Angus holds a first degree in Ecology (University of Newcastle) and a Masters degree in Environmental Economics and Policy (Imperial College, London). He has over 10 years of management experience in conservation in Europe and southern Africa. His experience on both continents is wide ranging from field work through to policy development and implementation, from local level to large multi nationals and governments.
Since joining FACE in 2008 as the Director of Conservation and later that year as the Chief Executive Officer, he has been actively involved in EU nature policy issues related to hunting and conservation. Prior to this he was responsible for sustainable development in the Zimbabwe Sugar Industry and new approaches to natural resource management. This included wildlife and livelihoods management within the framework of the Kruger National Park/Gona re Nzhou trans-frontier conservation initiative.
Through FACE he is actively involved in a large number of initiatives and multilateral environmental agreements including the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement and the Convention on Migratory Species. He has a particular interest in the conservation of birds, stemming from his great passion for raptor conservation. He also has a strong interest in large carnivores, which embody the social, ecological and economic challenges of conservation. In all his work and outdoor hobbies he advocates cooperation and pragmatism for real conservation on the ground.
In his spare time he tries to visit rural areas to get a feel for the successes and needs of nature conservation in Europe. He also continues to be involved in raptor conservation and biology, mainly in southern Africa on dry woodland species but also such enigmatic species as the Taita Falcon. He is a longstanding Member of BirdLife Zimbabwe, an avid fly fisherman, a hunter, a passionate falconer and with all that a conservationist.
We should be proud of the creation of the Natura 2000 network. The next step is to make sure that the network functions efficiently through the active involvement of local actors. For many Europeans the opportunity to hunt provides a strong incentive to conserve nature. To ensure that this contribution is sustainable, mutual respect and responsibility are needed within local communities, this is happening.