Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe
The Programme Management team
The Endangered Landscapes Programme is managed by a small team within the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, based in the David Attenborough in Cambridge, UK.
CCI Executive Director, Administrator for the ELP Oversight and Selection Panel
Mike Maunder is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, based in the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Mike started his conservation career studying horticulture and plant taxonomy and developed a love for island endemic plants, later doing a PhD on the conservation management of threatened plants at the University of Reading. He has maintained a deep interest in tropical conservation through working with the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens and Florida International University in Miami, the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and the conservation network of the Eastern Africa Plant Red List Authority. Having worked on the extinction frontline in places like Hawaii, Mike deeply committed to the restoration of biodiversity and is happiest working in the hybrid zones between culture, science, policy, business and conservation delivery.
Endangered Landscapes Programme Manager
David Thomas has over 30 years’ experience as a conservationist and project manager both in the field and as manager of a global portfolio of projects. After graduating he worked at University College London and then Edinburgh University, exploring landscape-scale impacts of development in Tunisia (impacts of dams and drainage) and Belize (impacts of coastal tourism development). He worked for IUCN providing technical advice on links between environment and local livelihoods at a floodplain wetland in northern Nigeria, before joining BirdLife International in 1997. As Head of Environment and Sustainable Development, he coordinated the different strands of BirdLife’s environment and sustainable development work and led on cross-cutting issues of conservation and governance, equity, rights, poverty reduction, gender and indigenous peoples. From 2010 he coordinated work focused on empowerment of local, grassroots organisations, and the linkages between biodiversity, livelihoods and well-being.
Endangered Landscapes Programme Assistant
As the Programme Assistant for the Endangered Landscapes Programme, Georgina’s role includes coordination of administration processes, external communications and capacity building for the Programme. Georgina has always had a fascination for wild places and things, having grown up in South Yorkshire on the outskirts of the Peak District. She graduated with a BSc in Zoology from University of Manchester in 2014, having completed several overseas conservation and development placements in Greece, Belize, Kenya and Canada. After working in London for two years in a Learning and Development role, Georgina escaped the big smoke to study an MSc in Environment and Development at University of Leeds, graduating in 2017. Georgina is interested in the many ways people interact with the natural world, and appreciates the balanced perspective that completing both a biological and social science degree has provided her with.
Endangered Landscapes Science Coordinator
Nancy is the Science Coordinator for the Endangered Landscape Programme. Her role is to support the projects funded by the ELP to make effective use of science, whether that might be using evidence to choose between restoration methods, or creating well-designed monitoring programmes that collect useful data and test new interventions. Before joining CCI Nancy worked in the University of Cambridge’s Zoology Department for several years as part of the Conservation Evidence team as Managing Editor of their Conservation Evidence journal. She was also instrumental in the creation of ‘What Works in Conservation’, a resource that provides assessments of the effectiveness of a wide range of possible conservation interventions. Previously, Nancy has worked for the British Trust for Ornithology, with particular interests in the impacts of climate change and long-distance migrant bird species, and the RSPB, where she ran a project to investigate the causes of declines in urban house sparrow populations.
The Oversight and Selection Panel
The ELP’s Oversight and Selection Panel is comprised of distinguished individuals with a wide range of experience and expertise. The Panel is responsible for recommending which projects should receive ELP grants by independently applying the Programme’s criteria and providing guidance and oversight in relation to the Programme’s overall implementation and strategy.
The Landscape Restoration Working Group
A Landscape Restoration Working Group, with representation from each of the CCI partners, provides guidance on the strategy and operations of the Endangered Landscapes Programme in the context of CCI’s wider agenda on landscape restoration globally. Meet our co-chairs below.
Professor Bill Sutherland
Miriam Rothschild Chair of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, Co-Chair CCI Landscape Restoration Working Group
Bill holds the Miriam Rothschild Chair of Conservation Biology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. His research interests largely involve predicting the consequences of environmental change. He has written The Conservation Handbook and From Individual Behaviour to Population Biology, and edited Managing Habitats for Conservation, Ecological Census Techniques, Behaviour and Conservation, Conservation Science and Action and Bird Ecology and Conservation: a Handbook of Techniques. He is currently heavily involved in exploring a range of ways of integrating conservation science and policy especially through the development of evidence-based conservation.
Dr David Gibbons
Head of Conservation Science at RSPB, Co-Chair CCI Landscape Restoration Working Group
For the last fifteen years, David has been responsible for overseeing the RSPB’s scientific programme, both in the UK and internationally. His role is to develop the strategic direction for RSPB’s science, ensuring that its policies and practices are evidence-based. He undertook his PhD in the Zoology Department of Cambridge University, and a post doc at the Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat in the Camargue, and at the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford. He subsequently worked for the British Trust for Ornithology for seven years before joining the RSPB. He is a former Chairman of the European Birds Census Council, a member of the CCI Council, and Vice-Chairman of the Bat Conservation Trust, UK’s leading bat conservation organisation.