Trustees: Finance, Governance, Fundraising & Commercial
The Jane Goodall Institute
Meetings are held in Central London in the evening
In 1960, Jane Goodall travelled from England to Tanzania to get close to wild chimpanzees, document their behaviour, and shed light on our own evolutionary past. She won their trust and very quickly made the first observations of chimps making and using tools. She shone a light on the complexity and richness of chimpanzee communities, their human-like communications such as pats on the back, and much more.
In the 1980s, rampant deforestation and its effects on the chimpanzees in Africa compelled Jane to broaden her research focus to include conservation.
JGI UK was set up with a mission to make a difference for all living things through conservation, research and education, and it does this through programmes involving:
Community Centred Conservation: Contributing to the preservation of chimpanzees and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities.
Primate Care and Research: through study of primates in the wild, and sanctuaries for orphans of the entertainment and bushmeat trades.
Environmental and Humanitarian Education: through Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots international youth education programme which aims to inspire young people to take positive action on the environment on behalf of all the planet’s inhabitants. In the UK JGI currently works with 1700 schools.
Our board currently consists of people with experience in education, conservation or are primatologists from around the UK, and therefore we need to attract people with different skills and professional backgrounds to help us set our strategy for the future. In the future we would like to develop greater interest in and recognition of the JGI brand, create new income streams and develop our fundraising activities. This will enable us to contribute more to the global organisation as well as to safeguard the future of the Jane Goodall Institute here in the UK.
We are therefore seeking a number of new Trustees, and in particular people with Finance, Governance, Commercial and Fundraising backgrounds. Fundraising professionals with experience of working with major donors and / or corporate partnerships are particularly sought after, to help advise on the development of more robust fundraising initiatives.