WCMC collaborates with the United Nations Environment Programme


To promote the conservation, protection and enhancement of nature

Trustees and governance

Board of Trustees

Dr. Robin Bidwell
Professor Bill Adams
Patrick Haighton
Dr Kathy MacKinnon
Robin Mortimer
Alasdair Poore
Andrew Powell
Dr Jennifer Zerk
Idunn Eidheim
Charlotte Wolff-Bye

Senior Executive & Chief Operating Officer

Tim Johnson

Articles of Association

The Articles of Association is a formal document that contains information about what we do and how will we do it, our governance, and the process for amendment. It also contains information on how our trustees will run the charity and the arrangements for meetings, voting and financial administration here.

Trustees biographies

Dr. Robin Bidwell CBE (Chairman)

Robin joined the WCMC Board of Trustees in 2016.

Robin has a distinguished career in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He built and led the global environmental advisory firm, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and currently chairs LOC, a global marine and engineering consultancy. 

Robin also chairs an R+D Fund for OFGEM, the energy regulator; is an adviser to the Conservation Programmes Director at ZSL and chairs two social impact investment funds focussed on environment/poverty in developing countries and the Low Carbon Enterprise Fund (a charity).

Robin also chaired the Green Alliance from 2008 to 2015. He was awarded a CBE in 1999 for Services to the Environment.

 

Professor Bill Adams

Bill joined the WCMC Board of Trustees in 2013.

He has been at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge since 1984 and is a Fellow of Downing College. Bill is Moran Professor of Conservation and Development and convenes the Political Ecology group, whose members work on political and social issues in biodiversity conservation and natural resource governance.

His research concerns relations between society and nature, particularly the choices and conflicts between development and conservation. He is particularly interested in the history of nature conservation in the context of wider environmental concern, particularly about sustainability.

Bill has been closely involved in the development of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focussed biodiversity conservation organizations clustered in and around Cambridge, including founder partner, UNEP-WCMC.

 

Patrick Haighton

Patrick was first invited to a WCMC Board meeting as an independent consultant in 1995. In 1998 he carried out a review of the business strategy of the Centre, becoming a Trustee in 2001.

Patrick's background combines corporate management and strategic consulting. Corporate assignments included operations management in Africa and the Middle East with Shell International, Manager of Alaskan Oil for Standard Oil/BP in the US, Strategic Planning Chief Executive for the BOC Group. His consulting experience includes McKinsey in the US, PHI Associates and CRA from the UK.

Since 1981, Patrick's independent consulting practice has worked on strategy with a wide variety of clients from large multinationals to small companies and includes project management and interim executive assignments.

He is a Chartered Engineer with an engineering degree from Cambridge and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Dr Kathy MacKinnon

Kathy joined the WCMC Board of Trustees in 2015.

Kathy has more than 30 years of experience of working on conservation projects globally, and is currently the Chair of the IUCN/World Commission on Protected Area. Prior to this role, she worked as Lead Biodiversity Specialist at the World Bank in Washington D.C. where she had responsibility for the technical review, assistance and supervision of World Bank and GEF biodiversity projects.

A graduate of Oxford University, Kathy has a BA in Zoology, and an MA and a DPhil in Animal Ecology. Her current interests focus mainly on promoting protected areas as natural solutions to global challenges, including climate change, water and food security, disaster risk reduction, and on mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in development planning, policy and practice.

Kathy also serves on the Board of Directors of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), and as a member of Wetlands International’s Supervisory Council.

 

Robin Mortimer

Robin joined the WCMC Board of Trustees in January 2013.

Robin Mortimer joined the Port of London Authority as Chief Executive Officer on 31 March 2014.

Robin worked in the UK civil service from 1994, having gained a degree in Modern History from Oxford and MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, London University. In the early part of his civil service career he held roles including Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Transport, in which he led on maritime, aviation, transport security and London transport issues.

Joining the Department for Food Environment and Rural Affairs in 2004 as a deputy director, Robin led the Rural Strategy Division for three years. In 2006, he moved to the Office of Climate Change, where he designed the UK’s Climate Change Bill. In 2007, he was appointed as director of the Adapting to Climate Change programme, and subsequently was director for farming, biodiversity and sustainable land use. In this role he led the project to establish the Canal & River Trust and directed the Government’s Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit.

 

Alasdair Poore

Alasdair joined the Centre’s Board of Trustees in 2001.

After qualifying as a barrister Alasdair worked for seven years on patents and licensing within Shell UK. He was a partner in a City of London law firm specialising in intellectual property before returning to Cambridge to join Mills & Reeve. Alasdair has substantial experience on the exploitation of and protection of ideas and research emanating from both public institutions and private companies.

Alasdair is President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and is a registered trade mark attorney as well as a European design attorney. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the International Trade Mark Association. He has experience of dealing with a wide range of issues; from patents to brand protection, computer systems to pharmaceutical products, and from special issues in higher education to the commercial drivers in the biotechnology industry.

Alasdair read law and natural sciences at Cambridge.

 

Andrew Powell

Andrew joined the WCMC Board of Trustees in 2015.

Currently the Bursar of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, Andrew previously had a long and varied career in branch and large corporate banking, project and risk management at Barclays Bank. Major projects included the implementation of the Euro as a new currency, and the introduction of Basel II, the international system for regulating capital in banks. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, conducting a review of the UN-sponsored ‘International Assessment of Agriculture Science and Technology for Development’.

A graduate Pembroke College, Cambridge, Andrew read Natural Sciences at leading to Part II in Zoology specialising in Vertebrate Palaeontology.

Andrew is chair of the Wicken Fen community user group and a trustee of the Jean Grove Trust.

 

Dr Jennifer Zerk

Jennifer joined the WCMC Board of Trustees in December 2014.

Jennifer started her career as a commercial lawyer but now works as a freelance researcher and analyst specialising in legal aspects of corporate social responsibility.  Her work covers legal and commercial risk analysis, multi-stakeholder regulatory initiatives, cross-border regulatory regimes, domestic and international law reform, policy development and strategic planning.

Jennifer holds a LLM in international economic law from the University of London and a PhD in international law from the University of Cambridge.  In the UK she has advised on numerous law reform initiatives relating to corporate social and environmental accountability, and has appeared before the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Human Rights.  Internationally, she is a respected and sought after consultant, commentator and speaker.  She has advised on a number of significant UN-led projects in the field of business and human rights including, most recently, as lead legal consultant on the Accountability and Remedy Project of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is carried under a mandate from the UN Human Rights Council.

Jennifer has published widely on issues relating to business and human rights, corporate social responsibility and corporate transparency. She is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), International Law Programme.

 

Idunn Eidheim 

Idunn joined the WCMC Board of Trustees in 2017.

Idunn has had a long career in the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and has been involved in internatioal work on environment and development for more than 25 years.

A graduate from the University of Oslo, Idunn has a Masters in nutrition/biochemistry and human physiology. The first decade of her career focused on nutrition and public health, first working for a major Norwegian NGO - The Nationalo Association for Public Health - and thereafter the Norwegian Directorate of Health. Her responsibility as a desk officer for the World Health Organisation spurred her interest in international affairs. Idunn joined the Ministry of Environment prior to the Rio 1992 Earth Summit, and has since been a chief negotiator, chair and bureau member at many summits and international processes and conferences related to environment and development. Idunn was head of the Global section in the Ministry and responsible for environmental matters in the UN, as well as bilateral cooperation with China, South Africa and Indonesia. UN Environment has been a part of her portfolio for many years.

Her experience as a civil servant working with international environment matters has given her substantial knowledge in foreign policy and development assistance, as well as an overview of different national policies of relevance to the environment.

As a civil servant, Idunn has over the years been in a position to advance many science-policy related initiatives and processes related to environment and development, such as the Global Environment Outlooks, Chemical Outlook and others. In addition to her involvement in the establishment of the International Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the IPBES report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, she has in recent years had a focus on ocean pollutioon. The nexus between public health and environment as always been a foundation for her interest in international politics and commitment to multilateralism and was instrumental in her endeavours to bring ocean pollution and micro plastics in particular, onto the international agenda through UN Environment.  

 

Charlotte Wolff-Bye

Charlotte joined the WCMC Board of Trustees in 2018.

Charlotte Wolff-Bye joined Statoil in 2014 as Vice President Sustainability in Statoil’s Global Strategy and Business Development division. She is also Statoil’s representative on the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Executive Committee and the Steering Committee of the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Initiative. From 2007-2014, she was General Manager Corporate Responsibility for the global steel and mining company ArcelorMittal.

Prior to her career in the extractives and manufacturing sectors Charlotte spent a decade in the telecommunications industry holding a number of sustainability positions, most notably in Telefonica and O2. Previous experiences include working in multilateral lending, music marketing and diplomatic affairs.

 

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