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Interim Director of Corporate Partnerships, Europe - Extn: 844
Paul joined Earthwatch in November 2005 and is Interim Director of Corporate Partnerships, Europe. In this role he is responsible for business development and corporate partnerships, and works with Earthwatch's corporate partners in the agriculture and forestry sectors. Paul coordinates programmes with British American Tobacco and Syngenta in particular. As part of Earthwatch's focus on sustainable resource management, these programmes raise awareness of the impacts of agriculture and forestry on biodiversity and develop capacity and skills to address those impacts. Paul has visited Earthwatch's project Restoring Vietnam's Forests, the ‘biodiversity and farming' projects at Upton Farm and Bordeaux which are supported by Syngenta, and British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership activities in Africa, Asia and South America.
Previously he worked for Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Living Earth Foundation, SOS Sahel and the Forestry Commission. Paul is a forester with an MSc in Environmental Management. He has over 20 years' experience of managing forestry, agriculture and rural development projects in Africa (mainly Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and Cameroon). He has a particular interest in exploring ways in which biodiversity conservation can contribute to sustainable livelihoods for rural communities.
International Director of Corporate Development
James joined Earthwatch in 2008 and was appointed International Director of Corporate Development in 2011. James has a corporate background, having worked in the global financial services sector and in the international built environment sector, and retains many contacts in the commercial arena. James has worked with a broad portfolio of companies, aligning their business goals with environmental and sustainability agendas to mutual advantage across the globe. Understanding core business needs lies at the heart of Earthwatch’s corporate strategy, demonstrating that effective and proactive engagement in environmental issues generally produces sound, measurable and easily articulated business benefits. With independent external validation of these positive outcomes across a range of measures – employee satisfaction; increased productivity; enhanced employee retention; improved creativity; positive public relations – being some examples, companies are recognising the benefits for shareholders, investors and employees of significant connection with the environmental sector. James is leading the Corporate Development team across the globe, working collaboratively with companies committed to the combination of business enhancement allied to environmental progress.
James has previously worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, in locations across the world. At Earthwatch, he managed the HSBC Climate Partnership, a flagship global program which he brought in ahead of time, exceeding targets and objectives within a complex budget, and negotiated a new 5 year global program with HSBC which will run from 2012-17. James travels frequently to support corporate development, particularly in Asia and the Americas. When at home, James enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, two dogs, and two cats - walking, gardening, planting trees – and when travelling, he enjoys reading and music.
Corporate Development Manager
Simon joined Earthwatch in 2010 as Corporate Development Manager primarily responsible for establishing, building and maintaining commercially sustainable relationships with Corporate supporters and partners. Simon's extensive business experience provides input into Product Development, Marketing, External Communications and Budgeting across the Earthwatch programme of work with the corporate sector.
Prior to Earthwatch Simon held a series of successful Company Director and investor board level positions across a broad range of Commercial interests and companies including BSkyB, Lanetro Zed and technology based start-ups.
Simon is interested in many aspects of the natural environment with a passion for sub Saharan Africa especially Kenya where he has family. Nearer to home Simon has spent considerable time building and tending his arboretum with over 600 specimens. This activity along with rare breed sheep and dogs ensure active and tired children for most of the year...
Corporate Development Manager - Extn: 870
Tom joined Earthwatch in April 2007 as an Expedition Coordinator where he advised volunteers on their expedition preparations. He then managed Earthwatch's Public Programme for almost another two years before taking his current role. He now manages the development of Earthwatch Corporate Partnerships internationally.p>
Between completing a Masters degree in International Development and joining Earthwatch, Tom worked for the South African educational charity BEFSA, and Oxford-based African social justice group Fahamu. He has travelled and volunteered widely in Africa and has a strong interest in the history, politics and culture of the continent and how these interact with current environmental pressures. Nowadays, Tom likes staying put more than gallivanting so his Earthwatch desk job suits him perfectly.
Earth Skills Network Manager
Becky joined Earthwatch in September 2012 as the Earth Skills Network Manager, working closely with the Programme and Corporate Development Teams to refine and deliver this new programme to a range of corporate partners. She comes to Earthwatch having most recently worked as an IT Consultant and Project Manager for Accenture, where one of her clients was Shell.
Since graduating with a 1st class degree in Human Geography from the University of Exeter, Becky has spent time exploring and travelling abroad, both independently and through leading youth expeditions with World Challenge and Outlook Expeditions. She is trained in Off Site Safety Management, has completed her Mountain Leader Training (and has plans to complete her assessment shortly…), and has worked in the Geography Outdoors department of the Royal Geographical Society.
Whilst working for Accenture, Becky completed a part time distance learning Masters in Sustainable Development, with a focus on pro-environmental behaviour change, business and sustainability, and the dynamics of community renewable energy projects in the UK.
When not at work, Becky enjoys planning sea kayaking expeditions, Nordic skiing and biathlon, and has recently started writing a family cookery book.