Penarth explorer recognised with top award

A renowned explorer and environmental advocate from Penarth has been recognised by the Prime Minister for her “pioneering work”.


Emily Penn co-founded eXXpedition – a marine research group which travels across the globe to tackle plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.


She is also an awarded winning public speaker – working hard to campaign for action to prevent the damage plastic is causing the environment.


To mark World Oceans Day – which takes place on Friday 8th June – the Prime Minister has presented her with a Points of Light Award to mark her contribution – praising the “inspirational work” of her all-female team – and the “significant contribution” she has made.


South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies congratulated Emily – saying she was an example to others and showed how passion and dedication can make a real difference.


Mr Davies said, “Emily is an inspiring woman whose work has been revolutionary in protecting our environment for future generations.


“A former Stanwell pupil - she is a Penarthian making her mark on the world stage – and shows how far talent and dedication can take you.


“While it is no surprise to see her recognised in this way – it is very apt for it to mark World Oceans Day – and this is something Emily should be very proud of. I’d like to offer her my warmest congratulations on her fully deserved Points of Light Award.”