Contact the team behind SPOTT and ZSL’s Sustainable Business and Finance Programme (appearing in alphabetical order):
Becky Shu Chen
Becky Shu Chen is a passionate conservationist. She joined ZSL in 2012, and she has led several conservation projects focusing on endangered species and human-wildlife co-existence (e.g. Chinese giant salamander, pangolin, and Asian elephant). In addition to conducting scientific research to support conservation strategic planning, Becky is also an enthusiastic environmental educator. Since 2014, Becky has devoted herself to engagement and advocacy, from campaigns in the remote nature reserves to high-level discussions with the British royal family. As a member of the IUCN Asia elephant Specialist Group, Becky also supports trans-boundary conservation initiatives between China and its neighboring countries. Becky joined the Sustainable Business Programme as Sustainable Business Advisor, to support strategic development and better engage companies on sustainable practices across the supply chain.
Oliver Cupit joined ZSL in 2019 as Sustainable Business Programme Manager after spending over 5 years working at sustainability consultancy NEPCon. He has experience in responsible sourcing of timber and paper products, including provision of advice to companies on how to meet the EU Timber Regulation as well as FSC certification. Oliver has experience in auditing of timber product manufacturers, developing and delivering training courses on responsible sourcing, and has delivered services and training in the Solomon Islands, China, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as across Europe. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Sustainable Tropical Forestry from Copenhagen and Padova Universities.
Annabelle Dodson joined ZSL in 2016. Her role as Project Analyst (currently Sustainable Business Projects Manager covering Claire Salisbury while she is on maternity leave), within ZSL’s Sustainable Business Programme, involves coordinating the SPOTT palm oil assessments and engagement, as well as the development of SPOTT’s database and indicator framework, and assisting on company research. She has previous experience working in Malaysia as a sustainability consultant and has volunteered with London Sustainability Exchange as well as on other field conservation projects. She has a BSc in Geology and Biology and an MSc in Environmental Diagnosis and Management from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Imogen Fanning joined ZSL in 2021. Her role as Project Analyst involves coordinating the SPOTT palm oil ESG assessments, engaging with companies on their results, and assisting in research to support the assessment process. She has previous experience in the sustainability and traceability of palm oil gained through her MSc in Sustainability and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London. Imogen worked at the Royal Society in Grants Operations before joining ZSL, where she developed skills in assessment and reporting.
Maggie FitzHerbert joined the team in 2021 as the Sustainable Business Advisory Manager, leading on ZSL’s business engagement on legal and sustainable trade of forest-risk commodities. Before joining ZSL, Maggie worked in FSC & PEFC certification, as well as assessment and advisory services related to legal sourcing under the EU Timber Regulation. She is an experienced supply chain auditor and has worked with timber and pulp companies from all around the world. She has a background in Environmental Geochemistry and has previously been a researcher in water and soil contamination, focused on industrial activities. She has an MSc Environmental Science by Research from Queen Mary University London and a BSc Geography from University of Sussex.
Charlie Hammans leads our timber and pulp workstream as the Sustainable Business Specialist, Africa, managing activities across Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of Congo, China, and Indonesia. Charlie joined ZSL in the summer of 2019 in the Palm Oil team before transitioning to the forestry team. Before joining ZSL, Charlie worked with various human rights initiatives, with a focus on securing land rights for indigenous peoples. His most recent role was as a Project Officer for the Central African Republic and Republic of Congo at Forest Peoples Programme. He has a BA in History and French from the University of Bristol, and an MA in Human Rights from University College London. Charlie speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Dave J Johnston
Dave J Johnston joined ZSL in 2021 as Communications Coordinator. He is a dedicated conservationist, having spent a decade working on conservation and community development initiatives in the Peruvian Amazon. Dave is assisting with management of communications for ZSL’s Sustainable Business and Finance Programme, helping ZSL address the global threat of irresponsible and unsustainable business practice. Dave has experience in strategic development and communications across consumer and non-profit sectors in Europe, Africa and South America. He is passionate about regenerative systems, community partnerships and reconnecting humankind with nature. Dave co-founded the Alliance for Research and Conservation in the Amazon (ARCAmazon) and Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC), and he serves on the board of Junglekeepers Peru.
Armstrong Mba joined the ZSL Sustainable Business team in February 2020 as Sustainable Business Advisor, operating from Yaoundé, Cameroon. Armstrong has over 12 years experience in sustainable forestry, working as a Sustainability Manager for various forestry companies in Cameroon as well as a consultant for Proforest. A qualified FSC auditor and HCV assessor, he holds an undergraduate Diploma in Forestry from National Forestry School in Mbalmayo, Cameroon and a Masters degree in Cartography, GIS/Remote Sensing with Specialization in Landscape Dynamics Management from the University of Yaoundé 1. Armstrong also has experience working on other soft commodities in Cameroon, including palm oil, rubber and cocoa. He is a fluent French and English speaker.
Clara Melot is a ZSL Associate Sustainable Finance Specialist and an independent consultant, having previously led FI engagement for ZSL’s SPOTT from 2016. As an Associate she supports ZSL’s Sustainable Finance Programme by providing strategy, engagement and content development services targeted towards ZSL’s financial sector audiences. Clara has an MA in Marketing and Advertising from La Sorbonne University, through which she gained experience in the corporate partnerships department of WWF-France. She then obtained an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and went on to join the Climate and Forests team at ClientEarth where she spent three years working on DFID projects (Forest Governance, Markets and Climate) as a Project Officer before joining ZSL.
Claire Salisbury joined ZSL in 2018, and is the Sustainable Business Projects Manager (currently on maternity leave). Her role involves overseeing ZSL’s Sustainable Business Projects, including SPOTT, and related communications including the SPOTT website, social media channels and publications. Prior to joining ZSL, Claire was a regular contributor to Mongabay as a freelance writer, and a volunteer and communications consultant with the Asian elephant conservation charity Elephant Family. She has an MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology from the University of Exeter, and a PhD from the University of Oxford, focusing on the diversity and ecology of Amazon birds.
Eleanor Spencer leads our palm oil workstream as the Sustainable Business Specialist, Asia, managing the team’s palm oil company assessment and engagement processes, as well as representing ZSL on the RSPO Board of Governors as an alternate environmental NGO member. Eleanor originally joined the team in 2015, with a focus on engagement with the financial sector and other SPOTT users, before switching to her current role in early 2020. She has a background in supply chain sustainability and governance across various other soft commodity sectors, including soy, cattle and seaweed, and holds an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford.