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.
Ian Grattidge (Chair)
Ian was appointed to the Board of EIA UK in 2014, he is also chair of the Finance Committee. During his career, Ian held a number of senior positions in the public sector including as Finance Director of Defra and the Food Standards Agency. More recently Ian has worked independently as a consultant and interim manager occupying Board roles in organisations as diverse as Merlin, the London Development Agency, VisitBritain and the Insolvency Service. Currently Ian is a Trustee for the Rockdale Housing Association and part-time Finance Director for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
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 (Incoming Chair)
John was appointed to the Board of EIA UK in July 2020.
He is a former senior diplomat with significant experience in international and multi-lateral relations and has worked extensively in Africa, an experience which stimulated his passion for conservation. During his career, John held a number of senior positions in the public sector including at the UN in New York, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Kenya, London and Pakistan, where he specialised in strategic political, security and intelligence affairs and, more recently, in the NGO sector including as Chief Executive Officer of Stop Ivory in London. John is delighted to join the Board of Trustees of EIA, an organisation which, throughout his time in the conservation sector, he admired for being “the only organisation which truly exhibited collaboration, professionalism and a refusal to be side-tracked by personal or political interest and an organisation that achieved maximum impact through clarity of purpose and a dedicated and committed staff.” John is a strong believer in the promotion of diversity and has a demonstrable track record of building diverse teams.
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.