Jonathan has more than 25 years’ experience in conservation and natural resource management.

He spent more than 15 years in the BirdLife International network working for the BirdLife Secretariat and the RSPB, where he led the RSPB’s international conservation programmes department responsible for habitat and species conservation around the world.

In addition, Jonathan was the president of the Sustainable Agriculture Network and involved in the development of their voluntary sustainability standard, which is widely used for tropical agricultural commodities including coffee and cocoa.

His background also includes management and business planning for an ecosystem restoration concession in Indonesia and protected areas in West Africa, as well as a range of multi-country and cross-regional conservation and community empowerment programmes.

Jonathan joined WLT as its Chief Executive in September 2019.

Jonathan Barnard sitting with Meerkats in the Kalahari