Ambassadors

President

Andrew Marr is a journalist, broadcaster and political commentator. He began his career at the Scotsman in 1981 and until 2005 was Political Editor at BBC News. These days he is found hosting Sunday AM on BBC One and BBC Radio 4's Start the Week each Monday. Andrew is also remembered as Charles Darwin's champion in the BBC series of programmes that aimed to select the Greatest Briton.

Ambassadors

Janet Barber works as an Environmental Management Consultant. She is a Trustee of Forum for the Future and has been a council member of English Nature. She worked for WWF-UK for many years, where she was Director of Programmes, and was a founder member of the government's Darwin Initiative Committee.

Sir James Barlow, Bt. is a graduate engineer from Manchester University, and is now working for Bell Canada. He is a keen ornithologist and conservationist, following in the footsteps of his late father, Sir Thomas Barlow, who was a leading light in the Charles Darwin Foundation, and was also a Vice President of GCT. Sir James is a great great grandson of Charles Darwin.

Angela Darwin is a great granddaughter of Charles Darwin's friend and supporter, Thomas Henry Huxley, while her late husband George was a great grandson of Charles Darwin. After 23 years she retired after having been a Magistrate in London sitting in both the Adult and Family Courts. She is currently working on the correspondence between T. H. Huxley and his wife, which is to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Sarah Darwin PhD is an artist and botanist who first visited Galapagos in 1995 to prepare illustrations for a field guide to the Islands. More recently she has undertaken a scientific research project on the endemic and introduced Galapagos tomatoes. Sarah is a great great grandchild of Charles Darwin and lives in London, where she is based at the Natural History Museum and University College, London.

Julian Fitter lived in Galapagos from 1964 to 1979. A committed conservationist, he was one of the founders and first Chairman of GCT in 1995. He is also a founder Trustee of Falklands Conservation and has recently established Friends of Galapagos New Zealand. He is the author of the Collins Traveller Guide to the 'Wildlife of Galapagos'. His son Daniel is a photographer and lives in Galapagos where he leads tours around the Islands as well as in mainland Ecuador.

Monty Halls is a marine biologist and professional diver. He was the star of a BBC TV programme called Monty Halls' Great Escape in which he turned his back on city life to become a 21st century beachcomber on the west coast of Scotland. Inspired by his childhood love of otters, Monty moved into a run-down cattle shed overlooking an isolated beach. With the help of a team of locals, he turned it into a comfortable home.

Randal Keynes is Charles Darwin's great-great-grandson and a member of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos. He is the author of the much praised "Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution", an exploration of family life in the Darwin household, the effect on Darwin of the death of his ten-year-old daughter Annie, and his thinking about the origins of human nature. Randal found Annie's writing case when he was sorting through family documents. In it were Darwin's daily notes on her illness which show in haunting detail how he cared for her in the months before she died. Randal is also a great nephew of the economist John Maynard Keynes.

Dorothy Latsis has lived in Geneva since 1979. She is President of the Fondation Philanthropique Orthodoxe and has established charities to support conservation of the library of St Catherine's Monastery, Sinai. She is a board member of the International School of Geneva.

Godfrey Merlen is British and has lived in Galapagos for 41 years, starting out as a volunteer at the Charles Darwin Research Station. After spending years studying Sperm Whales and writing the first Galapagos guide book for cetaceans, he  worked with the Galapagos National Park Service in developing a patrol fleet. He now works in collaboration with Sicgal, the quarantine inspectorate, and the Galapagos National Park to prevent the arrival of new invasive species through the practical application of known and new techniques, based upon novel government regulations.  He is also involved in studying Galapagos Penguins with Professor Dee Boersma.  His paintings and images have been used widely for raising conservation awareness.

Henry Nicholls is a freelance science journalist specialising in evolutionary biology, the environment, conservation and history of science. Henry's first book Lonesome George: The Life and Loves of a Conservation Icon was published by Macmillan Science in April 2006, was longlisted for the 2006 Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the Royal Society's prestigious General Book Prize. Henry is editor of GCT's Galapagos News

Jonathan and Angela Scott are celebrated authors, artists, documentary-makers and award-winning wildlife photographers. From their home in Kenya, where Jonathan has presented many popular television series such as the BBC's Big Cat Diary, they travel as far afield as Galapagos and the Antarctic inspiring others with their work and conservation ethos. They remain the only couple to have individually won the Overall Award in the prestigious international Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition - Jonathan in 1987 and Angela in 2002.

Nigel Sitwell was Chairman of GCT from 1997 - 2006. He was editor and publisher of the magazine Wildlife for 17 years and worked for WWF-UK as Director of Information. He has served on the Council of the Zoological Society of London and was a long-time Trustee of Survival International. He was awarded the Order of the Golden Ark for services to nature conservation.

Antje Steinfurth is currently based as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Zoology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. For over a decade her research has focused on penguins, which has resulted in many expeditions to some of the remotest regions in the world. From 2003 to 2005 she was based in the Galapagos Islands where she carried out her PhD project on the marine ecology and conservation of the endangered Galapagos Penguin. Her dedication to the conservation of penguins led to her appointment as a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Penguin Specialist Group.

Jennifer Stone has a background in journalism, public relations, and environmental work. She has lived in France since 1973. She was a founder trustee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, is a board member of the Swiss Friends of Galapagos, the Friends of the International School of Geneva and of the St Catherine's Foundation, and is a member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Professor Ian Swingland OBE, PhD DSc is Emeritus Professor of Conservation Biology at Kent University and Founder of The Durrell Institute (DICE). He is variously Chair, Member or Trustee of national and international bodies, and a leading authority on biodiversity conservation, commercialising biodiversity assets and sustainable land use. He has created and funded eight academic, not-for-profit or commercial institutions which have significant revenues. He worked on population ecology, frequency dependent selection and environmental sex determination in the Aldabra giant tortoise from 1974 -79 after managing the Kafue National Park Zambia and a former GCT Trustee and visited Galapagos many times.

Honorary Galapagos Ambassadors

(Keep checking back for more of our Honorary Galapagos Ambassadors as we develop this page)

Emma Thompson

Emma shares a moment with a Galapagos Sea LionEmma Thompson, the British actress, comedian and screenwriter, visited Galapagos in 2011 and become an Honorary Ambassador to raise awareness of the issues affecting the Archipelago. "The continuing conservation of the Galapagos is a vital endeavour. The Islands must be protected - they are a living history, a miraculous source of knowledge and wonder that it has been a huge privilege to witness. Please help to keep this legacy of nature safe well into the future."

Stanley Johnson

Stanley and his wife Jenny in GalapagosStanley Johnson, journalist, author and environmentalist, has been a member of Galapagos Conservation Trust since 1997 and became an Honorary Ambassador in 2011. Stanley is also the father of Boris Johnson, the London Mayor.

"Saving the Galapagos is a top priority. These 'enchanted' islands are of colossal importance in terms of their own natural and scientific interest. But the fight to save them has also come to be seen as a symbol of the much wider battle to save the world's biodiversity. The Galapagos Conservation Trust, with which I am proud to be associated, is already playing a crucial role and I hope it will be able to keep up the good work for as long as it is needed."