JAMMA INTERNATIONAL - OUR TEAM
At Jamma, we believe in creating knowledge and capacity in people to enhance the common good. We strive to connect individuals, communities and organisations to work together.
Meet our team.
Director, Conservation and Communities
Craig was born in Zimbabwe and spent most of his formative years sitting in the back of his uncle’s Toyota Landcruiser, always on some sort of a quest after wildlife. This led to a firmly entrenched passion for biodiversity conservation, which resulted in over 20 years of experience as a protected area manager in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. All of the conservation areas Craig was tasked with managing had people living in or around them and it was here that an interest and understanding of the power of community based natural resource management developed.
The expertise gained in Africa was put to good use as a technical advisor and later programme manager with WWF in Asia. Craig served as an advisor for WWF offices across Asia involved in the management and protection of conservation areas that held tiger. Fundamental to this role was the responsibility of promoting the interests of and engaging impacted and affected local communities in management of their natural resources. After almost a decade in Asia, Craig was asked to head up the Asia Conservation Programme for the Zoological Society of London.
Craig is currently the Director for Conservation and Communities for Jamma International where he uses the many years of expertise gained in Africa and Asia to make Jamma’s vision a reality. A key pillar of this vision is the promotion of community based natural resource management in Africa that will insure a sustainable future and improved wellbeing of our planet and its people.
Office ManagerLesley has 20 years' experience in the Voluntary Sector from large national organisations to small local support charities and is an integral part of the team at Jamma International.
Lesley’s focus is on core support in an organisation, developing finance and administration systems that allow the organisation to grow and develop and keep up to date with charity governance changes while making the best use of technology. She advises on Governance and supporting Trustees and Directors to guide the organisation to fulfil its aims and objectives.
Outside of work Lesley loves to travel, but at present she can be found exploring the local area and the beautiful countryside of Hampshire.
Project Coordinator Conservation and Communities, Africa
Katie is South African, but has lived in Venezuela, Chile, Australia, and the UK. She has worked alongside NGOs and businesses aiming to incorporate different stakeholders within the field of conservation, has experience in scientific research and analysis, and is a qualified Southern African field guide. Katie's professional journey to date has included completing internships in both investment banking firms and financial public relations.
Katie holds a MSc in Conservation Science and Policy from the University of Exeter, as well as a double degree in Economics and International Politics from the University of Melbourne. Her goal is to create financially sustainable conservation projects that benefit people and wildlife alike and complements the Jamma team with a range of skills and experience in this field.