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.
CCF UK royal patron – Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent
Inspired by her long-time interest in cheetahs and an introduction by CCF UK Patrons Jonathan and Angela Scott, HRH Princess Michael of Kent travelled to CCF’s research base near Otjiwarongo, Namibia, where she endeavoured to build a foundation of knowledge about the species’ plight and determine ways she could help.
“HRH Princess Michael of Kent and I share a common interest in the cheetah. She raised an orphan cub as a teenager in Mozambique, and she has carried that experience forward in life”, said Dr Laurie Marker. “During her week at CCF, our staff presented information about our programmes to conserve the species, from livestock guarding dogs, genetics, habitat restoration and cheetah reintroductions, to our education initiatives”.
HRH Princess Michael of Kent toured CCF’s Field Research and Education Centre to familiarise herself with CCF’s Model Farm, veterinary clinic, conservation genetics laboratory and Biomass Technology Demonstration Centre. She met with staff administering CCF’s Future Farmers of Africa and Livestock Guarding Dog Programmes and accompanied CCF scientists to Erindi Private Game Reserve to observe the release of three cheetahs back into the wild. She met Dr Marker at a CCF event in the UK in 2016 and expressed her desire to support in cheetah conservation efforts in Namibia.
CCF UK patrons – Jonathan and Angie Scott
“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
Chair: Phillip Wale began his career in UK Gilt Edged & convertible bonds, spending ten years at Goldman Sachs in New York and then London, as co-head of pan-European equities. He managed the equity businesses at Commerzbank and then at Knight Securities, where he was appointed European CEO. In 2004 he moved into fund management as CIO of a multi-strategy hedge fund, returning to the sell-side in 2007 with Collins Stewart working closely with the expansion of the wealth management product. Phillip joined Seymour Pierce, the corporate & institutional broker and wealth manager, in 2010 and was appointed its Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Between 2012 and 2016 he was Chief Executive Officer of Panmure Gordon & Co. Prior to joining WHIreland in August 2018, Phillip was Head of Fixed Income (Europe) at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe.
Trevor Bolton is the founder, owner and MD of DMS Plus Ltd. He is actively involved with the running of the business, visiting customers and attending congresses, with a passion for customer service and the welfare of animals. He works closely with the veterinary profession and has formed good relationships within the industry. He has been a member of NOAH, a trustee for charity organisations and sponsor for CPD and other events. The care and commitment of the people in the professional drives Trevor to look for new ideas of preserving the quality of care for animals, both domestic and in the wild. After leaving his youthful years in Bucklebury (and after too many years to mention), he now splits his residence between the South and the North of England. Outside of work he is a keen tennis/squash player. Trevor had a midlife crisis of learning to fly a helicopter and enjoyed the challenge. One weakness has been maintained which is cars and he is a member of the Goodwood Racing Road Club (GRRC).
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.
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.
Giles Clark, wildlife conservationist and TV presenter, has a great passion for big cats and their conservation. This passion was ignited after volunteering as a teenager at a local wildlife park and has since taken Giles all over the planet to work with some of the worlds’ most endangered big cats. This has included his role as Head of Tigers and Conservation Manager at Australia Zoo and an 18 month stay in India, carrying out vital work for tiger conservation. His TV work includes programmes for BBC Natural History Unit, presenting the very popular “About the House” series with a focus on tigers, cheetahs, jaguars and bears. Giles’ hope is that by explaining the challenges these animals face whilst also engaging the audience, that this will push conservation efforts for these species. Giles interest in cheetah conservation took him to Somaliland in 2019 to witness first hand CCFs’ efforts to tackle the illegal cheetah trade and reduce human wildlife conflict in the Horn of Africa. Giles is proud to join CCF UK as a Trustee to support the work of CCF.