Danni Parks - Director

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Danni’s grant-giving experience during her eight years at WFN has focused on Asia, Africa and South America, her work contributing to raising and distributing over £15m 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 (First-class) in 2008, Danni gained experience working 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.

Georgie White - Head of Partnerships

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Georgie manages WFN’s donor base and the development of partnerships through which grassroots conservation is supported. She leads on delivery of WFN’s fundraising goals and is liaison with our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal. Georgie holds a Masters in Conservation from University College London, and joined WFN in February 2017 from Synchronicity Earth. Georgie has worked internationally on community development programmes across Asia and has a background in sustainable business having worked for leading sustainable tourism brand, Soneva.

Alicky Davey - Grants Manager

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Alicky manages WFN’s grant-giving programmes including Whitley Award and Continuation Funding applications and reporting, and is responsible for developing WFN’s 200 strong global alumni network. Since completing her MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London, Alicky has managed projects addressing a range of conservation issues, from community-led tropical forest conservation in Peru to restoration of grasslands in the Falkland Islands. Her work at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew established a new network of seed conservation partners across Asia focused on threatened trees and improving global food security.

Victoria Thompson - Communications Manager

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Victoria is responsible for managing WFN’s digital and print communications, using the charity’s platform to spread awareness about Whitley Award winners’ work. She also works with the charity’s PR company, and supports the team with donor communications and across events. Victoria holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Kings College London, and has worked on various grassroots sustainable development initiatives internationally, most recently in Mexico and Peru. She acts as an advisor on marketing and strategic growth for Human Connections, an organisation promoting responsible tourism in Mexico.

Brian Johnson - Finance Manager

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Formerly Managing Director of Guinness Cameroon and Finance Director of Guinness Africa, Brian, since his return to the UK, uses his core finance skills, to support charitable organisations on a part time basis. He has been with WFN since 2010 and acts as Treasurer/Finance Manager/Trustee of six other charities, several on a voluntary basis.  An FCA, he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1975.

Jo Segal - Office Manager

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Jo is responsible for managing WFN’s office facilities, administration, IT systems, and supporting the team across events. Jo has a BA in Business Studies, is a passed CIMA finalist and has studied Conservation Biology to degree level. Following an early career as a Management Accountant and a sabbatical backpacking across Africa, Australia and Asia, Jo refocused on her passion for the natural world. She has provided financial and administrative support to various NGO’s including ZSL, and has been instrumental in improving sustainable tea production, supporting conservation programmes in Africa and Asia, and most recently improving waste management in the UK.