Regional Reps around the UK. They are proud to be creating global marine conservation impact from Cornwall.



Hugo Tagholm with his surfboard


CHIEF EXECUTIVE: For 3 years Hugo (May 2010 – April 2013) served as a Trustee and then Chairman of the national charity The Museum of British Surfing from 2012 - 2013.


The Museum of British Surfing is currently working towards opening a new exhibition and event venue in the centre of Braunton on the North Devon coast.

Surfing has taken place on the area’s beaches since the early 1900s, and the village became a hub for the fledgling surfing industry in the late 1960s and early 1970s with its position as a gateway to the beaches of Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!

Significant grant funding has been secured and the Charity is now working on the final fundraising to complete the design & build project which is being carried out by Bideford-based museum specialists Myriad.

A 74-year lease has been secured on The Yard, an old railway building on the village’s Caen Street car park – it includes Braunton skate bowl and the local youth club run by Devon County Council. The site is owned by Braunton Parish Council.

They are developing a flexible and innovative museum – each year you’ll see a new themed exhibition at our venue which will then go on tour around the UK. Alongside this we’re planning smaller outreach displays and regular events at The Yard and other locations in North Devon, featuring music, film, art and culture.



The goal of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation is to encourage men and women to dream more, care more and become more. Hugo Tagholm's work as the founder and chief executive of Surfers Against Sewage is highly commended. We consider that he represents the interests of marine life and in doing so is making a significant contribution to ocean awareness campaigns around the world. Such efforts spread the news about toxin build up in our food chain and the menace that is plastic waste.


You can nominate anyone for a Mister Ocean award who you think is working to protect the marine environment and who you think deserves special recognition for their efforts. Nominations should be for the current year, or a series of long service cumulating in a retirement or other event.










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