The CCF UK community is strong and growing. We are led by a small, hands-on board with numerous advisors and volunteers around the country. Award-winning wildlife photographers Jontahan and Angela Scott are patrons of CCF.
CCF UK Patrons
“As UK Patrons of CCF we are committed to supporting the tireless efforts of Dr Laurie Marker and her team of dedicated researchers and volunteers in their quest to ensure a future for this most endangered of Africa’s big cats.”
CCF UK Board of Trustees
Co-Chair: Dr. Jane Galton is a fundraising consultant in international development, based in the UK. She has a BSc Zoology, PhD Immunology and MBA (Marketing and Strategic Management) and spent many years as a research scientist in the USA and UK, developing immunotherapies for gastrointestinal cancers, and renal and bone marrow transplantation. Post MBA, she held senior positions in management consulting and business development for KPMG and Deloitte & Touche in their Middle East and Nigeria offices. Subsequently, she has been a senior manager and fundraiser in the international development sector in health and disability, in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Jane has a keen interest in wildlife and was previously a founding member of the Space for Giants UK board of trustees. She brings her extensive experience in fundraising to help CCF resource its conservation programmes.
Co-Chair: Maggie De Pree is an entrepreneur and mother who specializes in social entrepreneurship and innovation. She believes in the power of individuals to make a meaningful difference in the world and is a co-founder of The Human Agency, an incubator for systems solutions to global challenges and The League of Intrapreneurs, a global community of corporate change agents. She has spent the past decade working with entrepreneurs and big corporations alike to develop innovations to address pressing issues such as climate change, childhood obesity and access to health care. She met Dr. Laurie Marker at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford 2012 and was impressed by the systemic nature of her approach as well as her effectiveness at building community. Maggie supports CCF by helping to build the UK community as well as through events and corporate fundraising.
Deborah Iliffe brings experience from the fields of journalism and investment banking to her passion for African wildlife conservation. Deborah holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She wrote and produced television news at CNN, CNBC, several local US news stations and Washington, DC news bureaus. Deborah later served as a Director of Institutional Equity Sales at Societe Generale, after stints as Vice-President at Schroders and as Associate at both Dillon Read and Bankers Trust. Over the past 15 years she has been a volunteer with and keen supporter of efforts at Friends of Conservation, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Whitley Fund for Nature, Synchronicity Earth, Population Matters, African Wildlife Fund and Society for Protection of Nature in Israel. She has volunteered on Earthwatch wildlife research projects in South Africa, Uganda and Peru.
John Playle John Playle is an affiliate at Oxford Brookes University in which capacity he is Chief Moderator and Academic Conduct Officer for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, a collaborative programme with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the largest global accounting body. This programme produces over 2,000 graduates each year. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, having qualified in 1970 and is also a fellow of the Association of International Accountants. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Oxford Brookes University. John Playle has a long career going back over 50 years which began with a firm of auditors, progressed through many large companies (Philips Petroleum, McCorquodale, CWS, Dalgety) in senior and board level positions with responsibility for overseas operations in USA and throughout Europe. He supports CCF UK by managing the charity’s financial accounts.
Peter Jarman trained as a chartered architect at University College London and was responsible for various major commercial buildings as architect and design director in London and Cambridge. He co-founded Wrenbridge Land Ltd in 1994, which has become a premier property group in London and the South East. As well as managing the business, Peter is also responsible for the delivery of all Wrenbridge projects. The company has assets under management and development of £845m and is part owned by Palmer Capital who manage investment funds with a value close to £1Bn.
Peter is a keen sportsman and interested in the arts, having been a Trustee of Wysing Arts and advisor to local and regional arts organisations. He has travelled extensively throughout Africa and is a keen supporter of wildlife conservation. Peter has a particular interest in how wildlife conservation can be a positive influence on the economies of local communities.
Alex von Sponeck is a former emerging markets focused investment banker and an Africa-focused private debt fund manager, having grown up in Botswana, Ghana, Pakistan, India and Turkey – he speaks fluent Turkish and German. Alex is also a Level 1 FGASA trained field guide (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa), and has had a passion for African wildlife and conservation from a young age. Alex believes strongly in youth education, especially in the area of conservation awareness. Alex was educated at Harvard Law School and spent most of his banking career at Merrill Lynch International and Goldman Sachs International before moving into fund management. His favourite game reserve is the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, but he is partial when it comes to anything to do with Botswana!
Aamer A. Sarfraz is founder and CEO of the Draper Oakwood Companies, part of the Draper Venture Network, the leading global collective of venture capital firms. Aamer is also founder of several businesses, including Better Grain and Indus Basin Holding, which invests in Pakistan. From 2006 – 2014, Aamer was MD of The Electrum Group (UK) LLP, part of The Electrum Group, a global private equity business investing in natural resources. Previously, he was Business Development Director in Ithmar Capital Partners, a Dubai based private equity fund. Aamer started his career as an Analyst in the venture capital team at 3i Group plc in London. Aamer is a Member of the International Advisory Board of Texas A&M University, Trustee of the Cogito Scholarship Foundation, London, Member of the Wolfson College Strategy Group, Oxford, Member of the President’s Circle at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Trustee of his family foundation – the Fazaldad Institute. He is Honorary Consul of Estonia in Pakistan. Aamer cares deeply about wildlife conservation and is Governor of WWF Pakistan. After visiting Namibia, he was inspired by the work of CCF, and developed a fondness for the incredible cheetah.