The Team

Management Team

Stuart Paterson

Executive Manager

Fauna & Flora International

Stuart has been working at Fauna & Flora International since 2005 and he joined CLP in August 2008. He has a BA in Latin American Studies and an MSc in Environmental Management – a combination which encompasses his interest in society, wildlife and sustainable natural resource use. Stuart has spent several years raising funds and communicating the success of conservation projects, as well as conducting field activities. Prior to joining the conservation sector he worked in human resources and he is committed to supporting CLP alumni professional and personal development.

Kiragu Mwangi

Programme Manager

BirdLife International

Kiragu joined CLP in December 2008 but has worked with the programme through BirdLife’s Science Policy & Information Management Department since September 2006. Kiragu is very interested in working with people to develop capacity to deliver conservation projects. Before joining BirdLife he helped implement conservation and development projects in Kenya, and worked for Nature Kenya. Kiragu has a BSc in Natural Resources Management and an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation, and he has carried out ecological field surveys in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Ethiopia and UK. For entertainment he loves playing and watching football, visiting new places and meeting new people.

Christina Imrich

Program Officer

Wildlife Conservation Society

Christina joined CLP in April 2011 and she is committed to developing connections between people and the environment. Her interest in conservation began while studying in Costa Rica with the Organization for Tropical Studies and has grown through her work with the New York Botanical Garden, AmeriCorps Cape Cod, Earthwatch Institute and as an outdoor educator. She has a Master’s in Environmental Studies and a BA in Biology. Christina loves exploring new places and spending time with friends and family.

Laura Owens

Programme Officer

Fauna & Flora International

Laura joined the CLP team in June 2015. Volunteering with conservation programmes in Tanzania and the UK led to a MSc in Conservation, Ecology and Planning in South Africa, where she discovered how millipedes can tell you whether forest restoration is going according to plan. Working for the World Pheasant Association she supported university students and worked with early career conservationists across the world. Since then Laura has realised that capacity building and knowledge sharing are two of the most important ways to tackle conservation issues and is extremely pleased to be working in a role where she can help enable this.

Tim Knight

Communications Officer – Conservation Partnerships

Fauna & Flora International

Tim has worked closely with Fauna & Flora International since 1999 on a range of marketing, communications and fundraising assignments, and has edited Fauna & Flora magazine since its inception in 2001. He joined CLP in November 2015. Tim is an award-winning writer and published author with a specialist interest in natural history, wildlife conservation and environmental education. A Cambridge graduate, he spent his early career in the commercial sector, but saw the light during a trip to the Borneo rainforest in 1995, since when he has focused on his real passion, wildlife conservation.

Charlotte Klinting

Programme Officer

BirdLife International

Charlotte is the most recent addition to the CLP team, having joined BirdLife International in September 2016. She has a background in youth work, facilitation and advocacy from an international NGO, and has run capacity building workshops with local volunteers in Europe and Africa. First thinking she was going to be a lawyer, she discovered her passion for ocean ecosystems, and decided instead to pursue an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies. This has taken her to research coral bleaching in the Maldives and, as a keen diver, she tries to combine diving with citizen science. Above water, Charlotte enjoys hiking, baking and travelling to see friends around the world.


Executive Committee

The role of the Executive Committee is to provide overall governance and offer guidance and support to the programme. Members of the Executive Committee include:

Marianne Carter

Director, Conservation Capacity & Leadership

Fauna & Flora International

Marianne leads a team working on capacity development issues across FFI’s global portfolio. Prior to this, she spent nine years managing CLP, based at BirdLife International. She started her career in the field, undertaking wildlife conflict research and leading community conservation education and awareness activities in Africa. She has an undergraduate degree in geography and an MSc in environmental management. With expertise in capacity building for conservation, facilitation and training – and a love for motivating, and building engagement, enthusiasm and commitment for conservation, Marianne’s work allows her to support a huge diversity of inspiring people in their work to protect biodiversity worldwide.

Caleb McClennen

Vice President, Global Conservation

Wildlife Conservation Society

Caleb leads WCS’s cross-cutting strategies designed to mitigate global drivers of environmental decline. This portfolio includes WCS’s programs for the oceans and fisheries, climate mitigation and adaptation, livelihoods, and markets. Caleb also provides overall strategic leadership for WCS’s Training and Capacity Building programs and representation for WCS’s organizational efforts to build multi-institutional partnerships. Caleb holds appointments as Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University’s School of Public and International Affairs, and the Earth Institute Center for Environment and Sustainability; and serves as an overseer of the Woods Hole Sea Education Association, and an advisor the New England Aquarium Marine Conservation Action Fund. Among other work, Caleb previously directed WCS’s global marine conservation efforts. Caleb holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Geography, and a Master’s and PhD in International Environmental Policy and Development Economics.