A somewhat motley crew, the eleven-strong team here at The Great Projects are all a close knit bunch. Possessing a passion for both wildlife and travel, it is pretty easy to come in to work day to day and promote what we believe are completely unique and life changing experiences!
Being a relatively young and fresh team, we’re all able to bring boundless energy and enthusiasm to our roles on a day to day basis. We love to travel and we love to talk about travel – an essential part of working here we believe!
Please see below to find a little more out about each individual.
Nikita - Senior Travel Consultant
Nikita has been a member of the team for a few years, ever since she volunteered with The Great Projects herself in February 2014, and has now visited 8 projects, including The Samboja Lestari Project, The Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary, and The Great Turtle Project - which are 3 of our most popular options! Therefore she can often offer advice based on first-hand experience and is always happy to help those preparing to get involved with a project themselves.
Since she can remember, she has always had a love for animals of any sort (though a bit of a wimp when it comes to spiders) and loves to immerse herself in different cultures – especially when it comes to trying new food!
Though she’s already ticked off a number of projects on her to do list, I don’t think there will ever be an end to it, as she is determined to see as much of the world as possible in her lifetime, and will always be drawn to destinations where she can help an animal cause over anywhere else.
Emma - Travel Consultant
Emma joined The Great Projects team in January 2020 in order to pursue her passion for animal welfare, education and conservation. With experience working in a local wildlife organisation, Emma recognises the crucial work done by volunteers and how this benefits the staff and, most importantly, the animals!
In September 2017, she travelled to Sri Lanka where she got the chance to see the incredible work being done to help both sea turtles and wild elephants.
Emma gained her PADI Open Water qualification after completing the course in the Egyptian Red Sea and hopes to further her qualifications, with aspirations to assist in the conservation of marine life on our Perhentian Islands Marine Project.
Lucy - Travel Consultant
Lucy joined the team in February 2020 after returning to the UK from a Canadian Working holiday. Lucy is excited to join The Great Projects to follow her passion for wildlife and conservation which started at a young age and lead to studying for a degree in Marine biology, after working in the commercial sector an opportunity to work with a habitat restoration project in South Georgia Island sparked the travel bug, whilst also highlighting the importance of sustainable tourism to educate and protect the planet's wildlife.
Travelling to over 50 countries and 6 continents, some of her most memorable experiences include swimming with whale sharks and camping out with rhino’s on safari, Lucy would love to add a trip to the Mozambican marine conservation project to her experiences to have the opportunity to work with so much amazing marine wildlife.
Leanne - Content Marketing & Social Media Assistant
Adding to the team in 2016, Leanne joined us off the back of a trip to both Japan and Hong Kong, where she was lucky enough to meet the wild monkeys that inhabit the 10 Thousand Buddhas Monastery. An avid traveller, Leanne has seen just about every country in Europe and plans to expand on her adventures further afield too, with our Great Orangutan and Pygmy Elephant Project in Malaysia being her dream trip.
Since working with The Great Projects, Leanne has managed to tick another destination off of her list, visiting both the Sloth Conservation and Wildlife Experience and the Costa Rica Turtle Conservation Experience - why not read about her experiences by clicking here?
When she’s not travelling, Leanne is a keen writer, and you can get to know her through our blog and our social media pages!
Georgia - Social Media Manager
Georgia joined our team here at the Great Projects in early 2018. With her two biggest passions in life being animal welfare and travelling, she has managed to get 24 countries under her belt, including two volunteering trips, with no plans of stopping there.
In 2016 Georgia volunteered with The Great Projects at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary and after an incredible experience, plans to visit more of the projects. She is especially keen to aid turtle conservation on one of the sea turtle conservation projects.
Environmentally conscious and a lover of all animals, Georgia hopes to promote and raise awareness of wildlife conservation, animal welfare and responsible tourism.
Tom - Videographer & Editor
Off the back of a huge solo expedition hiking 800 miles across the length of Lapland and Europe’s mainland Arctic circle, documenting his adventure and the wild landscapes, Tom joined The Great Projects' team at the beginning of 2019.
Tom trained as an environmental scientist, specialising in marine conservation. Blown away by the incredibly inspiring nature that exists on our doorsteps, he went on to combine his passion of wildlife and conservation with his photography and film making skills, aiming to communicate science and the environment in a fun and engaging way.
Favourite trips and projects Tom has previously worked on include swimming with blue sharks in Cornwall, diving with angel sharks in the Canaries, tracking brown bears through the wild ancient forests of Romania (and nearly being killed by dogs!), and rescuing abandoned fox cubs in Kent.
He is now extremely excited to be working with The Great Projects team who share his passions. Keep your eyes peeled for films and photos from some of the truly awesome wild places the world has to offer!
Jake - Project Development Manager
Jake joined the Great Projects team in 2019 following a year and a half of travelling and working through South America, Asia and New Zealand. To date he has visited 26 different countries and plans to add many more to the list.
He is always looking to take himself out of his comfort zone and loves exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. Jake is a keen hiker and diver, never turning down an opportunity to jump out into the wilderness.
Since childhood he has always been an animal lover and counts wildlife conservation as one of his great passions in life, with a big soft spot for marine conservation. He has been fortunate enough to have already visited three of our projects, as well as volunteering in two other social projects based in Ecuador and Cambodia.
He is delighted to have joined team at The Great Projects who share his values and passions and is looking forward to helping set up new and exciting volunteering projects around the world.
Kate - Volunteer Coordinator
Kate has always had a passion for conservation, travel and primates. This has taken her on a number of adventures working on tropical research and conservation projects in West Africa, Indonesia, South America, and at a primate rehabilitation centre for chimpanzees in southern Spain.
It was after her first trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia at the age of 18 to volunteer on a conservation and tropical biodiversity research project that Kate decided to study Ecology at the University of Edinburgh. Fast forward to now and she has developed a range of practical experience and knowledge working on projects ranging from re-establishing forest in Peru, aiding in the care and rehabilitation of captive chimpanzees in Spain, to researching Mangrove biodiversity and bird species in Tanzania.
She is now excited to return to Indonesia, the country which confirmed her love of travel and conservation, to be our Volunteer Coordinator at The Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project in Borneo for her third year.
Jessica - Volunteer Coordinator
Jess has always loved travelling to new and far away countries from a young age taking her to remote places including Jamaica, Kenya and Sri Lanka. But it was her first solo trip to Ecuador when she was 18 which changed the course of her career and sparked life-long passions. Spending 9 months at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre there, she fell in love with rehabilitation work and committed herself to pursuing a career working to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife and promote conservation.
Years later, having spent time volunteering and studying in places including Australia and Panama, working with rescued dogs, howler monkeys, and native British wildlife, she landed her dream job rehabilitating rescued primates from the UK primate pet trade in Cornwall. After four years of developing the skills and insights of operating a primate rescue and rehabilitation centre, she was ready to take her experiences and embark on a new journey as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary.
Michael - Managing Director
Michael has been Managing Director of The Great Projects since 2011. His deep-seated love for travel and wildlife began many years ago after spending time in South Africa's Northern and Eastern Capes. Since then he has travelled all around the world but done most of his travelling through Africa and South-East Asia, where he has worked to set up conservation projects and support existing charities or NGOs in their conservation efforts.
While he is now based mostly within the UK office he still makes time to visit and see the progress of the different projects. In the coming years he hopes to continue to support and work with passionate people at all of the projects as well as develop new and exciting volunteer opportunities when and where they are needed.
Andrew - Director
Andrew became involved with The Great Projects in 2011 when he invested in the business to allow it to expand to include the many new and exciting projects we now offer with many more to come!
Intending initially for it to be a hands-off investment, Andrew quickly got caught up in the excitement of the projects and working to make their aims a reality. Andrew brings his many years of experience of running companies to us to help the team develop the business in a professional and stable way, offering his time for free. Andrew has travelled to many places for both business and pleasure but frequently recounts his experience with Harriet in Borneo. They were visiting the route for our Orangutan and Tribes Voluntour and as they were approaching the lodge, in the trees right on the river bank were two wild orangutans. Seeing them in their natural habitat for the first time had a profound effect and remains one of Andrew's favourite travel experiences.
Andrew is looking forward to overseeing the development of our latest projects and in particular hopes to visit The Great Tiger Project to see the big cats in the wild.
David - Accounts
David is in charge of the accounts at The Great Projects. He helps in the supervision of money and ensures that all the accommodation and logistics are paid for before volunteers travel.
He likes to make sure that all volunteer's money goes to exactly where it is supposed to and put their minds completely at ease!
Miranda - Administration
Miranda joined The Great Projects team in 2012 to help with Company administration as Andrews PA.
She quickly shared the appreciation for the different projects and conservation work carried out by the Company and has expressed interest in several trips including The Great Orangutan and Elephant Project in Malaysia.
Despite having limited travelling experiences Miranda has conveyed interest in combining a holiday experience with volunteering in the near future.