Judging Panel

Members of WFN’s judging panel kindly offer their expertise voluntarily during the assessment we undertake to determine our Whitley Award winners. In addition to the members listed below, WFN’s Trustees rotate their participation annually, and each year our Gold Award winner joins the panel.

We would also like to thank the 2020 external scoring stage assessors: Olivia Couchman (EDGE of Existence Programme), Dr Claudia Gray (EDGE of Existence Programme), Dr Zafer Kizilkaya (Mediterranean Conservation Society and 2017 Whitley Gold Award winner), Dr Simon Lyster (Conservation International UK) and Dr Charudutt Mishra (Snow Leopard Trust and 2005 Whitley Gold Award winner).

The members of our 2020 judging panel are:

Marianne Carter - Director, Conservation Capacity & Leadership, FFI

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Marianne oversees FFI’s work on organisational development support, conservation leadership and professional development, conservation livelihoods and governance and Oryx the international journal for conservation. Since 2009 she has had a focus on building conservation capacity across FFI and their partner network, and developing conservation leadership skills globally. Prior to this, she spent nine years managing the Conservation Leadership Programme, at BirdLife International. She started her career undertaking wildlife conflict research and leading community conservation education and awareness activities in Africa. She has an undergraduate degree in Geography and an MSc in environmental management. Marianne has expertise in capacity building, facilitation and training, and a love for motivating and building engagement, enthusiasm and commitment for conservation.

Damian Fleming - Director of International Programmes, WWF-UK

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Director at WWF-UK, leading their international programmes with a focus in Africa, India, China and Latin America, Damian has specialist experience in forest and freshwater issues, with previous roles also at WWF-UK as Head of Programmes (Brazil & Amazon) and Senior Freshwater Programme Manager. He also possesses a strong background in marketing, fundraising and corporate engagement experience, working 13 years with Millward Brown Marketing Research Agency and two years as Head of WWF’s Corporate Partnerships Programme. Damian sits on a number of senior Councils at WWF-UK.

Matthew Hatchwell - Advisory Board Chair and Conservation Consultant, DICE

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Matthew is a consultant and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent. As former Director of Conservation at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), he was responsible for driving ZSL’s field conservation programmes in more than 50 countries worldwide, working alongside governments, NGO partners and local communities to protect a wide range of species and habitats. Matthew joined ZSL following a 30-year career with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where he served as Director for International Policy and Programme Development. Prior to this, Matthew served as Chief Executive for WCS Europe, having previously overseen in-country teams in Madagascar – where he was instrumental in the creation of Masoala and Sahamalaza/Iles Radama National Parks – and Congo, where he helped to establish Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park and co-managed a capacity-building programme for protected area staff.

Andrew Terry - Director of Conservation & Policy, ZSL

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Andrew Terry joined ZSL as Director of Conservation and Policy in 2019 to oversee delivery of ZSL’s conservation work in the UK and internationally. He leads a team of 240 staff working across challenging landscapes and seascapes to restore species and find sustainable solutions for people and wildlife to thrive. Andrew joined ZSL following an 11-year career as Head of Conservation Programmes and UK Development at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, where he was responsible for co-developing Durrell’s global strategy to ensure measurable conservation impact on the ground. Prior to this, Andrew served as a scientific advisor and programme coordinator for IUCN’s European Programme based in Brussels.

Edward Whitley - Chairman of Trustees and Founder, WFN

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Through his family’s charity, the Whitley Animal Protection Trust, Edward founded the Whitley Awards in 1994 and is the Chairman of the Trustees of the Whitley Fund for Nature. He has long held an interest in the environment and its conservation and is dedicated to supporting grassroots conservationists around the world. Edward was awarded an OBE in 2013.

The Lady Catherine Faulks - Chair of the Friends of WFN and Trustee, WFN

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Catherine is a long-term supporter and trustee of the WFN and was instrumental in developing the Friends of WFN, of which she is Chair. She has a longstanding love of wildlife and has been a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London for over 20 years. Catherine ran her own business, The Special Photographers Company, for 16 years and is also a Trustee of the W11 Opera. She became a Trustee of WFN in January 2005.

Danni Parks – Director, WFN

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Danni’s grant-giving experience during her nine years at WFN has covered Asia, Africa and South America, her work contributing to raising and distributing over £16m in conservation grants. As Director, Danni oversees the charity’s operations, fundraising partnerships and conservation programmes, and leads on delivery of the Whitley Awards Ceremony. Leaving the University of Sheffield with a degree in Zoology in 2008, Danni worked in Indonesia, before studying for a Masters in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. Danni has worked for a number of environmental organisations including Earthwatch and the British Ecological Society, and is a mentor at the Magnolia Incentive working with young people as they begin university.

Janice Law – Grants Manager, WFN

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Janice manages WFN’s grants programmes for the Whitley Awards and Continuation Funding, including applications and reporting. She is the primary liaison with winners and leads on development of 200 strong global alumni network. Janice has worked on various conservation and environmental initiatives, from managing the United for Wildlife online learning project at the Zoological Society of London to delivering greenhouse gas reporting programmes in the UK and abroad. She has also assisted in marine research projects tagging hawksbill turtles in Costa Rica and monitoring white shark populations in South Africa. Janice holds an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London and joined WFN in 2019.