William is a Trustee of Caplor Horizons and has been working on The Commitment since November 2018.
William originally worked in private equity as a Senior Partner of Graphite Capital, investing for over 20 years in medium-sized companies in the UK across all sectors of the economy.
Over the last 20 years William has diversified. He has taken various roles (chair, trustee, governor, advisor) in NGOs and schools, with a focus on conservation and education. Amongst these he was the chairman of Fairbridge, an NGO working with highly disadvantaged young people. Fairbridge was later merged into the Prince's Trust where he remains on the Council. Since 2008 he has been an advisor to tropical rainforest projects, REGUA in Brazil, TFCG in Tanzania and Extinction Rebellion in the UK.
Today William works primarily as a consultant to conservation organisations, combining a love of nature with a strong belief that the conservation of biodiversity worldwide and climate change are two of the most important challenges facing mankind.
William is a keen outdoor walker and cyclist.
Co-Founder of The Commitment
Lorna is Co-Director of Caplor Horizons. She has a Master’s degree in Values and the Environment and is passionate about the way in which we embed our lives with nature. Throughout her career Lorna has always been involved with development work: it started with personal well-being and individual development; it shifted to working on community and organisational development in the UK; most recently it has widened to encompass international development.
Lorna’s passion for development stems from a strong belief in the importance of improving social justice and human rights plus tackling the acute environmental and conservation challenges that face the world. In total, she has over 25 years of management and leadership experience in the UK and International not-for-profit sector.
Lorna enjoys running, walking, and outdoor activities.
Co-Founder of The Commitment
Ian is Co-Director of Caplor Horizons. He has a degree in Agriculture, Management and Marketing and has also completed a PhD in Strategy. He led an NGO, United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal) for 16 years, is a non-executive Director of Haygrove, a very dynamic international horticultural business, and he is also Chair of the Advisory Board of Caplor Energy a leading renewable energy business.
He is a specialist in organisational effectiveness and change, a highly experienced facilitator and enjoys working with diverse organisations and teams. In spending time in The Gambia and Malawi, Ian saw first hand the vulnerability there is to climate change and that it is now a matter of life and death. Through Caplor Horizons he is keen to achieve greater influence through advocacy. Ian enjoys the outdoors and most of all being a grandparent.
Research and Partnerships Lead
Charlotte spent 6 years at the social integration charity, The Challenge, helping to set up and scale two of its youth social development programmes. Most recently she was Head of Recruitment at Now Teach, supporting experienced professionals to change career into teaching, and was an English language teacher in Lisbon for a few years after studying English at Sheffield University.
As The Commitment’s first full time employee, Charlotte gets involved with anything and everything that needs to be done, specifically coordinating research and building relationships with stakeholders.
Programmes and Partnership Coordinator
Rosie is a full time member of staff for Caplor Horizons.
She has recently graduated with a 1st class degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Rosie has studied climate change in depth at university and she is motivated to address issues relating to sustainability, poverty reduction and gender equality. Rosie has spent time working in the UK not-for-profit sector and in Kenya, where she contributed to educational initiatives with rural communities. Rosie enjoys drawing, being creative and playing hockey.
Jenny is currently studying for a B.A. in Social Anthropology at Queens’ College, Cambridge. During her time in education she has been involved in a variety of initiatives and campaigns on subjects that she is passionate about. These have included speaking on behalf of Widows’ Rights International at the UN in New York, co-founding the pressure group “UK Youth for Europe”, and working with United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal) on an education programme for Africa.
At University Jenny continues to be involved in topics that inspire her such as sustainability and the environment; she writes articles for the student newspaper and is a member of Greenpeace. She is planning her final year dissertation on the topic of sustainability in the fashion industry.
She has had media/communications experience through a work placement as a researcher with the BBC documentary unit and as part of the marketing team for the Watersprite Cambridge International Film Festival.
She has been a vegetarian for many years and loves cooking and travelling. She constantly strives to live her life in the most environmentally-friendly way and to help others to do the same.