Jacob manages the Trust’s day to day activities. A lifelong nature lover, he is passionate about protecting and restoring Europe’s last remaining wild areas. Jacob is always planning new ways for TENT to make impactful contributions to conservation, while nurturing and growing existing relationships with our partner foundations. Working as an environmental journalist for high-profile publications, Jacob actively investigates the relationship between humanity and nature. He is passionate about the intrinsic value of wild areas as places to heal, nourish, and inspire.
Kate Heightman is TENT's newly appointed Outreach Manager. Training in Rural Resource Management in Wales, she then worked as a ranger for the Forestry Commission and Exmoor National Park Authority, before teaching A Level Environmental Science. She has great faith in the power of the natural world to sell itself in terms of providing a sense of belonging and wellbeing. She believes that connecting with and caring for nature can empower people to feel both self-worth and hope for the future, in contrast to the messages of doom and shame that are so often used in connection with the human impact on our planet. She plans to expand TENT's Highland Outdoor Wilderness Learning programme and connect local Highlanders and guests at the Alladale WIlderness Reserve with TENT's vision and projects, helping them to grow and flourish.
Country Manager – Italy
Ed Cutler is TENT’s Country Manager for Italy. He was born, raised and schooled in Britain but developed a passion for Italy at a young age. From 2014 he worked in environmental technologies and also became an organic farmer in the southern end of Tuscany known as the Maremma, where he continues to produce extra virgin olive oil. He set up the Tuscany Environment Foundation in 2020 while on lockdown with the family on the farm, the close contact with the landscape forcing the need to find a way to give something back to the territory which has become his home. Ed brings with him years of experience working in Italy in both private and public realms, an undying passion for nature and a constant curiosity for new technologies and initiatives that help shift us towards better, more respectful behaviour as custodians of the planet.
Ambassador – Spain
Andrew lives in Madrid, following many years of living in Barcelona. He is a former communications agency leader with an extensive international career. As TENT’s Country Manager for Spain, Andrew plays a pivotal role working on CSR (corporate social responsibility) partnerships whilst also organising media and press events throughout Spain. TENT supports a number of NGO’s in Spain with a focus on landscape protection and wildlife conservation.
Country Manager - Portugal
As Country Manager for Portugal, Nuno supports our work with Rewilding Portugal in three capacities: building public and media relations for the benefit of wildlife conservation; developing political interest and awareness of Rewilding Portugal’s work; and promoting their projects to key business leaders. Nuno has extensive experience as a newspaper and magazine editor and as a writer, as well as in political communication, territorial marketing and public affairs. He is an avid cyclist, a keen adventurer, and loves nothing more than escaping to the wild.
With a background in economics, business management and politics, Toby is the Coordinator of the Wild Europe initiative, trustee of The European Nature Trust and Rewilding Britain. His CV in nature conservation is extensive: he is the Vice Chairman of the Wilderness Foundation and trustee of Foundation Conservation Carpathia. Toby navigates TENT’s conservation strategy, helping to seek and establish new projects, and maximise their impact.
Catherine Capon is a British naturalist and adventurer. Her mission is to promote ecotourism as a conservation tool and to re-engage people with the natural world. Prompted by her early fascination with the outdoors, Catherine went on to study Ecology and Zoology at Imperial College London. With TENT, Catherine seeks to promote our ‘Conscious Travel with Purpose’ philosophy, and aims to connect people with wild nature.
David is an experienced marketeer in the hotel and travel business. He has worked with the likes of Forte, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and he is now the Director of The Lime Wood Group. David is passionate about conservation and rural regeneration; his experience with day-to-day business operations, management and tourism helps TENT to expand our network, and connect more audiences with nature restoration.
Alexandru is a trustee of the Romanian Centre for Economic Policies. He has also worked for the World Bank, Bertelsmann Foundation, USAID and the European Commission amongst others, as well as acting as Counsellor to the Minister of Finance and an economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Romania. Alexandru is TENT’s primary strategist and liaison for Romanian conservation.
Chris is an ecologist and award-winning conservationist, educator, TV host, film producer and podcaster. His shows have reached millions of people worldwide. TENT proudly supports Chris’ mission to inspire humans everywhere about wildlife. Having supported the production and distribution of many of Chris’ films, TENT now supports the production of ‘The WILD with Chris Morgan’ – an award winning podcast series, and an immersive audio experience like no other.
Hugh Fullerton Smith is a long-term supporter of TENT. As a former director, Hugh helped to establish many of our conservation and restoration projects in Scotland, with a focus on the restoration of Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Scotland’s pioneering rewilding project, where he was General Manager from 2006-2013. Hugh is passionate about youth education, and now leads a number of initiatives focusing on environmental and sustainability education. A force of nature, Hugh has boundless energy for conservation and community development projects.
Ross is a financial broadcaster and businessman with a decorated career in journalism. Ross is also Co-Founder of Gleann Mor Natural Capital, formed to help put nature at the heart of our economy. An advisory and project management business, it helps scale up nature-based solutions working with Landowners/ Managers, NGO’s, Corporates and Investors as well as a broad range of Environmental Solution Providers. Gleann Mor is named after one of the 2 principle valleys at Alladale Wilderness Reserve and has been inspired by its work as well as that of The European Nature Trust, for which Ross has been an Ambassador and advisor since 2014.