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.

Sherilyn Bos

Programme Officer - Capacity Development

BirdLife International

After studying a Masters in Applied Wildlife Conservation at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Sherilyn started an internship at BirdLife International in the conservation team.

After her internship, Sherilyn began working as a Research Assistant for the European region of BirdLife. This position led to her working closely with BirdLife partners, increasing her understanding and passion for people and biodiversity, especially the capacity of these partners to change their communities through conservation.

Since joining CLP, Sherilyn has been able to build on what she learned in her previous job, supporting the work of amazing early career conservationists in fascinating countries.

She is passionate about travelling, animals, photography, and always keen on having a drink with amazing people from conservation and all over the world!

Jake Burton

Programme Assistant – Conservation Capacity and Leadership

Fauna & Flora International

Jake joined Fauna & Flora International in October 2018. Born in Devon, Jake studied BSc Zoology and MSc Evolutionary & Behavioural Ecology at the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus. He is a keen sensory ecologist, behavioural ecologist, conservationist and evolutionary biologist. He studied the impact of environmental change on animal behaviour in a variety of animals, and the importance of sensory ecology in understanding this relationship. As his first job in the conservation sector, Jake aims to learn how his knowledge and research interests can be applied in real world conservation projects and to understand the current issues facing practical conservation work across the globe.

Tim Knight

Communications Specialist – 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.

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.

Julius Arinaitwe

Director, Partnership and Regions

BirdLife International

Julius leads BirdLife’s Partnership Capacity and Communities Department (PCCD), whose focus is on BirdLife’s strategic goal to empower people for positive change. He leads a team that has responsibility for, among others, building the capacity of the BirdLife Partnership to act at the local level through local conservation groups, building individual skills of young conservation leaders, strategic organisational development and strengthening the cohesion of the Partnership. The department oversees processes to guide the growth of the BirdLife Partnership as well as facilitating the compliance of individual Partners with established performance standards. Julius has a PhD in environmental science and previously worked with BirdLife at a national level as Executive Officer for Nature Uganda, and at a regional level as IBA Programme Manager and Regional Director for the BirdLife Africa Partnership.