WWT has appointed Ollie Olanipekun and Nadeem Perera of Flock Together as the charity’s first ambassadors. This is a new role for us, encouraging support and engagement from public figures to help raise awareness of the importance of wetlands.
Wildlife Director, Nadeem Perera, said: “Flock Together is a birdwatching collective which recognises that nature is a universal resource and is dedicated to ensuring people of colour feel welcome in it. We are delighted to be working with WWT because it shares our philosophy and is keen to make wetlands accessible to all through initiatives such as its Generation Wild programme.”
Founder, Ollie Olanipekun added, “We are really looking forward to working together to bring younger and more diverse birders to WWT and to nature generally and are honoured to become the charity’s first ambassadors.”
We have also reappointed our President Kate Humble and four of our Vice Presidents for a further three years. These include broadcaster, writer and wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine, ecologist, ornithologist and broadcaster Mike Dilger, David Lindo, AKA the Urban Birder and Chris Packham CBE.All will continue helping the organisation to build awareness of the importance of wetlands for wildlife, people and the planet and inspire one million people to take action for wetlands.
Writer and broadcaster, Kate Humble, has been WWT President since 2018 and is well-known for presenting a number of popular television shows which focus on wildlife and rural Britain. Kate said of her continued Presidency: “WWT’s proactive, hands-on and can-do approach to conservation has always appealed to me and I feel very at home with the way the charity engages with the public. WWT is determined that wildlife is for everybody to enjoy, and that’s very much my perspective too.”
Chis Packham CBE, a prolific voice in the world of wildlife and conservation, has also signed on until 2024. He added:“Finding natural solutions to the climate crisis has never been so important. That’s one of the reasons why I support WWT and its mission to create vital new wetlands in the UK.”
WWT will continue to be supported by its Vice Presidents Georgina Fitzalan-Howard, Duchess of Norfolk and Dr Dafila Scott, daughter of the charity’s founder, Sir Peter Scott.
Sarah Fowler, WWT’s Chief Executive who joined us this month, commented: “As the new Chief Executive for WWT, I’m delighted that one of my first duties is to welcome our new ambassadors and thank our existing high profile supporters for their continued commitment. We have lots planned for the next three years and I am delighted that they are on-board for the next stage of WWT’s journey, putting wetlands centre stage in the fight against climate change and the loss of nature as well as other global issues.”
For more information on our President and Vice Presidents – click here