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Florence Miller, Director

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Florence is Director of EFN, where she has been working since moving to the UK from the United States in 2012. Previously she worked for the National Audubon Society in the US, running a national grants programme focused on innovative conservation. Prior to that she was director of educational programmes at a not-for-profit called Center for Whole Communities in Vermont, bringing together leaders from the environmental and social justice sectors to find common ground and shared values. Early in her career she worked for World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. She lives and works from a village in Buckinghamshire.

Jane Cabutti, Growing Philanthropy Director

Jane leads the organisation’s work to increase philanthropic support for environmental issues. She has over twenty years’ experience in fundraising, supporting organisations such as Space for Giants, the Earth Trust, NSPCC, Oxfam and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (where she led the early fundraising for the Great Fen Project). She has two sons who are now significantly taller than her, and spends far too much time having to watch football.

Julie Christie, Scotland Coordinator

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We recruited Julie to the EFN team in March 2020 to help grow the overall amount of funding for Scotland’s environment. She brings significant experience of supporting (mostly social) charities to access vital funding through her many paid and volunteer roles, including with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Parkhead Citizens Advice Bureau, Foundation Scotland, and the Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland.

Originally from Edinburgh, Julie now lives on the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. Outside of work, she’s happiest exploring her new surroundings, climbing hills, attempting yoga, and cooking spicy food.

Emma Clyde, Office Manager

Emma is responsible for administration at EFN. Previously she was the PA to the HR Director at Barclays as well as to the Principal of St Anne’s College, Oxford. She works from home in Thame, Oxfordshire, and enjoys muddy dog walks with her two young boys.

Patricia Cremona, Programme and Research Coordinator

Patricia joined EFN in 2020 and coordinates the organisation’s programming and research to support its membership and the wider environment sector. She has worked in the environment sector for over a decade, primarily focusing on international policy relating to biodiversity conservation. Most recently she worked for IUCN’s Global Species Programme and previously for the UN Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and spent several years in Latin America working for various international conservation NGOs. She currently lives in Cambridge.

Aliyah Green, Communications Coordinator

Aliyah Green

Aliyah supports EFN’s communications and the coordination of the Rapid Response Fund. Previously she has worked with Groundwork London on a refugee integration initiative and before that, as a prison officer at HMP Brixton. She has an interest in intersectional environmentalism and environmental justice. Aliyah works at home from London, but when not at work likes to play netball and spend time with family.

Helen Mian, Finance and Operations Manager

Helen looks after the finances of EFN.  She is a chartered accountant, and has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years, as Chief Accountant at Shelter (the housing and homelessness charity) in London, before moving to Norfolk, and working for a number of locally based charities including the RSPCA, Banana Link, and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.  She also holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting, DChA.  She still lives in Norfolk, and loves walking (and even running) along its coastline.

Natasha Ratter, Environment Sector Programme Lead

Natasha co-ordinates EFN’s work to strengthen the effectiveness of the environmental charity sector. She joined EFN from the Natural History Museum where she raised funds for projects that re-connect people to nature, particularly in urban areas. She has also worked in the arts and education sector and served as a Trustee of Reading Rep Theatre during their recent campaign to build a new performance space. 
Being both Ugandan and British – and having lived in both countries – she is fascinated by the way culture influences our relationship with nature and how we can use creativity and global perspectives to inspire a healthier planet. Natasha has a degree in zoology. She lives in southeast London with her husband and her little boy.

Board of Trustees

Catherine Bryan, Chair

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 Catherine is Chair of the Environmental Funders Network. Catherine embraced her growing interest in the environment in 2014, taking on pro-bono work at Synchronicity Earth. She became a trustee of Synchronicity Earth in 2015 and took on the role of CEO in 2017. Having worked with the team to deliver significant growth in grant funding across a range of biodiversity programmes she stepped down in December 2019 to revert to her trustee role.  She continues to use her experience of strategy development and managing organisational growth in her trustee roles. She has a particular interest in shifting decision making in the finance sector to fully incorporate environmental impacts and risks into decision making. Catherine worked at J.P Morgan until 1998. As Managing Director and Head of Equity Derivative Trading, she was also a member of the J.P. Morgan Risk Committee. She then took a career break and returned to the financial markets to undertake project work in 2012. She has a degree in Chemistry from Oxford University.

Sian Ferguson

Sian Ferguson is the Trust Executive for the Ashden Trust, JJ Charitable Trust and Mark Leonard Trust and is a member of the trusts’ Impact Investment Committee. She also manages the Climate Change Collaboration—a group of four Trusts formed in 2011 to support pilot and research projects to find ways of reducing CO2 emissions quickly. Sian has worked with other trusts and partners in the US and Europe to establish Europeans for Divest Invest. Sian has a background in Natural Science and 25 years’ experience working in environmental sectors. She is chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committee and sits on the advisory board of Centre for Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity.

Liz Gadd

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Liz is a trustee of the Environmental Funders Network. She is experienced in supporting charities and funders to improve, specialising in the areas of strategy, impact, organisational development, and change management. She currently works as a senior consultant with NPC and has previously worked with organisations including the British Red Cross and Voluntary Service Overseas. Liz is also a trustee of Pesticide Action Network and an advisor to JUST ONE Tree. She is passionate about improving collaboration between social and environmental issue focussed charities and funders. She is the proud mum of two young girls, and they spend a lot of time together pottering in forests and spotting butterflies and bees.

Hugh Mehta

For over 15 years, Hugh has raised funds and guided partnerships for international conservation, health, and child rights organisations. Currently he is with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, where he focuses on scaling up philanthropy for climate change solutions.

Hugh started at UNICEF-UK, before progressing to WWF-UK where he led corporate partnerships to raise vital funds, reach new audiences and reduce company impact on the environment.  More recently he managed a secretariat team, which brought together donors, countries, pharmaceuticals and NGOs to tackle neglected tropical diseases. 

Hugh is a school governor in Brighton, where he is often found at the beach or on a boat. 

Fiona Napier

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Fiona is the Africa Engagement Lead in the team which supports the UN High Level Champions on Climate Action. She is  based in Nairobi and has a portfolio of work which  channels her interest in young people’s futures, promoting accountable governance and protecting the natural world. She is a trustee of  the Lamu Environment Foundation and sits on the strategic advisory board of Leaders Quest.

Previous experience includes International Advocacy Director with the Open Society Foundations, Associate Campaigns Director on Environmental Governance at Global Witness in London, and Save the Children.  Fiona was a founder board member of the Ethical Trade Initiative, and co-founded the Publish What You Pay campaign which led to the establishment of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Champa Patel

Champa is the Director of Innovation and Deputy Director, Future of Conflict programme for the International Crisis Group. In this role, she works on climate, tech and economic aspects of conflict.  Formerly, she was Director of the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House managing policy research on the region. Before joining Chatham House she held several roles at Amnesty International including as the Regional Director for South Asia and South East Asia and Pacific Offices and Global Director Campaigns overseeing human rights research, advocacy and campaigns. Prior to Amnesty she worked in public health for almost a decade, focused on children at-risk, refugees, asylum seekers and internal trafficking. She is also a board member for the International Detention Coalition and on the Editorial Board of Human Rights Quarterly.

Eva Rehse

Previously Executive Director of Global Greengrants Fund UK (2015-2022), Eva recently transitioned into a new role of Director of Strategy and Global Integration at Global Greengrants Fund. Prior to joining Global Greengrants Fund UK as its first full-time member of staff in 2015, Eva worked for Amnesty International as an International Projects Advisor, and with CIVICUS and Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Eva also worked with the Scottish Biodiversity Forum where she was part of creating Scotland’s first biodiversity strategy. Eva has an M.A. from Bonn University in Political Science and Sociology. She is co-chair of the Board of EDGE Funders Alliance, and a member of the Alliance Magazine Editorial Advisory Board. 

Advisory Group

James Arbib is a London-based investor in technology. He is the founder of Tellus Mater, an independent philanthropic foundation dedicated to exploring the impacts of disruptive technology and its potential for solving some of the world’s most challenging problems. Jamie also serves in a number of advisory roles in the investment and sustainability sectors.

Cindy Forde is an author, activist and communications professional. Throughout her career, Cindy has worked internationally with organisations endeavouring to make positive change, across sectors. She is the former CEO of the Cambridge Science Centre, and former Managing Director of the Blue Marine Foundation. Cindy founded Plantari in 2018, an education platform which aims to empower children with the knowledge and skills to be the innovators, entrepreneurs and global citizens who protect the planet and ensure the wellbeing of all its inhabitants. She serves in a number of board and advisory roles in sustainability and education sectors. 

Ben Goldsmith co-founded EFN in 2003. Ben chairs the Goldsmith family’s philanthropic foundation, the JMG Foundation, which has a focus on the environment. Ben is also a Trustee of one of the UK’s largest philanthropic foundations, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). Ben is CEO of Menhaden Capital Management LLP which manages investment trust Menhaden Capital plc which invests in business opportunities arising from the efficient use of energy and resources. Sectors of focus include industrial process and material efficiency, energy efficiency and storage, power generation and waste and water. Ben was appointed non-executive board member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2018.

Anna Guyer is the founder of Greenhouse PR, an award-winning communications agency entirely focused on accelerating the transition to a sustainable and green economy. Their mission is to create social and environmental change, to campaign on the big issues we face, and to promote pioneering brands developing a sustainable lifestyle and economy. Previously, Anna was a Board Director at Hill & Knowlton and Trustee of Transition Towns.

Rachel Harrington has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade and is a Director and specialist adviser at Coutts, the private bank. Rachel begun her career in fundraising, focusing on international development, she now advises wealthy families on their strategies for philanthropy and wealth succession. She is also a trustee of the charity Breaking Barriers, which supports refugees to find meaningful employment that makes use of their skills, experience and qualifications, and a trustee of the Coutts Foundation.

Edward Mallinckrodt  is an investment and business specialist, and a Partner at Coln Capital. He is co-founder of Oyster Partners, a digital media agency, and has held senior positions at companies including Mettoni, Root Capital Fund LP, and KnowledgePool Group. He is a trustee of the Mallinckrodt Foundation.

Bianca Pitt practised Law in Austria after studying at the University of Vienna. Subsequently her professional experience has spanned general management and corporate finance roles in the packaging, publishing and media industries. She has a deep interest in sustainability and is a Development Board member for Client Earth, as well as advisor to numerous environmental organisations.

Hugh Raven is an experienced grant-maker, having spent time as a trustee and Chair of the John Ellerman Foundation as well as Environment Advisor to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Hugh is Managing Director of his family’s business, Ardtornish (www.ardtornish.co.uk) in the Scottish Highlands and divides his working life between Scotland and England and the private, third and public sectors.

Until recently he was on the board of Crown Estate Scotland, leading on land management, and chair of the Marine Conservation Society. He chairs the Open Seas Trust, and the Highlands and Islands Environment Foundation, which he was instrumental in founding in 2019 with the Conservation Collective.

Jessica Sweidan has been an active philanthropist for the last 20 years and co-founded Synchronicity Earth in 2009 with her husband Adam Sweidan after exploring how to have a greater impact within the conservation realm. Jessica plays an active role at Synchronicity Earth, developing its profile, networks and events. Jessica is also an IUCN Patron of Nature, and an Honorary Conservation Fellow at the Zoological Society of London in March 2015.