MEET OUR TEAM

Born Free has grown into a global force for the conservation and welfare of wildlife, but we’re far from being a big, anonymous organisation.
We’re a team of like-minded people who share the same goals and we’re here to help – whether you have a query, want to buy a gift or support our latest campaign.

CEO & PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

Howard Jones

CEO

Will Travers OBE

President & Co-Founder

Professor Claudio Sillero

Chief Scientist

Dr Cheryl Mvula MBE

Special Advisor to CEO

Aurélia Mandato

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Sarah Locke

Assistant PA to President

Mandy Ford

PA to President

 

CONSERVATION

Dr Liz Greengrass

Head of Conservation

Emily Neil

Field Conservation Assistant

Ian Redmond OBE

Senior Wildlife Consultant

Katy Jedamzik

PA to Ian Redmond

ANIMAL WELFARE & CAPTIVITY

Dr Chris Draper

Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity

Maggie Balaskas

Animal Rescue & Care Manager

Samantha Goddard

Campaigns Officer

Sarah Jefferson

Captivity Programme Information Officer

Ellie Henderson

Captivity Campaigns Manager

Tricia Holford

Captive Animals Officer and Regional Co-ordinator

Tarnya Knight

Programmes Support Coordinator

Tony Wiles

Big Cat Consultant

POLICIES

Dr Mark Jones

Associate Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements & UK Wildlife

Adeline Lerambert

Policy & Advocacy Strategist

Dominic Dyer

British Wildlife Advocate

Gabriel Fava

Associate Director, Asia & Oceania

EDUCATION

Laura Gosset MSc

Head of Education

David Bolton

Education Officer

 

 

MARKETING & FUNDRAISING

Matt Smithers

Head of Marketing & Fundraising

Beth Brooks

Communications Manager

Filip Fortuna

Video Production Manager

Claire Stanford

Graphics & Brand Manager

Celia Nicholls

Publications Manager

Rachel Tilley

Data & Insight Manager

Chris Barnden

Supporter Care Manager

Emily Pinder

Supporter Care Officer

Sharon Chapman

Communications Officer

Sam Adams

Social Media Officer

Steve Hilling

Graphic Designer

 

 

 

ENTERPRISE & PARTNERSHIPS

Nikki Mason

Head of Enterprise & Partnerships

Joanne Bartholomew

Events Manager

Emma Perkins

Trading Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY & PROCUREMENT

Marc Gumbrill

Head of Business Sustainability

Edd Thatcher

Office Administrator

 

 

PR

Shirley Galligan

PR Director

Victoria Lockwood

Public Relations Officer

 

 

COMPLIANCE & STANDARDS

Stephen Chandler

Head of Compliance & Standards

 

 

 

FINANCE

Sarah Curran

Head of Finance

Nicky Piper

Accounts & Legacy Officer

Kim Welton

Accounts Officer

 

VIRGINIA MCKENNA'S OFFICE

 

Virginia McKenna OBE

Co-Founder & Trustee

Sarah Stead

PA to Virginia McKenna

 

 

BORN FREE KENYA

Tim Oloo

Country Manager / Conservation Director 

Phoebe Odhiang

Education Officer

Martin Nduru Kigutu

Senior Driver

Dr Perez Olindi

Country Patron

David Manoa 

Amboseli West Kilimanjaro Landscape Programme Officer 

Linda Kimotho

GIS Officer and Schools Programme Support 

Newton Sirmyu 

Meru Conservation Area Research Officer 

Stephen Melubo

Monitoring Officer

Simon Kasaine 

Project Officer 

Stephen Waruingi 

Driver

Carol Khadievi

Office Support

Victor Cheryout

Meru Conservation Area Driver

Shadrack Kimeu

Meru Conservation Area Scout

Moses Nyaga 

Meru Conservation Area Scout

Moses Gitonga

Meru Conservation Area Scout

Nelly Konya 

Office Manager


 LEARN ABOUT OUR WORK IN KENYA 

BORN FREE ETHIOPIA

 

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Dr Zelealem Tefera Ashenafi

Country Representative

Ayalkibet Belay

Finance & Admin Manager

 
 

 

ENSESSA KOTTEH MANAGEMENT TEAM

Bereket Girma

Centre Technical Manager

Tiffanie Meekins

Animal Care Officer

Kasu Welde Kidan

Management Assistant 

 

 

ENSESSA KOTTEH ANIMAL CARE TEAM

Atenafu Dagnew

Senior Animal Carer

Tilahun Beyene

Senior Animal Carer 

Bertukan Alemu Hora

Animal Carer

Dejene Nedi

Animal Carer

 

Feyissa Negassa

Animal Carer

Juhar Geleta

Animal Carer

Tamiru Bogale 

Animal Carer

Teferi Lemma

Animal Carer

 

Tekeba Muche

Animal Carer

 
 
 

 

ENSESSA KOTTEH CONSTRUCTION, LAND CARE & FOREST SCOUTS

Anbesa Wondimu

Deputy Head of Forest Scouts

Bacha Kejella

Deputy Head of Forest Scouts 

Chali Bekele  

Deputy Head of Forest Scouts

Mulugeta Mekonnen

Deputy Head of Forest Scouts

 

Assefa Abdi 

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Bayisa Beyene

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Bayisa Merga

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Bekele Alemu

Forest and Wildlife Scout

 

Bekele Fana 

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Birhanu Leta

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Chala Feyisa Buli

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Deme Erba Aka

Forest and Wildlife Scout

 

Dereja Girma Hunda

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Endalkachew Alemu

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Engida Debele

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Fekadu Zeleke

Forest and Wildlife Scout

 

Gemechu Hunda

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Getnet Abebe

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Habtamu Mideksa

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Hailu Feyisa Buli

Forest and Wildlife Scout

 

Lema Dele

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Mekonnen Goda

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Mesfin Assefa

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Mesfin Bekele

Forest and Wildlife Scout

 

Shibru Abebe

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Takele Jifara

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Tefera Fufa

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Terecha Legesse

Forest and Wildlife Scout

 

Tessema Bedada

Forest and Wildlife Scout

Dereje Bekele

Head Carpenter

Abay Bilo

Construction & Maintenance 

Tessema Abera

Construction & Maintenance 

 

Lakew  Seife

Construction and Store Keeper

Tenagne Teshome

Land Care

 
 

 

FIELD CONSERVATION & EDUCATION

Motuma Adula 

Conservation Officer (Babile)

Million Genta

Education officer

 
 

 

ADDIS ABABA TEAM

Bezunesh Kebede

Logistics and Admin Assistant

Getu Mebre

Driver and Mechanic

Ergbe (Genet) Teklen

Cleaner and Cook

Getnet Kebede

Day Guard & Gardener

 

Mesganaw Kinfe

Night Guard

Seyoum Amare

Night Guard

 
 


LEARN ABOUT OUR WORK IN ETHIOPIA 

BORN FREE SOUTH AFRICA

 

Catherine Gillson

Born Free Manager

Glen Vena

Animal Care Manager

Martin Miritiawo

Animal Care Supervisor

Headman Matyumza

Animal Care Assistant

 

Odwa Clay

Junior Animal Care Assistant

Sidney Clay

Education Officer

Thembela Schoeman

Education Assistant

 


LEARN ABOUT OUR WORK IN SOUTH AFRICA 

BORN FREE SRI LANKA

 

Manori Gunawardena

Born Free's Country Representative

 

 

 

TRUSTEES

 

Michael Reyner – Chair 

Michael is a senior partner for an executive search consulting firm. Michael became a trustee in September 2009 and chair in December that year.

Virginia McKenna OBE – Founder 

After a highly successful career as a stage and screen actress, Virginia has devoted her life to wildlife conservation and co-founded Born Free with her late husband, Bill Travers MBE and son Will Travers OBE. 

Michael Drake

Michael is a partner in a central London law firm, with experience as a non-executive director and trustee in various sectors. He is a Fellow of the RGS and a lifelong wildlife and conservation enthusiast. Michael became a trustee in 2009.

 

Peter Ellis

Peter is managing director of a firm of insurance brokers and investment advisers. He became a trustee in December 2009.

Jenny Seagrove 

Jenny is an actress and long-term wildlife campaigner who joined the Board in 2002.

Adam Batty

Adam is a lawyer with a wide background in finance, commerce and risk management.  He has a deep interest in wildlife and the environment. 

 

Sue Olsen

Sue became a trustee in 2015. She has participated in a number of lion rescues with Born Free and has visited many of the projects we support. Sue is the founder of Olsen Animal Trust.  

Anne Wignall

Anne was a teacher before working as a campaigner in animal welfare. She has been a Board member of several national and international charities and was appointed as a Born Free trustee in 2015.

Graeme Young

Graeme is CEO of Visioncare Research and an Honorary Professor at Aston University, School of Life & Health Sciences. He is a PhD optometrist specialising in eyecare clinical research. Graeme also has an interest in wildlife conservation and was appointed a Born Free trustee in 2015. 

 

Liz Tinlin

Liz is a board-level consultant in marketing strategy, with additional expertise in geosciences and sustainability, and runs her own consultancy. Having volunteered on numerous conservation projects, and with a particular passion for big cats and elephants, Liz was appointed as a trustee in 2017. 

Kate Snowdon

Kate is a writer and content producer for children's educational media with a particular focus on conservation and wildlife features. Kate was appointed as a trustee in 2017.

 

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