THE BOARD

Chairman - Colin Church has had many years of involvement in conservation in East Africa. As Chairman of  Rhino Ark Management Committee for 12 years – 2000-2012, he oversaw the completion of the 400 km electrified fence (and the funds it required) that now surrounds the 2000 km squared Aberdare Conservation Area. It is a vital water catchment area for the country, encompassing indigenous forest, national park and a farming region for millions of people. The funding for the fencing and community outreach programme of Eburru – largely from Safaricom/Mpesa Foundations totaling USD$1.5 million was finalized during his time with Rhino Ark. Currently, he is active on various conservation boards including the Mara Elephant Project (MEP), Big Life Kenya in the Amboseli wider ecosystem and the marine charity – Ocean Soul Foundation. He served as Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service board of honorary trustees in 2003/04.

Josphat Macharia was born in Ndabibi village adjacent to Eburu forest. Along with his family, he is very active in using and promoting sustainable agriculture methods including; organic fertilisers, soil and water conservation, runoff water harvesting, biogas, fish farming and aquaponics. They do all this on a 5.2 acre farm and Josphat is very active in training and sharing his experiences with other small farmers as well as with international visitors to the area.

Lydiah Nyota is a resident farmer in Eburu location, Gilgil sub-county. She is currently chair of the location water project, is a representative on the County land board, is a Board member at two secondary schools, is a committee member on the Community Forest Association, as well as for Eburru Rafiki. She also represents women's interests in the Gilgil sub-county, and chairs a community policing initiative at the locational level.  

Hugh Gibbon was brought up in Western Kenya. He currently lives part time between Naivasha and Tigoni.  He holds a PhD in Geography & Planning through a joint Universities programme in Kenya and the UK. He also has a Masters in Rural Social Development & Agricultural Extension, and two certificates in Management and Agricultural Economics. He is a member of the Tropical Agriculture Association and Natural Resources Management Group in the UK. He has advised for more than 30 years across more than 20 tropical countries in; rural development, biodiversity conservation and management, community and sustainable forest management, natural resources management, and has led a number of evaluations in the biodiversity and natural resource sectors.

Njenga Mungai, Resort Manager, Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort (GRVL).  Experienced hotelier with 7 years in GRVL and 17 years in the hospitality industry.  In his time at GRVL, the resort has become involved in the reforestation programme for Mau Eburu Forest in partnership with Eburru Rafiki.  GRVL hosts an annual mountain bike challenge event which is a fund-raising event for the Mau Eburu reforestation programme.

Tony Church was brought up on a CMS mission station at Kigare on the southern slopes of Mt Kenya. After 3 years service in the Southern Rhodesia Police Force in the 1960's, he returned to Kenya to manage a tea estate in Nandi Hills. By 1971, he incorporated Safaris Unlimited ( Africa ) Ltd., and remained as Managing Director for the next 30 years. In that time, Tony served on the Ethics and Standards sub Committee of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators and was an active Councillor with Friends of Conservation ( FOC ), including Vice Chairman of the Campfire Conservation. From 2003 to 2010, he served on the Hells Gate and Mt. Longonot National Parks Management Committee and more recently on the Board of Rift Lakes Conservancies Association. 

Alistair Nicklin, African born and raised on the coast of Kenya, has spent most of his adult life migrating around East Africa; working as a ranch manager in Laikipia, engaged in wildlife management, guiding safaris and farming – all roles that overlapped and interconnected with the other.  Alistair became very involved in Eburru after learning that the forest hosts a dwindling population of the rare Mountain Bongo and consequently helped set up camera traps and monitoring of this magnificent species.  As a result, he has gained in-depth knowledge of the forest and surrounding communities.  Alistair also sits on the Loldia/Naivasha Connectivity Committee, which is actively creating valuable and lasting wildlife corridors from Eburru Forest to the Lake – and beyond.  Alistair lives in Naivasha where he owns a renewable energy company and continues to guide safaris.

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