After 10 years at the helm, Take 3 co-founder Tim Silverwood will step down as the group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in March.
Silverwood, who will assume a new role as a Take 3 ambassador on March 1, did not take the decision lightly.
“After 10 years spent building Take 3 alongside Roberta Dixon-Valk and Amanda Marechal, and tirelessly advocating for action on plastic pollution and waste, I can’t help but reflect on the achievements the organisation has made,” he said.
“Take 3 has grown from a simple idea to an impactful, global movement.
“Action on plastic pollution has become mainstream and our international community has expanded to over 300,000 people in 129 countries.
“Take 3 has never been in a stronger position than it is today.
“Our staff, volunteers, board of directors, members, partners and supporters are aligned on a clear vision for the organisation, to inspire participation in simple actions that reduce the impacts of plastic pollution and waste in the ocean and the broader environment.
“It is with complete confidence that I step aside from the position of CEO and pass the reins to Sarah Beard.”
Beard has a rich history since launching the Take 3 Surf Life Saving Program.
In 2014, she joined the inaugural board of directors, where she served for three years.
She is also the producer and impact producer of the award-winning documentary, Blue.
“I am thrilled to be returning to Take 3 as the new CEO,” she said.
“Take 3 has seen exceptional growth in the past two years and has become an organisation that is having a significant impact globally.
“My work in growing a movement of ocean guardians with the documentary Blue, saw us connect to over six million people around the world and register over 70,000 individual commitments to behavioural change through our ocean guardian campaign.
“I am a firm believer in the power of individual change, simple actions done by many can have a significant impact.
“I intend to build on Take 3’s existing achievements, with a clear vision to build capacity, and in doing so, be able to further increase our impact.”
Co-founder Roberta Dixon-Valk said Silverwood had been “a significant force of nature in terms of giving voice to the plastic pollution issue and highlighting robust solutions, including our Take 3 message, to clean up this planet”.
The third co-founder of the organisation, Amanda Marechal, said Silverwood had brought a “magnetic energy” to Take 3.
“An eloquent speaker and passionate environmentalist, his skill and experience will be of value in tackling a broad spectrum of ocean conservation issues into the future,” she said.
Media release, Feb 17
Madeleine Bell, Communications Manager, Take 3