Our objectives are fully aligned with, and supportive of, the national vision of the Botswana government; global conservation strategy to preserve key at-risk species including elephant and lion; and the local community through employment, empowerment, education and protection of livestock and crops.
Tuli Conservation Trust
Former President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama
His Excellency Seretse Khama Ian Khama played a visionary role in establishing Botswana’s world-renowned conservation ethos and continues to provide strong leadership and commitment by working with regional and international conservation organisations.
“The Tuli region is close to my heart and so I am delighted to become founding patron of the Tuli Conservation Trust,” said Ian Khama. “I applaud the Trust’s efforts to seek sustainable solutions to preserving our natural heritage alongside a genuine commitment to empowering our local communities.”
Erik qualified in 1990 as a veterinary surgeon and subsequently completed an M. Phil. (Wildlife Management) degree at the University of Pretoria. For the past 20 years he has been involved with various aspects of wildlife conservation, management and research in Southern Africa.
He has been a resident in Botswana since 2002 and has an intensive knowledge of the region, country and its environment. Erik is registered as a veterinary surgeon with The Botswana Veterinary Medical Board, the South African Veterinary Council and The Royal College of Veterinary surgeons. He is a member of the South African Veterinary Association Wildlife Group, the technical committee of the Kalahari Conservation Society and the Botswana Rhino Management Committee.
Stephen Lansdown CBE (Chair)
Stephen’s involvement in Botswana started in 2007 when he became a shareholder in Tuli Safari Lodge. A founder and former Chairman of Hargreaves Lansdown Plc, a FTSE100 company, he moved to Guernsey in 2010 to pursue other interests such as conservation and wildlife protection and currently serves on the Executive Committee of Notugre.
Stephen is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was granted honorary degrees from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England in 2012. Stephen was awarded a CBE for his services to business and the community in Bristol in June 2017.
Harald has been involved with Notugre since the early 90s and is currently Chair of the Tuli Conservation Trust, Vice-Chair of Notugre and Chair of the Jwala/Dopotta reserve within Notugre. He is partner at Bain & Company, one of the world’s leading strategic management consulting firms, working with governments, companies and non-profits across Africa.
Previously Harald was MD of SABMiller in Asia and Managing Partner at Monitor Group (Africa) where he also led the global tourism practice. He is a non-exec director of the Social Justice Initiative and served as Deputy Director General in the South African Dept. of Transport during Nelson Mandela’s presidency.
Tanya’s father founded Notugre and instilled a deep passion for the African wilderness in his daughter. Following a degree in archaeology, she lived in Notugre with her late husband, wildlife veterinarian Dr Andrew McKenzie and assisted him with his research and publication of ‘The Capture and Care Manual’.
Tanya has served on the Executive Committee of Notugre since 1995 and acts as a Botswana delegate on the Greater Mapungubwe TFCA conservation committee. She founded the Children in the Wilderness programme in the Bobirwa district (where Notugre is based) in 2009 and continues to coordinate the programme in the area. In 2014, she joined her husband David Evans in the administration of Mashatu Game Reserve.
Colin has been involved with Notugre since 1985 and has served on the Executive Committee since 1987, currently heading the Notugre delegation to the Greater Mapungubwe Trans Frontier Conservation Area. He has a keen interest in the history of the reserve and surrounding area and previously chaired the Charter Reserve Association within Notugre. Previously Colin set up and ran Execuflora, providing corporate horticultural services to business in South Africa for 23 years, before selling his business to the Bidvest group and retiring in 2000.
PJ van Rensburg
PJ’s family has been involved with Notugre since 1952, and this instilled a great love for the area, its people and wildlife in the whole family. He is a chartered accountant and registered auditor, previously partner in Van Staden and Robberts and now running his own practice. PJ also serves on various other trusts as an independent trustee and has interests in several businesses. He joined the Notugre Executive Committee in 2014 and serves on the finance committee.
Pete le Roux
Pete, a citizen of Botswana, has a BSc (Honors) degree in Zoology from the universities of Cape Town and Pretoria. After a stint as a game ranger in Namibia, followed by a couple of years as a professional guide at Londolozi Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, he moved to the Tuli area in 1985 to conduct a research program on leopards. In 1987 he joined Mashatu Game Reserve where he was Operations Director until his retirement in December 2019. He served on the Executive Committee of Notugre during the 1990’s and was integrally involved in numerous Notugre projects during his tenure in Tuli including game censuses, wildlife relocations and game capture operations.
Tuli Conservation Trust UK
Registered charity in England and Wales No. 1113913
Kathryn Rae (Chair)
Kathryn is an international environmental lawyer. For twenty years she has run her own environmental legal and management consultancy working for the EU, World Bank, USAID, Asia Development Bank and many national governments.
She has extensive experience of international environmental laws, including drafting environmental legislation, managing and implementing and evaluating environmental projects for the European Union, United Nations Environment and Development Programmes, World Bank and private environmental foundations. She has particular expertise in the evaluation of National Parks worldwide and in biodiversity, water rights and desertification.
Julia trained as an Occupational Therapist before becoming a wife and mother. She grew to love Africa while living in Tanzania and became interested in conservation through her involvement in Tuli Safari Lodge and Pambele in Mozambique. She is closely involved in the conservation work carried out on the family farm in the UK and has been fundraising for the NSPCC for 26 years as well as supporting the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Alastair Fothergill OBE
Alastair, WWF Ambassador, is currently a director of Silverback Films Ltd and executive producer of BBC One series ‘Perfect Planet’ and Disneynature film ‘Penguin’. Alastair is behind 5 of the top 10 grossing natural history cinema films ever. Alastair joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983 and was appointed Head of the Unit in November 1992, aged 32.
Alastair’s collaborations with Sir David include ‘The Trials of Life’, ‘Life in the Freezer’, ‘The Blue Planet’, ‘Frozen Planet’, ‘Planet Earth’ and its companion feature film ‘Earth’ released in cinemas. In November 2012 Alastair left the BBC to set up his own production company Silverback Films, making The Hunt for BBC1 and cinema films for Disney nature. Alastair is a fellow of the Royal Television Society and of the Royal Geographic Society, who awarded him their gold medal in 2012. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2019 Birthday Honours list for services to film.
Keith is a director of Silverback Films Ltd and series producer of Netflix’s Our Planet. He previously served as executive producer of the Discovery series North America and director of the Disneynature films African Cats, Bears and Blue.
Born and raised in East Africa, Keith originally qualified as a Zoologist with both a degree and PhD from Bristol University. He began working with the BBC Natural History Unit as a researcher and subsequently became a producer making many films for the Natural World and Wildlife on One. In 1998, he was appointed the Head of the Natural History Unit and oversaw many series including David Attenborough’s Life of Birds, The Life of Mammals and Blue Planet. In 2002, he was appointed Controller of Specialist Factual and subsequently became Controller of Factual responsible for BBC Natural History, Science, History, Arts, Business and Religious in-house productions.
Michael Dawson (Chair)
Michael has been Chief Executive of two fully listed London insurance companies, is nonexecutive Director of Lancashire Holdings PLC and underwriter of a specialist nuclear insurer at Lloyd’s. He was a member of the Lloyd’s ruling council from 1998-2001 and previously Chairman of a health management business.
Michael also served as Chair of Fundraising for Anchor House, a UK based homeless charity where he led a £13m fundraise, and as Chair of Governors at a private school. He is passionately involved in conservation and the great outdoors, being an owner of an estate in Scotland and having conservation interests in Botswana.
Fionnuala holds a number of senior positions in the Guernsey finance industry and is a Board Member of The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment; a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment; a Fellow of the London Institute of Banking & Finance (Chartered Institute of Bankers); a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute; a Chartered Governance Professional; an Ambassador for the Chartered Management Institute; a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and was granted Freedom of the City of London in 2007.
Fionnuala has a long involvement in the Guernsey charitable sector, in both a fundraising and governance role, and is currently a director of the Guernsey Community Foundation. In addition, in 2009 she spent five months in China as a volunteer with VSO where she was an Organisational Development Adviser.
Stephen Lansdown CBE
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