WLT Honorary President & Trustees
Dr Gerard BertrandHonorary President (USA)
With over 35 years' experience in environmental science and conservation Jerry Bertrand's primary interest has always revolved around the preservation of habitat and species. Former Executive President of Massachusetts Audubon Society, former Chairman of BirdLife International and a current Vice President, Jerry is currently a member on the board of the Rainforest Trust (formerly World Land Trust-US) and the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust (BART) which also supports REGUA - WLT's partner organisation in Brazil. He was a co-founder of the World Land Trust in 1989 (then Programme for Belize) and has been actively involved ever since.
Dr Simon LysterChair 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 he also sits 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.
Myles ArchibaldTrustee (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.
Sir Kenneth CarlisleTrustee (UK)
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.
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.
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.
Bruce PearsonTrustee (UK)
One of Britain's best known wildlife artists, Bruce was President of the Society of Wildlife Artists for 10 years. He was the illustrator of Rare Mammals of the World (written by John & Vivien Burton) published in 1987, and has been a supporter of Green Ink since its inception. Bruce regularly donates original artwork for WLT to sell to raise funds for its projects. In the summer of 2013 he was artist in residence in the World Land Trust art gallery
Dr Nigel SimpsonTrustee (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 StevensonTrustee (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 PreussenTrustee (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.