Jax Metcalfe



Jax has a degree in Ecology and a masters in Conservation & Biodiversity.  She spent several years living and working in Central and Southern Africa, during which time she had the opportunity to assist with research on elephant demography and  dehorning operations in Zimababwe’s Matusadona National Park.  Jax has worked as a researcher and a Wildlife Information Services Assistant for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and has also undertaken research work for Natural England.  Whilst working at the University of Exeter she helped to organise the world’s first international conference on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Environmental Research and assisted with research using fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) for monitoring hidden stores of soil water.

Jax is now fully focused on facilitating the objectives of this charity.

Prof. Thomas Snitch



Tom is a mathematical modeller that specialises in applying advanced technologies to challenges in the developing world.

As well as being co-director of Poaching Prevention, Tom is an Executive Officer for the UN Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System and CEO and co-founder of GeoQuera – a team comprised of mathematicians, physicists and artificial intelligence professionals that use high resolution satellite imagery and advanced algorithms to find terrorists, criminals and poachers.

Until recently Tom was a professor at the University of Maryland, currently he is the Director of Federal Relations at Bowling Green State University

Neil Aldridge


Neil is a conservation photojournalist, author, university lecturer and professional wildlife guide. His photography has won awards all over the world, including the overall title of European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Neil focuses his efforts on creating photographs and photo stories that benefit conservation by challenging perceptions of species, increasing people’s understanding, inspiring action and increasing funding.

As well as his documentary photography, which has been used in documentary films and published in books and magazines, Neil uses his wildlife photography to raise funds for conservation causes through exhibitions, events and direct sales.

Leon Debell

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Leon has a mixed background that has led to him working on fine-scale remote sensing of the environment using UAVs. He held a research position with the University of Exeter, helping to develop a lightweight, fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) for monitoring hidden stores of soil water and is now undertaking a PhD utilising UAS, computer vision and structure-from-motion tools for ecological and environmental applications. Leon is also heavily involved in running the ESI’s DroneLab, providing UAV and remote sensing technical advice and support.

Leon’s overseas experience comes from several conservation projects, including an internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, field work for the Natural History Museum in São Tomé as well as Príncipe and UAV based research trips to the Serengeti and Arctic.

Martin Goodall



Martin is Data Manager for ERCCIS and Cornwall Wildlife Trust with responsibilities for managing GI and other datasets, ERCCIS outputs, volunteers and projects.  He has worked on several terrestrial and marine projects involving large scale environmental data collection and analysis, habitat and species mapping, tagging, mobile technologies, training and identification methods.

Martin is also working with Exeter University’s Environment & Sustainability Institute, in areas such as habitat mapping techniques, exploration of new or alternative data analysis techniques and Geographic Information technologies.

Nick Samuels


Nick has spent most of his life travelling back and forwards between Europe and Africa. Upon finishing school in the UK, he wasted no time before rushing back to Africa to train as a safari guide and embark on several land-based expeditions.

After graduating at Strathclyde University, Nick headed to London and founded Percival Valentine, a small London-based company that is trusted by a handful of the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to provide a range of private client services; many of which have been in Africa.

He subsequently co-founded Barrus Partners, a trusted advisory service specialising in procurement and project management for a small number of UHNW families.

Adrian Brown


Team member

Adrian is a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography degree course at Falmouth University.

Jack Mann


Team member

Since retiring as an Officer from the British Army, Jack has worked as a Business Director for MODA Solutions, fulfilled the role of Country Manager for Aegis Defence Services, and is currently the Director of Alma Risk.