Ross is the Director of Fundraising and Communications at Missing People and has responsibility for Missing People's income and awareness across a wide range of fundraising activities. Celebrating 10 years at Missing People, Ross leads a hugely successful team whose awards include: Grand Prix, non-FTSE 100 companies at CorpComms Awards alongside finalist nominations for Best Annual Review and Use of Digital at ThirdSector Awards. Ross is a Trustee of the Postcode Heroes Trust and a member of the FRSB Advisory Board for small-medium charities.
Rob started his conservation career reconstructing climate change over the last few thousand years from records contained within peat bogs. After completing his PhD – and horrified by the destruction of precious peatland systems – he worked for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, running a European LIFE project to develop a conservation strategy for Scotland’s lowland raised bogs. After this, Rob worked in a variety of senior positions within the British Wildlife Trusts, as Chief Executives of Sheffield and Hampshire Wildlife Trusts, a stint as Director of Conservation with the Royal Society for Nature Conservation and latterly 13 years as Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Rob’s 26-year career with The Wildlife Trusts spanned all conservation disciplines – marine, river, upland, grassland, heathland, woodland and urban wildlife conservation. He has always maintained a deep interest in peatland conservation, travelling the globe to research and advocate for peatland restoration. In 2009 Rob set up the IUCN-UK Peatland Programme, which has spearheaded the restoration of Britain’s peatlands.
Rob has travelled extensively and loves to watch birds, go walking and cycling in wild countryside, and meet different people. He holds a passionate belief that a wilder Europe would allow us to resolve some of our most pressing issues – from climate change to ecosystem collapse – and create a new prosperity for a rapidly changing continent. Rob started at Rewilding Europe on May 1, 2019 with huge enthusiasm to scale up rewilding in northern and central Europe.
Chupa is a fundraising strategist and trainer with 22 years of experience including funders in the UK, mainland Europe and Africa. She has worked across a diverse range of causes including community development, housing and homelessness, disabilities, human rights, gender issues, global health, youth and international development.
Chupa is currently a Consultant Grant Assessor at The Fore and Steering Committee member for the Baobab Foundation (an emergent, membership-led UK Racial Justice Foundation). Chupa set up Oko Consultancy as a social enterprise with all profits going to The Twikatane Community Foundation in Zambia, a Foundation founded by Chupa to inspire local philanthropy and support community-based organisations achieve their goals, missions and visions through funding and training.
Sanjay is the Director of the ICAS Foundation, a leading social mobility charity providing bursaries, grants and professional mentoring to hundreds of young people in the UK from less-advantaged backgrounds to gain access to and excel in higher education. His experience which spans over 8 years in the banking sector and 15 years in the charity sector has combined his skills in strategic delivery, business growth and high value grant making focussed on social purpose. He is a passionate advocate in International Development and has been fortunate enough to work on a variety of projects across sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. He also worked during the Covid-19 pandemic for the NHS Lothian Charity, leading on the management of funding key projects focussed on the effort to support thousands of NHS Staff and improve the patient experience during this challenging time.
Sanjay volunteers his time as a Trustee of the Greggs Foundation and has served on the advisory Boards of both UNICEF and WWF in Scotland. He has worked with some of the most prominent charities in the UK, many of whom are supported by the Postcode Trusts.