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.

Ruth Ruderham

Ruth is Director of Development at the Prince’s Trust International where she is responsible for creating this new charity’s fundraising and income generation strategy.

Ruth has worked in the voluntary sector for 15 years, leading fundraising strategies and teams at some of the UK’s best known charities, including Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth and Crisis. Most recently she was Executive Head of Fundraising and Enterprise at the Canal & River Trust, one of the UK’s largest ever start up charities.

Ruth is also a Trustee of Oxfam GB, where she sits on the Trustee Audit and Finance Group and of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, where she chairs the Fundraising and Communications Committee.

Ruth was awarded Professional Fundraiser of the Year in 2005 and speaks internationally on fundraising and movement building. She is a member of several advisory panels including Rogare, the Fundraising Think Tank of the Centre for Sustainable Development at Plymouth University and the Institute of Fundraising National Convention.

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).

Roger Lawson

Roger has worked for charities and not-for-profit organisations for over 20 years to help them to reach new donors, developing a breadth of knowledge as to why people give, and how best to engage donors. Roger has worked for Feed the Children, WWF, Cascaid Marketing and The Good Agency, one of the UK’s largest specialist integrated marketing and fundraising agencies, which connects consumers with good causes. Here he applied his knowledge of donor motivations to individual giving programmes for clients such as WSPA, RSPB, World Emergency Relief and Breast Cancer Campaign. He now has his own Consultancy Agency, where his clients included national name charities such as Christian Aid and Mencap. 

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.