James became a trustee of EIA in November 2017. He has a broad background in the law, having worked in the City, at ClientEarth, and in local government. In 2015, he led ClientEarth’s successful clean air litigation in the Supreme Court, forcing the UK government to tighten up its clean air plans. Between 2009 and 2012 he was based in Singapore, where he worked with international clients throughout Asia and the Middle East. He currently has his own practice specialising in environmental law and litigation.
Malcolm became involved with EIA, writing pro-bono commercials for the organisation around 1985. Then he was Creative Director of advertising agency T.B.W.A, and has been doing this for his own agency W.M.G.O and others in the U.K. Europe, U.S.A and Russia. He’s worked on cars, airlines, mobile phones, media, drinks, finance and fashion, so understands what motivates people and how media focussed campaigns organise themselves. Always keen to work on Government and social causes he devised the original AIDS. Don’t Die of Ignorance, publicity campaign. Some of this work was recently featured at an exhibition at the Wellcome Trust. Malcolm also was elected president for the Advertising Creative Circle twice. Lately he has concentrated on brand development, including a fledgling Arts and Entertainment crowfunder, Phundee.com, based at Google Campus.
Jenine was appointed a trustee of EIA Trust in February 2016. She is an experienced charity trustee, having previously been a trustee of Excellent Development and Breast Cancer UK and trustee and chair of ShareAction. She has also been a member of audit, finance or investment committees for three household name charities. Jenine was a fund manager for over 24 years, but left the City in 2008 to pursue her dream of working for charities. She is currently a non-executive director of Richmond Housing Partnership and a member of Gateway Housing’s Risk and Audit committee. She previously spent 9 years on the Board of TCHG where she chaired their Investment and Finance committee. She also chairs an organisation called MASC (Make Air Safe and Clean) which campaigns against air pollution in South West London.
Jennifer Lonsdale OBE
For 35 years, as a founder and board member, Jennifer has contributed to EIA’s development and governance. She also works on the Ocean Campaign, particularly contributing to the International Whaling Commission’s work on governance and addressing conservation and welfare threats to whales, dolphins and porpoises. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the environment particularly the protection of whales and dolphins.
John Stephenson (Chair)
John Stephenson was appointed to the Board of EIA UK in 2020. He enjoyed a 30-year career in the UK diplomatic service, with numerous posts ranging from the United Nations in New York to counter terrorism frontlines in Pakistan and Somalia. On retiring from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, John was appointed CEO of the UK-based charity Stop Ivory, a conservation NGO with a mission to end the concept of ivory as a commercial product. He has also served as Secretariat to the Elephant Protection Initiative, of which the EIA is a leading partner.
Following various roles in publishing and production for both arts and technology publications, and then working in training development, Kit followed her heart by moving into the conservation NGO sector. She has worked at the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) since 2002, initially joining as Training Development Officer. Subsequently she has held a number of roles at BCT including Helpline Manager, Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive. She has been Chief Executive of BCT since 2014 (as part of a job-share until 2018). She is also a Trustee and Treasurer for BatLife Europe.
Allan Thornton set up the Environmental Investigation Agency in 1984. With Dave Currey and Jennifer Lonsdale, he pioneered using undercover investigations to protect wildlife, – whales, elephants, rhinos, tigers’ bears and instigated successful campaigns against illegal logging by banning illegal timber into the US and EU, phasing out potent greenhouse gasses HFC’s and exposing illegal trade in chemicals destroying the Ozone layer.