Mark has held the role of CEO for over 25 years. During that time he has been instrumental in transforming Fauna & Flora International from an organisation with a handful of active projects into a multifaceted global conservation charity with a work programme comprising more than 100 projects in over 40 countries.
He has spearheaded the establishment of innovative corporate partnerships that encourage big business to put biodiversity at the heart of the strategic planning process and developed numerous successful sustainable business initiatives in support of species and landscape conservation. Mark has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading, internationally focused biodiversity conservation organisations based in and around the city.
Mark is a zoologist with extensive field experience, gained predominantly in remote parts of Africa and Asia-Pacific.
It is safe to say that we are all facing difficult and uncertain times.
This uncertainty can breed anxiety, fear and a sense of isolation and hopelessness. But it can also reveal opportunities for reflection and connection, and encourage us to change our thinking about how we interact with our planet.
For Fauna & Flora International (FFI), as an international conservation organisation with hundreds of partners and staff spread across more than 40 countries, Covid-19 is having a range of impacts on our personnel and programme activities.
However, we have experience of operating under challenging circumstances and we are still working hard to achieve positive conservation outcomes across our many projects, despite the difficulties. Resilience is part of FFI’s DNA – we wouldn’t have lasted this long without it, and it is what keeps us moving forward and keeps us focused.
As we respond to the evolving global situation, precedence must be given to the welfare and health of our supporters, staff, and the wider community. But we will also be working closely with our teams and partners around the world to monitor the impacts of this crisis on conservation as a whole, and on our work specifically.
We will be sharing updates on our website and social media channels, alongside our regular project updates. I would encourage you to follow us if you are interested. Though our offices have closed for the time being, our staff are working remotely and we remain contactable as usual.
In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our friends and supporters well and to extend my thanks to all of our staff, partners, donors and supporters for everything they are doing to help us adapt to the current crisis.
Please stay safe, and look after one another.
Your support during crises like this one is critical, and with it we can defy the odds.