Iain joined the Board of Trustees of Tusk in 2002 and was appointed Chairman in 2005. Over the nine years to 2013 Tusk has become a globally recognised conservation brand, and has strengthened its governance and institutional capacity. It has also established an endowment fund to support its long term financial stability beyond the current generation.
After nine years as Chairman Iain announced his retirement from the UK Board on 31st October 2013 and he has since taken up the appointment as Chairman of Tusk’s Development Board.
Tusk is a dynamic organisation with twenty-two years experience initiating and funding conservation, community development and environmental education programmes across Africa. Since its formation in 1990, Tusk has raised over £20million for a wide range of projects across the continent. The charity has earned a reputation for being financially efficient, with an average of 80% of the net funds raised reaching the field.
Tusk currently supports 57 field projects in 18 African countries that not only work to protect wildlife, but also help to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside the wildlife. As the ever-expanding human population and its demand for more land brings increasing conflict with wildlife, Tusk’s aim is to forge an inextricable link between the preservation of Africa’s natural heritage and the future of its land, culture and people.
Conservation of wildlife remains a key objective with substantial funding being applied towards the protection of threatened species such as elephant, rhino, cheetah, chimpanzee, mountain and lowland gorilla, African wild dog, giant sable and even marine species such as turtles. Tusk has, with its partners in the field, been at the forefront of promoting and funding community driven conservation programmes.
The charity’s holistic approach recognises that the long-term future for wildlife is dependant on education and sustainable development. HRH the Duke of Cambridge became the charity’s Royal Patron in 2005 and has been a proactive supporter of Tusk’s work ever since.
With levels of poaching of elephant and rhino, and diminishing habitat across the Continent, there was never a more urgent need for effective and immediate conservation activity – carried out in partnership with local communities, governments and the international community.