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    Simon Barnes


    A Suffolk-based writer on wildlife who also covers other subjects, most notably sport, and has published three novels. Writes Wild Notebook, a weekly column on The Times comment pages, and has written a number of books on wildlife, including How To Be A Bad birdwatcher and more recently, My Natural History. He is a member of Green Ink, assigning his Public Lending Rights to World Land Trust.

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    Dr Diana Bell


    Diana is Director of the MSc in Applied Ecology & Conservation at the University of East Anglia where she is based in the Centre for Ecology, Evolution & Conservation. She is a conservation biologist who is particularly well known as an expert on rabbits and other lagomorphs, and more recently for her work on the role of wildlife diseases in the decline of endangered birds and mammals.

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    Mark Carwardine


    Mark is a zoologist, an active and outspoken conservationist, an award-winning writer, a TV and radio presenter, a widely published photographer, a magazine columnist and a conservation consultant. He co-presented the six-part BBC2 television series Last Chance to See, with Stephen Fry, in which the unlikely duo travelled the world in search of endangered species (autumn 2009), and BBC2’s The Museum of Life (spring 2010). For many years he presented the weekly half-hour radio programme Nature, on BBC Radio 4. He has written more than 50 books (including several bestsellers) and has been Chairman of the Judging Panel of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition since 2005. A co-founder of WLT’s Green Ink project.

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    Kevin Cox


    Magazine publisher who founded Origin Publishing in 1997. The company was bought by BBC Magazines in 2004 and Kevin took over responsibility for a number of BBC titles, including BBC Wildlife. He is now non-executive Chairman of Origin Publishing as well as Chairman of World Land Trust Trading Ltd. He lives on Dartmoor, manages an 80-acre wood and is putting up bird boxes for pied flycatchers.

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    Dr Lee Durrell


    Is Honorary Director of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, which operates one of the world’s foremost centres for breeding endangered species and training conservation professionals at its headquarters in Jersey, as well as 50 conservation projects in 14 countries. Together with her late husband, Gerald Durrell, she launched the Programme for Belize, which became World Land Trust, in London in 1990. World Land Trust congratulates Dr Lee Durrell, on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2011.

  • Willem Ferwerda

    Willem Ferwerda

    (The Netherlands)

    Tropical ecologist with long working experience in Latin America. Was director of IUCN Netherlands from 2000 - March 2012 during which he founded the Ecosystem Grants Programme (ODA support) and the Small grants for Purchase of Nature (financed by the Postcode Lottery), financing 1,500 local conservation projects in more than 40 countries. Founder of Leaders for Nature, a business network on biodiversity which convened 80 CEOs to sign an open letter to the Dutch government. He put 'biodiversity and ecosystems' on the agendas of the business community as well as the Dutch government and introduced The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity. It resulted in an agreement between IUCN NL and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers. As Special Advisor for the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and Executive Fellow Business and Ecosystems at the Erasmus University-Rotterdam School of Management he is creating a practical mechanism that involves companies and investors to scale-up the restoration of ecosystems in partnership with science, local people, farmers and nature organizations. His main concern is what he calls, the disconnection of many people from nature. Intense wildlife and nature lover!

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    Alistair Gammell


    Alistair Gammell’s involvement in the conservation works spans four decades. Much of this time was spent working for the RSPB, particularly in international conservation issues and prior to his retirement he was RSPB’s Director of International Issues. He has been a leading figure in international convention drafting. Since 2009 Alistair has been the director of the Pew Environment Group’s Chagos campaign, which resulted in the declaration of the world's largest marine reserve (544,000 km sq).  He is now working on marine protection is a number of other UK Overseas Territories.

  • Robert Giles

    Robert Giles


    Robert Giles graduated with a MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge in 1982 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985. His professional career included working for the Crédit Lyonnais (1987 to 2002); he is the owner of ATRIUM software company. Based in London, Robert is an keen birdwatcher and conservationist and has travelled widely. He has supported conservation projects in Colombia and other countries since 1991.

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    Mark Leaney


    Mark is finance director and co owner of Discover the World tour operator specialising in destinations like Iceland, New Zealand, Namibia, and the Arctic and Antarctic regions. He is an accountant by profession and has had previous Hon. Treasurer roles with The Association of Independent Tour Operators and The Diamond Centre for Handicapped Riders. Mark was WLT Hon Treasurer from 1995 to 2012, and is a Director of World Land Trust Trading Ltd.

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    Alan Martin


    Alan is a qualified accountant with a passion for wildlife. Now retired he spends much of his time supporting a number of conservation organisations including World Land Trust. Alan is also the Secretary of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust, and acts as the main coordinator of the REGUA project in Brazil. He regularly visits REGUA enjoying the wildlife, particularly the birds and the moths (he is the co-author of A Guide to the Hawkmoths of the Serra dos Orgaos, South-eastern Brazil ). He is currently the Honorary Treasurer and a Council member of the RSPB, as well as being an ex-Director of Wetlands International, and the ex-Chairman of the British Trust for Ornithology.

  • Bill Oddie

    Bill Oddie


    Broadcaster, actor, television presenter, writer and musician, Bill Oddie is also a keen birdwatcher and conservationist. He has written a number of books about birds and birdwatching, as well as articles for many specialist publications including British Birds, Birdwatching Magazine and BBC Wildlife. One of his first forays in the world of television natural history was in 1985, as the subject of a Nature Watch Special: Bill Oddie - Bird Watcher, in which he was interviewed by Julian Pettifer and he went on to host many successful nature programmes. He spends as much time as possible out in the field with his binoculars.

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    Iain Orr


    After a career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including Consulates in Ghana and China, Iain was Head of Biodiversity until retirement and now advises the Trust on international affairs.

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    Richard Porter


    Richard Porter, who lives in North Norfolk, worked for the RSPB for many years. Currently he advises BirdLife International on their Middle East programme, specialising in Yemen and Socotra. He is also adviser to Nature Iraq on its conservation projects and trains and directs their staff for their Key Biodiversity Area surveys. He is author of Birds of the Middle East.

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    Mark Stanley Price


    Trained as a zoologist, Mark has spent more than 30 years working in conservation in Africa and the Middle East, researching among other things hartebeest feeding ecology in Kenya, before moving to Oman to design and run the pioneering project to restore the Arabian oryx to the wild. He was then Director of African Operations for the African Wildlife Foundation in Kenya for 12 years. After a spell as a consultant, in 2001 he became Chief Executive of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey. In 2008 he joined Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). He founded, then chaired for 12 years, the IUCN SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group, and now sits on the Board of Marwell WildlifeHis main concerns now are that nature gets adequate attention, and that conservation prepares for the forthcoming challenges to the persistence of biodiversity.

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    Elaine Shaughnessy


    After graduating in ecology, Elaine worked for the publisher Editions Alecto Ltd on major international projects including Banks’ Florilegium, Audubon’s Birds of America and Domesday Book. She later moved to IUCN to be its Head of Publishing and then became Head of Development for the Linnean Society of London (2006-9), where she was awarded the Tercentenary Medal. During 2010/early 2011 Elaine worked with WLT as Co-ordinator for its RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit which was awarded a RHS Gold Medal and prize for the Best in Section. She has undertaken other consultancies with WLT and now runs  an independent consultancy in Cambridge. Elaine is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication, and a Co-opted Member of Council for Society for the History of Natural History.

  • Sue Wells

    Sue Wells


    Sue Wells started her conservation career working with TRAFFIC International, at a time when John Burton was its Chairman, and her work on the international trade in corals, sea shells and marine turtles was the beginning of a life long interest. She went from TRAFFIC to IUCN where she worked on the Invertebrate Red Data Book, followed by numerous publications on coral reefs of the world, a subject on which she is now one of the world's acknowledged experts. Sue has visited many of the world's coral reefs, and has advised World Land Trust on numerous projects, including setting up the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Project. She now works as a consultant, specialising in marine conservation.

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