After gaining a degree and masters from Imperial College, London University, on wildlife ecology and a PhD in the management of invasive small carnivores from Bristol University, I have worked in government departments, NGOs, IGOs and universities and have over 25 years experience in wildlife management, conservation and research. I have managed national, regional and global project portfolios specialising in the ecology and management of carnivores, invasive species and human wildlife conflicts. These have been in the UK, South and South East Asia, Japan, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and Southern Africa. Over the last ten years I have focused on large carnivore conservation. This included establishing and running a tiger conservation programme at IUCN, and coordinating a series of cheetah projects in Southern Africa, as part of the «Africa Range-Wide Cheetah Conservation Initiative». Since 2023, I am the programme officer for the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group.