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UK Trustees

Seacology UK is administered by a Board of Trustees who care deeply about protecting island cultures and ecosystems. All trustees serve without compensation, have first-hand knowledge of Seacology's win-win projects, and donate significant amounts of their own time and funds to Seacology UK.




Paul Alan Cox


Paul (on the far left) and Duane Silverstein with a Nakalavu villager, Fiji Island.

Dr. Paul Alan Cox, founder and Chair of Seacology, is a botanist whose scientific research focuses on the ecology of island plants and the ethnobotany of island peoples. In 1997 he received the Goldman Environmental Prize for the conservation efforts described in his book Nafanua: Saving the Samoan Rainforest (New York: W.H. Freeman). Nafanua has since been translated into German, Japanese and Samoan. Cox speaks a variety of island languages and is internationally renowned for his advocacy of indigenous peoples. He earned his M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Wales and his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. He is currently Executive Director of the Institute for Ethnomedicine.




Lucy Cummings


Lucy enjoying the views from Mt. Angavokely, Madagascar

Lucy co-founded Seacology UK because she believes strongly in Seacology's community-based approach to island environmental protection. She brings a global humanitarian policy expertise to Seacology UK, borne from 15+ years of research, teaching, policy consultancies, and NGO work in the US, UK, and Asia. A Mandarin Chinese speaker, she has her bachelor's degree in economics and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, a master's degree in religious ethics from Yale University's Divinity School, and her Ph.D. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She is currently the Executive Director of Faith & the Common Good.




Duane Silverstein


Duane putting on a show for the local children in Mangoro, Madagascar

Duane Silverstein is the executive director of Seacology. For 20 years prior to heading Seacology, he was the executive director of the Goldman Fund, one of California's largest philanthropic foundations. He also headed the Goldman Environmental Prize, which has been dubbed the "Nobel Prize of the Environment" by National Geographic and news media from many nations around the world. Articles he has written have appeared in Asian Geographic, Fathoms, and Asian Diver among many other newspapers and magazines. He is a National Fellow of The Explorers Club and a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service.




Jill Warren


Jill frolicking in the North Sea as part of a Boxing Day fundraiser

While on a career sabbatical in 2006, Jill witnessed the direct impact of deforestation and marine destruction on the many islands she visited. The impact of palm oil plantations on the island of Borneo was particularly heart wrenching for her. Returning to the UK wanting to do more, Jill embraced her role as a Seacology UK trustee, believing that Seacology's win-win approach can make a real difference to local island environments. She is currently a senior manager in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Charity Group, with 10 years of experience working with charities such as Oxfam, Tearfund, WaterAid, Prince's Trust and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She also spent over 5 years as a trustee for a local UK domestic violence charity.




Scott Wilson


A friendly lemur investigates Scott in Madagascar

Scott co-founded Seacology UK after visiting Seacology projects in Madagascar. While in law school, Scott spent a semester with the U.S. Agency for International Development studying debt-for-nature swaps.  Under such swaps, environmental groups acquired discounted distressed sovereign debt from international banks and swapped the obligations with the debtor countries in exchange for environmental commitments. Having visited the national park beneficiaries of some of these swaps in the Philippines and elsewhere, Scott was initially attracted to Seacology because its projects embrace the win-win structure of debt-for-nature swaps at a grass roots level.  Scott is currently a Managing Director at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). He earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and an MBA issued jointly by Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.