Sharon Johnson


Sharon has worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years, both in the UK and abroad, undertaking various conservation projects including working for the Indonesian Forestry Commission in Borneo; the Royal Society of Nature Conservation in the Seychelles and as a warden for Birds Australia. Sharon joined GCT in 2015 from Trees for Cities where she spent nine years as Development Director, before being appointed as Chief Executive. Sharon implemented our new three-year strategy in 2020, and is looking forward to leading GCT through our next stage of development.

Please contact Sharon if you have questions, queries or comments about GCT’s current activities and plans for the future.


Jen Jones

Head of Programmes

Jen has a Masters in Marine Biology and a long-standing passion for all things conservation-related. She is responsible for managing GCT’s projects portfolio, both in Galapagos and the UK, and the Discovering Galapagos education programme. She is particularly passionate about science communication and education. 

Please contact Jen regarding any of GCT’s programmes.


Claire McKinley

Head of Finance

Claire joined GCT in April 2021 and is responsible for Finance, HR and IT. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC, specialising in the not-for-profit sector and has over 10 years post qualification experience in the Retail, Insurance and Travel industries. 

Claire has a real passion for travel, exploring new countries and meeting the wildlife along the way. Following the completion of her Biology degree she spent time volunteering in Santa Cruz, experiencing first-hand the diversity, beauty and fragility of the Galapagos.

Please contact Claire if you have questions, about HR or finance.

Mike Crossley

Head of Fundraising and Communications

Mike has a degree in marketing and joined GCT in February 2021 from the Marine Conservation Society where he fundraised for seven years. Mike has over twelve years of fundraising and communications experience in animal and conservation charities. Prior to this he worked for over twenty years in the toys, telecoms, tobacco and publishing sectors in a variety of marketing roles. 

Mike is passionate about wildlife conservation, reducing plastics in the environment, protecting megafauna and strongly believes in reconnecting people to nature.

Please contact Mike with any general fundraising, communications or marketing opportunities.

Kelly Hague

Senior Philanthropy Manager

Kelly became passionate about conservation after extensively travelling through Africa and South and Central America in the 90s, when she had many incredible wildlife encounters but also witnessed the brutal reality of species declines and habitat destruction.   She has now spent over 25 years helping fund environmental projects, through work with BirdLife International, Tree Aid, the Grasslands Trust and the South Georgia Heritage Trust. Having joined GCT in May 2018, Kelly helps people make a difference through their financial support and involvement in important conservation work taking place in Galapagos.

Please contact Kelly with any individual giving or corporate queries.

Lisa Wheeler

Projects Manager

Lisa has a degree in Zoology and a Masters in Conservation Science. She is passionate about sustainability and conservation of endemic species. She has volunteered both in South Africa and the UK before joining the GCT team in August 2014 as a volunteer working on the Discovering Galapagos website. Before GCT, she worked with Botanic Gardens Conservation International red listing trees of Asia and America. She joined GCT as a member of staff in April 2015 as the Office Manager and became Projects Manager in 2020.

Please contact Lisa regarding GCT’s projects including Discovering Galapagos.