The Team

The Team Stephen once tagged along on a Cool Earth press trip to the Amazon, moonlighting as a journalist, and has been with us ever since. He calls New York City home (though one wonders why), where he works tirelessly developing Cool Earth’s education initiative. He founded the Cool Earth Teacher Fellowship, a program - and heart’s work - that supports the development of teachers through expeditionary learning experiences in the Amazon Rainforest. Stephen Brodbar Trustee, Cool Earth Action USA
Daylar Capaquia - Field Assistant (Consultant) Daylar is the most cheerful person we have ever come across, which in itself is one of the reasons she is such a successful local coordinator. She is never afraid to get stuck in and gives everything her all. The Asháninka women absolutely love her. Daylar Capaquia Field Officer
The Team Isaac is the most practical person we have ever managed to work with. Whether it’s fixing a massive truck’s puncture with a bicycle repair kit or stripping an outboard at sea, nothing defeats him. In his new role as Biodiversity Officer at Gadaisu, he has already tracked down the elusive crowned pigeon and we suspect he’ll soon rediscover the dodo. Isaac Dauge Biodiversity Officer
The Team John Gummer, Baron 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. LORD DEBEN Trustee
The Team Justine is Cool Earth's communications queen. When she's not championing social media and enticing supporters with witty copy, you'll find her illustrating or playing the harp. Is there any end to her talents? Justine Read Content Coordinator
The Team 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.” JOHAN ELIASCH Co-founder and Trustee
The Team 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. MARK ELLINGHAM Trustee
The Team So much of what Cool Earth does is only possible because companies, small and large, recognise we’re onto something special. Lauren makes sure our business backers are up to date with everything we do, creating partnerships like no other. A true people person, Lauren makes friends for life and when not waxing lyrical about the merits of Cool Earth, is apparently a musician of some repute. Lauren Faulkner Business Development Manager
The Team It’s not proven but we’re pretty sure Chris eats, sleeps and dreams in Javascript. Although, evidence does stem from his daily routine of pressing random keys and clicking the mouse a bunch 'o times in order to make the Cool Earth website a better place for all. He’s also been a vegan for the last 12 years and could teach the team a thing or two about a good diet. Chris Bird Back End Developer
The Team 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. Frank Field MP Co-founder and Trustee
The Team After being frustrated by the limited options available for U.S. donors (himself included) interested in doing something to combat deforestation, Jed led the effort to organise and form the US entity of Cool Earth and has been a trustee ever since. Jed is a developer of long-term public-private partnerships for infrastructure and focuses on energy efficiency, sustainability and resiliency. Based in New York City, he spends an inordinate amount of time turning off peoples’ office lights and computer monitors. Jed also serves on several boards and advisory committees of non-profits, including the Morgan Library & Museum. Jed Freedlander Trustee, Cool Earth Action USA
The Team When Buffy isn’t busy being 75% vegan you’ll find her working hard to keep develop Cool Earth's MEL strategy and keeping the biodiversity monitoring on point. She loves anything with four legs and fur and has worked globally to protect critters in all shapes and sizes. Arguably, Buffy’s biggest life achievement to date is the consumption of a whole Jamaica ginger cake. In one sitting. She’s also into aerial acrobatics, is there no end to her talents? Contact Buffy Smith MEL (Biodiversity) Coordinator
The Team Lewis is Cool Earth’s chief pixel wrangler and the son that Matthew Owen never had. When he’s not making Cool Earth look the part, you can find Lewis watching his favourite chick flick, Mean Girls, surfing the Cool Earth image bank, or buying drones so our donors can enjoy the full rainforest experience from the comfort of their own homes. Lewis Gillingham Creative Coordinator
The Team 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?). Ben Gray Business Partnership Manager
The Team Football manager, prize winning photographer, mother of four - that’ll be Daisy, our Local Coordinator for the Orangerie Bay Partnership. With years of experience working for Milne Bay Government, we couldn’t have found a more organised and hardworking member of the team than Daisy. The fact she might repeat her feat of getting the local women’s soccer team to the National Finals is just icing on the cake. Daisy Halaba Local Coordinator
The Team Baroness Jenkin of Kennington is a PR consultant and Conservative 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. Baroness Anne Jenkin Trustee
Chris Kuahara - Peru Project Manager Chris heads up our Peru team and has really knocked our Peru operations into shape. A sophisticated management guru with a truly imposing CV, she is as unflappable as she is capable. Everyone around her would feel inadequate if we didn’t know she used to be a goth. Chris Kuahara Peru Project Manager
The Team As the father of five children, it’s no surprise that Basil is laser-focused on the future of his community. Combined with his unrivalled passion for the rainforest, this makes him the ideal Community Facilitator for the Wabumari partnership. No one is better at explaining the Cool Earth mission or putting it into practice. Basil Matasia Community Facilitator
The Team Asides from being the office clown, Shannon holds the fort down when it comes to Cool Earth marketing and communications. She has quickly become a fountain of knowledge and is the analytics queen, making sure Cool Earth stays on top of its game. When she’s not fielding questions from donors and the team, Shannon enjoys eating sand whilst learning to surf. Shannon Kessel Digital Marketing Coordinator
Josue Morales - Local Coordinator (Consultant) Finding the right fish-biologist-cacao-expert is never easy. Finding one in a remote corner of Peru who can turn their hand to just about anything is nigh on impossible. So when we came across Josue we knew our Awajún partnership would be in safe hands. With Nazario in the Asháninka, it means we have the best co-ordination teams in Peru. Josue Morales Local Coordinator
The Team 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. Matthew Owen Director
The Team Even in a rainforest charity, 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. Dr Hannah Peck Deputy Director
The Team Chloe's passion is for storytelling, and getting to shine a light on the incredible stories coming from Cool Earth's rainforest partnerships is a dream come true. Never without a pack of post it notes, Chloe loves organised fun almost as much as she does her home county of Cornwall. Contact Chloe Rickard Senior Communications Manager
The Team Nicky’s knowledge of the forest around Wabumari is second to none. That’s why he couldn’t be more perfect for the Biodiversity Officer role in Wabumari. From fixing damaged camera traps to telling us about the bandicoots and flying foxes from his surveys, we’d be lost without him. Nicky Roma Biodiversity Officer
The Team Despite her unconventional first name (it might be an acronym), 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. Nog Sawdon Trusts Manager
The Team The secret to Cool Earth’s approach is building livelihoods that keep the forest standing. Building community businesses is Alix’s speciality, whether it be high in the Andes or deep in the rainforest. As our Peru project coordinator, Alix seems to be adored by everyone, although we find her love of Harry Potter does grate. Alix Silva Peru Project Coordinator
The Team Making seemingly unfathomable data look succinctly artful is what Lawrence does best. When he isn’t posting pictures of his cat, Lyubov, on her own dedicated Slack channel, you’ll find Lawrence spotting and quietly solving the kind of problems that have a tremendous impact on the day to day running of Cool Earth. Problems that are often overlooked by ‘normal’ humans. Lawrence Welsby Data and Insight Officer
The Team Hannah is the founder of Verdun PR and Cool Earth's go to girl when it comes to all things press related. Contact Hannah Bryce Verdun PR
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