Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Campaigns Department

Alison Hood – Rescue & Care Director

Alison manages projects and campaigns on a daily basis and analyses potential new projects and helps establish them, whilst also managing the Programme’s departmental budget. As a director, and with the rest of the team, Alison helps prioritise the work and direction of the Foundation’s projects.

Anna Wade - Programmes Assistant Zoo Check

Anna Wade

Anna joined Born Free in April 2013 following a year’s voluntary work at an orangutan and sun bear rehabilitation centre in South East Asia. She also volunteered at the Born Free Office in Horsham before becoming a permanent member of the team. She works primarily on captive wild animal issues relating to zoos, circuses and exotic pets in the UK  and provides administrative support within the Zoo Check department.

Chris Draper – Programmes Manager (Captive Wild Animals/Science)

Chris undertakes scientific research and investigation on animal welfare and conservation issues involving wild animals in captivity, and deals with issues involving the application and enforcement of relevant legislation and standards in the UK. Prior to joining Born Free in 2004 he worked with a wide range of captive wild animals, especially chimpanzees.

Claudio Sillero – Head of Conservation

Based at Oxford

A conservation biologist, Claudio has been working with Born Free since 1995.  In 2003 he was appointed the Bill Travers Fellow for Wildife Conservation at Lady Margaret Hall, the University of Oxford. Claudio is based at Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit  (WildCRU) and is BFF’s Head of Conservation, charged with strategic planning and overseeing BFF's portfolio of conservation projects.  He coordinates monthly Conservation Team meetings and is the Director of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme and the Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme.
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Daniel Turner – Senior Operations Officer - Europe, Zoo Check

Daniel joined Born Free in May 2000 following two year’s voluntary work in field conservation projects overseas.  He is responsible for developing and managing Born Free’s agenda for captive wild animal welfare, under the auspices for the core project, Zoo Check.  As Senior Operations Officer, he prioritises his time on the raising of international standards in animal welfare and protection in Europe, and as consultant to the travel industry on animal welfare-related issues, seeks to prevent animal suffering and phase out captive animal exploitation abroad.

Gabriel Fava – Programmes Manager

With a background in field biology and considerable experience as a wildlife volunteer, Gabriel joined Born Free fulltime in 2009 and is primarily responsible for conservation field projects in Asia, including those in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India. He also works on wildlife trade issues, in particular those relating to elephants and tigers and co-ordinates the ivory trade and elephant poaching website

Ian Redmond, OBE – Wildlife Consultant

Ian Redmond

Ian works from the Bristol office as Chief Consultant to GRASP under contract with UNEP and BFF.  He first became advisor to Zoo Check on gorillas and elephants in 1986, and co-founded Elefriends in 1989.  He is a Consultant on specific field projects, such as Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC, Limbe Wildlife Centre, Cameroon, Mount Elgon Elephant Monitoring, Kenya, Elephant Transit Home, Sri Lanka and the polar bear project, Churchill and CITES work.  Born Free supports Ian’s work as Chairman of Ape Alliance, SSN Primate Working Group and Vice-Chair UK Rhino Group.

Katy Jedamzik – PA to Ian Redmond/Ape Alliance Office Manager

Katy’s main role is to ensure the smooth running of the Ape Alliance Bristol Office, co-ordinating volunteers and supporting Ian in all aspects of his work with Born Free, Ape Alliance and GRASP

Laura Gosset - Programmes Support Co-ordinator

Laura Gossett

Laura joined the conservation team in July 2012 and provides programmes support. This includes the co-ordination of the project equipment donations and answering volunteer enquiries  as well as providing support for the organisation of team meetings and monthly budget tracking. With a background in biology Laura completed a masters in Environmental Conservation Management at the University of Glamorgan before joining the team in Horsham.

Liz Greengrass - Programmes Manager (Conservation)

Liz joined Born Free in September 2014. Liz has almost 20 years- experience implementing projects in Africa as a field conservationist for both NGOs and the private sector.  After spending seven years studying chimpanzees at Gombe National Park in Tanzania, her work took her to Nigeria, Cameroon and Liberia and the Guinean forests of West Africa where her focus was often on the conservation of chimpanzees and other primate species. In addition, Liz is knowledgeable on rural livelihoods such as bushmeat hunting and trade, protected area management and law enforcement. In recent years, she has increasingly worked with the extractive industries (iron ore and oil exploration) and agribusiness, specifically oil palm, implementing and coordinating biodiversity baseline studies and rapid surveys as part of Environmental Impact Assessments and acting in an advisory capacity, recommending potential mitigation measures, as part of various industry-led initiatives.

Mark Jones - Programmes Manager (Wildlife)

Mark joined Born Free in October 2014 to work on international wildlife trade and wildlife management issues. A vet by training, Mark worked for many years on fish health and protection, before spending five years travelling extensively and volunteering in wild animal rescue and rehabilitation projects in South America and Asia. He has Masters degrees in aquatic and wild animal health, and brings with him several years’ experience in the non-government animal protection sector.

Samantha Goddard- Programmes Assistant


Samantha joined Born Free In August 2014 following a 6 month internship with us. She works primarily on captive wild animal policy issues within the Zoo Check team, and as secretary for both ENDCAP and the affiliated, Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition, Samantha prioritises work on captive wild animal welfare in Europe and particularly seeks to phase out cetacean captivity.

Sarah Jefferson – Zoo Check Assistant

Sarah joined Born Free in 2006 and her role provides support for Zoo Check’s day to day work and campaigns.  She is the primary contact for animal welfare complaints received through Born Free’s Traveller’s Animal Alert; maintains Zoo Check’s complaints database; investigates and responds to animal welfare complaints; answers requests for information and various other administrative tasks.

Tricia Holford - Rescue Programme / Activate Co-ordinator, based in Lincolnshire

Tricia is Born Free’s longest serving member of staff having started working on the Zoo Check project in 1984.  She then co-ordinated the Big Cat Project which developed from Born Free’s first big cat rescue in 1995 and now focuses on our big cat rescues, which she co-ordinates with Alison Hood, as well as being the point of contact for our lion and leopard sanctuaries in Shamwari Wildlife Reserve in South Africa.  In addition, Tricia works on captive big cat issues alongside the Zoo Check team and Adam Roberts in the USA.  She is also involved in big cat conservation through her input in Born Free’s Bengal tiger conservation programme, which is co-ordinated by Dr. Claudio Sillero.  Tricia also runs Born Free’s letter writing campaign, ‘Activate’.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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