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The team

WDC has around 80 staff worldwide working in 5 locations.

They are led by a team of directors overseen by volunteer trustees who are responsible for ensuring we meet our charitable obligations.

Directors

Chris Butler-Stroud

Chris Butler-Stroud
CEO

Chris Vick

Chris Vick
Director of Strategic Operations

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Cally Moore
Director of Finance

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Helen Mitchell
Director of Fundraising

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Ed Fox
Director of Marketing and Communications

Sian Davies-Hamilton

Sian Davies-Hamilton
Director of Human Resources

Declan Andrews

Declan Andrews
Executive Director, Australasia

Franziska Walter

Franziska Walter
Executive Director, Germany

Regina Asmutis-Silva

Regina Asmutis-Silva
Executive Director, North America

Vanesa Tossenberger

Vanesa Tossenberger
Director of Policy

WDC staff have a wide range of skills, working in closely-knit teams across the organisation from policy to communications, fundraising to supporter relations and finance. In addition to this, we are supported by a wonderful group of volunteers kindly offering their time to help our cause.

Policy team

Alice Walters

Alice Walters
Shorewatch Data Coordinator

Alison Wood

Alison Wood
Education Coordinator

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Carla Boreham
UK Policy Lead

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Emma Steel
Shorewatch Coordinator

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Ed Goodall
Green Whale Manager

Erich Hoyt

Erich Hoyt
Research Fellow

Fiona Read

Fiona Read
Research Coordinator

Katie Dyke

Katie Dyke
Shorewatch Coordinator

Nicola Hodgins

Nicola Hodgins
Research Coordinator

Rob Lott

Rob Lott
Campaign Coordinator

Phillipa Brakes

Philippa Brakes
Research Fellow

Sonja Eisfeld

Sonja Eisfeld-Pierentino
Research Coordinator

Vanessa Williams-Grey

Vanessa Williams-Grey
Campaign Coordinator

Vicki James

Vicki James
Research Coordinator

Trustees

Lisa Drewe (Chair)

Dr Lisa Drewe spent a significant part of her career in senior roles within the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Office. With a PhD in biotechnology from the University of Cambridge she rekindled her passion for nature and the outdoors by joining the National Trust to lead their strategy development with the Board and trustees. Now a Director of her own sustainability consultancy she works to inform and change government policy and to support business do less harm through more responsible operations and strategy. She has an ambitious conservation goal for re-wilding oceans and for people and business to ultimately give back more than they take. A keen mountaineer and islandeer she spends all her free time exploring the British islands and coastline.

John Gerard Leigh

John has extensive stockbroking experience in the City of London. In 1980 he moved to Bristol and became a partner in Laws & Co. In 1994 he became the Senior Director of Laws and a Main Board Director of Allied Provincial Securities, its parent company.  John now concentrates on managing portfolios for both private clients and a number of major charities in Bristol.

Percy Kelland

Percy is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 38 years’ experience in the voluntary and commercial sectors.  He worked for 21 years for KPMG, 6 years at director level in industry, and 11 years as a self-employed business adviser. Having grown up on a farm on Exmoor, he has a lifelong passion for wildlife and conservation issues and is an active supporter and adviser to a number of charities. Percy chairs WDC’s Audit & Investment Committees.

Phil Smith

Phil is a successful and highly experienced Senior Executive with extensive experience across a range of retail financial services products and commercial lending. He currently has responsibility for Nationwide's current account portfolio, but has extensive experience in product marketing, customer management, third party relationship management, commercial negotiation, sales development and commercial underwriting.

Johnny Reed

Johnny has been involved in international banking and corporate finance since the 1970s and has worked for two major merchant banks in London, New York and Shanghai. He set up his own advisory business in 1998 and continues to advise UK companies on financial and strategic matters.

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Patrons

John Craven

John Craven OBE

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Miranda Krestovnikoff

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Julia Bradbury

michaela-strachan

Michaela Strachan

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Monty Halls

jerome-flynn

Jerome Flynn

Ambassadors

James Schall

James Schall

Peter Hall

Peter Hall

Philip Hoare

Philip Hoare

Andrew Sutton

Andrew Sutton

Sarah and Stephen Chapman

Sarah and Stephen Chapman

Rufus Kubica

Rufus Kubica