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The Council of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has legal and financial responsibility for the company and its members are directors for the purpose of company law and trustees for the purpose of charity law. The Officers and Ordinary Members of Council are elected by the membership of the organisation and serve four year terms of office.
The Council is responsible for establishing the strategy, policy and control framework of the organisation, which is achieved via twice yearly meetings and via formal delegations to sub-committees and to the Management Team of the organisation.
Andrew Sykes has worked in the financial services industry since 1978, and was a director of Schroders plc from 1998 to 2004, with responsibility latterly for private banking and alternative investments (property, private equity and hedge funds). He is now a non-executive director of a number of public and private companies in the fields of banking, insurance and fund management. In addition to these commercial activities, he supports or works with several charities in addition to FFI, focusing principally on the environment and conservation.
Andrew was elected to FFI's Council in 2005 and served as Treasurer prior to becoming Chairman in 2007. He also chairs a number of Council sub-committees, including the Executive Committee.
Professor Nigel Leader-Williams is Director of Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College. Having originally trained as a veterinary surgeon, Nigel then went on to specialise in applied ecology, conservation biology and conservation policy, with a focus on large mammals that conflict with human interests. Before taking up his current post at Cambridge, Nigel was Director of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent. Professor Leader-Williams has worked closely with IUCN on a variety of issues and is a member of their Africa Rhino Specialist Group. His most recent publication Trade-offs in conservation: deciding what to save was co-edited with Professor Bill Adams and Dr Bob Smith.
Nigel previously served two terms of office from 1998 to 2006, and was re-elected to Council in 2008. On his re-election for a further term in 2012 he became co vice-chair and joined the Executive Committee.
Charles Whitbread is the great grandson of Samuel Whitbread MP, one of the founder members of FFI and Charles previously lived and worked on a private nature reserve in South Africa. His family have a long-term interest in nature conservation and Charles was a member of FFI's former Founders' Circle.
Charles was elected to Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, becoming co vice-chair and joining the Executive Committee in 2012. He also serves as a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees.
Philip Prettejohn is a senior partner of Rawlinson & Hunter chartered accountants and of Rawlinson & Hunter International. He joined the firm in 1968, qualified with it and became a partner in 1978. Philip specialises in international tax planning for individuals and substantial family trusts. Philip is a Fellow of the ICAEW and a member of STEP.
He was elected to FFI's Council in 2006, becoming Treasurer and joining the Executive Committee in 2007. He was re-elected for a second term in 2010.
Melanie Gee began her investment banking career in 1982 at S.G. Warburg in London, which subsequently became part of UBS. She became a Managing Director of UBS in 1999 and between 2006 and 2008 she was a Senior Relationship Director. Melanie has worked across a broad range of industries and geographies. In 2008 she joined Lazard & Co. Limited as a Managing Director and became a Senior Advisor at the end of 2012.
In 2011 Melanie was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the Weir Group, where she is now Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee. In January 2013 she was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Drax Group where she is a member of the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees. Melanie has been an alternate member of The Takeover Panel – LIBA (CFC) since 2006.
She previously served on Council from 2007 – 2010, was re-appointed in 2013, and has been a member of the Conservation Circle since 2007.
Stephen Georgiadis was born in Kenya and educated at Ampleforth and Oxford, where he obtained a degree in Jurisprudence from Brasenose College. He began his professional career in investment banking with Hill Samuel & Co. and subsequently joined Apax Partners, the private equity group. He was part of the management team that developed Altium, the mid-market investment banking group, from an early-stage business (initially as part of Apax Partners) through to a third-party sale. Altium was subsequently re-acquired by its management team in an MBO and has since grown to become a leading pan-European investment banking and stockbroking group serving mid-market companies.
He has always retained a strong interest in natural history with a particular affinity for tropical butterflies
Stephen was elected to Council in November 2010 and currently serves on the Audit Committee.
Professor Brendan Godley is Professor of Conservation Science at the University of Exeter. He is an internationally recognised expert on marine turtles and a conservation biologist with wide ranging interests in biodiversity conservation. His past research has largely focused on the study of marine vertebrates but more recently has involved invasive species, artisanal fisheries and the impacts of renewable energy facilities. Professor Godley is a member of the Ecology and Conservation research group at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus and jointly co-ordinates the Marine Turtle Research Group.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the NGO seaturtle.org for more than 10 years, is currently a member of the Darwin Initiative's Expert Committee and sits on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including FFI's Oryx. In 2012 he was awarded ZSL's Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation.
Professor Godley was elected to Council in 2012.
Charlotte Grezo is Managing Partner of Grezo & Co LLP and advises organisations on environmental, social and ethical issues. Formerly Charlotte was Group Director, Corporate Responsibility Strategy at Centrica. Reporting to their General Counsel and Company Secretary, and working closely with the CEO, the Centrica Executive Committee and the Chair of the CR Committee, her remit was to shape and lead the company's CR agenda. Throughout her career Charlotte's focus has been on sustainability strategy and policies & performance in major multinationals. She established and led sustainability teams at BP, Vodafone and Lehman Brothers.
Charlotte has wide experience at Board and Executive Committee level and a global network of contacts in NGO's, government organisations and multinational companies. She is a member of the BBC Sustainability Advisory Group, a Trustee of BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) and is an FFI life member.
Charlotte was elected to Council in November 2011 and current serves as a member of the Audit Committee.
Andrew Joy is a Senior Advisor at FF&P (Fleming Family and Partners). Andrew was a Founder Partner of Cinven, a leading European private equity firm. Andrew joined Cinven in 1992 and left at the end of June 2013 after 21 years, remaining as an adviser. At FF&P he advises on a range of matters with a particular focus on helping FF&P Private Equity, including chairing their Investment Committee.
Before joining Cinven Andrew was Managing Director of Hill Samuel Development Capital. He was Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association from 1995-1996 and was a director of the European Venture Capital Association until June 2013.
Andrew's other roles include serving as a director of the Biotech Growth Trust plc, as a Trustee of the charity New Entrepreneurs Foundation and as a Fellow of Winchester College, as well as continuing to be involved with a number of other not-for-profit organisations. He has been a member of the Conservation Circle since 2009 and was elected to Council in 2013.
Dr Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. Formerly a professional ornithologist he joined Friends of the Earth in 1990, becoming Executive Director from 2003 – 2008. He is now a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities' International Sustainability Unit, having previously worked (2008 – 2010) as a Special Advisor with the Prince's Rainforests Project. Tony is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), working as a member of the teaching faculty and in the development of the organisation's new Natural Capital programme.
As well as helping deliver programmes with companies via CPSL, he is also an adviser to several international companies, assisting with the development of their sustainability strategies. He does this in a personal capacity and also via being a member of the Robertsbridge Group. He is also a member of several advisory groups and boards; he is a board member of 10:10, chair of the advisory board of Action for Renewables, a trustee of the Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust and a trustee of Ecologist-Resurgence magazine. He is also an ambassador for the National Trust's vision to restore a large area of Cambridgeshire wetlands around Wicken Fen.
In November 2008 Tony Juniper was declared as an Honorary Fellow by the Institution of Environmental Sciences in recognition of contributions to environmental science. In November 2009 Tony Juniper was the first recipient of a unique and prestigious award created by The Wildlife Trusts in honour of conservation pioneer Charles Rothschild, and his daughter, Miriam. In 2012 he was named as the first president of the Society for the Environment and in 2013 was awarded Honorary Doctor of Science degrees by the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth. Dr Juniper was elected to Council in 2013.
Dr Sandra Knapp is a Merit Researcher in the Botany department of The Natural History Museum which she joined in 1992 to manage the international project Flora Mesoamericana - a synoptic inventory of the approximately 17,000 species of plants of the isthmus of Central America. She specialises in the taxonomy of the nightshades - Solanaceae - a plant family with many agriculturally and culturally important species such as potatoes, tomatoes and tobacco.
Sandy has written books with the British photographer Nick Knight (Flora) and about the Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (Footsteps in the Forest). Her book, Potted Histories, is an artistic voyage through plant exploration. She is also published extensively in journals on a variety of related topics and is a member of numerous professional societies. Dr Knapp was elected to Council in October 2013, having served two previous terms from 2004 – 2012.
E.J. Milner-Gulland is Professor of Conservation Science, at Imperial College London (ICCS) where her research is at the interface between ecology and human behaviour. This is motivated both by the challenge of understanding the dynamics of ecological and social systems and by the desire to ensure that interventions to conserve biodiversity are effective and robust to uncertainty.
A particular ongoing research interest of the ICCS group is the ecology and conservation of the saiga antelope, together with the effects of changes in the rural economy on land degradation in Kazakhstan, and on broader issues of conservation in Central Asia, including red listing.
Professor Milner-Gulland is also a trustee of the Saiga Conservation Alliance, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and serves as a Vice President of the World Pheasant Association. She is a member of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Antelope Specialist Groups and serves on the editorial boards of a number of conservation publications including FFI's Oryx: the International Journal of Conservation, the Journal of Applied Ecology and Saiga News.
Professor Milner-Gulland was elected to Council in 2010.
Sir Gareth Rhys Williams has run a number of global businesses, in particular Vitec Group plc, the supplier of products and services to the worldwide entertainment and photographic industries, Capital Safety Group Ltd, the supplier of equipment to the oil/gas industry, and most recently, Charter International, the FTSE250 welding and industrial fans group. He is presently CEO of PHS Group plc.
Married with three young children, Sir Gareth lives in South Wales. He enjoys travel and all aspects of the natural world and has been an attendee at FFI's Conservation Circle events. Sir Gareth's grandfather, the 1st Baronet, Sir Rhys Rhys-Williams was present at the very first meeting of the Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire in 1903 and went on to serve for a number of years as the Honorary Secretary of the Society.
Sir Gareth was elected to Council in 2012.
Professor Callum Roberts is a marine conservation biologist in the Environment Department at the University of York. Currently, his research focuses on human impacts on marine ecosystems. While his interests in marine conservation have blossomed over the years, his field research remains firmly rooted on coral reefs.
Professor Roberts is the author of The Unnatural History of the Sea, Shearwater Books, (2007) and also serves on the Board of Seaweb, a communications-based non-profit organisation that uses social marketing techniques to advance ocean conservation.
Callum joined the FFI Council in 2006 and was re-elected for a second term in 2010.
Edward van Cutsem is Managing Director, BlackRock Family Office Partners, an American multinational investment management corporation and the world's largest asset manager. Since 1996 he has also been a Director of ECOspray, which is committed to the advancement of ethical and sustainable food production through the scientific development of naturally based products and decision support systems. Edward is involved with work at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya and supports the Tusk Trust, whilst his wife, Lady Tamara Grosvenor is interested in orangutan conservation. The van Cutsems reside in Norfolk and joined FFI's Conservation Circle in 2010.
Edward was elected to Council in 2012.
Dr Bhaskar Vira is a Senior Lecturer in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge, specialising in environmental and development economics and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. His research interests centre on the changing economic dynamics of development and on political ecology, where the theme of governance of natural resources focuses on forests, wildlife and landuse change and the social context for biodiversity conservation, especially in India. The theme of incentives for natural resource use and management deals with emerging discourses around the concept of ecosystem services, and how this overlaps with poverty and human well-being, as well as values for biodiversity conservation. Research into the policy process in this sphere has included work as a Coordinating Lead Author with the Responses Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.
Dr Vira is also engaged in collaborative work with colleagues in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, with projects including trade-offs in the context of ecosystem services; how policy to address biodiversity loss can learn from the climate change experience; ecosystem-based adaptation strategies; and the development and use of toolkits to assess ecosystem services at site level.
Dr Vira was elected to Council in 2012.
John Wotton joined the international legal practice, which is now Allen & Overy LLP, in 1976 and became a partner in 1984. He headed the Antitrust Practice in London and the International Public Procurement group. He specialised in UK, EC and international competition and trade law, energy and water regulation and broadcasting and communications law. John retired at the end of 2012 after serving the firm for 37 years as an articled clerk, assistant solicitor, partner and consultant.
John was President of the Law Society of England & Wales in 2011-12, after holding a number of other positions in the Society and now chairs the Society's Education & Training Committee. He is the Panel Deputy Chair of the Competition & Markets Authority, a member of the Co-operation & Competition Panel for NHS-funded Services and of the Court of the City of London Solicitors' Company.
He was elected to FFI's Council in 2006, re-elected in 2011 and currently chairs the Audit Committee.