Speakers Bio’s

Will Travers

Will Travers is an internationally renowned wildlife expert who has dedicated his life to wildlife issues, since he lived in Kenya while his parents, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, made the film Born Free (1966).

In 1984, he co-founded the wildlife charitable organisation now known as The Born Free Foundation, which works to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species worldwide.

Will is President of Born Free USA, a national animal advocacy non-profit 501©(3) organization and is President of the Species Survival Network (SSN), an international coalition of more than 80 organizations committed to the promotion, enhancement and strict enforcement of CITES.

He has been involved in rescuing elephants, tigers and lions and is always willing to share his experience and knowledge to further Born Free’s vision for a more compassionate future.

Will was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2012 for Services to Conservation and Animal Welfare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


Dominic Dyer

Dominic has a long track record of success in leadership & senior management roles in government, industry and NGO sectors on a UK and international basis and is highly respected for being able to promote organisations through a combination marketing, public relations and communication activities.

He worked in the Ministry of Agriculture from 1987 to 2000 in the UK and Brussels, in a number of policy areas focusing on animal welfare, marine environment protection, food manufacturing & EU trade policy.

He joined the Food and Drink Federation in 2000 and played a key role in developing a number of new industry groups in the organic, soya food and functional food sectors and in developing a new membership services unit.

He was Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association between 2008 and 2012 and played a key role in raising awareness of the importance of plant science to the future of farming & food production on a UK & International basis.

He is currently Chief Executive of the Badger Trust and Policy Advisor for the Born Free Foundation. Dominic is also a Fellow of both the British American Project and the Council for the United States and Italy.

He undertakes regular public speaking engagements & broadcasts on TV & Radio & contributes to press articles & journals on a wide range of agriculture, food, conservation, animal welfare & foreign policy issues.


Daniel Turner

Daniel has been working for the Born Free Foundation since 2000 and has predominantly focused on developing and raising international standards in animal welfare and protection in Europe, and in a global context, through responsible tourism.

Daniel is an environmental biologist with background experience in field conservation and wildlife trafficking investigation. At the Born Free Foundation, Daniel has initiated and led on a number of ground-breaking initiatives, including: the EU Zoo Inquiry: the extensive review of zoo regulation and compliance across the European Union; the authorship of ABTA’s Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism, now adopted by tour operators across Europe; the development of an extensive suite of training tools to build-capacity in the application of animal welfare science.

He is the Coordinator of the European coalition, ENDCAP, and a member of the Global Council of the World Cetacean Alliance.

Daniel Turner  BSc (Hons) CBiol MSB
Associate Director
Born Free Foundation


Cathy Smith

Cathy Smith has been involved with orangutan conservation for over twenty years.

She first visited Borneo in 1996, on one the Orangutan Foundation’s study tours. After studying for a degree in zoology, Cathy joined the Orangutan Foundation’s first-ever Volunteer Programme in 2000. Enthused by this experience she subsequently worked for the charity in London.

Cathy has led Orangutan Conservation Tours to Borneo providing participants with first-hand experience of the charity’s conservation programmes and also the wonderful chance to see orangutans in the wild.


Charlotte Laursen

Charlotte Laursen is a Volunteer Coordinator and Marketing Officer at the UK-based non-profit organisation WorkingAbroad Projects. The organisation has worked with volunteers on conservation and community development projects around the World for the past 20 years.

Charlotte is a graduate in International Relations and European politics with volunteer experience from community development projects in both Ghana and Brazil. She is a keen traveller and writer, who was also blogging for WorkingAbroad while living abroad. WorkingAbroad is a partner and proud supporter of The Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH), and remains an advocate for sustainable and ethical volunteer projects around the World.


Hugh Felton

Hugh is the Senior Sustainable Tourism Executive at ABTA, The Travel Association. ABTA is UK’s largest travel association, representing travel agents and tour operators that sell £32 billion of holidays and other travel arrangements each year. Hugh helps to develop sustainability solutions for its Members including advice on human rights, environmental impacts, volunteer tourism as well as animal welfare.

Hugh has completed an BSc in Environmental and Biological Science at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and an MSc in Tourism, Conservation and Sustainable Development at the University of Greenwich, UK. Since graduating in 2001, he has worked in the travel and tourism sector including volunteering for Raleigh International as a trek leader and spending a year in Madagascar as Country Coordinator for Frontier as particular highlights, as well as Assistant Director for the gap year division of the American Institute for Foreign Studies. Born in Kenya, he has a passion for wildlife and the natural world.