Board of Trustees
UK-Based Board Members
Professor Phyllis Lee
Phyllis Lees’ background is in Human Biology at Stanford University (California), and her PhD was on vervet monkeys in Zoology at the University of Cambridge. She has worked extensively on non-human primates, including chimpanzees, baboons, vervet monkeys, gorillas, colobus monkeys, capuchin monkeys and muriqui. Her post-doctoral research shifted her interests to African elephants in Amboseli, Kenya, and she has since also been part of projects on the conservation and behaviour of African forest and Asian elephants.
Her research on elephants focused on growth, calf development, allomothering, young male dispersal and most recently, ageing and reproductive senescence. She also works with people’s attitudes to conservation and wildlife and is a collaborator with conservation projects in Guinea-Bissau, India, Tanzania, Brazil and Kenya. She lectured in Biological Anthropology at Cambridge from 1990 to 2005, when she moved to Stirling University to join the Animal Behaviour group in Psychology. She is the Director of Science for the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, Kenya, and a Trustee of Space for Giants.
Lord Clement-Jones was made a life peer in 1998 and until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman. Thereafter until the General Election 2010 he was Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Lords. Tim was Chairman of the Liberal Party from 1986 to 1988 and played a major part in the merger negotiations with the Social Democratic Party to form the Liberal Democrats. He was the Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005-2010. He introduced and ensured the passage through the House of Lords of the 2003 Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship Act. He is now sponsoring the Live Music Bill designed to deregulate the licensing of live music performance in small venues.
He is Vice Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on China, Turkey and the UAE and Ovarian Cancer. He is an Icebreaker fellow of the 48 Group Club and a member of the Liberal Democrat Friends of India. Tim is also the Honorary Chairman of the China Economic Policy Research Centre in London.
Lord Clement-Jones is the London Managing Partner at DLA Piper and heads up International Business Relations. He runs various international desks including China, Korea, Middle East and Germany.
Tom Brunner is senior marketing executive for Microsoft. He has played a key role in the strategic development of brands for major international corporations, in addition to helping Microsoft ensure its brands remain some of the most competitive in the world. Tom has spent many years travelling to Kenya where he has built up direct experience of the conservation challenges that Space for Giants is now planning to tackle. Tom is a founding trustee of Space for Giants.
Michael Count (Cambridge University BSc, BA, MA, Maths & Economics) is currently a fund manager for Canada Life Investments and is based in London. Mike captained Cambridge University at the 2001 Varsity match, after which he went on to play professional rugby in Italy & the UK. He has since built up major experience in international finance which he is drawing on to help with developing and managing Space for Giants' UK fund & accounts. Mike's family has a long history of work & adventure in Africa, mainly in and around Malawi. He is currently the treasurer for Space for Giants.
Janice Hughes is the Founding Director of Redshift Strategy. She is an economist with many years of experience in fixed and mobile telecommunications, media, sports and the film industries. She has worked all over the world and set up offices in South America, India, China and other countries in Asia and the Middle East.
Janice spent 10 years living and working in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. She has worked on small-scale income generating projects in Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso and the Pacific Islands and on intermediate technology projects in Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and Botswana. She has also worked for the UNHCR on refugee projects in Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola and the DRC (the Congo). Janice is an adviser to many government bodies. She is currently the President of Medecins du Monde UK. She has always had a strong interest in wildlife and conservation.
Prior to Redshift she founded Spectrum, she was European Practice Leader for TMC at Booz.Allen, Director of CSP and she was also Managing Director of the Economists Advisory Group. Janice has an MA Honours degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
Peter Bacchus (MA cantab, ACA) is a senior adviser to the global mining industry, having run the Natural Resource sector investment banking teams at Jefferies, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup. He was a pioneer in introducing China to the global mining community, having advised state-owned China MinMetals on its takeover offer for Noranda in Canada in 2004, and listed China Steel, Citic Resources and China National Coal on global stock exchanges. Peter also has a 20 year track record of advising and raising capital for companies in Africa, having executed deals in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, the DRC, Zambia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola, Guinea and Burkina Fasao.
Along with Max Graham and Evgeny Lebedev, Peter is in the process of establishing the Giants Club, a transformational partnership in conservation between Space for Giants and key leaders in the Global Natural Resources Industry. The membership, constituting the world's leading mining and energy companies, not only offers an unrivalled expertise on the ground in Africa, but also the potential ability to influence views on conservation and ivory demand in China, which is the leading market for its products.
African-based board members
Josep (Spanish, 39) has majors in Law from the Universidad Internacional de Catalunya and Political Science from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in the USA. Josep’s experience as a corporate attorney and venture capitalist spans Europe (Banco Santander), the USA (Aurora Funds) and Africa (Ciel Capital). He also spent 3 years as the CEO of the Spanish and Portuguese subsidiary of WNI, a publicly-listed Japanese multi-national. He has been actively involved in conservation since 2001 and been working full-time in conservation and private equity in Africa since 2006. Josep heads the Kibo Fund ($45m private equity fund) in East Africa, Conservation Capital’s partnership with Verde Ventures ($20m+ debt fund for conservation enterprise). Josep joined the board of Space for Giants in 2011.
Batian is the head of security and wildlife management at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in north-central Kenya. He has over 10 years of on the ground, hands on, experience in African wildlife management & conservation and has been a key part of the effort to protect the world's last remaining black rhinos. An honorary warden of the Kenya Wildlife Service and an officer in Kenya's police force, Batian is at the forefront of efforts to curb the threat of elephant & rhino poaching in Laikipia and beyond. Batian joined the board of Space for Giants in 2011.
Dr Boniface Kiteme
Dr Boniface Kiteme is the founder & director of the Centre for Training and Research in ASAL Development, a Kenyan-based institution that was bilaterally created & funded by the Swiss & Kenyan Governments. Boniface is a senior research associate of the University of Berne and has worked in the field of sustainable development for most of his professional life. He brings considerable experience to the board of Space for Giants. He was a key figure in the creation of Space for Giants' predecessor, the Laikipia Elephant Project, and has greatly helped provide a national and international platform and voice for Space for Giants with a view to improving the policy and practice of wildlife conservation in East Africa. Dr Kiteme joined the board of Space for Giants in 2011.
David is a Geomatics Engineer and technology entrepreneur specializing in location based solutions such as spatial tracking and interactive realtime mapping. He is the founder and CEO of the RiverCross Technologies, a group of companies with operations in Canada and East Africa focusing on tracking movable assets. David has a keen interest in the application of location based technology to conservation and has designed and developed cutting edge innovative wildlife tracking solutions in Kenya. He is a founding trustee of Space for Giants.
Dr Juliet King
Juliet King was born and brought up in Kenya, after completing her PhD in Zoology at the University of Western Australia in 1998, she returned to Kenya to work in conservation. She has worked in Northern Kenya since 2000, initially in elephant research and conservation and since 2005 in community conservation with the Northern Rangelands Trust. As a scientist, Juliet has focused on bridging the gap between science and management, drawing on knowledge of local people and indigenous tribes and integrating this with scientific methodologies to establish simple and effective systems for monitoring wildlife and the environment. She has successfully established a wildlife monitoring system that is being carried out by over 300 community rangers across 18 community conservancies in Northern Kenya – gathering data that contributes not only to the management of their own conservancies but also to national and CITES/MIKE databases. She is a member of several National Species Task Forces, focusing on endangered species, and is actively engaged in developing and lobbying for new wildlife legislation in Kenya, following on from the work of her late brother and former SfG trustee, Dr Anthony King.