Lesley, also known as the Shark Warrior because of her passionate efforts in shark conservation, was once a professional actress, TV presenter, model and financial advisor. Because of her love for the ocean and growing concern about its plight, she packed up her highly successful corporate position to found AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Cape Town, South Africa.
AfriOceans achieved major success through a unique shark conservation programme designed by Lesley that involved the satellite tagging and releasing of captive sharks. Under Lesley’s leadership, AfriOceans continues to successfully drive education, awareness and lobbying initiatives and is considered a leading non profit organization in shark conservation and environmental education in South Africa.
This award-winning documentary filmmaker is also the Director and Producer of Blue Pulse Pictures, a production company owned by her. She has produced and directed numerous documentaries, including her multi-award winning documentary, Sharks in Deep Trouble, and the Panda Award winning Save Our Sharks short awareness video.
An avid diver and a PADI Dive Master, she is a well-published travel and environmental journalist and Principal Photographer of AfriOceans. She is the author of several children’s books and educational books, and the creative director of countless educational and awareness initiatives, including the unique AfriOceans Warriors Environmental Education Programme. Her other major success is her work as a campaigner, in particular her Panda Award winning Rethink the shark campaign.
As an activist she has earned a respected reputation for her efforts in lobbying for the conservation and protection of South Africa’s sharks. Lesley is considered an important role player in marine and shark conservation and her efforts are recognized worldwide resulting in an international following and many invites to public speak. She is an inductee of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and an Associate Member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.