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.


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.

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.


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.  

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. 


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.




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