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)
Rohini Finch was elected Chair of Trustees at the AGM on 21 June 2017. (She was previously Chair of Trustees in 2010). On leaving the board of Trustees in 2014, she became a member of WLT Council. In 2015 she was re-elected to the board of Trustees. She is also a trustee of Finch family foundation ‘Generations Trust’ which has funded land purchase in Paraguay, and other activities of WLT. She 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.
Mark Avery 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.
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.
Nicola Davies trained as a zoologist at Kings College Cambridge and worked as a field biologist before joining the BBC Natural History Unit where she worked as a presenter, assistant producer and writer. She is now a full time author of non fiction and fiction for children, with more than 40 titles to her name. Nicola is also an Ambassador for World Land Trust and has travelled to north east India, Borneo and Armenia to gain first hand experience of field conservation projects. Several of her recent series Heroes of the Wild are based on the work of World Land Trust and its partners.
Alistair Gammell’s involvement in the conservation works spans four decades. Much of this time was spent working for the RSPB, particularly in international conservation issues and prior to his retirement, he was RSPB’s Director of International Issues. He has been a leading figure in international convention drafting. Since 2009 Alistair has been the director of the Pew Environment Group’s Chagos campaign, which resulted in the declaration of the world’s largest marine reserve (544,000 km sq). He is now working on marine protection is a number of other UK Overseas Territories.
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, Mark spent more than 30 years working in conservation in Africa and the Middle East, before moving to Oman to design and run the pioneering project to restore the Arabian Oryx to the wild. He was then Director of African Operations for the African Wildlife Foundation in Kenya for 12 years. After a spell as a consultant, in 2001 he became Chief Executive of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey. In 2008 he joined Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). He founded, then chaired for 12 years, the IUCN SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group, and now sits on the Board of Marwell Wildlife. His main concerns now are that nature gets adequate attention, and that conservation prepares for the forthcoming challenges to the persistence of biodiversity.
Miranda Stevenson has played a leading role in the field of zoological gardens and aquaria, first as Curator of Edinburgh Zoo and later as Director of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). During her time at BIAZA she helped develop the WLT-BIAZA partnership which led to the creation of the BIAZA Reserve in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil in 2010, and subsequently the BIAZA Keepers of the Wild programme. In 2012 Miranda was awarded an OBE for her services to wildlife and conservation. She became a Trustee of World Land Trust in 2013.