Patrons

John Guillebaud, Emeritus Professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, University College London. He was born at Buye, Burundi, brought up in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, and continues to make regular training and support visits for healthcare professions in Central and Southern Africa.

Ex-Medical Director of the Margaret Pyke Centre for Study and Training in Family Planning, he is currently Research Director at the Elliot-Smith Clinic, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, where he is involved in studies of the world’s first male contraceptive pill. He is author/co-author of around 300 publications on environmental sustainability, reproductive health and population, and contraception for women and for men. He also consults as requested on an ad hoc basis both internationally (e.g. WHO) and nationally (e.g. Department for International Development). He is the originator of the Environment Time Capsule Project (1994-2044), Chair of People and Planet, Adviser to Population and Sustainability and Patron of Population Matters.

kevin_mccloudKevin McCloud Although best known for his TV series Grand Designs, he has always been interested in environmental issues. He is an ambassador for World Wildlife Fund for Nature, actively campaigning to promote One Planet Living, the WWF sustainability initiative. He is Patron of the Carymoor Environmental Centre and the Genesis Project. Kevin is an Ambassador for the Australian organisation One Tree Per Child (OTPC) started by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee, his introduction led to CHASE starting a OTPC project in Kenya.
(Photo courtesy of Glenn Dearing)
Sir Ghillean Prance worked from 1963 to 1988 at The New York Botanical Garden. Much of his career there was spent conducting extensive fieldwork in the Amazon region of Brazil. He was Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1988 to 1999. Since his retirement he has remained very active, notably involving himself with the Eden Project. He is actively involved in environmental issues, a trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust and a Vice-President of the Nature in Art Trust.

I am most happy to be associated with CHASE Africa because they address one of the most important topics for the future of both humans and the conservation of all biological species. Our planet has a certain carrying capacity which we are already far exceeding in the developed world and to improve the situation for the less developed world we need to stabilise population. CHASE is tackling a problem that few conservation organisations dare to touch. All the work I and others do to conserve the plants species of the world will be of no avail if we do not do something about population growth.