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, and in 2019 the John Spedan Lewis Medal of the Linnean Society, for innovation in conservation. After stepping down as CEO of WLT, he continues to be active as a freelance consultant.
Co-founder of World Land Trust in 1989 with John Burton, Viv previously worked for Fauna & Flora International and has had several other roles in conservation including Conservation Assistant to Sir Peter Scott in his capacity as Chairman of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. She has worked at several CITES Conference of the Parties meetings and particularly enjoys working with World Land Trust’s partners across the world. In 2018, her contribution to elephant conservation was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Government of India.