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 – Co-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.


Navindu Katugampola

Navindu is Global Head of Sustainable Investing, Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Navindu was appointed as a Trustee in June 2022.  

Jenny Seagrove 

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

Kate Stephenson

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.


Sharon Peake

Sharon is an experienced senior human resources practitioner, psychologist, and executive coach with 20+ years’ experience working in global blue chip businesses. She is a wildlife and conservation enthusiast with a particular passion for rhino and big cats.  

Elaine Olson-Williams

Elaine Olson-Williams is a Partner in Chartered Accountants MHA MacIntyre Hudson, and has a passion for wildlife, in particular elephants. 

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. 


Sean Cassidy

Sean joined the board of Born Free USA in 2016. He owns clothing stores in New York and San Francisco under the name of LAFAURIE. Sean is also a writer. He splits his time between Los Angeles, New York, and Paris.

Jess Ruben

Jess' career has taken her through the charity sector to high-growth tech businesses, where she currently focuses her efforts as the Chief Officer for People & Operations at a London based Fintech. Half-Kenyan, she has been a passionate advocate for conservation throughout her life and is delighted to follow in her grandfather's footsteps as a Born Free trustee. 

Dr Amal-Lee Amin

Amal-Lee is Managing Director and Head of Climate, CDC Group and Senior Advisor UK COP26 Presidency. Amal-Lee was appointed as a Trustee in June 2022.


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