People’s Trust for Endangered Species is run by a board of committed and highly skilled trustees, working together with our Chief Executive and staff team.
Dr Andrew Kitchener (Chair)
Andrew is the Principal Curator of Vertebrates at the National Museums Scotland. Over the last 20 years he’s carried out conservation research on Scottish wildcats, beavers and other endangered mammals and birds. He’s a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and is also a member of the Zoos Advisory Committee at the Zoological Society of London.
Andrew was elected to our board of trustees in 2011 and took on the Chairmanship of PTES in 2016.
Sylvia Kahn-Freund MA (Cantab)
Sylvia spent most of her legal career in the city specialising in international arbitration and capital markets work. Retiring to look after family, she has also spent a number of years volunteering for local and educational charities and is Chairman of her parish council.
She’s our longest-serving trustee, joining our board in 1981.
Dr Tony Mitchell Jones
Before retiring, Tony was the mammals specialist with the government body Natural England for just over 32 years. During his time he led conservation projects on a wide range of threatened mammals, many in partnership with PTES, and developed, or contributed to, a range of conservation guidance, such as the Bat Worker’s Manual and the Dormouse Conservation Handbook. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Atlas of European Mammals and contributed to several other mammal guides and handbooks. Tony became one of our trustees in 2011.
David retired in 2019 from National Trust where he was Head of Nature Conservation contributing to policy and strategy development for species, habitats and ecosystems. He has been Chair of Vincent Wildlife Trust, which PTES supports, and is currently Chair of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. He is especially interested in wildlife management, including of non-native invasive species and, amongst UK habitats, conservation of Traditional Orchards and Wood-pastures & Parklands. David is an Editor of the online journal Conservation Evidence www.conservationevidencejournal.com which encourages practitioners to publish what does and does not work in conservation management.