Edward Whitley, OBE
WFN founder Edward has long held an interest in the environment and is dedicated to supporting grass root 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.
Sir David Attenborough, OM, CH, CVO, CBE
Perhaps Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker, Sir David’s distinguished career in broadcasting spans over 50 years. Originally a zoologist and geologist by training, David has travelled to some of the world’s remotest regions, and is an enthusiastic advocate of international action to save wildlife and their habitat from destruction by human activities. Sir David was knighted in 1985. In January 2005, WFN were honoured to welcome him as a Trustee.
The Lady Faulks has supported and worked with the 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 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.
Ian is a partner in an executive search firm in London, Sainty Hird & Partners. Previously he worked in the specialty insurance industry in London and New York. He has a BA from the University of York and an MBA from INSEAD. Ian has always been passionate about animals and birds and he has been involved in conservation for the last 15 years. Ian is currently the Senior Independent Director of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and chairman of the Governance Committee. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Durrell UK and has been able to bring consistency and continuity to the two charities. He was a trustee of Westminster School Society for 12 years. Ian has been a long term supporter of WFN and became a trustee in September 2016.
Francis joined WFN as a Trustee in July 2012. He is Deputy Head of Group Sustainable Development and Adviser on the Environment at HSBC, a position he took following a 20-year career in sustainable development at WWF-UK where he held a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Conservation. Francis directed a successful forest conservation campaign for WWF International and helped establish the Forest Stewardship Council and was a member of its international board for three years. Francis drove HSBC’s decision to become carbon neutral in 2005. Francis is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, the Centrica CR Advisory Group and the Vodafone Corporate Responsibility Expert Advisory Panel.