Claire Quarendon, Office Administrator
Claire Quarendon

Having worked in the financial sector for many years, Claire decided that there must be more to life than pensions and mortgages.  Being a huge animal lover, she was thrilled when she was offered a job at the Jane Goodall Institute in 2001.  Little did she know she would still be working for Dr Jane Goodall nearly 17 years later. 

Claire runs the JGI UK office which is located in Lymington, Hampshire. She deals with memberships/guardianships and produces the Jane Goodall Institute UK newsletter three times a year, liaising closely with JGI staff working in the field. When Dr Goodall is in the UK Claire helps organise her schedule and attends events selling Jane’s books and other merchandise.

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

Tara Golshan, Executive Director of Education
Tara Golshan

Tara has worked at the Jane Goodall Institute for twelve years as Executive Director, Education and is responsible for developing and managing the education division, in the UK, Czech Republic and the Middle East primarily, as well as co-chairing the global committee, under Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a global humanitarian and education programme. She is responsible for overseeing the education sector of the Institute through the development of national and international projects.

Roots & Shoots is dedicated towards inspiring the next generation to become responsible global citizens by taking mindful action in protecting our planet.

A Business (Hons) graduate with a Masters in Marketing, she is a judge for the Observer Ethical Awards and the Women’s Innovation Awards; a fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Directors.

Jasmina Marcheva, Assistant to Executive Director of Education
Jasmina Marcheva

Jasmina has worked at the Jane Goodall Institute for over six years as the Assistant to Tara Golshan (Executive Director, Education) and is responsible for the day-to-day support of the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Programme. Her duties include Direct Mail, School Visits, Communication with Schools and Partners, Events Planning and Organising, Diary Maintaining, Research and other Secretarial Duties.

Before joining JGI, Jasmina was part of the team at the Belgian Tourist Office and was responsible for the photo gallery on the company’s website and was assisting the Press Manager.

Jasmina has years of experience in Hospitality and Catering and has been a team Leader/ Floor Manager at ASCOT and the following catering companies: Vanilla Bean and Complete Catering.

Her interests include reading, pilates, going to the cinema and spending time with her friends. Her passion is animals and their wellbeing, so in her spare time she fundraises for an animal rescue in Bulgaria and tries to raise awareness.


Adrian Sladdin, Chair

Adrian Sladdin

Adrian Sladdin is Chief Executive at YGAM innovations Limited, delivering corporate training to the gaming and gambling industry, as well as workshops and training for the education sector. He also works an independent educational consultant on projects and partnerships in the UK and around the world, specializing in developing training content around leadership and employability skills.  He is currently Project Manager for a European Union project, GET THERE: Journey to Employment - leading colleagues from five different countries on developing high level business skills. 

Jane Goodall PhD, DBE, Founder

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Every individual counts. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

Jane continues her work today by travelling an average of 300 days per year speaking in venues around the world about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that we will ultimately solve the problems that we have imposed on the earth. Read more about Jane.

Mary Lewis, also Vice President/Outreach, Assistant to Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Office of the Founder - Global

Mary Lewis

Following 25 years in the oil and gas business with Conoco Inc, and having volunteered for JGI UK for several years, Mary began working and travelling with Jane Goodall in 1995. 

Now vice president - office of the founder - Global, Mary works closely with Jane Goodall on all aspects of her complicated working life and serves as a board member for the Jane Goodall Institute Global and on the board of the Jane Goodall Institute UK.

John Yates, Treasurer

John Yates

John Yates is an independent Interim Finance Director who works across a range of industry sectors. He trained with Deloittes in London and PwC in South Africa. After qualifying he moved to the USA where he worked for a multi-national oil company. Upon his return to the UK he continued to work in the oil industry followed a time working in the IT industry. John is a Chartered Accountant and holds a MBA from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kingston University in Surrey.

Prof. Ben Garrod

Ben Garrod

Ben is a primatologist, broadcaster and Teaching Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Ben has worked directly for the Jane Goodall Institute in Africa, running a large chimpanzee habituation and conservation programme in western Uganda. He has also worked in Indonesia with orangutans and across Africa, Madagascar, the Arctic and Caribbean with a range of species. His PhD looked at speciation in island primates. Ben is also an award-winning science presenter and as well as having his own TV and radio series, has presented alongside Sir David Attenborough. He teaches a range of subjects, from primate conservation to human evolution and is involved with several conservation charities. 

Susie Raimes

Susie Raimes

Susie was brought up on a farm in deepest Yorkshire, and it was here that she learned to appreciate and love nature. She studied Theology and Education at Cambridge University, before starting her career in a small boarding school in Suffolk. Susie then went on to teach in a boys prep school in London, before becoming Deputy Head in a Pre-Prep school in Wandsworth. Susie has introduced Roots & Shoots into both her school and several others in the area – and is now looking to organise some group school Roots & Shoots projects in the future.

Dr Roger Wood

Roger Wood

Dr. Roger Wood has enjoyed a wide range of roles as a primatologist, conservationist and educator over the past 28 years. He is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Oxford Brookes University, having previously been Senior Lecturer in Primary Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University and a Research Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. Prior to his doctoral research at the University of Birmingham, Roger held various teaching posts, was Head of Science Department at two schools, and enjoyed 13 years of senior leadership roles (including a Deputy Headship and two Headships) within independent and maintained schools. Roger is a Chartered Biologist. In recognition of his work in science education and conservation, Roger has been elected to Fellowships with the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Arts, the Linnean Society of London, the Zoological Society of London, the Royal Scottish Society of Arts, and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Alessio di Capua

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Alessio di Capua has been Director of Philanthropy at Eden Project since July 2018, after five years at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where, amongst other roles, he was Executive Director of Kew Foundation America.

Following an extensive career in banking and media, Alessio joined the charity sector 11 years ago, holding senior fundraising positions at CHASE hospice care for children and the Royal Horticultural Society.

He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board at Perfect Earth Project (East Hampton, NY). In his spare time, Alessio enjoys watching cabaret shows with his performer husband Paul.

Paul Hetherington

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Paul Hetherington has worked in communications and fundraising within the charity sector for over 20 years, working for both international development and environmental charities. Currently Paul is Director of Fundraising and Communications at Buglife an invertebrate conservation charity.

Vincent Forestier

Vincent Forestier

Vincent has worked in marketing and technologies for the last 15 years. He is the Head of Digital Marketing of a large financial corporation, in charge of the brand digital expansion, digital media and technologic initiatives. Vincent started his marketing career at L’Oréal in France, before becoming Global Vice President of an online company based in the US, specialized in insight and data collection. He has been actively working on business strategies, technology and digital marketing along his career. Vincent met Jane Goodall and JGI through the Wild Immersion start-up, a company producing ecologically conscious Virtual Reality entertainment.

Kirstie David

Kirstie David

Kirstie has worked in integrated communications for over 15 years in her full time career, and an extensive range of voluntary roles and short-term projects in her spare time - working with NGO’s, governments and documentary filmmakers on social causes including child exploitation online, anti-trafficking and education for children with special needs.

She is passionate about bringing people together to solve complex challenges, and believes the biggest challenge of our time is how the world can achieve continued human progress, while meeting the needs of a healthy planet. She is an advocate for women in science with a particular interest in representation in media and entertainment and spent six months in Southern and Eastern Africa where she experienced the planets' rich biodiversity through a new lens.

Sally Barney

Sally Barney

Sally has spent over 20 years in the charity sector, starting with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra before moving to the Royal Parks for nearly 17 years. Based in Hyde Park, she had the privilege to be involved in the birth and growth of a new charity, initially as a fundraiser before streamlining her role to specialise in Events. Ranging from intimate dinners to media launches and gala dinners, she also led the team that created and managed the Royal Parks Half Marathon for its first 10 years - raising over £36million for 940 charities, and winning Event of the Decade last year. A team effort in every sense, and something she’s very proud of. Sally is currently working for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, delivering a wide variety of events, from hikes for up to 1000 people to dinners in Royal Palaces.

Sally lives in Horsham, West Sussex and shares her life with two horses and two highly energetic dogs. As well as riding, she is a member of her local Rock Choir and loves anything to do with the ocean (sailing, diving, surfing etc) and has recently taken up running, she completed the London Marathon this year but is now exploring trail running and canicross.