People

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic management of the Trust, along with our Patrons who help champion our projects.  All our Trustees and Patrons give their time to the charity for free.

Chairman

Prof Martin Speight

Prof Martin Speight

Prof. Speight is an Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. He is Director of Teaching and Admissions Co-ordinator for Biological Sciences at the University. His main research interests are in tropical forest ecology, conservation and management, plant health and insect pest management, tropical coastal ecology and connectivity, links between reefs and mangroves.

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He has successfully supervised 25 students to doctorates so far, in countries including Honduras, the British Virgin Islands, Sudan, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania (Zanzibar), Malaysia (Peninsular and Sabah). Martin has published text books on the ecology of insects and marine ecology. He has visited the Indonesia, South Africa, Mozambique and Honduras research sites.

Patron

Ken Clarke

Ken Clarke

Kenneth Clarke, PC, QC, MP is a British politician, currently a Minister without Portfolio in the UK Government. He is one of Britain’s best-known politicians, and has been Minister of State for Health, Paymaster-General, Secretary of Health, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. He is passionate about nature and its conservation, and can often be found watching birds in remote parts of the world. Ken Clarke was Chair of the Opwall Trust from 2000 to 2010.

Trustee

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett has a strong continued interest in earth sciences and environmental protection. He advises the Oxford Climate Policy body and the Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute.
He is appointed Alan Tayler Advisory Fellow (Mathematics) by the University of Oxford. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School affordable medicines programme through the support of the Structural Genomics Consortium at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford.

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Colin is external board advisor at the University of Oxford Mathematical Institute and at the department of Biomedical Science, respectively to their separate centres for doctoral training (CDT) in industrially focused mathematical modelling (InFoMM) and sustainable approaches to biomedical sciences (SABS).

He is non executive chairman at the bio-technology company EnteroBiotix that leads research in developing medical products from within the human microbiome to prevent and treat disease with a specific focus on drug-resistant bacterial infections.
He is also a trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the global centre for learning and experiencing the works, life and times of William Shakespeare through five historic houses and gardens; internationally designated museum collections; award-winning learning programmes and digital channels.

Dr Niall Mccann

Dr Niall Mccann

Niall studied zoology at the University of Bristol, and completed his PhD in the conservation of Baird’s tapir in Honduras at Cardiff University. In his career as a zoologist Niall has specialised in working with endangered species. Niall made his television debut in 2011 and his wildlife documentary programmes are aired all over the world.

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Niall has conducted research in the UK, Italy, Mauritius, Bolivia, Namibia, Guyana and Honduras, spending over 21 months living and working in remote parts of the world. As well as his involvement in research, Niall is actively engaged in ongoing conservation projects in Honduras and Guyana, where he is working on the creation and protection of National Parks and other Protected Areas; and in human-animal conflict mitigation projects in Malawi and Nepal.

Simon Notley

Simon Notley

Simon is joint founder of The Iron Bed Company, an innovative manufacturing, retail and furniture distribution company. Simon sold the company in 2005 to concentrate on personal projects. Simon has recently funded and participated in a turtle conservation project in The Turks and Caicos Islands, run in conjunction with The Marine Conservation Society, and is just starting a new business in the bicycle world.

Philippa Suthers

Philippa Suthers

Philippa has a long history of supporting charities and local organisations, both in the UK and in her country of birth, Guyana. She has held numerous positions, in particularly in events planning for charities including the Wildlife Trust and several healthcare fundraising appeals.

Nathaniel Page

Nathaniel Page

Nat Page is Director of Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania, an NGO dedicated to protecting Romania’s high biodiversity farmed landscapes by working with the small-scale farming communities that maintain them. He actively promotes ‘protection through use’ of the biodiversity of man-made landscapes, by developing economic incentives from the market (via products linked to biodiversity; diversification such as ecotourism; and intelligently designed state support payments).

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He is involved in the development of farmer-friendly nature conservation policies at national and at EU levels. He studied Zoology at Oxford University, and then Chinese and Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. After 14 years in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, serving in various postings including Thailand and Romania, he returned to his original nature conservation interests in 1995. He combines conservation with practical farming; he is owner and manager of an all-pasture beef farm in the west of England.

Dr Christopher Richards

Dr Christopher Richards

Dr Christopher Richards has a wide portfolio of interests in agriculture and related industries. He is currently Chairman of Plant Health Care plc, a leading provider of naturally derived plant growth enhancers and of Nanoco Group plc, a nanotechnology company.

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He was previously CEO, then Chairman of Arysta LifeSciences, a leading agrochemical company. Chris founded the Instituto Javari, an NGO working with local communities to conserve rainforest in the Javari River in Brazil. He farms in the West of England. Chris holds an MA in zoology and a D. Phil. in ecology from Oxford University.

Dr Richard Field

Dr Richard Field

Dr Field is an Associate Professor of Biogeography at the University of Nottingham. He read Geography at the University of Oxford before taking an MSc in Ecology at the University of Durham and a PhD in Ecology from Imperial College London. He has been Secretary of the International Biogeography Society since 2011.

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He has also been on 10 expeditions to the tropics and sub-tropics, five of them to Honduras with Operation Wallacea and three to Krakatau, Indonesia. His research interests focus on biodiversity and range from purely theoretical (e.g. the causes of the latitudinal biodiversity gradients) to much more applied and conservation oriented.

Dr Edi Purwanto

Dr Edi Purwanto

Dr Purwanto is the Chair of the Operation Wallacea Trust Indonesia, which is an independent Indonesian Yayasan (NGO) that manages and consults on projects throughout Indonesia, and provides in country support to Wallacea Trust projects there. Dr Purwanto joined the Trustees in 2009. Edi runs projects across central Indonesia, including the South-east Sulawesi Environmental Training project, and the Sulewesi and Sumatra Catchment Management project.

Advisor

Dr Dan Exton

Dr Dan Exton

Dan is Secretary at the Wallacea Trust, and Head of Research at its sister organisation Operation Wallacea. His background is in tropical marine ecology and conservation, with a particular focus on coral reefs, although he now manages largescale conservation interventions on behalf of the Wallacea Trust. Dan manages the day to day running of the Trust, and also leads on several of their projects including their reforestation initiative.

Dr Kathy Slater

Dr Kathy Slater

Kathy has been living and working in Mexico for 15 years, and specialises in managing research and conservation efforts in Neotropical forests, with a side interest in Caribbean turtles. She was instrumental in establishing the highly successful Marine Protected Area in Akumal, Mexico, to provide refuge to turtle populations from unregulated tourism. Kathy also manages largescale projects in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Mexico, providing valuable biodiversity data and threat assessments to the Mexican government, along with developing conservation solutions such as through sustainable honey production as an alternative income source.

Dr Tom Martin

Dr Tom Martin

Tom is a highly published conservation scientist with broad field experience, having completed 22 research expeditions in nine countries. His particular interests include field ornithology, design of ecological census methods, protected area management, and ex-situ conservation stratety development. Tom currently oversees research for the Trust's partner organisation Operation Wallacea's largest terrestrial site; Cusuco National Park in Honduras.

Dr Heather Gilbert

Dr Heather Gilbert

Heatheris a terrestrial biologist focussing on large mammal ecology and human-wildlife interactions. She received her PhD from the University of Nottingham and has since worked in various countries around the world before settling into southern African ecology. She currently oversees research projects in South Africa, Malawi and Madagascar.

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