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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, Expanding Environmental Philanthropy Coordinator

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 teenage sons, and spends far too much time having to watch football.

Julie Christie, Scotland Coordinator

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Julie joined the staff team at EFN in March 2020. She brings significant experience of supporting Scottish charities to access vital funding and is keen to help grow the overall amount of funding for Scotland’s environment.

 Originally from Edinburgh, Julie has settled in the east end of Glasgow and, when not at work, is at her happiest exploring the countryside, climbing hills, attempting yoga or simply sitting in her wee garden.

Emma Clyde, Administrative Assistant

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.

Jonathan Hall, Strategy Advisor- UK Overseas Territories

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Jonathan Hall leads work to advance environmental grant-giving to the UK Overseas Territories, globally significant wildlife hotspots present in every ocean basin on the planet. He is also Head of UK Overseas Territories at RSPB, working with Territory partners for over a decade to build capacity, protect sites and strengthen environmental policy, covering habitats from tropical forests to tundra. He worked with local communities to create the two largest fully-protected marine reserves in the Atlantic, and chairs the award-winning ‘Great British Oceans’ coalition of six NGOs, achieving protection of 1.1% of the world’s oceans. He is an expert member of DEFRA’s ‘Darwin Plus Environment & Climate Fund’, and a Trustee of the Marine Conservation Society. He lives in Oxford.

Board of Trustees

Hugh Raven, Chair

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Hugh Raven is Chair of the Environmental Funders Network. He’s an experienced grant-maker, as a trustee of the John Ellerman Foundation since 2010 (chair since 2018), and formerly as Environment Advisor to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. He’s 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.

Catherine Bryan

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Catherine embraced her growing interest in the environment in 2014, taking on pro-bono work at Synchronicity Earth, having previously worked in the finance sector. She became a trustee of Synchronicity Earth in 2015 and took on the role of CEO in 2017. Having delivered 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, both as a trustee at the Environmental Funders Network and as an advisor to Share Action as they develop their work to increase engagement on Biodiversity impacts in the finance sector.  She has a particular interest in shifting decision making in the finance sector to properly consider environmental impacts and risks and moving to a sustainable economic system where people and the environment thrive.

Catherine worked at J.P Morgan in both the foreign exchange and equity derivatives groups until 1998. As Managing Director and Head of Equity Derivative Trading globally, she was also a member of the J.P. Morgan Risk Committee and the European Equity Research Committee. She then took a career break and became involved in environmental conservation. She returned to the financial markets to undertake project work at Ferox Capital 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.

Fiona Napier

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Fiona is an independent consultant, based in Nairobi. She channels her interest in young people’s futures, promoting accountable governance and protecting the natural world, through her consultancy work and in a personal capacity. She is a trustee of Africa’s Voices Foundation, Videre est Credere, 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.

Stephen Pittam

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Stephen is Chair of the Global Greengrants Fund (UK/Europe) and a member of the global GGF board.  He is also a Trustee of the Polden-Puckham Foundation. Stephen serves on the board of the Global Fund for Community Foundations and the British Institute of Human Rights. In his home city of York he chairs the York Human Rights City Network and the York Travellers’ Trust. Stephen retired in 2012 from the position of Trust Secretary of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Harriet Williams

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Harriet has over 15 years experience of managing philanthropic investments on behalf of Goldsmith Family Philanthropy, other foundations and HNW individuals.  Harriet has delivered successful grant programmes on topics including climate, forests, agriculture, chemical pollution, violence against women and community rights.  

Harriet is continually learning what it takes to ‘shift the dial’ on complex socio-political challenges, and is honoured to work with such a talented and passionate community of grantmakers as exists in the EFN. She is a regular contributor to EFN research products, co-convenes the EFN Forests Group and loves to see the woods as well as the trees.

Advisory Board

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.

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: please see above

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 xploring 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.