Danni Parks - Director
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.
Victoria Thompson - Deputy Director
As Deputy Director, Victoria supports WFN across the charity’s operations and team management, and she plays a leading role in event organisation. Victoria is additionally responsible for managing WFN’s print communications, including reports and proposals, to put a spotlight on the issues our winners’ address and the impact receiving a Whitley Award can have. 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.
Amy Forshaw - Head of Communications
Amy is responsible for managing WFN’s digital communications, using the charity’s platform to spread awareness about Whitley Award winners. She also leads the charity’s PR, and supports the team with donor communications and across events. Amy graduated with a degree in music from Kings College London and has run communications teams for several cultural charities in the decade since. She joins WFN in May 2020 having returned from a six month sabbatical spent cycling 8000 miles across North America.
Brian Johnson - Head of Finance
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.
Lydia Johnson - Operations Manager
Lydia joined WFN in 2019 and supports the team across charity operations. Within fundraising, Lydia is Chair of WFN NextGen; she works with the Head of Communications on social media events and engagement; with the Head of Grants she is working on the development of the WFN Winner Network; and as office manager she leads on managing WFN’s IT systems, facilities and administration. Lydia holds a BA in Art History and an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London. She is a passionate naturalist, and completed her training as a FGASA certified field guide in South Africa in 2017. Outside of work she enjoys classical music and martial arts.
Janice Law - Head of Grants
Janice manages the WFN’s grants programmes for the Whitley Awards and Continuation Funding schemes. She is the primary liaison with winners and leads on the development of 200 strong global alumni network. Her work spans across both conservation and environmental sectors including developing online learning programmes at the Zoological Society of London and greenhouse gas reporting for the UK government and abroad. She has conducted research on marine turtles in Costa Rica and white sharks in South Africa and holds an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London.
Georgie White - Head of Partnerships
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 which have contributed to over £18 million in funds being distributed across Asia, Africa and Latin America. As Head of Partnerships, she is liaison with our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal. Georgie holds a BSc in Biology from Imperial College London and worked internationally on community development programmes across Asia, before gaining a MSc in Conservation from University College London. Georgie joined WFN in February 2017 from Synchronicity Earth. She has a background in sustainable business having worked for leading sustainable tourism brand, Soneva. She is a Trustee of YAKUM, an NGO which protects indigenous forest in Ecuador and builds cultural, medicinal and food sovereignty, through reforestation. Georgie has a passion for fine art and is a Director at Shenstone Art. She is also an avid dancer and head of SafeSpace for Zoukglow, a Latin dance company based in London.