Ed is a Director at the climate and energy think tank E3G . Ed has 18 years’ experience as an NGO campaigner on biodiversity and climate change issues and has worked for Friends of the Earth and WWF. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Renewable Energy Association’s Campaign of the Year award and the Observer Food Monthly Campaign of the Year award for his palm oil campaign.
Elspeth is a barrister at the environmental law NGO ClientEarth, where she works on innovative legal actions designed to protect the environment. Prior to joining ClientEarth, Elspeth practised as a self-employed barrister at a leading commercial barrister’s chambers in London, where she specialised in commercial litigation and arbitration. Elspeth was called to the bar in 2007, after studying law at the University of Oxford. Elsepth joined the Board of SOS in September 2015.
Gary has recently retired from Plan International, a global children’s development not for profit, where he was Director of Global Assurance. Prior to that he was head of Internal Audit at Oxfam GB, and has also worked in the UK commercial sector. He has travelled several times to Indonesia for both Plan International and Oxfam, including time on the 2004 Aceh tsunami humanitarian response. He became a trustee of SOS in 2009.
Fiona worked in retail for 15 years specialising in the development of sustainable commodity sourcing policies. Between 2014-18 she co-chaired the Consumer Goods Soy and Palm Oil Working Groups, spearheading business action on deforestation commodities, and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil over the same period. She has been at the heart of collaborative business efforts to break the link between palm oil and deforestation for over a decade. Earlier this year she moved to Olam International, a global commodity trader, to lead the development of their innovative B2B sustainability platform, AtSource.
Katie was appointed a trustee of SOS in February 2013. Katie has worked in the charity sector for over 13 years, specialising in fundraising, marketing and communications. She is currently Director of Fundraising & Marketing for Somerset Wildlife Trust. Katie’s move into the charity sector followed marketing and communications roles with the international law firm, Linklaters, and in the UK’s emerging biotechnology sector. She has a lifelong interest in wildlife and conservation.
Anthony worked for 4 years in Sumatra, including volunteering for the Orangutan Health Project. He recorded the activities of wild and semi-wild orangutans in the forest as well as running an international volunteer program. After the tsunami of 2004, Anthony worked for an NGO in Aceh where he developed an interest in water management – the field he has worked in since returning to the UK. He brings considerable scientific and field experience to the SOS Board of Trustees.
David is the founder of Kimpton Creative, an award-winning branding and design agency. He has worked in design for over 25 years, winning over 50 industry awards. He has been involved with developing numerous charity brands, including Christian Aid, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and The Salvation Army, along with re-branding the Natural History Museum and SOS. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and has lectured at Somerset College and Bath Spa University.
Pete began his career in the private sector, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant before moving on to the voluntary sector. He has headed up finance teams in a small rural social enterprise charity and more recently a larger, research-focused environmental NGO. He brings strong financial management and budgetary control skills to the board of SOS as well as a passion for its work.
Rob is an ecologist and currently serves as Director for Research, Conservation, and Exploration at the National Geographic Society based in Washington DC. Rob has worked as a senior scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, UNESCO, and is a faculty member at the Graduate School at City University of New York. He has worked in conservation and science, natural resources management, capacity-building, livelihoods, environmental education, and governance in over 40 countries.