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. He was Executive President of Massachusetts Audubon Society for many years and former Chairman of BirdLife International. Jerry was a co-founder of World Land Trust in 1989 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.
Chair of Trustees (UK)
Mark Avery was elected Chair of Trustees on 10 December 2019. Mark became a WLT Trustee in 2017, after joining WLT’s Council in 2014, having previously been associated with the work of the Trust for many years. A scientist and naturalist, Mark worked for 25 years for the RSPB, 13 of those years as Conservation Director; he stood down in 2011 to pursue a freelance career. Since then he has been writing and commenting on environmental issues earning himself a large following and a reputation as an informed activist with a passion. He lives in rural Northamptonshire.
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 the 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 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.
Ken Burnett is a writer, inspirational speaker and author of several books on donor development and communication. Chairman of Trustees at ActionAid from 1998 to 2003, Ken began his fundraising career with that charity in 1977 and, since then, has been a leading fundraising strategist in the UK and around the world. A former trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee and co-founder of the Commission on the Donor Experience, Ken is now a Trustee of World Land Trust and founder and managing trustee of SOFII. In 2015 Ken was guest speaker at the 1st China Fundraising Conference in Beijing – the only non-Chinese speaker at the event.
Rohini is a successful private investor and businesswoman 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. She was elected Chair of Trustees in June 2017 and retired in December 2019, a position she was previously elected to between 2010 and 2014. She is also a trustee of Finch family foundation ‘Generations Trust’ which has funded land purchase in Paraguay, and other activities of WLT.
Alistair Gammell’s involvement in the conservation world spans more than four decades. Much of this time was spent working for the RSPB, where he developed RSPB’s international work with a particular focus on international legislation and supporting BirdLife and its Partners in Europe, Africa, Asia and the UK Overseas Territories. He became the RSPB’s first International Director.
Shortly after retiring from RSPB in 2009, Alistair became the UK director of the Pew Environment Group’s Global Ocean Legacy campaign, which resulted in 2010 in the declaration of the Chagos Marine Protected Area (at that time the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve at 640,000 km²); and following that, in 2016, the Pitcairn Island fully protected Marine reserve (830,000 km²).
Alistair is now retired.
Anne’s working life has focused on people and organisations. After a first career in local government, Anne joined RSPB to take the lead on staff training and management development at a time of great change within the organisation. She later headed the Environmental Education team for four years before being appointed Director of Human Resources in 2001. Since retiring from full time work, Anne has worked with a number of BirdLife Partners and other NGOs on Governance, Strategy and people issues.
Pauline is a solicitor and former partner of City law firm Allen & Overy where she worked for over 20 years specialising in banking law and project finance. She has a keen interest in wildlife and conservation and for a number of years now has been helping WLT with legal issues. Pauline became a WLT Council Member in 2015, and was appointed as a Trustee in 2017.
Mark Stanley Price
Trained as a zoologist, and researching hartebeest and oryx in Kenya, Mark has spent more than 40 years working in conservation in Africa and the Middle East. Starting in 1979 he designed and ran the pioneering project to reintroduce the Arabian oryx, which was extinct in the wild, to the deserts of Oman. He founded the IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group in 1988 and chaired it until 2000.
For 12 years, he was then Director of African Operations for the African Wildlife Foundation, based in Nairobi. After a spell as a consultant, he became chief executive of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey, involved in the restoration of threatened species in Madagascar, Mauritius, Assam and the Caribbean.
In 2008 he joined the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford, as a senior associate.
In addition to supporting WLT, Mark is a Patron of Marwell Wildlife, sits on the Board of the Sahara Conservation Fund, and chairs the UK Board of the Kenya Wildlife Trust.
His current interests range from charity effectiveness to the potential for rewilding as a transformational and disruptive solution to many current and forthcoming conservation issues.
Emma is co-founder and Director of Operations and HR at Media Bounty, a creative social media agency with a conscience. Emma has been involved with WLT since 2010 through Media Bounty as corporate donor and as a WLT Ambassador.
With a lifelong passion for wildlife and the environment Emma was delighted to be appointed a trustee in December 2019.