Ben is evangelical about Cool Earth and spends his time helping spread the word. As well as putting together some of our most exciting business partnerships, he has attended more networking events than any life can bear. To cope with this, Ben is a skilled boxer (really?) and recently won a light middleweight bout (again, really?).
Even in a rainforest charity, Dr Hannah knows more about animals, birds and parasites than is really necessary. So whilst it’s nice to have one of the world’s leading experts on parakeets, her killer talent is monitoring our projects with a no nonsense precision usually only seen at NASA.
Kitty has been with Cool Earth for so long that we sometimes forget that she is interning. She is nonetheless the backbone of our community partnerships, managing every one of them. When it comes to recalling facts, names and places, she is quicker than Dropbox will ever manage. We are in preliminary talks to market her as an app.
Matthew has been with Cool Earth from day one and still spends most of his time making sure we’re keeping all our promises. He is based in Cornwall but spends half his time out of the office raising money for our partner communities and generally telling any one who will listen about Cool Earth. When he’s not in work, Matthew picks up his three daughters from discos.
Frank is Britain’s clearest thinking politician. With fifty years of campaign experience, he has probably done more to improve the lives of children in poverty and low paid workers than any of his parliamentary colleagues. In 2007 he turned his attention to climate change and launched Cool Earth.
Chloe has well developed plans to rule the world. So long as we can convince her that Cool Earth is a rung on the ladder, we’ll all be fine. Having been instrumental in turning a Cornish theatre company into a global phenomenon, Chloe is doing the same with Cool Earth as our communicator in chief.
James joined Cool Earth as our “cartographer-in-residence”. This seemed to suit his studious manner and shy nature. It then turned out that this was all a front. He is actually a ferociously competitive hipster who lives to party. As a result James now spends his days goading Adventurists into risking life and limb for the sake of the rainforest. Plus he holds a (unofficial) space hopper world record.
So much of what Cool Earth does is only possible because companies, small and large, think we’re onto something special. Lauren makes sure our business backers are up to date with everything we do, whether they like it or not. When not sending passive aggressive emails, Lauren is apparently a musician of some repute.
Megan was so good at interview that we forgot there wasn’t even a vacancy for an archeologist folk musician. Since then we have realized we can’t live without one. When not heading off “to mow a meadow” she is on top of all things “rainforest” with an academic rigour not seen before in Cool Earth.
Baroness Anne Jenkin is a PR consultant and member of the House of Lords. She’s campaigned to increase the number of female MPs and was made a life peer in 2011. She co-chairs the Conservative Friends of International Development and is passionate about reducing waste.
Nothing screams that you’ve made it like having an in-house designer. With Georgia, Cool Earth’s got a better one than we deserve. Good sense would welcome this stroke of luck. Instead we have a creeping suspicion that she is in witness protection. But what could Georgia have witnessed to swap Kurt Geiger for Falmouth?
Johan is a rare thing. As well as one of Europe’s most successful businessmen, he was committed to actively protecting the environment well before it became fashionable. With Frank Field he came up with the idea of saving trees from the ground-up, he also thought of the name “Cool Earth.”
Mark pretty much invented independent travel when he launched the Rough Guides in 1982. As well as helping us all “make the most of your time on earth”, he has published the most interesting books on saving the planet and the best ones on world music.
Despite her unconventional first name (it might be an aconym), N.O.G. is the epitome of professionalism and discipline. After a stellar career in broadcasting, she turned her attentions to fundraising and is the best in the business. Having secured the future of cathedrals and the monarchy, Nog is now making sure Cool Earth can keep pace with our community partners' passion for rainforest.
The Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben is a former MP for Suffolk Coastal and a member of the House of Lords. He’s the chairman of the UK’s Independent Committee on Climate Change. He also chairs the sustainability consultancy Sancroft International. He was instrumental in the passing of the Climate Change Act in 2008.