Dr Mark Collins


Mark is a tropical ecologist trained at Oxford University, Imperial College and the Open University. His 40-year career began with research in the savannas and forests of East and West Africa and Southeast Asia, including numerous scientific expeditions. Later he became executive director of environmental and international organisations. Amongst his 11 books and 140 articles and papers, Mark co-authored IUCN Red Data Books on Invertebrates and Swallowtail butterflies and several volumes on tropical rain forests. Currently a Trustee of Earthwatch (UK), as well as Chair of GCT, he has also served the Darwin Initiative Expert Committee,the Total Foundation, Fauna and Flora International, Wildscreen and the UK Zoo Inspectorate. He was awarded the 2000 Royal Geographical Society Busk Medal “for contributions to conservation policy and research”. Travel in Galapagos has reinforced his commitment to continuing the vital research at the Charles Darwin Research Station and across the Islands.

Jonathan Lea

Honorary Treasurer

Jonathan is a finance professional with wide international experience and an interest in the environment. He was previously Finance Director of FTSE 250 textile group Coats plc and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is currently a Director and CFO of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a not-for-profit organisation that advises Governments on resource efficiency and recycling. He first visited the Galapagos while working in Ecuador in the 1980’s. He has an MA in Latin American Studies from the Institute from the Study of the Americas in London.

Michael Drake

Michael is a Solicitor with 40 years` varied commercial, litigation, family law  and other experience in a Central London practice. Over the years, he has also been a non executive director of a number of public and private companies in different sectors, and continues as a non executive of a long established advertising/media group. He has been a trustee of the Born Free Foundation for several years, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Athenaeum. Michael has travelled widely in Africa, Indo China, India, Antarctica, South America (including Ecuador and Galapagos).

Marta Tufet

Marta began her career as a biologist, and has a long standing interest in the part that Galapagos has played in our understanding of evolution. As a half Ecuadorian this is even closer to her heart, and she hopes to make a valuable contribution to help safeguard the islands’ natural heritage.

Marta lived in Galapagos as a grants writer for the Charles Darwin Foundation, where she experienced first-hand the scientific and funding challenges faced by the Galapagos and by researchers more broadly. With a PhD from Imperial College London on the molecular biology of malaria parasites, she started her careers as a scientific editor for Nature Publishing Group, and now, as a scientific adviser for the Wellcome Trust, contributes to the development and operation of the Trust’s international strategy, policy and scientific portfolio. She travels extensively to South East Asia, South America and Africa, where she manages the Trust’s activities, and speaks five languages. 

Paul Corrall

Paul is a communications and education professional with more than fifteen years’ experience of working in further and higher education. He has developed and implemented key strategies and communications systems, managed educational departments, and created successful learning programmes. Paul is the Head of Communications and PR at St George’s, University of London and was previously the Communications Lead at Regent’s University London and Head of Young Learners at Southwark College. As an experienced teacher and NCTJ journalist, Paul is particularly interested in using digital resources to engage young people in conservation and raise awareness of the Islands. He has travelled extensively throughout the world and visited Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in 2014.

Derek Humphries

Derek is a Creative Director at DTV Group where he helps good causes raise money through TV appeals in around 25 countries. He has been a fundraiser for more than 25 years, working with everything from small local to major INGOs. He helps organise the International Fundraising Congress, and writes and presents internationally on fundraising and creativity. Between jobs he worked as a volunteer project manager at an orang-utan sanctuary in Borneo. He loves travelling, and when he isn’t, he lives in Holland.