Team

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.

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.

Lydia Johnson - Operations Officer

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Lydia leads on managing WFN’s office facilities, administration, and IT systems, and supports the team across fundraising, communications, grants, and events. Lydia holds an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London. She completed her training as a FGASA certified field guide in South Africa in 2017 and has experience in social media design, community and environmental CSR support and events management. In her spare time she volunteers with a social and therapeutic horticulture charity.

Janice Law - Grants Manager

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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.

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.

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.