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 2021 external scoring stage assessors: Olivia Couchman (ZSL EDGE of Existence Programme), Dr Claudia Gray (ZSL EDGE of Existence Programme), Paul Barnes (ZSL EDGE of Existence Programme), Dr Sanjay Gubbi (Nature Conservation Foundation and 2017 Whitley 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 judging panel are:
Marianne Carter - Director, Conservation Capacity & Leadership, FFI
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
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
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
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
WFN’s founder Edward has long held an interest in the environment and is dedicated to supporting grassroots conservationists around the world. Through his family’s charity, the Whitley Animal Protection Trust, Edward initiated the Whitley Awards in 1994 to provide young conservationists with the opportunity to launch their careers and develop long-lasting conservation projects. Edward is Chair of the Trustees of the Whitley Fund for Nature and was awarded an OBE in 2013.
The Lady Catherine Faulks - Chair of the Friends of WFN and Trustee, WFN
Lady Faulks has supported and worked with WFN for many years and was instrumental in developing the Friends of the WFN, of which she is Chair. She has a longstanding fascination and love of wildlife and has been a Fellow of ZSL for over 30 years. Catherine is a Partner in Vivien Thompson Property search, and ran her own business, The Special Photographers Company, for 16 years. She has been an RBKC Councillor since 2011 and is currently the cabinet member for the Economy and Employment. She is Governor of Fox Primary school and Federation. Catherine became a Trustee of WFN in January 2005.
Danni Parks – Director, WFN
Danni’s grant-giving experience during her ten years at WFN has covered Asia, Africa and Latin America, her work contributing to raising and distributing over £18m 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. Gaining a BSc in Zoology from the University of Sheffield in 2008, Danni worked in Indonesia, before studying for an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London, completing her thesis in human-wildlife conflict. Danni has worked for environmental organisations including Earthwatch and the British Ecological Society. She is a Trustee of WildTeam UK, part of the Strategic Advisory Board for Conservation Optimism, a Mentor and Advisory Board member at the Magnolia Incentive, and Co-Chair of the Conservation Evidence Working Group.
Janice Law – Grants Manager, WFN
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.