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WLT Honorary President & Trustees

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    Dr Gerard Bertrand

    Honorary President (USA)

    With 35 years’ experience in environmental science and conservation Jerry Bertrand's primary interest has always revolved around the preservation of habitat and species. After serving as a science advisor in the Executive Offices of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter, Jerry became head of International Affairs for the US Fish and Wildlife Service where his portfolio included setting up new parks and reserves in partner countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was Executive President of Massachusetts Audubon Society for many years and former Chairman of BirdLife International (he is currently a Vice President). Jerry was a co-founder of the World Land Trust in 1989 (then Programme for Belize) and has been actively involved ever since. Jerry has an MS and PhD in marine science and oceanography, and he also holds a degree in environmental law. 

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    Dr Simon Lyster

    Chair of Trustees (UK)

    Simon was elected Chair of Trustees at the AGM on 18 June 2014. He has served as a Trustee since 2011 and has been Vice Chair for two years. A lawyer by background (qualified in both the UK and United States), he has always been passionate about wildlife and has worked for environmental organisations for most of his professional life. He worked for WWF for 10 years and went on to become Director General of the Wildlife Trusts, one of the largest conservation organisations in the UK. More recently he was Chief Executive of LEAD International (Leadership in Environment and Development) and in 2015 was appointed to the Natural England Board, in addition to sitting on the Board of several wildlife conservation charities. Simon is a regular visitor to Brazil. His wife is Brazilian and runs conservation programmes for WWF-UK.

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    Myles Archibald

    Trustee (UK)

    Currently Publisher at Collins Natural History, Myles started nature watching at an early age  - he recalls his first exciting bird watching experience as watching a hoopoe in Suffolk when he was eight. He has been a keen birdwatcher ever since, but is a life-long zoologist, reading zoology at University of Bristol. He is very fond of the wild places of the British Isles - particularly the West Coast of Scotland and Ireland. Also Publisher of the New Naturalist series at Collins. Myles was appointed WLT Honorary Treasurer in 2012.

  • Nick Brown

    Nick Brown

    Trustee (UK)

    Nick Brown was appointed a Trustee in June 2015. He is a long-standing supporter of WLT particularly through his companies Nikwax and Paramo of which he is founder and Managing Director. Nick is Vice-President of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) and advises on strategy. He has nominated a number of WLT projects for the annual prize which WLT has won twice, funding projects to protect the Caucasian Leopard in Armenia in 2014 and to protect Spectacled Bear habitat in Ecuador in 2016. 

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    Sir Kenneth Carlisle


    A trained barrister and formerly Member of Parliament, has run his family farm in Suffolk for more than 35 years. During this time he has built a diverse and successful business, including an award-wining vineyard, restaurant and shop, while maintaining the conservation and sustainable management of his farm and 170 acres of ancient woodland as guiding principles. He has been a Trustee of WLT since 2009 and acted as chairman of the Chelsea Steering Group in 2010 resulting in the Trust being awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Section at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He served on the Councils of the Royal Horticultural Society and the RSPB and is currently Chairman of Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

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    Kevin Cox

    Trustee (UK)

    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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    Nicola Davies

    Trustee (UK)

    Nicola Davies trained as a zoologist at Kings College Cambridge and worked as a field biologist before joining the BBC Natural History Unit where she worked as a presenter, assistant producer and writer. She is now a full time author of non fiction and fiction for children, with more than 40 titles to her name. Nicola is also an Ambassador for World Land Trust and has travelled to north east India, Borneo and Armenia to gain first hand experience of field conservation projects. Several of her recent series Heroes of the Wild are based on the work of World Land Trust and its partners. 

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    Rohini Finch

    Trustee (UK)

    Rohini Finch stood down as Chair of Trustees at the 2014 AGM, having served the maximum six year term on the board of Trustees. (She became Chair of Trustees in 2010.) On leaving the board of Trustees in 2014, she became a member of WLT Council. In 2015 she was re-elected to the board of Trustees. She is also a trustee of Finch family foundation ‘Generations Trust’ which has funded land purchase in Paraguay, and other activities of WLT. She is a successful private investor and business woman sitting on the board of several companies. She takes an active interest in the Trust’s conservation projects and has visited several of the Trust’s overseas partners to see the land purchased with WLT funding.

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    Dr Nigel Simpson

    Trustee (UK)

    Nigel Simpson is a professional chemist who specialises in materials science and ophthalmology. With a lifelong interest in natural history, he has been active in conservation in the Gloucestershire Wye Valley since 1970, and was a co-founder of Fundación Jocotoco established in 1998 and founder of The Simpson Education and Conservation Trust (SECT). As well as being a WLT Trustee Nigel is also a member of the boards of Fundación Jocotoco and Fundación Ecominga and was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005, for his services to environmental conservation and the local communities in Ecuador.

  • Miranda Stevenson

    Miranda Stevenson

    Trustee (UK)

    Miranda Stevenson has played a leading role in the field of zoological gardens and aquaria, first as Curator of Edinburgh Zoo and later as Director of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). During her time at BIAZA she helped develop the WLT-BIAZA partnership which led to the creation of the BIAZA Reserve in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil in 2010, and subsequently the BIAZA Keepers of the Wild programme. In 2012 Miranda was awarded an OBE for her services to wildlife and conservation. She became a Trustee of World Land Trust in 2013.

  • Andrew von Preussen

    Andrew von Preussen

    Trustee (UK)

    A WLT supporter for many years, Andrew von Preussen became a Trustee in 2011. He trained as a commercial pilot in 1970, after which he flew helicopters with British Executive Air Services from Oxford airport at Kidlington before setting up an aerial filming company called Air Film Services in 1975. He lives in Suffolk and now concentrates on farming and conservation projects in his park and woodland. 

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