World Land Trust Staff
John A BurtonFounder and Director of Partnerships
John was one of the founders of the Trust in 1989 and after 26 years at the helm he has stepped down as CEO. He remains involved with WLT in his new capacity where he will continue to build on the Trust’s conservation successes.
Prior to founding WLT John had more than 20 years’ experience in international conservation, including working with Friends of the Earth and 12 years as Chief Executive of Fauna & Flora International. He set up the first TRAFFIC offices for IUCN. Author and broadcaster, John received an Honorary Doctorate from University Campus Suffolk in 2012 in honour of his work for international environmental organisations.
Dr Debbie PainChief Executive Officer
Debbie Pain’s lifelong passion for wildlife has influenced both her career path and leisure time, taking her all over the globe and bringing her face-to-face with some of the world’s strangest and most awe-inspiring animals.
Trained as an environmental chemist with a first-class degree from the University of London, she has worked on a diverse range of conservation challenges, including the impact of climate change, agricultural policy and environmental contaminants. In 1992 Debbie joined the RSPB, subsequently becoming its first Head of International Research. From 2008 she was Director of Conservation at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), developing a conservation strategy and initiating a wide range of projects, including using WWT’s conservation breeding skills to help save some of the world’s most threatened species from extinction, including the Madagascar Pochard and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper.
Debbie has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and co-written or edited three books on bird conservation.
Email Debbie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger WilsonSenior Conservationist
Roger has a long association with the WLT, including as a Technical Advisor to Programme for Belize. He has been involved in conservation fieldwork for over 40 years and with forestry and restoration ecology projects for over 30 years, with extensive experience in West and Central Africa, Belize and other parts of Central America. Responsible for the co-ordination and direction of the WLT Conservation Programme, in collaboration with other senior staff and under the overall oversight of the CEO.
Charlotte BeckhamConservation Programmes Coordinator
A zoology graduate, Charlotte gained a passion for wildlife conservation after volunteering on conservation projects in both Namibia and the UK. She joined WLT in July 2009 on a sixth month internship and then worked for nearly two years as Web Content and Information Officer before joining the programmes team. Charlotte is the primary contact for the Trust’s Central & South American Programme Partners and co-ordinates programmes within this geographical focus. Charlotte also manages WLT’s only project in the UK – Kites Hill
Mary McEvoyProject Manager
Mary joined WLT’s programmes team in 2008 after graduating, working in the UK ecological consultancy sector and volunteering on various conservation projects abroad. Originally responsible for co-ordinating WLT’s Africa and Asia programmes, Mary now manages a portfolio of projects supported by large corporate donors to WLT’s Carbon Balanced programme. Mary’s young son keeps her very occupied outside of work when she most enjoys family outings to the coast and countryside, gardening and all manner of crafts.
Natalie SingletonProgramme Development Officer, Carbon Balanced
An Environmental Science graduate with a lifelong passion for wildlife, Natalie joined WLT in December 2013 after gaining conservation experience through volunteering on projects across the UK. Natalie coordinates WLT’s Carbon Balanced Programme, liaising with corporate supporters and in country project partners. Natalie also supports the Director of Conservation in the development and expansion of the programme.
Chris SmithTechnical Specialist
An Environmental Law and Sustainable Development postgraduate, with a background in auditing, financial accounting and more recently sustainable business development, Chris joined WLT in April 2012. He is a member of the Ecosystems Services team where he is responsible for the management and development of a portfolio of WLT's reforestation and REDD+ projects.
Robynne LawleyConservation Administrative Assistant
A Geography postgraduate who, after volunteering on several conservation projects abroad, went on to work for environmental organisations mainly specialising in African projects and research into waste and recycling. She enjoys spending her free time with her family exploring the outdoors. Robynne joined WLT in March 2016 and provides administrative support to the Programmes team with a primary focus on the Carbon Balanced programme.
Communications & Development
Vivien BurtonDirector of Communications & Development
Office Manager for Fauna & Flora International for seven years. Worked as Conservation Assistant for Sir Peter Scott in his capacity as Chairman of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. Has acted as Rapporteur for SSC Meetings and several CITES Conference of the Parties Meetings including New Delhi, Gaborone and Buenos Aires. Has worked with WLT since its inception and helped its development from the early days of Programme for Belize.
Dan BradburyHead of Development
Joined the WLT team in January 2013 after spending many years working for an FMCG supplier as their Graphics manager. In this role he was also involved in the management of their digital media. Away from work he loves nothing more than to be outdoors. He has a lifelong interest in wildlife and is a keen birder.
Tracey ButlerCommunications Development Assistant
Tracey relocated to Norwich from Toronto, Canada, in 2014. Her background is in traditional photography, both as an image maker and printer, and she has worked in television production, customer service, and communications. With a lifelong passion for travel, and interest in walking and animal welfare, Tracey was pleased to join the communications team of WLT in 2016.
Anne CliffordSpecial Communications Officer
Anne first joined the Trust in September 2003, and became WLT's Donations Manager. After taking maternity leave, she returned to the Trust as Fundraising and Analysis Officer on a part-time basis in 2011. She is now Special Communications Officer and is working on co-ordinating a legacy strategy and grant applications. Outside work, her time is divided between two young children and the family’s small farm, where conservation work is a priority.
Karen Gothard (Lowe)Donations Manager
With a love of wildlife and the outdoors, Karen was delighted to join WLT's Donor Support team in October 2009. In 2010 she took on the role as Donations Manager, looking after WLT’s donor support data base. In her free time she loves being outside walking in the local woods or along the coast with her dogs.
Scott GuiverWeb Development Officer
Ben HammondDigital Content Officer
A journalism graduate, Ben joined the Communications team of World Land Trust in February 2015. Ben generates and edits content for all areas of WLT's website and helps to co-ordinate the Trust's social media activities. He is a keen photographer of wildlife and landscapes and he enjoys few things more than walking his dogs in the woods near his home.
Claire MillardCorporate Support Manager
Claire started work for WLT in 1996 and held various administrative roles until the birth of her first child in 2004. After a five year break she returned to WLT to work with Corporate Supporters and assist the Director of Development. When not at work she enjoys family time with her husband, two children and family dog.
Nina SealeEditor/ Writer
Nina moved from a job as a safari guide in South Africa to work for World Land Trust in May 2016. Nina studied Zoology at Edinburgh and was editor of the student newspaper, covering science and environmental news. She is now part of the WLT communications team, writing news stories, editing reports and assisting with social media. She chose to study zoology and conservation after she first worked on a game reserve in South Africa when she was sixteen.
Julia WarnesDonations Assistant
After ten years living overseas, Julia returned to her home in north Suffolk in October 2009. Having seen first hand rainforest being destroyed only to be replaced by Oil Palm plantations, Julia was very happy to join the donations department of WLT.
Tracey joined the WLT Team in 2016 taking the position of Receptionist. Tracey relocated from Bedfordshire to Suffolk in 2015 where she has longed to live for many years.
Tracey enjoys walking, gardening, attending to her allotment and when time and weather permits volunteers to maintain the local Commons which aids in sustaining and attracting wildlife to the area.
Finance & Resources
Liz StoneDirector of Finance
Joined the team in September 2012 after relocating from the South West. Liz has 15 years’ experience of working within the charity sector both in practice and within charities. Liz has overall responsibility for finance and resources for WLT and its trading subsidiary. Liz spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors with her family.
Jenny ChattingtonHead of Operations & Human Resources
Worked for more than 20 years at the British Museum, initially as an editor, then managing the merchandise operation. Ran a garden centre before joining the Trust in May 2008. Responsible for the smooth running of day to day activities at WLT, with particular care of Human Resources, Health & Safety, and management of the premises. In her spare time gardening and the countryside are her overriding obsessions.
Mel BlagdenPurchase Ledger Clerk
Mel joined the WLT Accounts team in February 2013. She has over 20 years experience working in an accounting environment. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, walking and visiting local places with her husband and two young children.
Melissa Eames-BaytonFinance Manager
Joined the Accounts Department at WLT in November 2007. In her spare time, likes walking with her dog and spends time watching her children in their sporting activities. Also helps her parents maintain 10 acres of environmentally sensitive land.
Emma LinesIT Manager
IT Graduate who joined World Land Trust in April 2012. With previous experience in IT roles, Emma is responsible for the day-to-day IT support and IT Infrastructure at WLT. A keen photographer, Emma enjoys spending her free time in the countryside and forests taking photos of wildlife.
Lynne MortonClerical Assistant
Joined WLT in April 2007 after having been manager of Holton Hall Park Caravan & County Wildlife Site for many years. Hobbies include walks with her four collies, worm farming (for organic gardening, composting and fishing) and gardening.
Claire WhittenburyVisual Communications Consultant
Following a long career in the television industry and 8 years as a Steiner teacher, Claire joined World Land Trust on a part-time basis in March 2014, and provides support in all areas of visual communication. She swims in the North Sea every day.
Emma Beckett PRPR Agency
Emma Beckett PR are a leading PR agency based in London and have worked with the World Land Trust (WLT) for ten years. Emma is passionate about the work of WLT and has helped leverage support and funding throughout the luxury community. Projects such as Emeralds for Elephants at Selfridges and Save It with a Scarf at Liberty are just two examples of how WLT have inspired luxury brands to raise funds for critically endangered habitats and their species.
Emma has worked in luxury PR for fifteen years so has known WLT for much of her career. Belize was the first WLT project area Emma visited in 2004 and has since travelled to many other WLT projects with press teams to see what is being achieved on the ground and make sure this is well documented within the national media. This relationship building with the media has also resulted in significant advertising support being donated for various WLT campaigns.
Luciano BrevesWeb Multimedia Consultant
A Wildlife Filmmaker from Brazil who graduated in Communication. Luciano has produced short documentaries for non-profit organizations showing the importance of conservation. He is a pioneer in live streaming of wildlife in Brazil and created the Atlantic Rainforest webcam. Luciano works on the Wildlife Focus Website remotely from Brazil, regularly appearing on the webchat to answer your webcam questions.
Dr Harriet JonesVoluntary Intern Mentor (external) & Academic Advisor to the Trust
Voluntarily looks after the Trust's interns and MSc students doing their projects with WLT, for 5 years she also looked after the Diploma students. Currently a senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia with research focusing on the transition to university and the development of literary and numerical skills.
There are currently no interns