Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Campaigns Department


Chris is a zoologist and chartered biologist, responsible for investigating the welfare of wild animals in captivity around the world and for overseeing animal welfare across all BFF projects. Chris also leads on promoting Born Free’s Compassionate Conservation initiative. He has worked for several animal welfare organisations on issues involving laboratory animals, farmed animals and wildlife. He previously worked as an animal keeper in a sanctuary in the USA with a range of wild animals, and primarily with 50 retired laboratory chimpanzees. Chris is also the European Coordinator for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). He is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Bristol on the implementation of legislation and assessment of animal welfare in zoos.

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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Emily Neil – Field Conservation Assistant

Emily joined Born Free in 2018 to assist Liz Greengrass, Associate Director of Field Conservation Africa, with the management of Born Free’s Africa programme. She has just completed an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford, and is interested in applying innovative technologies to conservation challenges. For her thesis, she built a model to explore issues of elephant poaching, and she is hoping to continue with this as a PhD. Emily also spent a year studying chimpanzees in Gabon, and she has also studied birds in Maine and Montana, USA.

Gabriel Fava – Associate Director, Asia and Oceania

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 - Head of Education

Laura Gossett

Joining the conservation team in July 2012 Laura initially worked on rescue, care and conservation projects before taking on the role of Head of Education in Sept 2017.


Liz Greengrass - Associate Director Conservation Africa

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 - Associate Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements & UK 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 Support Coordinator

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’.

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