Behind the scenes


Board of Trustees

The charity is overseen by a Board of Trustees, which meets on a quarterly basis. The Board takes strategic decisions on the future priorities and activities of the Trust for Sustainable Living and The Living Rainforest visitor centre.

The Trustees and Executive Director rely on strategic input from Advisors in key areas of activity:

Staff & Consultants

The staff bring together a considerable range and depth of experience, with backgrounds in disciplines ranging from the biological, social and sustainability sciences to education, communications and management. Currently approximately 40 people work for the charity, although this varies seasonally, and an illustrious alumni of former staff and volunteers work at leading education and conservation organisations both nationally and internationally.

  • Karl Hansen, Executive Director
  • William Aitken, Maintenance/Glasshouse Support
  • Cameron Arthur, Shop & Cafe Assistant
  • Tamsin Baalham, Tour Guide
  • Amy Baatz, Tour Guide
  • Kathryn Beechey, Shop & Cafe Assistant
  • Steve Donnelly, Finance Manager
  • Melanie Booth, Assistant Education Officer
  • Helen Boyle, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Sharynn Brooks, Shop Assistant
  • Myles Challis, Senior Horticultural Adviser
  • Peter Clark, Chief Horticulturalist
  • Lisa Clifforde, Zoological Curator
  • Henry Cripps, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Naomi Cunningham, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Edward Curtis, Tour Guide
  • Yvonne Dawson, Tour Guide
  • Nathan Dudley, Shop & Cafe Assistant
  • Isabelle Gillespie, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Clare Haley, Tour Guide
  • Liz Hemphill, Tour Guide
  • Bob Hook, Tour Guide
  • Gerlinde Hunt, Tour Guide
  • Nicholas Jowett, Junior Animal Keeper
  • Andrea King, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Ruth Larkin, Director of Development
  • Diane Manwaring, Tour Guide
  • Laura McBride, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Rosie Moore, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Oliver Nunn, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Eugene Orpin, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Simon Pratley, Senior Animal Keeper
  • Alison Robinson, Front of House Manager
  • Oliver Rosi, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Carey Seymour, Tour Guide
  • Kirsty Shakespeare, Education Development Officer
  • Bethany Stent, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Nicola Straffon, Tour Guide
  • Ela Suliga, Finance and HR Assistant
  • Karen Thornton Ward, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Carolyn Visser, Shop & Café Assistant
  • Rupert West, Operations Manager
  • Evie Young, Shop & Café Assistant


The Living Rainforest receives invaluable help from over 40 hard-working volunteers in the following areas: plant and animal care, trail guiding and interpretation, events and activities, marketing and promotion, building and maintenance projects, as well as administrative and other assistance. More about applying to volunteer …

External Partners


An enormous debt of gratitude is owed to the following benefactors for their generosity and support:

  • European Commission (LIFE programme)
  • Millennium Commission
  • National Lottery Charities Board
  • Toby Bromley
  • Alison McGregor
  • Bayer
  • Bing
  • Brunel Microscopes
  • Charles McGregor
  • CHK Charities
  • Chris Tarrant
  • Clore Duffield Foundation
  • Department of Trade and Industry
  • Englefield Charitable Trust
  • Ernest Cook Trust
  • Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust
  • Fresh Del Monte
  • Green Card Trust
  • Greenham Common Trust
  • LEWIS Global PR
  • Linford Christie
  • Margot Walker
  • Nick Taylor
  • OASE
  • Paul Daniels
  • Paul McCartney
  • Prudential Insurance
  • Rufford Foundation
  • Sigrid Shreeve
  • South-East England Development Agency
  • Seychelles Ministries of Education, Environment & Energy
  • Smeg UK
  • Lord Timothy Clement-Jones
  • Vodafone UK Foundation
  • WF Southall Trust

Revised September 2015

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