Our Trustees

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Clare Beatty


Clare has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the last 15 years, including postings to Zambia, Uganda and a range of positions in London. Prior to this, Clare worked in a variety of industries including the third sector, business consultancy and the football Premier League. As Chairman of Wildlife & Welfare, Clare leads the board of trustees using her vast range of skills learnt from working around the world in many challenging environments.


Susie Bertos


Susie has over 7 years’ experience advising on planning and environmental issues in various city law firms. She previously worked as a volunteer on conservation projects abroad including wildlife surveys in the Kafue National Park in Zambia, marine surveys off the north coast of Borneo and most recently researching India's law on waste; in particular plastic. After several years of travelling around Asia she has returned to London and continues to advise on local planning issues.


Chris eccles


Chris setup an online recruitment business in 2000, while studying Economics & Politics at Exeter University, which he continues to run to this day. His passion for wildlife and travel have taken him to 5 of the world's continents, including voluntary work on a conservation project in Africa. Chris brings expertise from establishing and growing a commercial business to the board, along with a strong desire to have a positive impact on wildlife across the globe.


Kathy Silenga


Kathy Silenga has an honours degree in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh and 15 years’ experience working in the conservation sector. This includes five years in Zambia where she led volunteers conducting wildlife population surveys in national parks, was manager of a wildlife sanctuary and worked with James Florence to set up the Elephant Orphanage Project in Kafue National Park. She spent four years in Ghana as Country Coordinator for West African Primate Conservation Action, managing in-situ and field based conservation programmes. She is currently UK & International Projects Manager for UK-based charity, Trees for Cities, where her responsibilities include fundraising, partnership working, project development and delivery.


Michael Shackshaft


A love of conservation and birds took Michael to Zambia in 2004 where he was lucky enough to gain valuable voluntary experience working on a conservation project providing ecological information for the Zambian Wildlife Authority. After studying migratory birds and endemic beetle species at university, Michael spent 9 years working for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) working in an advisory role that included aerial surveys for seabirds, development of spatial decision making tools, habitat creation advice and design and constructed wetland development. Michael is currently employed as a consultant ornithologist, managing the ornithological element of environmental assessments for large scale developments and providing advice relating to ornithology. Michael brings experience of project management and development to the team and valuable experience of working in the conservation sector.