Partners and advisors

Neil Maddison
Head of Conservation Programmes at BCSF

Neil has a degree in Zoology and completed an MBA with a specialisation in pro-poor ecotourism.   He worked for several conservation charities before joining the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society in 1997. As Head of Conservation Programmes, Neil is the Comoros project leader.


Dr Christoph Schwitzer
Head of Research at BCSF

Christoph Schwitzer is a biologist specialising in primate research, in particular the conservational ecology of lemurs. He is in charge of the ‘Research for Conservation’ programme at BCSF and Bristol Zoo Gardens, and supports ecological research within the Comoros project.


Dr Andrew Terry
Head of Field Programmes at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Andrew has a PhD in animal communication and conservation from the University of Copenhagen and before joining Durrell in 2007, worked for the IUCN in Brussels as a Scientific Advisor and programme manager. He now manages a portfolio of 45 conservation projects in 14 countries. Andrew supports the overall implementation of the project, with a particular focus on the development of a new non-governmental organisation.


Dr Richard Young
Head of Conservation Science at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

With a PhD in Ecology and a Masters in Conservation Biology, Richard has worked in applied research for wildlife conservation and management for the past 12 years. He now manages the science programme that supports Durrell’s field and ex-situ conservation. Within the project, Richard guides the development of the biodiversity assessment and ecological monitoring programmes which support forest conservation planning and actions.


Paulin Hyac
National Coordinator for Madagascar and Comoros programme at Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières

A biologist by training, Paulin then specialised in conservation agriculture in Madagascar, working with a range of different organisations before joining AVSF in 2005. Paulin coordinates technical and management support for the project on conservation agriculture, landscape management and rural development.


Dr Gill Shepherd
Adviser on the Ecosystem Approach and theme lead on ‘Poverty, Livelihoods and Landscapes’ for the Forest Conservation Programme at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Gill has a PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics (on labour migration and the Comoro Islands), and has since spent nearly 30 years on tropical forest issues including establishing ODI’s Forest Policy and Environment Programme. For the last seven years she has been working mainly for the IUCN, advising and leading on several major projects around the world focussing especially on the relationship between livelihoods and forests. She supports the development of the project’s sustainable natural landscape management process.


Dr Tim Brewer
University of Cranfield

Tim has over 20 years’ experience interpreting and analysing remotely sensed imagery and using GIS for a wide range of applications, from temporal change analysis to land suitability modelling and network analysis. He is the Course Director for the MSc in Geographical Information Management at Cranfield University. Tim is providing advice to the project on GPS, GIS and remote sensing.