Who we are

Trillion Trees Partners

Birdlife logoBirdLife International

BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. Together we are 115 BirdLife Partners worldwide – and growing – with 13 million members and supporters, over 7,000 local conservation groups and 7,400 staff. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.


Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) logoWildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), established in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, is a US-based non-profit conservation organization that saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. With long-term commitments in over 60 countries, WCS applies its biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities.


World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) logoWorld Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, active in nearly 100 countries. Our supporters – more than five million of them – are helping us restore nature and tackle some of the main causes of nature’s decline, particularly the food system and climate change. We want a world with thriving habitats and species, and we want to change hearts and minds so it becomes unacceptable to overuse our planet’s resources.


A dedicated core team, across three organisations


Executive Director
John Lotspeich
John Lotspeich
Executive Director, Trillion Trees
John comes to Trillion Trees with over 20 years’ policy, communications and fundraising experience, having most recently served as Senior Director of External Affairs at Marie Stopes International (MSI), the global health charity. He began his career in the private sector, specialising in marketing and communications, with postings in New York, Brussels, Delhi, Lusaka and KwaZulu Natal. He has deep experience in managing multiple-stakeholder consortia for service delivery, advocacy and financing in diverse regions around the globe.
Management Team
Laura D'Arcy
Laura D'Arcy
Head of Trillion Trees for WWF
Responsible for leading Trillion Trees for WWF. Over 20 years' experience working in forests and wildlife conservation, with particular expertise in tropical forest protection, restoration and integrated landscape approaches which benefit nature, people and climate. Laura has worked extensively with NGOs, governments, civil society and the private sector worldwide.
Bryna Griffin
Bryna Griffin
Head of Forests Programme, BirdLife International
Responsible for leading Trillion Trees for BirdLife International. Over 15 years of experience in conservation of tropical landscapes, with particular expertise in the design, management and sustainable financing of protected and conserved areas.
Leonie Lawrence
Leonie Lawrence
Technical Advisor - Sustainable Landscapes, WCS
Responsible for leading Trillion Trees for WCS. Over seven years of experience in tropical forest conservation, with particular expertise in ‘forest risk commodities’ and supply chain transparency.
Programme Development Team
April Bagwill
April Bagwill
Trillion Trees Programme Officer
Responsible for programmatic coordination across all three Trillion Trees partners. April has eight years experience in project and programme management in both government and charity sectors, and 15 years' experience in wildlife and habitat science and research.
Jack Lloyd
Jack Lloyd
Trillion Trees Partnerships and Contracts Assistant
Responsible for administrative and logistical functions across all three Trillion Trees partners. Jack has 4 years' experience working in administration and coordination focused roles for a number of not-for-profit organisations across the environmental and international development sectors.
Tim Rayden
Tim Rayden
Forest Programme Advisor, WCS
Responsible for developing new projects on forest protection and forest restoration from within the WCS international portfolio. Tim has over 15 years of experience in the forestry and environment sectors. He joined WCS in 2010 to help reduce the impacts of logging on wildlife in the Congo Basin, and has since specialised in sustainable landscape approaches to delivering natural climate solutions.
Alice Ward-Francis
Alice Ward-Francis
Forests Programme Officer, BirdLife International
Responsible for BirdLife's forest conservation initiatives in Africa, Alice has worked within the BirdLife International Partnership for 10 years. Alice works with BirdLife Partners on developing, promoting and fundraising for forest landscape initiatives, and across a diverse set of global themes on carbon, restoration, forest-positive commodities and sustainable finance.
Steering Committee
Richard Grimmett
Richard Grimmett
Director of Conservation, BirdLife International
Richard has worked for BirdLife since 1985, including managing BirdLife’s work in Europe and Asia. As part of his role as Director of Conservation, he leads the direction of the BirdLife Forests Programme.
William Baldwin-Cantello
William Baldwin-Cantello
Director of Nature-based Solutions, WWF-UK
Will oversees WWF's role in the Trillion Trees joint venture to accelerate finance for and delivery of forest protection and restoration. He also leads a team delivering on the Climate Solutions Partnership between WWF, HSBC and WRI on Nature-based Solutions, sustainable palm oil, energy transition in Asia and low-carbon business models. Previously he led on science and strategy on forest conservation as the Chief Adviser on Forests at WWF-UK, and for the WWF global network as interim global lead on forests at WWF-International. Before joining WWF, Will worked for the UK Government on international environment and development policy, including directly advising the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the time.
Todd Stevens, WCS
Todd Stevens
Executive Director, Conservation Science and Solutions
Todd Stevens oversees WCS's cross-cutting work on five global programs: Forests/Climate Change, Rights and Communities, Markets, Conservation Planning and Conservation science. Before coming to WCS, Todd was a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, specializing in nonprofit management and strategy development for global charities. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking and private equity. Todd has a PhD in History from Princeton University.
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Peter Cole
Director and Trustee, Restore Our Planet
Restore UK was established in 2001 as a grant-making charity to invest in the protection and restoration of Britain’s natural habitat. This vision has since expanded to incorporate environmental and biodiversity issues globally. To reflect this broader vision Restore UK changed its name to Restore Our Planet in 2018.