Gil Child has stepped down from the board of trustees of World Land Trust (WLT) after nearly twenty years. His resignation was accepted with regret at the Trust’s annual general meeting on 6 June 2013.
Gil joined WLT’s board of trustees in 1994 and since then WLT has greatly benefited from his extensive knowledge of international conservation.
Formerly with the Wildlife Division of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) he brought to the Trust his wide ranging experience of many years working in the tropics. His knowledge of sustainable development programmes, a worldwide network of scientific colleagues and a lifelong enthusiasm for wildlife helped ensure that the Trust had the best scientific advice.
John Burton, WLT’s Chief Executive, said: “Gil has been a great asset to WLT, and we are all sad to see him go. Thanks to his first hand experience of international conservation and particularly his insights into conservation in East Africa, Gil has helped us enormously over the years. We will miss his calm, informed and diligent input and send our best wishes and thanks.”
(John Burton, Chief Executive of World Land Trust)
Gil was born and raised in East Africa, where he worked initially as a government game park ranger. He went on to help set up the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka, Tanzania.
In 1969 he joined the field staff of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). At FAO he was first a Wildlife Officer and then Regional Wildlife and National Parks Officer for Africa, a post based in Accra, Ghana.
After this, he became Senior Officer (Wildlife and Protected Area Management) in the Forest Resources Division of FAO in Rome, where he formulated, supported and made field visits to projects in many parts of the developing world. He was also Secretary to the FAO African Working Party on Wildlife Management and National Parks. He retired from FAO in 1992 to become a consultant for various wildlife and conservation organisations.
A new trustee for WLT
Miranda Stevenson, former director of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) was appointed at the 2013 AGM.